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Languages and Cultures

Megan Saltzman

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Languages and Cultures

224 Mitchell Hall
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-2700
Fax: 610-436-3048

Dr. Cristóbal Cardemil-Krause
Acting Chair July 2018-June 2019


Megan Saltzman

  • Associate Professor of Languages
  • Ph.D. and M.A. University of Michigan
  • B.A. Residential College, University of Michigan
  • Megan Saltzman's Website

Research Interests

  • Transnational Peninsular Cultural Studies
  • Urban Anthropology
  • Everyday Life
  • Public Space
  • Visual and Literary Arts
  • Political Resistance, "Artivism," Situationism, and the Commons
  • Globalization
  • Immigration
  • Urban Ecology and Waste
  • Social Media
  • Catalan and Basque Regionalisms
  • Critical Pedagogy
  • Asian-Hispanic Cultural Relations

Other Interests

  • Spanish, Moorish and Japanese textiles and design
  • Photography
  • Blogging and Creative Writing
  • "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

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Classes Taught

  • Spanish 407/537: Debates urbanos: La cultura peninsular: 1931 – Actualidad
  • 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")

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Recent Publications/Activities


  • "Post-15M Grassroots Interventions in and for Public Space- Resurgence in Everyday Forms of Control and Resistance." (link) Spain After the 15M: the 99% Speaks Out. Eds. Steven Torres and Oscar Pereira Zazo. Submitted, forthcoming 2017.
  • "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.

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