Speaker: Ana Carina Lopez de Winter

Ana Carina Lopez de Winter has been a Spanish teacher at Griffith University since 2007. Her experience covers all three levels taught at this university: elementary, intermediate and advanced. She hails from Argentina where she worked as a primary school teacher in a remote area in the Patagonian region for five years. In 2011, she continues her studies at the University of Queensland where she completed the Graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics and, two years later, her Bachelor of Arts with honours in Spanish. She is currently pursuing her PhD at this university with her thesis consisting of a multidisciplinary study based on the analysis of texts used in the Argentine primary school.


Using Interpretive Semantic (Rastier 2005, Greimas and Courtés 1991, Greimas 1987), and based on an isotopic analysis, this presentation examines the macro generic isotopy “trabajo vs descanso” (labour vs. leisure) in officially approved text books used in Argentine primary education during the 70s and 80s. A comparative study is proposed between the values promoted by the government discourse and those that these books disseminated during this period. It is concluded that, regardless of the type of government, its ideology and the profound political changes that occurred during these two decades, inequality and exclusion are elements that remain constant in the readings used by Argentine public schools.

The talk will be presented in Spanish. 

About Latin American Studies Seminar Series

The aim of the Latin American Studies Seminar series at UQ is to create a space for independent researchers, post-graduate students and academic staff conducting research on Latin America in the humanities and social sciences in order to share the outcomes of their research.

If you are interested in presenting in our series, please contact either Dr Roberto Esposto or Dr Sol Rojas-Lizana.

Seminars are held regularly and are free to attend. UQ staff and students, staff and students from other universities, and members of the general public are welcome to attend. If you would like to be included on our mailing list, please contact the SLC Events team via email.

We look forward to seeing you at our first seminar of the semester!


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