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Dr. Christopher B Conway

Name

[Conway, Dr. Christopher B]
  • Professor, Modern Languages

Biography

Christopher Conway is Professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages. He has published widely on topics such as the cultural history of Mexican homosexuality, the representation of indigenous peoples in Mexican and Latin American culture, the intellectual history of nationalism, the representation of women, the history of print, and Latin American humor. He is the author of Nineteenth-Century Spanish America: A Cultural History (Vanderbilt University Press, 2015), a survey that encompasses the largely forgotten history of art, dance, music, literature, and bloodsports in countries as diverse as Argentina, Peru, Cuba, Mexico and Venezuela, among others. Dr. Conways previous publications include the book The Cult of Bolívar in Latin American Literature (University Press of Florida, 2003), the edited books Peruvian Traditions (Oxford University Press, 2004) and The U.S. Mexico War: A Binational Reader (Hackett Publishing, 2010), among numerous articles and book chapters. His forthcoming book is on Westerns in Mexican film and comic books. Dr. Conway has received several teaching awards, including the UT System Regents Award, and has a consistent record of service to the department of Modern Languages, the College of Liberal Arts, and the University. He is the former co-chair of the UT Arlington OneBook Common Reading Program (2008-2012), the former Director of Spanish in Modern Languages (2004-2008), and the former Chair of Modern Languages (2013-2015).

Professional Preparation

    • 1996 Ph.D. in LiteratureThe University of California, San Diego
    • 1994 M.A. in LiteratureThe University of California, San Diego
    • 1991 Spanish LiteratureThe University of California, Santa Cruz

Appointments

    • Sept 2017 to Present Professor
      The University of Texas at Arlington
    • Aug 2004 to Aug 2017 Assoc Prof
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • Aug 2014 to Aug 2016 Chair of the Department of Modern Languages
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • Aug 2000 to Aug 2004 Assist Professor
      Brown University
    • Aug 1996 to Aug 2000 Assist Professor
      University of Texas at Arlington

Awards and Honors

News Articles

    • Apr 2008 New OneBook co-chair chosen - The Shorthorn : News

      The OneBook program is predicated on the conviction that the academic spirit of the university can be a unifying force, said Conway, modern languages associate professor and Spanish section coordinator. Conway sees the program not only for incoming students, but for all academic units, from librarians to staff to faculty. “The program reminds us that we are embarked upon a shared journey of discovery in which every one of us is indispensable..."

    • Oct 2004 Mapping the Way Home - The Shorthorn : News

       Christopher Conway has known he held a treasure since his college days in California. Without a map to guide the way, the Spanish associate professor’s family let destiny take the reins in a journey abroad that Conway says greatly enriched his life. The family lived in Spain, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. Each country added new dimensions to Conway’s view of the world. In 1970, the family moved to the port city of Málaga when New York-born Conway was one year old... “I wouldn’t have become a Spanish major in college if it hadn’t been for my life experiences,” Conway said.

Research and Expertise

  • Nineteenth-Century Mexican and Latin American Culture

    Christopher Conway has published widely on nineteenth-century Mexican and Latin American literature and culture, with a focus on nationalism, race, and gender. He studies a variety of cultural materials, such as paintings, newspapers, novels, poetry, and travel accounts. His recent book Nineteenth-Century Spanish American Culture: An Introduction (Vanderbilt University Press, 2015), is the first cultural history of Spanish America to provide an overview of both elite and popular culture from a transnational and transatlantic point of view. Its chapters analyze topics such as the history of music, dancing, painting, literature, bullfighting, plays, manners, and ideas in Latin America.

  • Twentieth-Century Spanish and Latin American Popular Culture

    Christopher Conway's new area of expertise is twentieth-century Latin American and Spanish television, film, comics, and pulp fiction. In particular, he is examining how Spanish language mass media takes U.S. genres, such as the western, and reshapes them in different national contexts. This transnational research highlights the ways in which cultures interact with each other and transform. The framing questions and theories that drive these questions relate to globalization, transculturation, convergence culture (transmediality), mass media, and media reception theories.

Publications

Courses

      • SPAN 3320-001 INTRODUCTION TO HISPANIC LITERATURE AND CULTURE

        SPAN 3320: INTRODUCTION TO HISPANIC LITERATURE AND CULTURE.An introduction to the tools of literary and cultural criticism as well as Spanish and Latin American literary history. Study of representative literary texts with the object of developing students' understanding of historical change and cultural crosscurrents. Prerequisite: SPAN 3315 with a grade of C or better.SPRING 2019 Topic: Literature and Psychology.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019Contact info & Office Hours
      • SPAN 4313-001 SPAN 4313: Topics in Hispanic Culture (Women's Autobiography)

        Among the topics are Spanish or Latin American music, television, radio, film, and literature as culture. May be repeated for credit as topic changes. Prerequisite: SPAN 3315 with a grade of C or better. Offered as MAS 4313 and SPAN 4313; credit will be given for MAS 4313 or SPAN 4313 but not both in a given semester.  SPRING 2019 Topic:Latin AmericanWomen’s Autobiography.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019Contact info & Office Hours
      • SPAN 3391-001 SPAN 3391: Conference Course

        Independent study; consultation with instructor on a regular basis. Offered primarily in summer study abroad programs. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019Contact info & Office Hours
      • SPAN 4313-001 SPAN 4313-001

        Among the topics are Spanish or Latin American music, television, radio, film, and literature as culture. May be repeated for credit as topic changes. Prerequisite: SPAN 3315 with a grade of C or better. Offered as MAS 4313 and SPAN 4313; credit will be given for MAS 4313 or SPAN 4313 but not both in a given semester. This semester's topic is Spanish and Mexican Comics.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018Contact info & Office Hours
      • SPAN 3312-001 Introduction to Latin American Culture and Civilization

        An interdisciplinary introduction to Latin American society, history and culture. Prerequisite: SPAN 2314 with a grade of C or better. Offered as MAS 3312 and SPAN 3312; credit will be granted for either MAS or SPAN.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018Contact info & Office Hours
      • SPAN 3312-001 Introduction to Latin American Culture and Civilization

        Description of Course Content: An interdisciplinary introduction to Latin American society, history and culture. Prerequisite: SPAN 2314 with a grade of C or better. Offered as MAS 3312 and SPAN 3312; credit will be granted for either MAS or SPAN.

        Student Learning Outcomes:

        Identify major historical periods, key topics, and historical actors important to modern Latin American and Latino history and culture through engagement with period sources (non-fiction, literature, film etc.), classroom discussion, and tests.

        Apply close-reading strategies to literary and cultural texts through homework and classroom exercises, and formal paper assignments.

        Draw connections between cultural artifacts (documents, films, stories, etc.) and cultural and historical problems relating to the Latin American and Latino experience through classroom discussion, tests, and formal paper assignments.

        Develop an appreciation of the experience of women in Latin American and Latino history and culture through the study of major works of literature by women.

        Practice reading and writing skills in Spanish through homework and writing assignments.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018Contact info & Office Hours
      • SPAN 3314-001 Advanced Spanish Grammar

        SPAN 3314. ADVANCED SPANISH GRAMMAR. 3 Hours.A detailed study of Spanish grammar for non-native speakers. Credit will not be granted to native or heritage speakers of Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 2314 with a grade of C or better.

        Student Learning Outcomes:

        Students show command of elements of Spanish grammar, such as conjugations, prepositions, pronouns, articles, participles, etc.

        Students learn how to accent words in Spanish

        Students develop a greater ease in understanding spoken Spanish and practice their ability to speak in Spanish

        Students exercise memorization skills in a sustained manner to absorb the vocabulary, verb endings, and definitions that are central to commanding the major grammatical structures of Spanish.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018Contact info & Office Hours
      • SPAN 3312-001 Introduction to Latin American Culture and Civilization

        An interdisciplinary introduction to Latin American society, history and culture. Prerequisite: SPAN 2314 with a grade of C or better. Offered as MAS 3312 and SPAN 3312; credit will be granted for either MAS or SPAN.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017Contact info & Office Hours1 Document
      • SPAN 3314-001 Advanced Spanish Grammar

        A detailed study of Spanish grammar for non-native speakers. Credit will not be granted to native or heritage speakers of Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 2314 with a grade of C or better.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017Contact info & Office Hours
      • MAS 3312-001 Introduction to Latin American Culture and Civilization (MAS cross list)

        An interdisciplinary introduction to Latin American society, history and culture. Prerequisite: SPAN 2314 with a grade of C or better. Offered as MAS 3312 and SPAN 3312; credit will be granted for either MAS or SPAN.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017Contact info & Office Hours
      • SPAN 4334-001 Contemporary Hispanic Culture: Argentina

        An introduction to contemporary Spanish and/or Latin American culture, with special emphasis on globalization and current events affecting the Spanish-speaking world. Prerequisite: SPAN 3315 with a grade of C or better. Spring 2017 Topic: The Culture of Modern Argentina.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017Contact info & Office Hours
      • SPAN 4313-002 SPAN 4313-Topics in Hispanic Culture

        Catalogue Description: Among the topics are Spanish or Latin American music, television, radio, film, and literature as culture. May be repeated for credit as topic changes. Prerequisite: SPAN 3315 with a grade of C or better. Offered as MAS 4313 and SPAN 4313; credit will be given for MAS 4313 or SPAN 4313 but not both in a given semester.

        Spring 2017 topic: Biculturalism: This semester we use this special topics class to examine the following questions:  

        How does crossing from one culture into another affect a person’s identity?

        What are the differences between being monocultural and being bicultural?

        Besides biculturalism, what other terms can we use to talk about the identity of people who grow up or who are transformed by contact with more than one culture? Which is best?

        What kind of prejudices do some writers bring to the topic of mestizaje or biculturalism?

        How do we connect the literature and films on these topics with our own experiences in the twenty-first century?

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017Contact info & Office Hours
      • MODL 5304-001 CURRENTS IN EUROPEAN AND LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURES AND THOUGHT

        Catalogue Description: An examination of the mainstream genres and movements in European and Latin American literatures from 1600 to the present. Taught in English. Required for MA students in Modern Languages. May not be repeated for credit.

        Student Learning Outcomes:

        Students command definition of major historical periods in relation to landmark works of French, Francophone, Spanish, and Latin American literary and intellectual history, and to a lesser degree film.

        Students convincingly connect major historical periods to landmark works of French, Francophone, Spanish, and Latin American literary and intellectual history, and to a lesser degree film.

        Students perform critical reading exercises in relation to landmark works of French, Francophone, Spanish, and Latin American literary and intellectual history, and to a lesser degree film. These include compare and contrast, tension, symbol, and the relationship between text and context.

        Students develop an understanding of the concepts of ambiguity, diversity, and complexity in relation to the interpretation of texts.

        Students become familiar with the research expertise of other faculty in Modern Languages.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017Contact info & Office Hours
      • SPAN 5314-001 TOPICS IN SPANISH-AMERICAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE TO MODERNISM

        Topics may include: Colonial Spanish-American literature and culture, pre-modern Spanish-American literature and culture, Spanish-American literature and culture of the Enlightenment, or any particular movement, genre, work or author prior to Modernism. May be repeated for credit when content changes.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016Contact info & Office Hours
      • SPAN 3312-001 Introduction to Latin American Culture and Civilization

        An interdisciplinary introduction to Latin American society, history and culture. Prerequisite: SPAN 2314 with a grade of C or better. Offered as MAS 3312 and SPAN 3312; credit will be granted for either MAS or SPAN.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016Contact info & Office Hours
      • MAS 3312-001 LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION

        An interdisciplinary introduction to Latin American society, history and culture. Prerequisite: SPAN 2314 with a grade of C or better. Offered as MAS 3312 and SPAN 3312; credit will be granted for either MAS or SPAN.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016Contact info & Office Hours
      • SPAN 4391-001 Closed Conference Course

        Topics may include: Colonial Spanish-American literature and culture, pre-modern Spanish-American literature and culture, Spanish-American literature and culture of the Enlightenment, or any particular movement, genre, work or author prior to Modernism. May be repeated for credit when content changes.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016Contact info & Office Hours
      • SPAN 4313-002 Cultural and Political Myths

        SPAN 4313 Topics in Hispanic Culture (3-0) Among the topics are Spanish or Latin American music, television, radio, film, and literature as culture. May be repeated for credit as topic changes. This section (002) is an introduction to modern Argentinian culture. Students learn about historical contexts while cultural forms and expressions such as film, comics, customs, and other topics. The end of the course is focused on current events.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016Contact info & Office Hours
      • SPAN 4313-001 Span 4313-001

        This section of Topics in Latin American Culture is focused on key moments in the history of nineteenth and twentieth-century Latin American music. In our course we examine the ways in which music reflected the cultural values and ideologies of different kinds of people and musical performers. The course is organized around key four key moments: elite and popular musical preferences in the nineteenth-century, nineteenth and twentieth-century Mexican folk music (corridos), mid-twentieth-century Nueva Trova music, and the music of the Panamanian Ruben Blades. Our course will be run as a research-intensive seminar in which students acquire skills in historical, digital and archival research. Besides research skills, we will also emphasize the presentation of original research and the uses of scholarly peer-review.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2014Contact info & Office Hours
      • SPAN 4320-001 SPAN 4320: Topics in Spanish Language, Writing and Theory

        Review of advanced research methods and topics in Spanish, Latino and Latin American literature, culture and linguistics. Topics may include: literary and cultural theory in relation to Hispanic literature and culture, research trends, and methods in Spanish linguistics. Students conduct original research or writing projects in relation to the course topic. May be repeated for credit as topic changes. Prerequisite: SPAN 3315 with a grade of C or better.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013Contact info & Office Hours
      • SPAN 3315-003 Composition Through Literature

        Practice in original composition and critical thinking through the study of selected literary and cultural texts. Of special interest to students who wish to improve their reading comprehension and their writing skills. Prerequisite: SPAN 3305 or SPAN 3314, with grade C or better.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013Contact info & Office Hours
      • SPAN 4313-002 Cultural and Political Myths
        No Description Provided.
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2012
      • SPAN 4314-001 TOPICS IN LATIN-AMERICAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE TO MODERNISM
        No Description Provided.
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2012
      • SPAN 5314-001 TOPICS IN SPANISH-AMERICAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE TO MODERNISM
        No Description Provided.
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2012

Service to the University

  • Appointed
    • June 2010 to  Aug 2012 Faculty Fellow, The University College.

      Co-coordinator of First Year Seminar program launch. 

    • June 2008 to  June 2011 Faculty Co-Chair of The University of Texas at Arlington OneBook Program.

      The OneBook Program was UT Arlington's First Year or Common Reading Program.

    • Oct 2008 to  May 2009 Member, University Faculty Development Leave Committee.

      The University Faculty Development Leave Committee grants leaves to Research Faculty.

    • Aug 2008 to  June 2009 Member, University Task Force on First Year Retention.

      The University Task Force on First Year Retention studied ways for improving student retention at UT Arlington. 

    • Sept 2007 to  May 2008 Program Review Committee, Program Review of the Graduate Program in Electrical Engineering.

      Member of a two person team that assisted in the external evaluation of the Graduate Program in Electric Engineering at UT Arlington.

    • Sept 2006 to  May 2007 Program Review Committee, Chair of the Program Review of the Department of Mathematics.

      Chair of the two person team that assisted in the external review of the Department of Mathematics at UT Arlington.

    • Sept 2004 to  May 2005 Member, Search Committee, Director of the Center for Mexican American Studies.

      Assisted in deliberations and candidate screening for the position of Director of the Center for Mexican American Studies.

    • Aug 2015 to  Present Chair of the Department of Modern Languages

      Oversee Department of Modern Languages in all aspects.

    • Aug 2009 to  June 2012 Chair of Graduate Studies Committee, Department of Modern Languages

      Oversee and coordinate deliberations about Modern Languages Graduate Program.

    • Aug 2004 to  June 2012 Member of Modern Languages Tenure and Promotion Committee

      Assist with review of the performance of tenure track professors.

    • Aug 2008 to  June 2010 Chair of Modern Languages Tenure and Promotion Committee

      Oversee and coordinate deliberations of the Modern Languages Tenure and Promotion Committee.

    • Aug 2011 to  June 2012 Chair of the Modern Languages Tenure and Promotion Committee

      Oversee and coordinate deliberations of the Modern Languages Tenure and Promotion Committee.

    • Aug 2004 to  June 2008 Coordinator of Spanish Section, Department of Modern Languages

      Oversee all aspects of the Spanish program in the Department of Modern Languages.

  • Volunteered
    • Mar 2011 to  Nov 2011 Coordinator/fundraiser for Photo Exhibit “Life and Death in the Northern Pass” by Dominic Bracco II,

      Coordinator/fundraiser for Photo Exhibit “Life and Death in the Northern Pass” by Dominic Bracco II (freelance photographer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, among others). September 2011. Television Coverage from Spanish language Telemundo and Univisión networks. Radio coverage: National Public Radio local affiliate, KERA (Talk Show: “Think”).

    • Dec 2014 to  Dec 2014 Modern Languages Representative on College of Liberal Arts Teaching Award Committee

      Assists in deliberations about teaching awards in the College of Liberal Arts.

    • Mar 2015 to  Aug 2015 Sponsor, curator and tour guide for 'Viva Mexico! A Comic Book History of Mexico" Library Exhibit.

      Donated materials and designed exhibit of vintage Mexican comics in the Special Collections Department of the UTA library. The exhibit was up between March of 2015 and August of 2015.

  • Elected
    • Oct 2009 to  May 2010 Chair, University Faculty Development Leave Committee.

      The Chair of University Faculty Development Leave Committee oversees deliberations about the granting of faculty development leaves for Research Faculty.

    • Sept 2007 to  May 2010 Member, College of Liberal Arts Tenure and Promotion Committee.

      Member of committee that evaluates the faculty in the College of Liberal Arts at UT Arlington.

    • Sept 2012 to  May 2013 Chair, College of Liberal Arts Tenure and Promotion Committee.

      Coordinate work of the College of Liberal Arts Tenure and Promotion Committee.

    • Aug 2014 to  July 2015 Chair of the Executive Committee of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers

      Coordinate deliberations of the UT Arlington Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

    • Aug 2010 to  Present Member of the Executive Committee of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

      Assist in deliberations and actions of the Executive Committee of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers.