Katerina Garcia
Assistant Professor, Hispanic Studies

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Al tyempo del kuechko dulse: History, Language and Identity in Enrique Saporta y Beja's account of Jewish life in Salonika in, editor(s)Susana Bayó Belenguer, Nicola Rooney , Identity and Nationhood in Spain and in the West, Peter Lang, 2018, [Katerina Garcia] Book Chapter, 2018

Katerina Garcia, La alegría de Jako: A Judeo-Spanish song as reflection of linguistic and cultural syncretism, Studies in Arts and Humanities, 3, (2), 2017, p29 - 38 Journal Article, 2017

Katerina Garcia, Singing the Memory of Sepharad: Traditional Sephardic Song and its Interpretation, Ethnomusicology Ireland , (5), 2017, p172 - 191 Journal Article, 2017

Kon Sira, 'Kon Sira: Songs from the Sephardic Tradition', Katerina Garcia, Prague, Czech Republic, Good Day Records, 2013, - Music Production, 2013

Hilary Pomeroy, Christopher J. Pountain and Elena Romero(ed.), Notes on the retention of word-initial f- in the Judeo-Spanish of Thessaloniki, Selected Papers from the Fifteenth British Conference on Judeo-Spanish Studies , University of London, (0902238760, 97809022), 29-31 July 2008, London: Department of Hispanic Studies, Queen Mary, University of London., 2012 Proceedings of a Conference, 2012

Katerina Garcia, Notas sobre la formación de palabras en el judeoespañol de Salónica, Romanistica Pragensia, (18), 2009, p65 - 80 Journal Article, 2009

Notas sobre el plano fónico de la variante judeoespañola de Tesalónica in, editor(s)Petr Čermák , Las lenguas románicas: su unidad y diversidad, Prague, Czech Republic, Charles University, Prague, 2005, [Katerina Garcia] Book Chapter, 2005

Katerina Garcia, "Judeo paněl tina - vznik a vývoj", [Judeo-Spanish - origins and evolution], Časopis pro Moderní Filologii [Revue for Modern Philology], 86, (1), 2004 Journal Article, 2004

Katerina Garcia, "El tratado De uitiis et uirtutibus orationis de Julián de Toledo / estudio, edición y traducción, José Carracedo Fraga." , Review of "El tratado De uitiis et uirtutibus orationis, by Julián de Toledo, by José Carracedo Fraga , Bulletin of Spanish Studies Review,

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Katerina Garcia, Sefarad a jeho odrazy v současné interpretaci tradiční sefardské písně [Reflections of Sepharad in the contemporary interpretation of traditional Sephardic song] , Mezinárodní kolokvium zaměřené na lidovou, folkovou, entnickou hudbu a world music [International colloquium on traditional, folk, ethnic and world music], Namest nad Oslavou, Czech Republic, 25-26 July 2017, 2017 Conference Paper, 2017

Katerina Garcia, 'No ay en lashon a-kodesh estas palavras': Language and Memory in two Judeo-Spanish novels , Hispanic Studies Research Seminar , University College Cork, 5 March , 2016, Department of Hispanic Studies, UCC Invited Talk, 2016

Katerina Garcia, Singing the Memory of Sepharad: Traditional Sephardic Song and its Interpretation, St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin., 27-28th Feb 2016, 2016 Conference Paper, 2016

Katerina Garcia, The language of the Sephardic Diaspora through a fictional lens: Enrique Saporta y Beja's novelistic account of Jewish life in Salonika , Annual AGHBI Conference, University of Oxford, 25-27 March 2013, 2013 Conference Paper, 2013

Katerina Garcia, Sephardic Thessaloniki: Five centuries of Judeo-Spanish Language and Culture, research Seminar of the Department of Hispanic and Lusophone Studies, UCD, UCD, Dublin, 04/03, 2008, Department of Hispanic and Lusophone Studies Invited Talk, 2008

Katerina Garcia, Diachronic change in the Judeo-Spanish linguistic variety of Thessaloniki, 15th British Conference oj Judeo-Spanish Studies, Queen Mary College, University of London, 29-31/07, 2008 Conference Paper, 2008

Katerina Garcia, Future Perspectives for Judeo-Spanish in Thessaloniki and Perspectives for its Revitalisation, Conference of the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland, University of Sheffield, UK, 26/03, 2008 Conference Paper, 2008

Katerina Garcia, Field research within the Jewish community of Thessaloniki, Conference of Hispanists of the Czech Republic, Palacky University Olomouc, Czech Republic, 13/09/2005, 2005 Conference Paper, 2005

Katerina Garcia, Judeo-Spanish, Semana de cultura española en la Universidad Palacky de Olomouc, Rep. Checa, Olomouc, Czech Republic, 12/05, 2004, Department of Hispanic Studies, Palacky University, Olomouc Invited Talk, 2004

Research Expertise


JUDEO-SPANISH LINGUISTICS: My main area of academic expertise is Linguistics of Judeo-Spanish, the linguistic variety spoken within (mainly) the Sephardic diaspora of the Balkan Peninsula and the Eastern Mediterranean. Judeo-Spanish is a fascinating area of Hispanic Linguistics: it provides linguists with invaluable insight into the mechanics of language change and the effects of intense language contact, while representing a noteworthy case study for sociolinguistics and the pragmatics of language use. To date I have focused mainly on various linguistic aspects of Judeo-Spanish and published articles on the subject in international peer-reviewed journals, as well as presenting papers at international conferences. THE JUDEO-SPANISH LANGUAGE IN ITS HISTORICAL AND SOCIO-CULTURAL CONTEXT: In the course of the past two years, I have begun to expand my field of expertise, to incorporate the broader historical and socio-cultural realities inherent to Judeo-Spanish language use, with particular attention to the novel En torno de la Torre blanca by Sephardic author Enrique Saporta y Beja. This text, written integrally in Judeo-Spanish and published in Paris in 1982, reflects the usages and customs of various sectors of the Sephardic population of Salonika (Thessaloniki, Greece), until 1917 the city's largest ethnic and religious group. I have presented several conference papers on the subject and a book chapter, which has been accepted for publication and due to appear in 2018. TRANSMISSION AND INTERPRETATION OF SEPHARDIC SONG: The transmission and interpretation of Sephardic songs is inextricably linked to Sephardic culture, and to this day represents a powerful marker of identity. I have been conducting research in the areas of traditional secular Sephardic song and its textual and musical genres. My interest was initially motivated by my linguistic research, and ultimately also informed by my own experience as a musician. I am particularly interested in representations of "Sepharad" as a cultural and historical construct in contemporary modes of interpretation. To date, I have presented two papers at specialised international conferences. I have recently published an article on the subject and a paper, due to appear as part of a conference proceedings volume in 2018.



Workshop and recital of Spanish and Judeo-Spanish traditional song. Williams College, Williamstown, MA (US) Autumn 2018

A Musical Voyage. LexIcon Dún Laoghaire. Recital. 16 May 2017

"Variación diatópica y functional del judeoespañol". Master Universitario Internacional de Lengua Española y Lingüística, Universidad de Oviedo. Postgraduate seminar in Judeo-Spanish Linguistics. 13-15 March 2017

Ireland and the Spanish Republic Conference. Performance as part of public lecture by Dr Soledad Fox Maura 19 October 2016

Judeo-Spanish, Jewish Languages Exhibition Launch. Discussion Round Table 4 September 2016

Sephardic song recital. Department of Hispanic Studies, University College Cork 5 March 2016

Launch of Cyphers 78: A Celebration of Poetry from the Hispanic World. Instituto Cervantes, Dublin 17 November 2014

Lingua + Musica: A Celebration of Linguistic and Cultural Diversity. European Day of Languages 2013 17 October 2013

Judeo-Spanish, the language of the Sephardim in the Balkans. The Jewish Museum in Prague, Public Lecture. 14 April 2012

Awards and Honours

Katerina Krausova Prize for best M.A. Dissertation in Hispanic Studies 2002

PhD Studentship, Charles University, Prague 2002


Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland 2008 – present