Languages and Cultures

West Chester University

Dr. Mahmoud Amer
Acting Chair 2016-2017
224 Mitchell Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610-436-2700
Fax: 610-436-3048

Megan Saltzman 


Assistant Professor of Languages 
Ph.D. and M.A. University of Michigan 

B.A. Residential College, University of Michigan 





Research interests
Transnational Peninsular Cultural Studies—Urbanism, Architecture, Everyday Life, Public Space, Visual and Literary Arts, Political Resistance/“Artivism,” Globalization, Immigration, Multiculturalism, Social Media, Catalan and Basque Regionalisms, Critical Pedagogy, Asian-Hispanic Relations.


  • “Las formas de control y la cotidianeidad en la ciudad global -- #FemPlaça, una intervención para reclamar el uso abierto del espacio público.” ALCESXXI: Journal of Contemporary Spanish Literature and Film. Feb. 2016. Pp. 73-109.
  • “Immigration and Rhizomatic Itineraries of Resistance in the Global City.” Cowritten with Javier Entrambasaguas. Towards a Multicultural Configuration of Spain: Local Cities, Global Spaces. Eds. Ana Corbalán and Ellen Mayock. Oct. 2014. Pp. 71-84.
  • "Urban Nostalgia: Post-Francoist Barcelona / Nostalgia urbana: La Barcelona posfranquista." Cruce de vías: una mirada oceánica a la Cultura Hispánica. Edited by Rogelio Guedea, Editorial Aldus, Mexico. 2011. Pp. 359-396.
  • “Gentrification and Spatial Tactics in José Luis Guerín’s En construcción.” City in Film. University of Liverpool Press, England. 2008. Pp. 219-225.

Recent Conferences

  • Organizer of and presenter at seminar “Nomadic Waste & Ecological Materiality in Neoliberal Space (Hispanic Studies).” Paper title “Reading the Waste of the Global City: Jorge Carrión and Sagar’s Los vagabundos de la chatarra.” ACLA conference. March 17-20, 2016. Harvard University. Cambridge, MA.
  • Organizer of and presenter at seminar “Geopolítica cultural en la España global. ” ALCES conference. Paper title “Para recuperar la inclusión espacial: El caso de #FemPlaça .” Soria, Spain. July 7-9, 2015.
  • “Everyday Forms of Control in the Battle for Public Space in Barcelona.” The Urban History Conference. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. October 9-12, 2014.
  • "Urban Immigration as an inclusive community of resistance in Spanish documentaries.” ACLA conference. New York City. March 22, 2014.
  • “Espacios autogestionados: documenting and living in La ciudad jubilida (photo essay).” University of Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. April 18-20, 2013.
  • “Marc Recha’s Anachronistic Landscapes.” University of Auckland, New Zealand. June 3, 2011.

Spanish 407/537: Contención histórica en la cultura contemporánea peninsular
Spanish 321: Culturas de Hispanoamérica
Spanish 320: Culturas de España
Spanish 302: Conversation, Grammar Review, and Composition
Spanish 202: Intermediate Spanish II
Spanish 201: Intermediate Spanish I
Spanish 101: Introduction to Spanish Language I
ESP 319: Cultural Realities of Spain (English “Culture Cluster”)
ESP 305: Contemporary Spanish Film (English "Culture Cluster")

Other interests
Spanish, Moorish and Japanese textiles and design; Photography; Blogging and Creative Writing; “Situationism” and “Psychogeography”; “Smellscapes”; Gender in contemporary Asian cinema and manga; Disability Studies; Surrealism; Dark humor genre (H. Quiroga, E. Gorey, R. Dahl, R. Murakami, Contemporary Korean cinema…); Ceramics; Contemporary Japanese literature.