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Spanish Memories, African Hopes Through Literature and Film

Granada, Spain


Professor Robert Cancel
Dates Departure from U.S.: Sat., June 24, 2017
Arrival: Sun., June 25, 2017
Mandatory Orientation: Mon., June 26, 2017
First Day of Class: Mon., June 26, 2017
Last Day of Class: Fri., July 28, 2017
Departure for the U.S.
(or personal travel):
Sat., July 29, 2017

Flight Information

  • All approved applicants will be notified by e-mail when the program reaches minimum enrollment. Do not purchase plane tickets until the program is confirmed.
  • We strongly encourage you to make your flight arrangements to arrive during the window of time specified in order to utilize the program shuttle airport pick up.  Please make sure your flight arrives between the times of 8:00am and 6:00pm on June 25 at the Granada Federico Garcia Lorca airport (Airport Code GRX)
  • Contact STA Travel if you would like more information about these flights or the airfare deposit program.
Info Sessions
  • Wednesday, Jan. 18 | 5:00-6:30pm
    Literature Department Building, Room 455
  • Tuesday, Feb. 21 | 5:00-6:30pm 
    Dance Hall, Study Abroad Office, University Center 409

Why you should go

A Mexican diplomat/poet living in Spain at the turn of the 19th century famously wrote: “Give him alms woman, for there is nothing in life like the sadness of being blind in Granada.” This is one of Spain’s most beautiful cities and a historical and cultural crossroads between Africa and Europe. Muslim Arabs, or Moors, ruled this region of Spain for seven centuries before their final expulsion in 1492 by Ferdinand and Isabella. The contrasts between the oldest parts of the city, comprising the Albaicin and the unparalleled fortress/palace called the Alhambra and the bustling contemporary metropolis are stunning. With over 75,000 students in the University of Granada, the city often feels like a college town.

Historically, the violence and trauma of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) and its aftermath were brutally experienced in Granada, and these are currently portrayed and re-imagined in world literature and Spanish cinema. Another reality of Spanish life is the ever-growing immigrant population, arriving from West and North Africa, adding to the diversity and richness of contemporary Granada. Literature and film from Africa and Spain, providing perspectives from both sides will be linked for a portrait of this evolving, often uneasy merger of complex cultures and religions. Study of texts and films will be dramatically augmented by field trips to Málaga and Morocco.

Who should go

The courses offered are “TWS 21 African Literature: Islam and Immigration” and “LTWL 180 Film Studies and Literature: Re-imagining the Spanish Civil War.” TWS 21 fulfills a specific requirement for a class in “Third World Studies” for Thurgood Marshall College, and is also an elective/requirement for Third World Studies and Literature majors and minors. Similarly, LTWL 180 can fulfill upper division humanities/writing GE requirements for most colleges as well as electives for majors and minors in Literature, Communication, Visual Arts and Film Studies. Students in any of these majors or minors will derive unique and enriching perspectives from studying these topics in the context of Spanish and North African cultures. Majors in the sciences or engineering, who need humanities electives or who hesitate to study abroad because of their severe “time to graduation” constraints, would do well in this five-week summer experience of cross-cultural enrichment. Any study abroad listing adds a highly-prized dimension to students’ job-hunting or graduate school resumes.

Meet the professor

Prof. Robert CancelRobert Cancel is Professor of African and Comparative Literature and has taught in the Department of Literature since 1980.  His research interests are in African oral and written literatures and cinema, Caribbean literature and music, picaresque writing of the Spanish Golden Age, and American and World music.  He has lived, researched and taught in Zambia and Ghana, lived and researched in Granada, and traveled and presented papers in Morocco and Egypt, among other places.  He was formerly co-director of Marshall College’s Dimensions of Culture Program, Coordinator of the Third World Studies Program, and is currently Director of Doctoral Studies for the Department of Literature.  Since 1975 he has been awarded four separate Fulbright grants to conduct rural research in Zambia and/or to lecture at the University of Zambia.  In recent years he has traveled extensively in Venezuela and Argentina.

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University Center 409
9500 Gilman Drive #0095
La Jolla, California 92093-0095
Phone: (858) 534-1123
Email: globalseminar@ucsd.edu
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