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Dr. Katerina Garcia
Assistant Professor, Hispanic Studies

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Katerina García, Cantiga I : Tonnta Farraigí Vigo. A visual poem by Jaro Waldeck, IV North American Symposium on Galician Studies, Lubbock, TX, (USA), 19-22 October 2023, 2023 Oral Presentation, 2023

Katerina Garcia, Performance as Journey to Knowledge: The 'Cantiga I' by Martín Codax, From Folklore to World Music: New Ways to Old Music, 2023, p133 - 146 Journal Article, 2023

Katerina Garcia, Review of Iberian Moorings: Al-Andalus and Sepharad and the The Tropes of Exceptionalism, by Ross Brann , Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 2022 Review, 2022

Katerina García, "On the willows there we hung up our lyres: Reflections on the role of geography and existential space in the songs of the Irish and Sephardic diaspora", Proceedings of the International Colloquy in Ethnomusicology, From Folklore to World Music: Music and Space, Namest nad Oslavou, Czech Republic, 28-29 July 2020, edited by Krekovicova, E. and Uhlikova, L. , Municipal Culture Centre, Namest nad Oslavou, Czech Republic, 2020, pp117 - 146 Conference Paper, 2020

Katerina García, "Between the waves and the sea strand: Sacred and profane themes in a Sephardic wedding song" , Proceedings of the International Colloquy in Ethnomusicology, From Folklore to World Music: Music and Spirituality, Namest nad Oslavou, Czech Republic, 30-31 July 2019, edited by Pribylova, L. and Uhlikova, L. , 13, Municipal Culture Centre, Namest nad Oslavou, Czech Republic, 2019, pp117 - 138 Conference Paper, 2019

Al tyempo del kuechko dulse: History, Language and Identity in Enrique Saporta y Beja's account of Jewish life in Salonika in, editor(s)Bayó Belenguer S., Rooney N. , Pulling Together or Pulling Apart? Perspectives on Nationhood, Identity and Belonging in Europe, Peter Lang, 2019, pp119 - 146, [Katerina Garcia] Book Chapter, 2019

Katerina Garcia, Katerina Garcia, Salamander: Como la Rosa , Review of Como la Rosa, by Salamander , Yearbook for Traditional Music, 51, 2019, p294-295 Review, 2019

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

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

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

, 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 , The British Conference on Judeo-Spanish Studies, University of London, 29-31 July 2008, edited by Hilary Pomeroy, Christopher J. Pountain and Elena Romero , (0902238760, 97809022), London: Department of Hispanic Studies, Queen Mary, University of London., 2012 Conference Paper, 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

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Jaro Waldeck, Katerina García, Liam Ó Maonlaí, 'Cantiga I : Tonnta Farraigí Vigo', 2023, - Film production, 2023

Katerina Garcia, Presentation of the project "Cantiga I : Tonnta Farraigí Vigo", irish Itinerary 2023 (EFACIS): Elements of Aesthetics in Constructing Form and Identity, University of La Rioja, Logroño, Spain, 14th-15th March 2023, 2023 Oral Presentation, 2023

Katerina García, "Sephardic Song and the Middle Ages", "Atelier Franco-Irlandais", Trinity Long Room Hub, 29 March 2022, 2022 Invited Talk, 2022

Katerina García, Liam Ó Maonlaí, '"Live from Marlay House"', EFACIS Conference, Prague 2021, Dublin, EFACIS, 2021, - Music Production, 2021

Katerina García, Izabella Goldstein, 'On the Fringes of Disapora: The Songs of the Unwanted', Players Theatre, TCD, Trinity College Dublin, 2019, - Music Production, 2019

Katerina García, '"From Toledo to Salonika: A Mediterranean Journey"', Pearse Museum, Dublin 16, Office of Public Works, 2019, - Music Production, 2019

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, 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, '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, 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 principal 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 several years, I have expanded my original 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, at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. In its nostalgic portrayal of a mostly disappeared urban landscape and its vibrant multi-ethnic culture, the novel stands out as a remarkable example of Sephardic memory narratives. I have presented several conference papers on this subject and a book chapter, which was published in 2018. My work on this text is ongoing, currently taking the shape of an analysis of the musical texts included by the author (himself a folklore collector) to represent the life-cycle celebrations of the Jewish Community of Salonika. To this effect, I intend to analyse the song repertoire used by the author in his narrative as a stand-alone song cycle. I aim to compile and compare diverse textual and musical variants of the main pieces featured in the text, providing a study of their role not only as cultural artefacts of celebration and commemoration, but ultimately as places of memory and vectors for the expression of the community's diasporic identity. 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. I am particularly interested in representations of Sepharad as a cultural and historical construct in contemporary modes of interpretation. To date, I have presented several papers at specialised international conferences, and published articles and conference papers on the subject. LANGUAGE AND MUSIC AS SPACES FOR IDENTITY EXPRESSION: I am interested in exploring the roles of language and music as fundamental spaces for the expression of identity, both individual and collective level. To this effect, I am developing a musical collaboration with renowned Irish singer and musician Liam Ó Maonlaí, and I am in the initial stages of preparing a collaboration with a Dublin-based Croatian theatre director.



Judeo-Spanish proficiency assessment in Ireland (Spanish Nationality for Sephardim under Law 12/2015) 2016

Review board member : Romanistica Pragensia (Journal in Romance Philology), Charles University Press. 2015 - present

"A Musical Tapestry" Curation and performance for Mother Tongues Festival 2022. (Repertoire selected and commented with emphasis on multilingualism.) 26 February 2022

"Live from Marlay House: Video performance with Liam Ó Maonlaí" EFACIS 2021 Conference 4 September 2021

Performance at Insituto Cervantes, Culture Night 20 September 2019

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

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

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

PhD Studentship, Charles University, Prague 2002

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


Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland 2008 – present

International Council for Traditional Music Ireland 30 November 2022 – present