News and events

  • ITAL 3P93 Dante’s Inferno Class Conference: November 23

    The Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and
    The Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
    The Circles of Hell in Dante’s Inferno
    Presenting the ArcGIS of Dante’s Inferno – Funded by the CEWIL Canada Program

    NOVEMBER 23, 2023
    PLZ 600F

    8:15 AM

    9:00 AM

    9:00 AM-11:00 AM

    ITAL 3P93 Class Conference Poster

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  • MLLC Library Display Contest

    Event: Voyage of Discovery: Explore the wide range of human achievement as presented by the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

    Place: Display cases in the Library Commons and Thistle corridor

    Date:  Monday, October 30 to Friday, November 10

    The exhibit in the Learning Commons by the Ask Us desk and in the Thistle hallway showcases various aspects of the French, German, Italian, and Hispanic and Latin American cultures, including lands colonized by these European countries.

    We invite you to view the intriguing assortment of items on display and to win a prize by successfully answering the following skill-testing question:

    Name one of the menacing creatures included in the exhibit, along with the culture to which it belongs. 

    All are welcome to participate!

    The first correct respondent will receive a cash credit of $10 on their Brock card!  Please send your responses to: by Friday, November 10.

  • October 25: Haunting, Witchcraft, and Mexican Womanhood in Cervera’s The Bone Woman (2022)

    The Horror of Motherhood: Haunting, Witchcraft, and Mexican Womanhood in Michelle Garza Cervera’s Huesera/The Bone Woman (2022)
    Guest speaker: Enrique Ajuria Ibarra
    25 Oct. 2023 at 4:00pm

    Via Lifesize:
    ExperienceBU Link:

    Abstract: Michelle Garza Cervera’s debut Mexican horror film Huesera/The Bone Woman (2022) is a chilling portrayal about the social and cultural expectations of motherhood. When Valeria agrees to have a baby with her partner, she suddenly becomes haunted by a split-boned, crooked entity that terrifies her day and night. This creature starts to threaten her daily routine, and soon after giving birth puts her baby daughter at risk too. Since no one else believes in her, she seeks help from her aunt who suggests a group of witches can lift the curse. Garza Cervera’s film offers a staunch criticism of cultural and social expectations of what is to be a Mexican woman, that is, someone who is primarily subjected to the domestic and the maternal. Huesera introduces a monstrous creature that can easily be interpreted as a sign of anxiety and dread of motherhood, reminiscent of classic horror films such as Rosemary’s Baby (1968) or The Babadook (2014).

    Enrique Ajuria Ibarra is Senior Assistant Professor at Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP), Mexico. He has published several articles and chapters on Mexican Gothic horror cinema. He is the editor-in-chief of the online, peer-reviewed journal Studies in Gothic Fiction. He is currently exploring the Gothic in the Archie Comics Universe and continues looking at Gothic and horror in Mexican film and literature.

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  • October 23: Exploring Career Paths Panel: Spanish Language Alumni Reflections

    The Law Plus Program and the Hispanic and Latin American Studies Program (HLAS) are jointly hosting a panel event, highlighting the law and law adjacent careers of alumni from HLAS’s Immigrant and Community Outreach Internship course. The outreach course examined the Hispanic migrant experience while promoting community engagement with migrant worker communities and support organizations.

    The panel will feature four alumni of the course, who attribute their career directions to their experiential education experiences at Brock University.

    When: October 23, 2023, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
    Where: Online Zoom and in person TH 259

    You can RSVP for the event through Experience BU:

    Exploring Career Paths: Spanish Language Alumni Reflections on Migrant Worker Experiential Learning and Impact on Careers in Law, Legal Adjacent and Academic Fields – ExperienceBU (


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  • October 19: Indigenous-Italian-Canadian Connections: The Wisdom of Grandmothers and/in Children’s Literature

    OCT 19, 2023 @ 6PM (EST) ON ZOOM

    What are the roles and responsibilities of Grandmothers?
    How do they transmit their knowledges?
    What are the obstacles to that transmission?
    What is the role of children’s literature in Indigenous and Italian-Canadian communities?

    Register at:

    ExperienceBU Link

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  • Oct. 17 and Nov. 22: Graduate Info Sessions / SCLA

    The Office of Graduate Studies organizes two online Info Sessions, one on Tuesday 17 October at 2 pm, the other on Wednesday 22 November at 1 pm. Please visit the link below (look for Studies in Comparative Literatures and Arts) for more information and to register.

    These information sessions are designed for you to learn about the MA in Studies in Comparative Literatures and Arts and gain a deeper understanding of the program’s structure. The sessions will provide useful information on the BrockU graduate experience, including admission requirements, financial opportunities/information, and what to expect in a graduate journey at Brock University.

    The M.A. in Studies in Comparative Literatures and Arts (SCLA) is an interdisciplinary and inter-faculty program that focuses on the study of literature and the arts from different cultures. It examines the ways in which literature enters into dialogue with the fine and performing arts. Students explore contemporary approaches to texts of various types, as well as the possibilities and problems that arise in comparative studies, including issues related to the translation and adaptation of works. Through coursework, students develop a cross-disciplinary understanding of how works of art and cultural production evolve, are received, and are interpreted. SCLA students participate in an interdisciplinary collision of ideas in the Humanities. They investigate literature and the languages of the Visual Arts, Music, and Dramatic Arts in the context of dynamic comparability. Such generative encounters provide them with the opportunity to develop fresh insights, explore rich innovative methodological terrains, and interact with new concepts and post-disciplinary ideas.

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  • ITAL/MARS 3P93 D2 Opportunity!

    MARS 3P93 (also offered as ITAL 3P93)

    Dante’s Inferno
    BLD – combination of in-person and online lectures
    Thursdays 8-11 a.m. (D2)
    Dr. Teresa Russo

    Focusing on Dante’s Inferno, students will delve into the world it created and reflected, focusing on the Inferno with references to relevant visual arts (illustrations and adaptations of the Divine Comedy by such as Dore, Rodin, and the Pre-Raphaelites.

    Click here for promotional video featuring Professor Teresa Russo.

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  • Film Club Cine/ma Chat on YouTube!

    The Hispanic and Latin American Studies launched its Film Club Cine/ma Chat in 2022 and is happy to announce the publication of its YouTube channel with its inaugural speakers in 2022-2023.

    For more information contact Dr. Cristina Santos (

    2023-2024 speakers announcement coming soon!

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  • Brock honours legacy of beloved Professor of Spanish, Dr. Juan Amadeo Fernández

    Brock honours legacy of founding faculty member

    The Brock News, July 18, 2023 | by Gillian Minaker


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  • Brock-Niagara French Contest returns to campus

    Brock-Niagara French Contest returns to campus – The Brock News (

    FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2023, The Brock News