Projects

Ongoing Projects:

TeCoLa: www.tecola.eu

Pedagogical differentiation through telecollaboration and gaming for intercultural and content integrated language teaching, funded by  Erasmus +. TeCoLa harnesses gamified telecollaboration technologies to enhance foreign language teaching and learning. Virtual world interaction, video communication and online games are deployed to support online pedagogical exchanges between secondary school students throughout Europe. Partner institutions: Utrecht University (coordinating institution), The Netherlands, LINK, Germany, University of Roehampton, United Kingdom, University of Antwerp, Belgium, University of Valencia, Spain. Transit-Lingua, France, 3DLES, The Netherlands.

Completed Projects:

ARES: Archive and Critical Study of the Spanish Audiovisual Artistic Practices (Expanded Video) since the 90s. Identity and New Media is an I+D (research and development) Project funded by the Spanish Government. I = D grant. (2014-2017)

http://www.aresvisuals.net/investigadores/#proyecto 

The project aims to create and organize an archive of audiovisual production in the Spanish context from the 90s to the present and to organize a website that would allow us to trace a complex genealogy, presented as a timeline and a map of the conceptual issues that concern the indexed production -gender, race and nation identities, and also other categories related with the narratives of everyday experience. Lead by Universidad de Castilla La Mancha and the participation of the University of Roehampton, Universidad Autónoma (Madrid), Universidad Jaume I (Castellón), Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Universidad de Zaragoza.

Transnationality at large: The Transnational Dimension of Hispanic Culture in the 20th and 21st Centuries' TRANSIT (an IRSES EU funded Project) (January 2013 – December 2016)

The objective of this project is to bring together several research centres specialized in the study of Hispanic and Latin American culture around a central topic: the transnational dimension of contemporary Hispanic culture. More precisely, we are interested in the way in which Hispanic cultural identity is (re-)defined under the pressure of transnationalisation.

The project aims at bringing to the notice of scholars interested in transnationality the case of the Hispanic World and it encourages attention to the cultural dimension of transnationality as a broader phenomenon. The innovative character of this research exchange project consists in the integrated perspective on transnationality as a cultural phenomenon in the Hispanic world (literature, film, journalism, literary criticism, photography), as well as the production of truly international teams of experts on the topic, situated in strategic research centres.

Partner institutions: 

University of Leuven (Leuven, Belgium); Universität Konstanz (Konstanz, Germany);University of Roehampton (London, UK); Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico City. México); Universidade de São Paulo (São Paulo, Brazil); University of California, Los Angeles (Califonia USA); Université Blaise Pascal Clermont-Ferrand 2 (Pascal Clermont-Ferrand France); Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (Cordoba, Argentina).

TILA (January 2013 – June 2015) www.tilaproject.eu 

TILA promotes the integration of collaborative activities in the foreign language classroom across a number of European secondary schools. Through the use of computer-mediated communication tools, students will work with peers from other countries in order to help each other improve their language skills and learn about each other's cultures. Some of the tools used for this purpose will be web chats, videoconferencing software and social networking sites such as Ning among others. The aim is to make language learning a more exciting, challenging and enriching experience, contributing at the same to train multilingual and intercultural speakers.

Schools will experiment with the different tools but will have the freedom to choose the ones that are more suited to their curriculum and respond best to their students' needs and learning styles.

One of the project's aims is to be able to incorporate telecollaboration activities in a harmonic way, without disrupting the usual dynamics of the usual day to day in the school.

A New Cultural Adventure: Cinema, Western Sahara & the HRC and justmessaging.com (2009)

A team from the Hispanic Research Centre, with the support of the LTEU and eLearning, successfully ran an audiovisual workshop with Saharawis in the refugee camps during the FISahara international film festival in May 2009. The workshop took place in the most remote of the four camps, Dakhla, which is situated around 150 km away from the nearest town of Tindouf, in an extremely desolate desert region of SouthWestern Algeria.

The Team video-taped messages from Saharawis, and a website was created to upload these messages to give voice to this forgotten people and open up a new means of communication between the Saharawis and the rest of the world. These may be viewed at www.justmessaging.com, where you'll find a brief explanatory paragraph and a short video-summary. 

In July 2009 a British Academy 'Small Research Grant' was awarded to continue working on this project. The award will be used to compile and disseminate a bibliographic and filmographic research database on cinema and the Saharawi People. This database will be available to any interested parties via the University of Roehampton website and via the Sandblast website. The Western Sahara Audiovisual Database can be found here.