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Research seminars

Spring term 2014-2015

Monday 2nd February [NB - New date!], 6pm, Queen's Building 147. Dr Oscar Salgado Suárez (Birbeck College) ‘Una parábola de la (No) Transición: Los Encargados (2012) de Sierra y Galindo’. (‘Los Encargados (Sierra and Galindo, 2012, short film) A parable of the (No)Transition’.) In English and Spanish.

Tuesday 10th February. Dr Virginia Villaplana Ruíz (Universidad de Murcia) ‘Cinema Politics. Memoria de la transición española’

Tuesday 10th March, 6pm, Queen's Building 141. Charlotte Federay (Kings College) “Trace material”: The space of memory, selfhood and exile in the plays of María Teresa León, María de la O Lejárraga García & Concha Méndez’

Academic year 2013-2014

TUESDAY 18TH MARCH - 6.00 P.M. QB144

18th march seminar

‘Culture and Urban Promotion in Spanish Cities: from the Boom to the Crisis’

Dr Diego Barrado-Timón (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

It aims to analyze the relation between culture and the city in Spain, paying special attention to different aspects of this relationship such as urban promotion, city marketing, image of the city and so on. As this relation cannot be interpreted in isolation, it will emphasize some aspects of the previous political, cultural and urban evolution. Firstly, the democratization in Spain, that also changed the political organization of the country and the relationships between power and urban space. Secondly, the evolution of the concept of culture during the last decades which passed from being considered almost exclusively a responsibility of the government towards the citizens, to become one of the central axis of the urban policies to revitalize and regenerate cities, both economically and territorially.

Dr Diego Barrado-Timón, teaches in the Degrees of Geography and Tourism, and also in the Master Degree in Planning and Sustainable Spatial Development at the Autónoma University of Madrid and in the Erasmus Mundus Master Degree 4 Cities Euromaster in Urban Studies (Universities: Autónoma de Madrid, Free University of Brussels – ULB and VUB - , University of Copenhagen and University of Vienna). He researches and works as a consultant for public institutions and the private sector in different subjects related with urban and tourism geography.

ALL WELCOME. REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED.

Please note that this presentation will be in English.

TUESDAY 25TH FEBRUARY - 6.00 P.M. QB144

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‘Modelos de participación y prácticas políticas de las mujeres activistas en ETA’

Zuriñe Rodríguez (Universidad del País Vasco)
Tras un recorrido por la diferente participación que los hombres y las mujeres han tenido dentro de ETA se identificarán los roles, estereotipos y papeles interpretados dentro de la organización por cada uno de los géneros en relación con el conflicto armado, el nacionalismo y la sociedad vasca. También se analizará la relación que esos papales y formas diferenciadas de participación tienen con el sistema patriarcal, hasta qué punto el sistema sexo –género incide de lleno en la vida y militancia de los activistas de ETA, y las violencias tanto físicas como simbólicas que han sufrido las mujeres de ETA, tanto por parte de los cuerpos policiales (torturas sexuales) o por sus propios compañeros. Finalmente, se expondrán los mecanismos políticos que estas mujeres han desarrollado para hacer frente a esa violencia patriarcal y hasta qué punto esos mecanismos tienen que ver con las luchas y estrategias de resistencia feminista.

Zuriñe Rodríguez Lara, licenciada en Humanidades: Comunicación (Universidad de Deusto), Máster en Gobernanza y Estudios Políticos (Universidad del País Vasco / Euskal-Herriko Unibertsitatea). Becaria Pre-Doctoral del Gobierno Vasco, en el Departamento de Ciencia Política y de la Administración de la UPV/EHU donde realiza su Tesis Doctoral titulada “Modelos de participación y prácticas políticas de las mujeres activistas en los grupos armados: una mirada al caso vasco a través de las mujeres de ETA”. Pertenece el grupo consolidado de investigación Parte Hartuz (participando) centrado en la investigación en Democracia Participativa en donde realiza sus investigaciones dentro del eje “Feminismos y Democracia”. Además, ha trabajado en varios medios de comunicación vascos (EITB y Onda Vasca).

ALL WELCOME. REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED.

Please note that this presentation will be in Spanish.
For further information contact Dr. Carrie Hamilton

TUESDAY 21st JANUARY  - QB144 5.00-6.00 P.M.

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“Teacher Roles in Telecollaboration. The TILA Project”

Telecollaboration in language learning normally refers to synchronous and asynchronous tasks involving students who are located in different countries. In the TILA project the onus is on synchronous tasks. The project involves small groups of students in Secondary Education schools in France, Germany, Holland, Spain and the UK. The tools students use are the Moodle-based Big Blue Button and OpenSim, a virtual world. Most of the partnerships are of the tandem type, that is, two groups of native speakers take turns to carry out tasks in their respective languages with their partners based in other countries. For example, Spanish students will spend an hour doing tasks in Spanish with English students then will do activities in English with students based in the UK. However, there are also lingua franca partnerships in which neither group of students is a native speaker of the target language. In these cases, students only do activities in the target language.
Teacher roles in telecollaboration are very different from those in traditional teaching as the students are the centre of all telecollaboration activities which are generally task-based. In this talk we will explore the various types of roles teachers have in the context of the TILA project.

Dr Begoña Clavel-Arroitia is an Assistant Lecturer of English at the Universitat de València where she teaches SLA and TEFL modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. She is a member of IULMA-UV (Interuniversity Institute of Applied Modern Languages, Universitat de València) and carries out research in the field of corpus linguistics and its applications to teaching, the implementation of ICT resources in language teaching, and the study of gender and language. She is a member of the research groups Gentext and CASTLE.

Dr Barry Pennock-Speck is a tenured lecturer at the Universitat de València –Estudi General. He received a Ph.D in English Studies (Filología Inglesa) from the above university in 1998. The research he has carried out spans several fields: discourse analysis, ICTs and teaching, multimodality, translation, phonology, pragmatics. He has co-edited several books; the most recent, being The Multimodal Analysis of Television Commercials. His most recent contributions to journals include: Voice-overs in standardized English and Spanish television commercials (Atlantis), Constructing female identities through feminine hygiene TV commercials (Journal of Pragmatics) and A multimodal analysis of facework strategies in a corpus of charity ads on British television (Journal of Pragmatics). All of these explore television commercials from a multimodal and pragmatic perspective. Recently he was appointed as Coordinator for Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis by the Asociación Española de Estudios Anglo-Norteamericanos.

MONDAY 2nd DECEMBER - 5.00 P.M. QB144

Lecturas de ‘La sombra del Caudillo’: imagen e información de un proceso social y politico

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Dr Guillermo Alfaro López (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. UNAM)

ABSTRACT: Corre el año 1924 en México; Carranza, Madero, Villa y Zapata han muerto y Plutarco Elías Calles está a punto de convertirse en presidente. inaugurando así una nueva etapa. En este proceso se han convertido violentas traiciones a los principios fundamentals de la revolución. Basada en la novella del mismo nombre, ‘La sombra del caudillo’ es una película que encierra una polémica y reveladora historia, que provocó un veto de 30 años y una leyenda tras su primera presentación official en 1990. El seminario ofrecerá diferentes visions e interpretaciones de esta polémica película.

About the speaker: El Dr Alfaro López es profesor en la Facultad de Filosofía de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México e investigador en el Centro Universitario de Investigaciones Bibliotecológicas. Entre sus publicaciones se encuentran: Comprender y vivir la lectura, México, DGB-UNAM, 2007. Introducción a la lectura de la imagen, México, DGB-UNAM, 2009. Estudios epistemológicos de bibliotecología, México, CUIB-UNAM, 2010. 

 

MONDAY 11TH NOVEMBER - 6.00 P.M. QB142

Violence and daily life of Peruvian “gangs”

Matías Viotti Barbalato (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

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ABSTRACT: This research is set in a shanty town in Lima (Peru) where the violence, poverty and social exclusion determine the routine life of the people, especially of the young people in so-called “gangs” (“Pandillas”). The gangs have been defined by social science and mass media as violent and hierarchical bands involved in delinquency in relation to the hooligans of Peruvian football teams.In this article we will take into account that the concept of the “gang” is a social construction without taking into account their political, historical and social context. Following this line of thinking, the dominant discourse defined a sector of youth as "dangerous", hiding other kinds of violence like the structural, symbolic or routine. This research is an analysis of the power structures from our fieldwork with two “gangs” called Los Chacales and Los Dioses. We will able to see the collective representations of the “gangs” in different institutions (like the police, the mass media, the church and the “specialists”). Through this research we are going to analyse the role of this young people in a different context of the “official" definition of “gang”, when they created a youth social association and carried out a self organised project to provide themselves with work.

About the speaker: Matías is currently a visiting research student at Glasgow University and is a member of Ahoniken Association of Madrid. He achieved a degree in social anthropology and has a master’s degree in cultural diversity from the Complutense University of Madrid. He is writing his PhD thesis at the same University. His academic research explores the conflict between Latin American “gangs” and several kinds of violence like structural, symbolic or routine. He has presented his research at several conferences and has published in several peer-reviewed journals.

 

THURSDAY 24TH OCTOBER - QB145
Inscripciones de la subjetividad en los discursos de no ficción televisivos y cinematográficos contemporáneos en la Argentina 

Dr. Pablo Piedras (Universidad de Buenos Aires)

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Resumen: Proponemos un análisis comparado de las nuevas formas de la subjetividad en la enunciación perceptibles en los discursos del cine documental y de la televisión desde la década de los noventa en la Argentina. La investigación tiene como objetivo general el análisis de las narrativas en primera persona asociadas con el autor o emisor del discurso en la no ficción televisiva y en una serie de documentales que comparten rasgos estéticos, políticos y éticos. La necesidad de adoptar una perspectiva de estudio comparada se sustenta en cuatro factores: la ascendente interrelación entre los medios que componen las distintas esferas del audiovisual; la hegemonía de la televisión en el período abordado; la escasez de investigaciones globales sobre la cuestión; y la relevancia que, según algunos historiadores del cine, implica la adopción de una metodología de análisis comparado para comprender el desarrollo de ciertas tendencias y problemas en las cinematografías de los países latinoamericanos.

Bio: El Dr. Piedras es investigador asistente del Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET). Investigador del Instituto de Historia del Arte Argentino y Latinoamericano (FFyL, UBA) y codirector del Centro de Investigación y Nuevos Estudios sobre Cine (CIyNE), radicado en dicho instituto. Docente de la cátedra Historia del cine latinoamericano y argentino (Carrera de Artes, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, UBA) y director de la publicación online académica Revista Cine Documental (http://www.revista.cinedocumental.com.ar). Coautor, entre otros, de los libros Civilización y barbarie en el cine argentino y latinoamericano y Páginas de cine. Fue coautor y editor, junto a Ana Laura Lusnich, de los libros Una historia del cine político y social en Argentina (1896 - 2009) Vol. I y II.

 

TUESDAY 15th October - 6-7pm QB142

El reflejo de las "Guerras Carlistas" en el cine vasco: Las grandes olvidadas

HRC activity 15.10

 

Academic year 2012 - 2013

SPRING SEMESTER

Tuesday 5 March 2013 - 6:00 - 7:00 pm QB141

Rethinking gender roles: Women in the Peruvian Armed Groups
Marta Romero Delgado (Universidad Complutense de Madrid and University of Roehampton)

The last stage of political violence in Peru confronted the Government with two armed groups: the Shining Path (PCP-SL) and the MRTA (Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement), leaving the Andean country in an internal conflict for two decades (1980 - 2000). Female participation in the conflict was widespread and unexpected, especially in PCP-SL, which led to construction of a stereotype of women belonging to these groups as cruel, perverse and unnatural. 
An ideal reinforced by the Peruvian governments, media and academia. This presentation emphasizes the social and political factors which have influenced the presence of women in wars. It reconstructs the memory of women in both Peruvian groups to analyse the structural and psychosocial reasons for the involvement of women as agents of political violence. Particular attention is paid to the breakdown and reconstruction of the women's identity that were forced to perform. An evaluation of the women's experiences is also included.

Tuesday 12 February 2013, 6:00pm, QB141

Representaciones de la identidad española en el cine japonés
Dr Laura Montero Plata (Historia del cine y crítica de cine, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

En 2011 coincideron dos películas asiáticas en la cartelera cuya historia transcurre en España: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (Solo se vive una vez) y Andalusia: Revenge of the Goddess (Andarushia: Megami no Hofuku). Con muy buenos resultados en sus respectivos países de producción (India y Japón respectivamente), los filmes son un interesante reflejo de la evolución del concepto de lo español en el ámbito asiático. En este seminario recorreremos la evolución de la representación de España en el cine japonés desde ejemplos tempranos, como Carmen Comes Home (Karumen kokyo ni kaeru, 1951) de Keisuhe Kinoshita.

Asimismo, apuntaremos al auge de la "marca España" en el cine de Bollywood en los últimos años. A través de diferentes ejemplos analizaremos las nuevas estrategias del cine asiático para abordar al Otro, España, lo que nos permitirá ver, en muchos casos, prácticas de Orientalismo a la inversa: nosotros hemos fantaseado durante siglos con un Asia irreal de ensueño, mientras que ellos retratan España como un entorno pasional, de buena comida y vino, de flamenco y arquitectura barcelonesa.

Tuesday 29 January 2013, 6:00pm, QB141

Cultura visual y políticas de identidad. Prácticas artísticas feministas en España desde la década de los noventa
Ana María Martínez-Collado (Lecturer, Universidad Castilla-La Mancha)

Todo acontecimiento se produce en el espacio de la imagen, en esa espectacularización generalizada del acontecer histórico político, social y económico- en la que vivimos. La cultura visual ejerce así un papel crucial, como lugar preciso en el que se visibilizan a través de su representación los estereotipos de la identidad contemporánea. En este contexto, el papel de las prácticas signicantes, expresivas y de producción simbólica, adquieren una enorme relevancia. Es en su territorio, en el espacio de la representación, donde se dirimen los modelos de construcción de identidad individual y la posibilidad de establecer nuevos lazos de cohesión social, de experiencia de la comunidad.

Desde estas preocupaciones, Ana Martínez plantea una aproximación a las prácticas feministas españolas desde la década de los noventa, desde un discurso que parte del análisis de lo local pero que está vinculado estrechamente al contexto general de las problemáticas feministas globales. La generación de los años noventa, la primera generación de la Democracia en España después de cuarenta años de dictadura, había tenido acceso a una educación aparentemente igualitaria. Sin embargo, la escasa presencia de las mujeres - en el mundo de la historia, de la crítica, de la práctica, de la teoría - hicieron más relevantes la necesidad de buscar respuestas. Más que un discurso histórico la ponente señalará algunos de los trabajos de las artistas españolas que coinciden con las preocupaciones actuales de los debates identitarios.

Tuesday 15 January 2013, 6:00pm, QB141

Latin American Boom in Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Sector: Lessons from Cuba, Brazil and Mexico
Chiara S. Cochetti (Healthcare and Pharma Analyst,IHS)

The paper begins with a brief historical outlook aimed at presenting the changes occurred in the Cuban healthcare system since the Revolution (strong focus on the development of healthcare personnel from a scientific, theoretical and practical perspective, new technological developments, health promotion campaigns with strong focus on community healthcare). This paper aims at analyzing those healthcare developments that helped Cuba enhancing its social system (in connection with education and other social reforms) and standing out as the most socially advanced country in the Caribbean and Latin America.

This presentation will analyze the role played by the overall set of healthcare strategies used in the past 50 years, from traditional medical practices (authorized by the national Health Ministry as part of the 2004 Programme of Traditional Medicine) to those technological advances that led the Cuban state to gain health indexes comparable to U.S and European standards.

The research will focus on highlights of the Revolution such as community healthcare, healthcare promotion and the interesting concept of "Sanologia" as a new healthcare paradigm. The presentation will then engage with an analysis of "social healthcare", its focus on prevention rather than treatment, and its relation with state politics and actions. It will also analyze the possible limiting effect of "medicocentrism" on the social and community healthcare.

AUTUMN SEMESTER

Tuesday 11 December 2012, 5:00pm, Room QB145

¿Está el enemigo? Que se ponga. Las relaciones de la España de Franco con el bloque comunista
Francisco José Rodrigo Luelmo (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

Uno de los aspectos menos conocidos de la política exterior del tardofranquismo es la apertura hacia el Este que practicó la dictadura, en lo que se dio en denominar la "Ostpolitik española". El objetivo central será estudiar el acercamiento del franquismo al mundo socialista, explicar por qué la dictadura franquista quiso hablar con el "enemigo comunista", y cuáles fueron las consecuencias de la apertura hacia el Este, algo aparentemente paradójico en un régimen dictatorial que hizo del anticomunismo una de sus principales banderas en política nacional e internacional.

Tuesday 4 December 2012, 6:00pm, QB143

Una visión postcolonial del ex-Sáhara español (Western Sahara)
Dr José Antonio Rodríguez Esteban (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

Un análisis de los aspectos generales históricos y geográficos del Sáhara Occidental, y de las acciones realizadas por España durante la ocupación del territorio (1884-1976) resaltando los valores culturales de los saharauis (poesía, la singularidad de los grandes nómadas, el uso de las plantas...). Se aborda el tema colonial dibujando Regeneracionismo español del siglo XIX y su postura ante el proceso colonial africano, así como las estrategias de la dictadura de Franco en los años finales de la ocupación del territorio.

Tuesday 27 November 2012, 6:00pm, QB141

Fiestas reales: reconstrucciones coloniales de las dinastías incas
Dr Sara González (Oxford University)

The figure of the Inca and the dynasty of Inca kings have been constantly recreated in the arts of South America from the times of the Spanish conquest. This talk will explore some of these processes in the context of colonial royal and religious festivals, where both Spanish authorities and indigenous elites sponsor episodes of Inca 'history' to be performed in parades or short dramatic representations. In these events, ethnic lords (not always of Inca descent) transform themselves in the Inca emperors and perform a mythologized version of Tawantinsuyu. We will look at the political agendas behind these public displays in the period leading up to independence.

Thursday 22 November 2012, 6:00pm, QB142

Representing Prostitutes in Mexico City: Marginality in the Photographs of Maya Goded
Dominika Gasiorowski (Queen Mary University of London)

Maya Goded is one of the most prolific contemporary Mexican photographers. The subject of this paper will be her album entitled Good Girls (2006), which contains images of prostitutes working in the oldest red-lightdistrict of Mexico City. After briefly situating Goded in the context of Mexican photography and its relationship with representing marginality, I will focus on the ethical tension involved in socially engaged visual production using the Good Girls as an example. I will analyse the role of photography in highlighting the marginal situation of its deprived subjects and forging a cultural space for otherwise unrepresented or underrepresented people, while taking into consideration the risks of fetishizing and commercialising the suffering of others.

A close analysis of a selection of photographs from the album will exemplify different representations of women within the frame of their internal displacement. The images' potential for empowerment as well as exploitation will be considered. The main goal of this examination is not to determine the moral value of Goded's engagement with the people she photographs, but to focus on teasing out the ethical complexities of representing and looking at images of subaltern subjects.

Tuesday 30 October 2012, 6:00pm, QB143

A Modern Painter's View on the making of Picasso's Guernica
Eva Bosch (Artish, author)
The talk gives a brief description of the bombing of Guernica and comments in detail the development of the painting using photographs of seven stages taken by Dora Maar. There are references to Balzac's "Le Chef d'ouvre inconnu" written in February 1832 in the same atelier where the large painting was executed. It includes images of the 3 Guernica tapestries woven in Paris at the atelier of Jacqueline de la Baume Dürrbach. The conclusion proposes that the painting was a recompilation of ideas already present in the work of Picasso prior to accepting the Republican Government's commission.

Tuesday 2 October 2012, 6:00pm, QB142

Screening of Brothers and Sisters (Romero Fresco, 2012): Accessible documentaries in the schools of Kibera (Kenya)
Dr Pablo Romero Fresco (Reader, University of Roehampton)

His first documentary, Joining the Dots (2012), was screened during the 69th Venice Film Festival and selected for the 2012 London Spanish Film Festival, the 12th International Human Rights Film Festival Watch Docs (Poland) and the 2014 Look & Roll Film Festival on Disabilities (Switzerland). His second documentary, Brothers and Sisters (2012), about education in Kibera (Kenya), was published by the Spanish newspaper El País in 2013 along with the feature article Levantarse en Kibera and the short film Joel (2012).