Sigma Delta Pi's Graduate Research Symposium

Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, presents its 1st annual Graduate Research Grant Symposium that will showcase the research of four graduate students and members of Sigma Delta Pi who were awarded grants in 2017 to conduct research abroad.  Moderated and chaired by Mark P. Del Mastro, Executive Director of Sigma Delta Pi, College of Charleston.

Presenters, contact info and abstracts:

Kisinil miatzil, The mayanization of Catholicism
Zachary G. Brandner, Texas Tech University (

The present work examines the evolution of textual production in colonial Yucatan during the second half of the sixteenth-century with an emphasis on native agency. This study will focus primarily on one known example of a Maya language doctrina, the Morley Manuscript (c. 1567), along with excerpts from the Chilam Balam. By placing these two types of Native sources in dialogue and decoding the symbolic transformations therein, we gain insights regarding the ways in Maya authors, rather than passively being acted upon, were actively engaged in the cultural survival of their own communities. 

Variación en las variantes palatal-alveolares en hablantes Uruguayos
Lucía Planchón, North Carolina State University (

My research focuses on the realization of sheismo in Montevideo Spanish.  The study is a replica of a previous study that focused on Buenos Aires (Chang 2008). Although the two dialects are reported to be similar, sheismo has never been studied quantitatively in Montevideo. Based on a reading task using Mafalda comics, Chang (2008) found a generational shift occurring in Buenos Aires, as older speakers feature the voiced version of the sibilant (zheismo) while younger speakers feature the voiceless variety (sheismo). This project will determine if the same patterns hold for speakers in Montevideo.

The 2008 Financial Collapse and Contemporary Spanish Cultural Production                                                                                            Joanne Britland, University of Virginia (

Every moment of crisis and falling apart also brings a possibility of creativity and coming together. Following the global financial crisis of 2008, artists, activists, and educators have engaged in grassroots aesthetic, literary, and political movements. In Spain, these cultural productions have their own name and genre: la literatura de la crisis. In this presentation, I will discuss my research that explores Spanish cultural production of the financial crisis for what these works tell us about the history and lived experience of the event that economists and official commentators cannot. I will give an overview of my project, emphasizing key cultural representations of the financial crisis including novels, films, and television series that depict the impact and critical social response to the economic crash. 

One Semester Research Abroad: Discovering Nineteenth-Century Fashion in Madrid
Inés Corujo Martín, Georgetown University (

The Sigma Delta Pi Research Grant enabled me to conduct on-site archive research in several repositories in Madrid during the Fall of 2017 for my dissertation project entitled, Women’s Fashion Objects: Gender, Modernity, and the Politics of Dress in Iberian and Latin American Cultures (1830-1910). It examines the written and visual representation of women’s fashion accessories and garments in different Iberian and Latin American cultural productions, in relation to issues of gender, race, and class within the context of modernization. While in Spain, I consulted hardcopy and original materials fostering research in less explored areas in Hispanic cultural studies.


  • Spanish American Studies