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Víctor Velazquez Antonio

PhD student

Hispanic and Italian Studies

Pronouns: He/Him/His


Víctor is originally from Ávila, Spain but his professional career has led him to live in different parts of the world. Vic earned his B.A. in English Studies from the University of Salamanca in 2016 where he was awarded a scholarship to study abroad at Universität Leipzig (Germany) in 2014-2015. He came to the United States in 2017 in order to complete his master in Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Illinois State University where he was not only granted with the charter department award for Excellence but he also served as a president of the chapter Eta Upsilon, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society. In his M.A thesis: “The surrealistic triangle: common symbols in the works Lorca, Dalí and Buñuel” he explored the surrealist movement by creating connections between literature and visual art. Víctor is currently working on a Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies at University of Illinois at Chicago. His research interests cover late 19th century and 20th century Iberian literature; gender, sexuality and national identity; historical memory and monuments. He is highly interested in analyzing the impact of the Spanish Civil war in Spain focusing on the “Ley Memoria Histórica” that is currently being debated in the Iberian Peninsula with different political powers removing monuments and cultural artifacts that detail the regime of Franco.

Service to Community

  • Sigma Delta Pi. Hispanic Honor Society, Eta Upsilon Chapter. President Illinois State University (Fall 2017-2018)
  • Artaburu Basque Organization. Volunteer and active member Illinois State University (Fall 2017-2019)
  • Graduate Student Representative Illinois State University (Fall 2018- 2019)
  • Volunteer as Spanish- English Interpreter Sigma Delta Pi, Eta Upsilon Chapter Chiddix Junior High School 300 S Walnut St Normal, IL 61761
  • Safe Space Emory, Emory University

Notable Honors

2014-2015, Erasmus Study Abroad Scholarship, Universität Leipzig, Germany

2012-2016, Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Science Scholarship, Universidad de Salamanca, Spain

2015, Diploma in General English, Manchester Central School of English

2017, Diploma in Upper level in English oral agility, Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo

2019, Charter department award of Excellence, Illinois State University


University of Salamanca
Universität Leipzig, Germany
Illinois State University
Emory University

Selected Presentations

  • “‘El Surrealismo compartido” 15th Annual Graduate Student Conference, Diálogos XV Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (March 2018)
  • “El triangulo Surrealista. Conexiones entre Lorca, Dalí y Buñuel” Graduate Research Symposium Illinois State University, Normal, IL (April 2018)
  • “Learning about Hispanic Studies” Mini-Symposium with current LGS doctoral Scholars Emory University, Atlanta, GA (September 2019)