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After working as Assistant Professor (1994-2000) and then Associate Professor of Spanish (2000-2006) at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, I joined Aston University as Head of Spanish in 2006. I am the author of Cinematic Representations of Alzheimer's Disease (2018, Palgrave Macmilillan),  Surrealismo en la poesía española de posguerra (Visor, 1997) and co-editor of Envejecimientos y cines ibéricos (Tirant, 2021) and Sexualidad y escritura (Anthropos, 2002).  I have published on contemporary Spanish poetry, women writers and cultural studies. My current research focuses on the representation of Alzheimer’s disease in Spanish film, fiction and non-fiction narrative, and poetry, and emphasizes how cultural texts have the power of creating, sustaining, and changing meanings of AD. I am the Director of the International Research Network CinemAGEnder, and co-director of Dementia and Culture Network.

Research Interests

 

  • Dementia Studies
  • Ageing Studies
  • Contemporary Spanish Poetry
  • Spanish Cultural Studies
  • Spanish Women Writers
  • Spanish Film and Film Studies
  • Literary theory

Teaching Activity

  • Spanish Language Skills II
  • Cultural Studies (Spain and Latin America)
  • Introduction to Film (Spanish seminars)
  • Crossing Boundaries: Migrant and Transnational Cinema (Spanish seminars)
  • Final Year Spanish Research Dissertation Supervision
  • Culture and Conflict (Spain and latin America)

Qualifications

  • PhD in Spanish-University of Southern California (USA)
  • MA in Spanish- University of Southern California (USA)
  • BA in Spanish Philology-Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain)

Qualifications

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2015)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2011)

Membership of Professional Bodies

Association of Hispanits of Great Britain and Ireland (AHGBI)

Feministas Unidas

European Network in Aging Studies (ENAS)

Escritoras y escrituras 

Modern Languages Association (MLA)

Research Projects/Collaborations

Director of CINEMAGENDER International Research Network

Co-director Dementia and Culture Network

Escritoras y Escrituras (Universidad de Sevilla)

MASCAGE: Analyzing social constructions of ageing masculinities and their cultural representations in contemporary European literatures and cinemas. European Network, PI Prof Armengol, UCyLM, Spain)

Gynocine: HISTORY OF SPANISH WOMEN'S CINEMA (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

Professional/editorial offices

Executive Director of the European Network in Aging Studies (ENAS)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Keywords

  • PC Romance languages
  • PQ Romance literatures
  • Spanish Poetry
  • Contemporary Spanish Cultural Studies
  • Spanish Women Writers
  • dementia studies
  • film studies
  • ageing studies

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