Annik Bilodeau

Annik is pursuing her doctoral studies at the University of Ottawa since September 2011. She holds a BA in Hispanic Studies from Université Laval, Quebec City, as well as a Masters’ degree from the University of Ottawa in the same field. Her doctoral dissertation, entitled “Literary Cosmopolitanism in Latin America: Mario Vargas Llosa, Elena Poniatowska, and Jorge Volpi within a disputed tradition”, concentrates on the evolution of cosmopolitanism in the Latin American literary tradition during the twentieth century.

She was awarded a scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for 2014-2016 and two Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) during her PhD. In 2013, she received the Excellence Award for Teaching Assistants, Humanities, from the University of Ottawa Teaching and Learning Support Service (TLSS). The same year, she received the Prize for the best essay written by a graduate student during the 2012-2013 academic year, given by the Canadian Association of Hispanists (CAH), for her essay titled “Los mares del Sur de Manuel Vázquez Montalbán: utopía, viaje y sueño fracasado en la novela policíaca negra de la Transición” (Manuel Vázquez Montalbán’s Los mares del Sur: utopia, travel and broken dreams in the Spanish Transition noir fiction).

She acts as student representative on the executive commission of the CAH since 2013. In 2014, she co-organized at the University of Ottawa the international conference  “Local Cosmopolitanisms / Cosmopolitismes locaux” with Professor Joerg Esleben, and she is currently in charge of the panel “El cosmopolitismo en América latina y sus diferentes encarnaciones” (Cosmopolitanism in Latin America and its various incarnations) for the 2015 congress of the CAH.

Fields of interest: Latin American narrative, Boom, cosmopolitanism, globalization, cultural pluralism.


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