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Professor Santiago Fouz Hernández, BA Santiago de Compostela; MA, PhD Newcastle upon Tyne

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43455
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 43421
Room number: A11, Elvet Riverside I

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Most recently I have been working on two books on Spanish filmmaker Bigas Luna, a monograph under contract with Manchester University Press and an edited collection entitled El legado cinematográfico de Bigas Luna published in 2020 (Tirant lo Blanch, 348 pp.). These books are part of a larger project on Spanish erotic cinema which includes the edited book Spanish Erotic Cinema (Edinburgh University Press, 264pp), published in 2017 (HB) and 2018 (PB), and a special issue of Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas 13.1 (2016, 113 pp.). This research has led to a series of international events, The Bigas Luna Tribute, that I organise in collaboration with his daughter, art curator Betty Bigas since 2015. The events have included over 70 film screenings, 2 art exhibitions and other events in collaboration with film theatres and festivals in seven different countries and 13 major cities around the world, attracting considerable audiences and media coverage. For more information please visit website.

My main area of study to date has been masculinities and male bodies in contemporary film and popular culture. My work in that field produced the books Cuerpos de cine: masculinidades carnales en el cine y la cultura popular contemporáneos (Bellaterra, 2013, 380 pp) - single authored - and Live Flesh: The Male Body in Contemporary Spanish Cinema - co-authored with Alfredo Martínez-Expósito (I B Tauris, 2007, 288 pp); as well as two edited volumes: the book Mysterious Skin: Male Bodies in Contemporary Cinema (I B Tauris, 2009, 271 pp) and a special issue of the journal Studies in Hispanic Cinemas (3.3; 2007).

I am an editorial board member of the journal Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas and advisory board member for the International Journal of Iberian Studies. Since 2020 I co-host with my colleague Dr Esther Gimeno Ugalde (Universtiy of Vienna) the Pleibéricos events. These monthly events consist of online presentations of new books in the area of Iberian Studies in conversation with the authors/editors. The recording is then made available in full in our YouTube channel and as separate episodies (one per book) on Instagram TV and as a podcast.

I have been visiting scholar at the universities of California Berkeley (USA) and Pittsburgh (USA) in 2015, Harvard (USA) in 2012, CUNY Graduate Center (USA) in 2010, and Queensland (Australia) in 2005 and 2002. I am a member of the AHGBI (Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland), ACIS (Association for Contemporary Iberian Studies), NECS (European Network of Cinema Studies) and SCMS (Society for Cinema and Media Studies).

Recent researach grants
- François Chevalier fellowship at the Madrid Institute for Advanced Study/Casa de Velázquez (January-May 2021).
- International collaborative research travel grant, University of Melbourne (Autumn 2020 - postponed due to Covid-19). 

Research supervision
I am currently co-supervising PhDs on the topic of humour in Spanish cinema and on the films of Xavier Dolan. I have supervised a PhD on Queer Spanish Cinema (2013) and co-supervised a PhD on Italian Horror Cinema (2014).

I am willing to supervise PhD thesis and Masters by Research on topics related to Contemporary Spanish Cinema and Contemporary Spanish Popular Culture, with a special focus on issues of gender, sexuality, the body and national identities.

My administrative roels and responsibilities for the School have included: Director of Education (2018-20), Director of Postgraduate Education (2013-2016), Deputy Director of Research (Impact and Engagement), Alumni Officer and Admissions Officer. For Hispanic Studies: Year Abroad coordinator, Erasmus coordinator and Exams coordinator. I also served at the University Quality and Standards Subcommittee in representation of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities (2015-2018) and as team leader of the quality assurance review of the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics (Spanish section) at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus in 2014. 

My teaching portfolio includes the following undergraduate modules:
- SPAN1141 (Identity in the Spanish-speaking World). Level I.
- SPAN3181 (Contemporary Spanish Cinema). Level III.
- MELA3161/3152 (Dissertation in Modern Languages). Level III. 

I also contribute to the MA in Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

Teaching Awards
- Excellence in Learning and Teaching Award (Durham Univeristy, 2013)
- Dean's List (Effective Lecturing) (University of Queensland, Australia, 2002)

Honorary Vice-Consul of Spain in the North East of England
Since 2021, I am honorary vice-consul of Spain in Newcastle, with responsibility for Tyne and Wear, Cleveland, Durham, Redcar, Hartlepool, Darlington, Stockton on Tees, Northumberland and Cumbria. Please direct all consular queries to and I will respond within 48 hours. All consular appointments are also booked via that email address (not my Durham one). Thank you.

The Bigas Luna Tribute
Book launch: El legado cinematográfico de Bigas Luna
YouTube, Instagram TVPodcast, Instituto Cervantes Bigas Luna Cultural Week. The book is available for purchase here.

Research Interests

  • Contemporary European Cinema (Spanish and British)
  • Erotic cinema
  • Gender, sexuality and the body
  • Haptic visuality
  • Popular music

Teaching Areas

  • SPAN3181: Contemporary Spanish Cinema

    (30 hours/year.)
  • MELA3152 Extended Dissertation in Modern Languages and Cultures (15 hours/year.)
  • MELA3161Dissertation in Modern Languages and Cultures (20 hours/year.)
  • SPAN1141 Identity in the Spanish Speaking World (40 hours/year.)
  • SPAN2151: Icons and Myths of the Hispanic World (32 hours/year.)

Selected Publications

Authored book

Edited book

Edited Journal

Chapter in book

Journal Article

Book review

Conference Paper

Other (Print)

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Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Europe: Language, literature & culture: Spanish popular music
  • Europe: Language, literature & culture: Issues of gender and sexuality in contemporary Spain
  • Europe: Language, literature & culture: Contemporary Spanish cinema


Selected Grants

  • 2011: History of Eroticism in Spanish Cinema (£7150.00 from The British Academy)
  • 2005: REPRESENTATIONS OF THE MALE BODY (£14013.00 from Arts & Humanities Research Board)
  • 2005: REPRESENTATIONS OF THE MALE BODY (£4100.00 from The British Academy)