Aurelie Vialette

Assistant Professor of Hispanic Languages and Literature

Stony Brook University

Aurelie Vialette specializse in 19th-century Iberian cultural studies (popular music, journalistic discourse, archival studies, and mass and working class organizations). She conducts her research in Spanish, Catalan, Basque, and Galician, and includes these languages in the classroom as well, both at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Her first book, “Intellectual Philanthropists: the Seduction of the Masses” is forthcoming at Purdue University Press (2018). She focuses on the cultural production that responds to the workers’ educational and social phenomena, such as poverty, the rise of revolutionary movements, and the integration of masses of workers into the cultural, political, and social concert in 19th-century Iberia (Catalonia, Basque Country, Asturias, Galicia).

Her second book project is titled “Disposable Bodies: Penitentiary Colonization and the Failed Rebirth of the Spanish Empire” explores primary sources about the carceral system that unveil crucial contemporary issues regarding criminality, imprisonment, and mass incarceration. The proposals to reform the penitentiary system in the nineteenth-century included issues that our civil society is constantly examining: the prisoners’ labor, their education in prison, juvenile crime, or questions that are similar to the “broken windows policy.” Architecture, the use of prison buildings, and the modes of life of prisoners, were also discussed –questions that resonate deeply with the issue of mass incarceration. She explores the human aspect of banishment implied in penal colonization, and examine and historicize the carceral archipelago as a space of exception.

She also has a strong interest in Digital Humanities and am working on a project that explores the musical archives I have included in my book. The project, built with Omeka and Neatline, will be available soon at avialette.com.

Finally, she is also interested and has published on the journalistic networks by women writers between Mexico and Spain in the second half of the nineteenth-century.