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6th Seminar on American Studies

“Some Reflections on the Writing Process of a Doctoral Dissertation”

Alcalá de Henares, February 21, 2020

The 6th Doctoral Seminar on American Studies of the Instituto Franklin (Universidad de Alcalá) focuses on how to manage various issues and experiences that may arise during the process of writing the doctoral dissertation.

This seminar offers two practical workshops, a talk by a recently graduated doctor and the presentations of two recipients of  Benjamin Franklin Scholarships for research in the United States. From designing an effective thesis defence (PhD. Carmen Flys), to suggesting some creative strategies to deal with the feared writer’s block (Marjorie Kanter, writer), each seminar activity has been designed to foster a fruitful exchange among faculty and PhD students of the American Studies Doctoral Program. As usual in this event, a working lunch will be offered to encourage intellectual conversation about the students’ research projects among participants.


If you are interested in the PhD program please visit: PhD in American Studies.

This one-day seminar is part of the PhD Program in American Studies and has the following objectives:

  • To strengthen the scientific community around  American Studies.
  • To delve into the different lines of research developed in this study field.
  • To analyze new trends in American Studies and apply them to the doctoral dissertations in progress.
  • To familiarize students with different research methodologies.

This seminar is addressed to:

  • PhD students and their thesis directors in the American Studies PhD program.
  • Master´s students in the American Studies program.
  • All those researchers interested in current trends within the field of North American Studies.

Place: Room 2 Colegio de Caracciolos

Date: Friday, February 21

Hour: 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


9:30 – 10:00 Welcome to new doctoral students. General Information about the American Studies Doctoral Program. PhD. Luisa Juárez Hervás

10:00 – 12:00 Workshop: “Preparing your Doctoral Dissertation Defense.” PhD. Carmen Flys Junquera

12:00 – 12:30 Coffee Break

12:30 – 13:15 Doctoral Candidates Session. “Doing esearch on American Studies in the U.S.” Marcos Todeschini (PhD candidate) & Daniel Bustillo (PhD candidate).

13:15 – 14:00 Lecture.  “I am Already a Doctor. Now What?” PhD. Alicia Ors Ausín.

14:00 – 15:30 Working Lunch 

15:30 – 17:30 Workshop “Adding your Creativity to the Thesis.” Marjorie Kanter. Writer & Poet.

17:30 – 18:00 Conclusions

PhD. Carmen Flys Junquera.

PhD in English Philology, Universidad de Alcalá.

Member of the Academic Board of Instituto Franklin-UAH. Her teaching experience focuses on academic writing and American literature. Her research interests are US contemporary ethnic literature, miscegenation, ecocriticism, and literature of ethnic detectives.


Dra. Alicia Ors Ausín

PhD in American Studies at Instituto Franklin-UAH. Degree in Journalism from the CEU-Cardenal Herrera University in Madrid and a Masters in Screenwriting for Television and Film from the Menendez Pelayo International University.

She has worked for Radio Televisión Española, Radio Televisión Valenciana and the Spanish news agency EFE, all official institutions, as well as in the Communications office of the President of the Valencia Regional Government. She has worked as a counselor in different political communication projects and startups. Lecturer and trainer, she is specialized in online communication strategies and nre Internet formats. She currently teaches Theory of Communication at the School of Communication of the CEU-Cardenal Herrera University.

 Alicia Ors

Marjorie Kanter

Author of short literary pieces, public art installations, net projects, creative interventions, and essays; researcher and teacher/trainer/workshop leader in the areas of creativity, writing, intercultural matters, communicative competence in English, language development and phonology, problem solving and thinking skills, Paul Bowles…  Process oriented teaching: interactive, dialogues, presentations, reading and understanding the short story…

My work has both autobiographical and socio-cultural aspects. What I select to write about and what is left out is of elemental importance. Often a very small insignificant event is presented for reflection on larger themes.

“Marjorie Kanter´s work is fresh, ironic, and impregnated with a subtle humor and sensitivity. Her free style of writing captures events and personal experiences of real life in different cultural and geographical environments. She plays with words, grammar, mixes languages, and uses other techniques to give the right tone to her short literary pieces. Reading this book is a unique experience.”

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Lived and worked in Pennsylvania and Boston from 1971 – 1985. Residence in Spain since 1986…Madrid and Tarifa at the southernmost point of Europe. Extended stays in Morocco and Altos de Chavon, the Dominican Republic.

BFA, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, USA; MA, University of Cincinnati, Cinti, Ohio, USA.



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