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Spanish Memories, African Hopes, Through Literature & Film

Program cancelled for 2021

This program has been cancelled due to global COVID-19 trends and new variants. Global Seminars is proud to offer a series of virtual programs.

Contact or send a VAC message to Study Abroad - Global Seminars if you are interested in changing your application to an alternate programs.



Robert Cancel 


Robert 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.



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.


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 may also be used as an elective/requirement for Third World Studies and Literature majors and minors. Similarly, LTWL 180 may 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. Consult your academic advisor to determine officially how the courses will apply to your graduation requirements. 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.

Information Sessions

  • Monday, February 8; 5 - 6:30 
  • Register here for the Zoom link and the video of the fall quarter info session

See the Info Session Calendar


Departure from U.S.: Sat., June 26, 2021
Arrival: Sun., June 27, 2021
Mandatory Orientation: Mon., June 28, 2021
First Day of Class: Tues., June 29, 2021
Last Day of Class: Fri., July 30, 2021
Departure for the U.S.
(or personal travel):
Sat., July 31, 2021


  • Do not purchase plane tickets until the program is confirmed. All approved applicants will be notified by e-mail when the program has been confirmed by reaching minimum enrollment. 
  • Because of the evolving COVID-19 situation, when you do buy tickets, we strongly encourage you to purchase refundable plane tickets or flight cancellation insurance.
  • In order for our local partner to meet you at the airport, your flight must arrive at the Granada Federico Garcia Lorca airport (GRX) on Sunday, June 27, between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM in order to take advantage of airport pick up. Students who arrive outside the pick-up window will receive instructions on how to make their way to program housing independently. Return transportation will be provided for flights departing on Saturday, July 31, between 7:00 AM and 2:00 PM.
  • The Study Abroad Office will be hosting several flight workshops to provide tips and advice on flight purchases. Check the Study Abroad Calendar for more information. 

Program Details

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Fees and Funding

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Academic Excursions


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