During 2016-17, I have been engaged in a variety of projects spanning topics in Spanish cultural studies and Spanish cinema, my two primary areas of research.
My work in Spanish cultural studies includes “Popular Theater as Space and Symbol of the Spanish Democratic Revolution,” a forthcoming article in the Bulletin of Hispanic Studies. That article considers the role of theater in the construction of new political identities in Spain in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Another essay, “The Politics of Public Memory in Madrid Now: From an ‘Olympic Capital of Impunity’ to Omnia sunt communia,” is a chapter in a book that will be published by the University of Minnesota Press later this year called Cartographies of Madrid: Contesting Urban Space at the Crossroads of the Global South and Global North. My chapter examines how the new Madrid city government, which is itself an expression of the democratic revolution in Spain, has attempted to address issues of historical memory related to Spanish fascism and the controversy it has provoked.
In terms of Spanish cinema, I contributed several entries to the Encyclopedia of Contemporary Spanish Film, which will also be published in 2017 by Roman & Littlefield. In June, I will present a paper on Spanish horror film, “Aparecidos, or How to Make Your Own Ghosts Disappear by Seeing Others,” at the IV Congreso Internacional de Historia, Arte y Literatura en el Cine en Español y en Portugés, which will be held at the Centro de Estudios Brasileños at the Universidad de Salamanca. That paper will be published in book of conference proceedings.
Since I strive to build bridges between my research, teaching and service to the university, last October I organized the panel, “Political Revolution?: Lessons From Spain,” to compare the political situation in Spain with the United States in advance of the presidential election. I also opened the film screenings of my spring course on Spanish Cinema to all Spanish students, so they can be exposed to the “precarious cinema” that has been produced in Spain in recent years. Finally, I have formed a committee to organize a Latino Film Festival in 2018 that will feature films from Spanish-speaking Latin America, Brazil and Spain. Stay tuned for more details!