Assistant Professor, Programa de Estudios Argentinos y Latinoamericanos (PEAL), University of Belgrano
2017 Speaker

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Sofía Villarreal-Castañeda is a scholar and fiction writer.  She earned a Ph.D. in Spanish – Latin American Literature from The Pennsylvania State University, USA. She received her Master’s degree in Latin American Literature with an emphasis in Hispanic Linguistic, from the prestigious Andrés Bello Seminar at Caro and Cuervo Institute in Colombia.  She has worked for 12 years as a Full-Time Assistant and Visiting Professor in the USA and Latin America.  From 2014 to 2017 she lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina, working in the Program of Argentinean and Latin American Studies at the University of Belgrano.  Also, during this time she wrote her third short novel, Vamos viendo (We Will See).  In 2008, she was invited to give the Seminar Theory of Interpretation: Subjectivity and Narrative at the Master in Mental Health and Culture of the Buenos Aires Psychoanalytic Association. She is a coauthor of the book El valor de la palabra en la expresión y la comunicación (The Value of the Word in Expression and Communication). Also, she has published several articles, reviews, and poetry in journals in the USA and Latin America.

Her current critical and creative writing ensue from the mixture of her intellectual interests in social and political matters and their impact on vulnerable social groups, and vice versa.  Furthermore, her personal experience and sharing with colleagues in international conferences and professional networks has opened her interest toward the topics on gender and vulnerability in migrant processes.  She is a Research-Focused Member of the International Network Colciencias Valor y Palabra. Her current research is about Women Representations in 21st Century Latin American Novel: Exiled, Migrant, Traveler.  The central question or her creative writing and pedagogical approach are based on two ethical principles: Interdependence and Vulnerability. How can we work together in and out the classroom to get a better understanding of Latin America in the global world and build more collaborative, communicative, worthy, inclusive, respectful, peaceful, meaningful relationships?