Reflections from the 2016 Walter Mangold Trust Visiting Fellow, Professor Saúl
To be named “The Walter Mangold Trust Fund Fellow” for 2016 is an honor that I will always treasure. It has afforded me a unique opportunity to come
to Australia and, in addition to meeting members of the Board, to interact with University of Melbourne faculty, students and staff. As I mentioned privately and during my public address, the goals
of the Trust Fund in carrying out and advancing Walter Mangold’s philosophy about the role of language and culture in facilitating understanding and promoting peace, have been at the core of
scholarly and research-action initiatives throughout my academic career. It was therefore with utmost enthusiasm that I embraced your invitation to share with you some thoughts on this shared
endeavour. I am also grateful to have been able to hold a workshop for faculty and students on Argentina, and to speak about “Borges and the Kabbalah” at the Instituto Cervantes in Sydney and at the
University of Melbourne.
Conversations with faculty and administrators about a Latin American Studies Center, as well as the advancement of Latin American literature in the School
of Languages and Linguistics (SOLL), have generated a number of possibilities for closer collaboration that should lead to joint projects between Melbourne and Maryland. I expect that in the very
near future faculty and doctoral students from both universities will be able to collaborate in courses, conferences and in research. This has been possible given the diligence of all those involved
in facilitating my residence here; namely, the Board’s generous invitation, the arrangements made by Prof. Alfredo Martínez Expósito, the collegiality of members of the SOLL faculty –notably of Prof.
Veronique Duché and of Mara Favoretto— and of the staff, most specially of Emma Sekuless.
Sometimes, faculty are granted the opportunity to spend time to meet with new colleagues and advanced students to reflect on issues that affect the way we
see the world and, from the vantage point of our chosen profession, our role in it. Your invitation has allowed me to do so at Melbourne and to explore in an ideal academic setting how we may proceed
together in advancing the goals of The Walter Mangold Trust Fund. For this privilege, and as I look forward to our next step, I’ll remain forever grateful to you.
Professor Saúl Sosnowski, 2016