Douglas Kristopher Smith

Prior to my studies in the M.A. Hispanic Studies program at Concordia, I earned my B.A. with a double major in Spanish (expression and culture) and French Studies: Translation, also from Concordia, after having previously completed an associate’s degree in Bergen Community College in the US, where I’m originally from. I am currently one of the members of the Committee on the Status of Graduate Students in the Profession of the Modern Language Association (MLA). 

My academic interests consist of Latin American cultural expression (especially regarding, but not limited to Arab diasporas and indigenous peoples in the Southern Cone), cultural studies, discourse analysis, literature, critical ethnic studies, critical theory regarding anti-colonial, anti-imperial and social justice, institutional ethnography translation studies, popular music studies and pedagogy.
My thesis examines the hegemonic discourses and alternate currents within the Palestinian collectively in Chile, relative to elite Chilean national discourse and oppositional political action and expression. I’m also working as a research assistant with Professor Hugh Hazelton on a joint project with the other professors from the University of Ottawa (Luise Von Flotow and Marc Charron) on the translation and dissemination of Canadian literature in Latin America.
In addition to my work as a student, I have also taught beginner’s Spanish (SPAN-201) over the past few semesters.
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  • Power Corporation of Canada Graduate Fellowship for the 2011-12 academic year.
  • "How did popular music come to mean música popular?", Journal of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. Vol. 2. 2011 (co-author Laura Francisca Jordán González, forthcoming)
Conference papers
  • "Historias alternativas en la producción cultural escrita de las comunidades chilenas-palestinas". XIX Jornadas de Historia de Chile Escuela de Historia, Universidad Diego Portales. 8-11 November 8-11, 2011. Santiago, Chile.
  • "Las armas de dominación en las manos de los dominados. La resistencia y reivindicación traductiva en la poesía mapuche bilingüe". XIII Jornadas Andinas de Literatura Lati­noamericana de Estudiantes (JALLA-E): "Los estudios literarios latinoamericanos frente al siglo XXI". August 9-13, 2011. Casa de la Literatura Peruana. Lima, Peru.
  • "How did Popular Music Come to Mean Música Popular? Terminological Dilemmas in the Reception of Popular Music Studies in Latin America". 16th Biennial International Conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM): "Situating Popular Musics". June 27-July 1, 2011. Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa (opening plenary sesssion, co-presented with Laura Francisca Jordán González).