Indira Yadira Ariana García Varela

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Spanish & Portuguese
Ph.D. Student
Medieval Iberia
Advisor: Isidro Rivera
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall 2031
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS


Indira (Chihuahua, México) is a Ph.D. student in the Spanish and Portuguese Department. She is interested in medieval and early-modern Iberian literature and culture. She received her BA in Art History and Philosophy and a minor in Museum Studies, from Arizona State University in 2012. She also received her MA in Spanish Literature from the same institution, where she wrote a thesis focusing on rethinking the image of Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, under the supervision of Dr. Emil Volek. Indira has also received an MA in Spanish from the University of Kansas in 2017. During 2018-2019, she was the vice-president of the Graduate Association of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese (GRASP). Currently, she is assistant editor for La corónica Commons. Medieval Iberian Languages, Literatures & Cultures and editor of Digitus Indie Publisher.

Teaching Interests

  • Communicative Language Teaching
  • Safe Zone Training
  • Online Teaching Training
  • Socio-Cultural Approach
  • Approachable 

Research Interests

  • Visual Studies
  • Critical and Literary Theory
  • 15th and 16th-Century Visual Arts
  • Photography
  • Print Culture
  • Book History

Selected Publications

“La Frontera y el paisaje. Fotografías de Elsa Medina”. Encontraste Colectivo Digital, December 2012: 118-199.

“Ritmo hesicástico: Nueve ensayos sobre Lezama”. Carátula. Revista Cultural Centroamericana 61, 2014: 80-84.

Contrapuntos V: The Gaze, editor. Spring 2018.

Contrapuntos VI: Ciudades (in)visibles, co-editor. Fall 2018.

Group Online Exhibition, Books of Hours: The Art of Devotion. Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas, Lawrence (Catalogue),

Selected Presentations

“Amadís de Gaula: an Iberian Text Analogous to the Semiosphere”. Medieval Association of the Midwest Conference, Lawrence, October, 2017.

“The Gaze: an Intersectional Conversation”. University of Kansas, Lawrence, October, 2017.

“Presentación de la revista Contrapuntos V”. Biblioteca Pública Municipal de Ares (España), December 2017.

“Las traducciones fronterizas de Amadís de Gaula: transformación, visualidad y significado”. Spanish and Portuguese Graduate Research Colloquium, March 2019.

Selected Awards & Honors

2020       Alva V. Ebersole Award, Spanish and Portuguese Department, University of Kansas

2019       Unruh Research and Travel Award, Spanish and Portuguese Department, University of Kansas

2019       Graduate Research Consultant Award, Center for Undergraduate Research, University of Kansas

2018       Medieval and Early Modern Studies Certificate, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of Kansas

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