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Professor of Spanish | Dey 334

At UNC since 1990


1986-90 PhD in Renaissance Spanish Linguistic Thought University of California, Santa Barbara

Dissertation Title: “La teoría del ‘castellano primitivo’ y la lingüística del Renacimiento.” Director: Prof. Marta Gallo

1984-85 M.A. in Spanish Philology, cum laude Università degli Studi di Pisa

1980-84 B.A. in Romance Philology, cum laude Università degli Studi di Pisa

Other Appointments

Director, Honors Study Abroad in Rome


Lucia Binotti is the founder of Amirabilia, the world first platform for experiential education. She is Professor of Spanish and Digital Humanities in the Department of Romance Studies at UNC-CH. She also drives two Honors summer programs abroad, Immersive Renaissance in Rome, and Sports Medicine and Future-Smart Culture in Barcelona. Lucia is a Philologist (believe me, this is important) turned into Experimental Humanist.  From her foundational work on material and cultural history and on the mechanisms that construct linguistic and cultural identity, Binotti is imagining the new paradigms of immersive learning — Place, Presence and Perspective – for the Cyber-Humanities. Her latest research, on immersive curricula in the language and culture “classroom” and on ally education of LatinX survivors of domestic abuse, contributes to the ongoing reflection on the crucial role that collaborative methodologies and emerging technologies have on the design of smart educational ecosystems that enhance the dissemination and fruition of social and cultural knowledge among non-academic communities of practice.

Recent Publications

  • Cultural Capital, Language and National Identity in Early Modern Spain. London: Tamesis, 2012. 207pp.
  • With Carmen de Urioste “Digital Humanities and the Common Good. The Case of Entiendelo.” Revista de Humanidades Digitales. Revista de Humanidades Digitales, 1(1) 2017: 207-222.
  • “Visual Eroticism, Poetic Voyeurism: Ekphrasis and the Complexities of Patronage in Góngora’s Fábula de Polifemo y Galatea.” Ignacio López Alemany and Jason McKloskey, Eds. Signs of Power in Habsburg Spain and the New World. Lewisburg: Bucknell UP, 2013, 27-58.
  • With Jacob Stiglitz, “Iberian Culture and Authenticity. The Promise of VR.” iLRN House of Language, Culture and Heritage Publications. Forthcoming 2020.

Digital and Other Novel Forms of Scholarship

  • nXimena. Education of Healthcare Providers on Special Care for Latinx Victims of Domestic Abuse. Virtual patient platform to provide intensive, client-directed care to at-risk populations.
  • Entiendelo. An App Helping Latinx and their Advocates Navigate Stressful Linguistic and Cultural Situations. (Project site active as a research lab for SPAN 682, Hispanic Sociolinguistics).
  • How Do You Say It? Maximizing Spanish Resources for Latin@ IPV Prevention. Digital repository and visualizations built on Prospect. (Active)
  • DHPressRome Collaborative learning platform for Honors Carolina Renaissance Program in Rome.
  • Gnovis: Flowing Through The Galaxy of Knowledge. A navigation and visualization engine to display semantic relations between Humanities data-sets.


  • Collaborator, CFE-Lenovo Technology Integration Grant proposal AR/VR Expansion for the UNC-Ch Campus (PI Brian Moynihan, Health Science Library) Awarded August 2019.
  • Technology Research and Learning Consultant for UNC-G CAS Grant Geo-triggered Learning Application for a UNCG Campus Tour (PI Dr. Maruja Torres, UNC-G Department of Interior Architecture and Design). Awarded January 2019.
  • Collaborator, CFE-Lenovo Grant AR/VR Expansion for the Digital Health Program (PI Brian Moynihan, UNC-CH Health Science Library) Awarded Aug. 2018.
  • Technology Research and Learning Consultant for NCSU DELTA Grant Exploration of a Location-Based Learning Platform for Higher Education (PIs Drs. Karl Wegmann and DelWayne Bohnenstiehl, NCSU Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences) Awarded September 2018.
  • Mellon Digital Innovations Lab Research Grant for the Project “How Do You Say It?” (2014).
  • Gnovis, Flowing through the Galaxy of Knowledge. NEH Digital Humanities Start-up Grant (2011-13).

Major Awards/Honors

  • Senior Faculty Research Leave, Spring 2021
  • Ambassador, iLRN House of Language, Culture and Heritage, 2019-
  • Expert Panelist, iLRN’s State of XR and Immersive Learning Report, 2020.
  • International Co-Chair – North America for iLRN 2020, the 6th Annual Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network, which will take place virtually, from June 21 to 25, 2020.
  • Leader, XR Faculty Learning Community. UNC Center for Faculty Excellence, 2018-
  • Digital Innovation Fellow of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Fall 2014. Project Title: How Do You Say It? The Role of Language in the Prevention of Latina IPV.
  • John K. Walsh Award for best article in La corónica 39 (2010). Selection made by the Executive Committee of the Modern Language Association Division on Medieval Spanish Language and Literature. Awarded essay: “Humanistic Audiences…”
  • Gnovis, Flowing through the Galaxy of Knowledge identified by the UNC Institute for the Arts and Humanities as one of the in-Campus technology projects meriting the leverage of monetary and non-monetary resources (2011).

Typical Courses

  • SPAN 301, Introduction to Hispanic Literature
  • SPAN371, Topics in Medieval and Early Modern Spanish Literature
  • SPAN375, Spanish of the US
  • SPAN621, The Cultural and Literary History of the Spanish Language
  • SPAN682, Hispanic Sociolinguistics
  • SPAN 738, The Intellectual History of Spain
  • ROML501, Intro to Digital Humanities for Romance Languages 
  • ROML089H, FYS Sexuality and the Body in Early Modern Europe

Professor Binotti is currently accepting any ROMS students interested in the Digital Humanities and/or Early Modern Renaissance, regardless of their main language disciplinary focus.