Ángela Durán Real
Ángela is a PhD candidate in Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Washington, Seattle. Her work explores strategies of survival in post-traumatic epochs. In her dissertation she looks at the affective landscape of the post-economic neoliberal disasters in Argentina and Spain. She theorizes three emotional responses to the distressing experience of such crises: Loss in relation to the diaspora; the numbness of the isolated subject; and love and dignity for newly formed autonomous communities. Her work has been presented at the MLA, the University of Washington, the University of Puget Sound, and the Imagining America national conference. She is working towards a Certificate in Public Scholarship through UW Simpson Center for the Humanities. Her portfolio’s project, Education as Public Practice, focuses on higher education in prisons. She teaches college level courses at the Monroe Correctional in Washington State where she also sponsors the Hispanic Cultural Group. She was a Mellon Fellow for Reimagining the Humanities PhD and Reaching New Publics (2015-16), a program that allowed her to better understand the mission and role of community colleges in higher ed. With Asha Tran, her mentor at South Seattle College, she worked on a year-long project around questions of accessibility and equity in higher education, specifically, to study abroad programs in community colleges. As an educator, she is deeply committed to inclusive pedagogies on and off campus as well as to fostering new spaces for learning that provide students with skills to become social agents in the community.