RESEARCH GROUP: SPAIN
Juan Antonio Suárez
Juan Antonio Suárez holds a PhD. in Comparative Literature and Film Studies, Indiana University, and teaches American Studies at the University of Murcia, Spain. His main academic interests are modernist literature, independent and experimental cinema, contemporary art, and sound studies. He is the author of the books Bike Boys, Drag Queens, and Superstars (Indiana University Press, 1996), Pop Modernism: Noise and the Reinvention of the Everyday (University of Illinois Press, 2007), and Jim Jarmusch (University of Illinois Press 2007). He is also an associate editor of the “Cinema and Modernism” section of Routledge’s online Encyclopedia of Modernism and the co-editor, with David Walton, of the volumes Culture, Space, Politics: Blurred Lines (Lanham: Lexington / Rowman and Littlefield, 2015) and Borders, Networks, Escape Lines: The Spatial Politics of Contemporary Fiction (Peter Lang, 2016). He has published numerous essays on modernist literature and experimental film in Spanish and English. Recent work in English has appeared in journals such as Grey Room, ExitBook, Criticism, and Screen, and in the edited collections Film Analysis, 2nd. Ed., eds. J. Geiger and R. L. Rutsky (W. W. Norton, 2013), Birds of Paradise: Costume as Cinematic Spectacle, ed. Marketa Uhlirova (Walther Koenig, 2014), and The Modernist World, eds. Lindgren and Ross (Routledge, 2015), among others. He has curated film programmes for X-Céntric/Centro de Cultura Contemporánea de Barcelona, Tate Modern (London), Museo Reina Sofía (Madrid), and MOCA-LA-Pacific Film Archive. He is currently writing a book on experimental film and queer materiality.
Alejandro Melero is Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism and Media at University Carlos III Madrid, which he joined in 2009. He has also worked at Queen Mary University of London, where he obtained his PhD. He has published about film and gender, performing arts and the representation of sexual minorities.
María Rosón received her PhD from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (History of Art Department) in 2014. She works as a postdoctoral researcher in Valencia University’s Department of Language Theory and Communication Science. She has held research positions at Southampton University, New York University, University of Oxford and Leeds University. She had a research fellowship in Museo Reina Sofia, Collection Department. She also curated the exhibitions José Ortiz Echagüe: Depicting Women, Types and Stereotypes (Madrid: Madrid Community, 2010) and Women under Suspicion: Memory and Sexuality (Madrid: UNED, 2013). Her research is particularly concerned with twentieth century Spanish visual culture in intersection with gender studies. She has published Género, memoria y cultura visual en el primer franquismo (materiales cotidianos, más allá del arte) (Madrid: Cátedra, 2016).
Virginia Villaplana Ruiz
Dr. Virginia Villaplana Ruiz is Professor of Media Studies at Murcia University. She makes and studies committed media practices that contribute to political change and individual and community growth. She is author of the books Softfiction: Chick Strand, Visual Affects and Experimental Film (Bilbao: Consonni, 2016), The Moment of Memory (Madrid: Off Limits, 2010), Infinitive Cinema (Valencia: IVAM, 2008) and Cultural Narratives of Gender Violence (Madrid: Museo Reina Sofía, 2005). She has authored a number of articles, book chapters, and documentary essays on digital media culture and Spanish cinema. As an artist, writer, and video essayist based in Spain, she investigates transnational relations under the impact of the digital memory of queer people, resources, and information in different social exclusions. She has taught and researched in several European and Latin American universities – University of Roehampton, Colef. Escuela de Posgrado en Ciencias Sociales (Tijuana), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and Universidad del Alto (Bolivia) – in the fields of communication media theory, discourse analysis, gender studies, cinema, participatory culture and technology.
Juan Vicente Aliaga
Reader in Theory of Modern and Contemporary Art at Universitat Politècnica of Valencia, Juan’s work revolves around feminist, gender and queer studies. His major research interests include the examination of representations of sexual dissidence, paying attention to the discourses of micropolitics, post- and de-colonialism and globalization. He is the author of Sujetos indómitos: Una cartografía disidente de la ciudad de Valencia (with Carmen Navarrete, Valencia: Tirant lo Blanch, 2015), Desobediencias, cuerpos disidentes y espacios subvertidos en el arte en América Latina y España: 1960-2010 (with José Miguel G. Cortés, Madrid: Egales, 2014), and Orden fálico. Androcentrismo y violencia de género en las prácticas artísticas del siglo XX (Madrid: Akal, 2007). He has curated a number of exhibitions such as: Gina Pane. Intersecciones (León: Musac, 2016), Paz Errázuriz (Madrid: Mapfre, 2015), Genealogías feministas en el arte español: 1960-2010 (with Patricia Mayayo, León: Musac, 2012), Claude Cahun (Paris: Jeu de Paume, 2011; Barcelona: La Virreina. Centre de la Imatge, 2011; Chicago: The Art Institute, 2012); Akram Zaatari. The uneasy subject/El molesto asunto (León: Musac, 2011; Mexico City: MUAC, 2012); and En todas partes. Políticas de la diversidad sexual en el arte/Everywhere. Politics of Sexual diversity in Art (Santiago de Compostela: CGAC, 2009).
Gracia Trujillo holds a PhD in Sociology (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, UAM) and is Doctora Miembro of the Center for the Advanced Study in Social Sciences, Juan March Institute (Madrid). She is associate professor of Sociology at Universidad Complutense de Madrid since 2007 and also teaches postgraduate courses at the same university. A feminist and queer activist, she has been part of research projects and has published widely on social movements, feminist and LGBTQI theories and political practices, and gender and sexuality issues with an intersectional perspective, including queer pedagogies, and non-heterosexual reproduction and kinship. Her two books are Identities and Collective Action (2007) and Desire and Resistance. Thirty Years of Lesbian Mobilization in Spain, 1977- 2007 (Egales, 2009).
R. Lucas Platero
R. Lucas Platero Méndez holds a PhD in Sociology and Political Science from the National Distance Education University of Spain, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the Complutense University of Madrid. He currently serves as a social and community intervention instructor for the Community of Madrid and as director of publications for trans* studies at Bellaterra Publishing House. In collaboration with Esther Ortega Arjonilla, he is currently conducting research on the experiences of trans* people with children. He is a member of various research projects, such as the research and development project Voces múltiples, saberes plurales y tecnologías biomédicas (2016-2018) for the Department of Science, Technology and Society for the Spanish National Research Council’s Institute of Philosophy. He has collaborated on various European research projects, with an emphasis on intersectionality, intimate citizenship, and construction of the LGBT political agenda. He has published numerous articles in international and state research journals, as well as several books, including Lesbianas: Discursos y representaciones (Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Melusina, 2008), Intersecciones: Cuerpos y sexualidades en la encrucijada (Barcelona: Bellaterra, 2012); Trans*exualidades: Acompañamientos, factores de salud y recursos educativos (Barcelona: Bellaterra, 2014) and Por un chato de vino: Historias de travestismo y masculinidad femenina (Barcelona: Bellaterra, 2015).
Dr. Alberto Mira is Reader in Film and Hispanic Studies at Oxford Brookes University, where he teaches courses on Spanish Cinema, Classical Hollywood Narration and Stars. He completed a PhD on gay representation in British and American Theatre in 1994. Alberto was a Lecturer in Spanish at Oxford University between 1993 and 1996, where he taught Spanish Cinema and contemporary literature. Between 1997 and 1999, he was Queen Sofía Research Fellow at Exeter College, Oxford. He has published extensively on Francoist cinema, gender in Spanish cinema, Iván Zulueta, Eduardo Mendicutti, and Pedro Almodóvar for various Spanish, British and North American journals. He is the author of De Sodoma a Chueca (Madrid: Egales, 2004) as well as a monograph on gay and lesbian cinema, Miradas Insumisas. Gays y lesbianas en el cine (Madrid: Egales, 2008). Other publications include the Historical Dictionary of Spanish Cinema (Lanham: Scarecrow, 2010), 24 Frames: Spain and Portugal (London: Wallflower 2005), a monograph on Spanish theatre, and critical editions and Spanish translations of plays by Oscar Wilde and Edward Albee. Currently he is working on an extended project on queer childhoods in hispanic autobiography with special emphasis on the work on Terenci Moix and Manuel Puig, and a volume on Almodóvar’s Bad Education.
Josep-Anton Fernandez holds a PhD in Modern Languages from the University of Cambridge and a degree in Catalan Language and Literature from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He is currently Head of the Language and Universities Department at the Institut Ramon Llull, the public body that promotes Catalan language and culture abroad. He was a language assistant in Catalan at the Università Ca’ Foscari in Venice (1988-89) and a colloquial assistant in Spanish at the University of Birmingham (1989-91). Between 1993 and 2006 he was lecturer in Catalan (senior lecturer from 2002) at Queen Mary, University of London, where he founded and directed the Centre for Catalan Studies. From 2007 until 2015 (when he joined the Institut Ramon Llull) he was senior lecturer in Catalan Studies in the Arts and Humanities Department of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, where he directed the MA in Catalan Studies. He is a specialist in 20th-century Catalan literature and culture and in gender and sexuality studies, with a particular interest in the processes of construction of contemporary subjectivities. He has published the books El malestar en la cultura catalana: La cultura de la normalització 1976-1999 (Barcelona: Empuriès, 2008) and Another Country: Sexuality and National Identity in Catalan Gay Fiction (London: MHRA, 2000); he is the editor of the volume El gai saber: Introducció als estudis gais i lèsbics (Barcelona: Llibres de L´Index, 2000) and co-editor (with Adrià Chavarria) of Calçasses, gallines i maricons: Homes contra la masculinitat hegemònica (Barcelona: Angle, 2004), and (with Jaume Subirana) of Funcions del passat en la cultura catalana contemporània: Institucionalització, representacions, identitat (Lleida: Punctum, 2015). He has published numerous essays on Catalan literature and culture, cinema, and television. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Plataforma per la Llengua, the main non-governmental organisation working for Catalan language rights.
Noemi de Haro-García
Noemi de Haro-García is a Ramón y Cajal researcher at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She is the P.I. of the research projects “Cultura, protesta y movimientos sociales en la España contemporánea” and “Larga exposición: las narraciones del arte contemporáneo español para los ‘grandes públicos’”. She has published in journals such as Goya, Archivo Español de Arte and the Journal of Art History and is the author of the book Grabadores contra el franquismo.
Francisco Godoy Vega
Francisco Godoy Vega is a Chilean researcher, writer and curator based in Madrid. He has a degree in Aesthetics from the P. Universidad Católica de Chile, a Masters in Estudios Latinoamericanos y en Historia del Arte Contemporáneo y Cultura Visual from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Museo Reina Sofía and Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and a PhD in History of Art from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He is also a research fellow in the Exhibition Department of the Museo Reina Sofía. He has collaborated in publications such as Discourses and Practices in the Visual Arts of the ’70s and ’80s in Chile II (Santiago: LOM editores, 2012), Making Art Global (Part 2): ‘Magiciens de la Terre’ 1989 (London: Afterall, 2013) and Paris/México. Capitals of Exile (México: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2014). He has also published a collection of poetry The Revolution of the Rats (Madrid: Esto No es Berlín, 2013). He curated the exhibitions “Colectivo Acciones de Arte (C.A.D.A.), 1979-1985” (Museo Reina Sofía, 2016), “Critique of Migrant Reason” (with Carolina Bustamante, Madrid: La Casa Encendida, 2014; Asunción y Tegucigalpa: CCE, 2015) and “Chile Vive. Activated Memory” (Santiago: CCE, 2013). He is a founding member of the independent research platform Península: Colonial Processes, Art and Curatorial Practices.
Jesús Mª Carrillo Castillo
Jesus Carrillo has been a lecturer in the Art History Department of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid since 1997. He was the head of the Cultural Programmes Department of the Museo Reina Sofía from 2008 to 2015, and General Director of Cultural Programmes and Activities of Madrid City Council from 2015 to 2016. Jesus has an M.A. in Historical Studies (The Warburg Institute) and a Ph.D. in History (Cambridge University, King’s College). He has been a research fellow at the Huntington Library, Jonathan Brown Library, and the Anthropology Department, CSIC (Madrid). His writings include: Arte en la Red (Madrid: Cátedra, 2004), Naturaleza e Imperio (Madrid: 12 calles, 2004) and Tecnología e Imperio (Madrid: Nivola, 2003), Oviedo on Las Casas (Turnhaut: Brepols, 2000), and, as editor, Modos de hacer: arte crítico, esfera pública y acción directa (Salamanca: Ediciones de la Universidad de Salamanca, 2001), Tendencias del Arte. Arte de Tendencias (Madrid: Cátedra, 2003), Desacuerdos: sobre arte, políticas y esfera pública en el Estado español vols 1, 2, 3, 4, 8 (Barcelona: Macba, 2004-2015), Douglas Crimp: Posiciones críticas (Madrid: Akal, 2005), and Martha Rosler. Imágenes Públicas (Barcelona: Gustavo Gili, 2008).
Alberto Berzosa has a PhD in History and Theory of Art from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and the Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne. He has writen the books Homoherejías Fílmicas (Madrid: Brumaria, 2014) and Cámara en mano contra el franquismo (Buenos Aires: Al Margen, 2009). He has also contributed to some collective books with texts such as “Cine, activismo y movimientos sociales de una España en transición” (Madrid: Brumaria, 2012), and has had articles published in several national magazines such as Rinconete (Instituto Cervantes) and Input, and in international magazines like Afuera and Revista Latinoamericana de Ciencias de la Comunicación. He has coordinated different cultural activities, such as the talks “Nuevo cine de autor español” at the bookshop La Central in Museo Reina Sofía (2013), and has also curated exhibitions: “Els 5 QK’s: los mariquitas felices de la transición” (márgenes.org), “El documental de Llorenç Soler” (Madrid: Filmoteca Española, 2013) and “Madrid Activismos (1968-1982)” (Madrid: La Casa Encendida, 2016). In 2014 he founded the collective Imagen Subversiva, focused on analyzing photographic and cinematographic images which in the context of contemporary Spanish production create subversive meanings in the political, social and cultural plane. Since 2015 he has taught in the “Curso de Especialista en Cine, Fotografía y Vídeo Político y Social” at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.