The Doctoral and Professional Workshop Schedule 2021-22

The Doctoral and Professional Workshop  is a yearlong workshop designed for professional development. The subject matter varies from term to term, and from year to year. 1 credit if enrolled, graded SATISFACTORY/UNSATISFACTORY. Open to all students.

The various workshops that make up The Doctoral and Professional Workshop are referred to as “Modules”. A Module may contain more than one session. To complete a Module, you must attend all sessions. If taken for credit (SPAN 980 and 981), students must attend at least three complete Modules throughout the year to receive credit.

See schedule below;  the format (virtual or in-person) may vary and is subject to change due to University COVID-19 guidelines.

Spots are limited, registration is required. See each Module below.

Fall 2021

Workshop Schedule 

Module 1

Book Publishing in Latin America Format/Location: In-person / HQ 207 / View Syllabus 

Spots are limited, please register/indicate interest here.

Instructor: Dr. Cristóbal Pera. Dr. Pera is a renowned editor who has until recently been working with Penguin Random House, directing the Vintage Español imprint.

Tuesday, September 28, 4:00pm-7:00pm

Thursday, September 30, 4:00pm-7:00pm

Tuesday, October 5, 4:00pm-7:00pm; features guest speaker Ellie Pritchett (YC ‘19) (guest talk is from 6:00-7:00pm).  Registration required for both, register here  to indicate your registration for the full workshop session or the guest speaker hour only). 

More info: Getting into Publishing: a Conversation with Ellie Pritchett (YC ‘19)

Thursday, October 7, 4:00pm-7:00pm

features guest speaker Sandra Cisneros. (guest talk is from 5:00-6:00pm). 

Registration required if attending full workshop from 4:00-7:00pm. Register here.

If not attending the full workshop, you may just attend the Zoom talk from 5:00-6:00pm. Email registrar ( for Zoom link.

More info: “The Publishing History of a Literary Life: A Conversation with Sandra Cisneros” 

Module 2 Digital Editions Workshop

Two pre-requisite sessions followed by the Digital Humanities Workshop. 

 A Short Technical History of Textual Scholarship 

Instructor: Jesús Velasco

Format/Location: In-person/ HQ 207 

Spots are limited, please register here.

Tuesday, October 12, 4:00-6:00pm

CANCELLED: Thursday, October 14, 4:00-6:00pm

Digital Editions (Virtual)

Instructor: Alexander Gil Fuentes (Columbia)

Format/Location: Zoom: If you missed registration or did not receive the link in your email, please email for the link.

In this four week workshop series, participants will build their own critical edition using minimal computing principles. The course will include weekly readings, but the “seminar” portion will be optional and conducted at leisure on group chat. The course will introduce a broad number of concepts and debates in critical editing. In the process of applying those concepts using our modern tools, participants will learn the fundamentals of computations and networks, data preparation and management, static site generation, and version control. The result will be a durable minimal digital edition—a reading text with critical footnotes. This workshop assumes no previous familiarity with computational methods.

Wednesday, October 27, 2:30-4:30

Wednesday, November 3, 2:30-4:30

Wednesday, November 10, 2:30-4:30

Wednesday, November 17, 2:30-4:30

Module 3


Spots are limited, registration is required.

Register here.

Instructor: Nicholas R. Jones (UC Davis), Scholar in Residence

Format/Location: In-person/HQ 207

Jones’s residency will chart and uncover the conception, legacy, and porousness of Iberian Blackness—archival, performative, visual, otherwise—across time (but primarily throughout early modernity). 

Tuesday, November 9th, 4:00-7:00pm

Thursday, November 11th, 4:00-7:00pm

Tuesday, November 16th, 4:00-7:00pm

Thursday, November 18th, 4:00-7:00pm

Spring 2022

Workshop Schedule (TBA)

Module 4

Publications and Profession

One session, TBA

Module 5

Research and Teaching 

From the prospectus to the syllabi

Session one on prospectus, TBA

Session two on syllabi, TBA

Session three on grants, TBA

Module 6


Instructor: Adrián Sáez

Session one, TBA

Session two, TBA

Session three, TBA