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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

Contact Professor Santiago Fouz Hernández (email at santiago.fouz@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

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.). The project also includes The Bigas Luna Tribute, a series of international events that I organise in collaboration with his daughter, art curator Betty Bigas. 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-April 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.

Administration 
I am currently on research leave until May 2020. Previous administrative responsibilities for the School have included: Director of Education (2018-20), Director of Postgraduate Eudcation (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. 

Teaching
I am currently on research leave, but 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)

Links:
The Bigas Luna Tribute
Pleibéricos
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

  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (Planned). The Films of Bigas Luna. Manchester University Press.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2013). Cuerpos de cine: masculinidades carnales en el cine y la cultura popular. Barcelona: Edicions Bellaterra.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago & Martínez-Expósito, Alfredo (2007). Live Flesh: The Male Body in Contemporary Spanish Cinema. London/New York: IB Tauris.

Edited book

  • Fouz Hernández, Santiago (2020). El legado cinematográfico de Bigas Luna. Plural. Valencia: Tirant lo Blanch.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2017). Spanish Erotic Cinema. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
  • Cairns, Lucille & Fouz Hernández, Santiago (2014). Re-thinking ‘Identities’ Cultural Articulations of Alterity and Resistance in the New Millennium. Cultural Identity Studies, Volume 20. Bern: Peter Lang.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2009). Mysterious Skin: Male Bodies in Contemporary Cinema. London and New York: I. B. Tauris.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago & Jarman-Ivens, Freya (2004). Madonna's Drowned Worlds: New Approaches to Her Cultural Transformations 1983-2003. Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series. Routledge-Ashgate.

Edited Journal

  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2015). Special Issue Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas: Bigas Luna. Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas, 13 (1).
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2007). Male Bodies in Contemporary Spanish Cinema. Studies in Hispanic Cinemas, 3 (3).

Chapter in book

  • Fouz Hernández, Santiago (Accepted). ‘Tablas, memoria, deseo: la vejez en el cine de Ventura Pons’. In Envejecimientos y cines ibéricos. Medina, Raquel Moreiras Menor, Cristina Rodríguez, Maria Pilar & Zecchi, Barbara Tirant lo Blanch.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2020). 'Bambola (1996)'. In El legado cinematográfico de Bigas Luna. Fouz-Hernández, Santiago Tirant lo Blanch. 177-201.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2020). 'Introducción'. In El legado cinematográfico de Bigas Luna. Fouz-Hernández, Santiago Tirant lo Blanch. 17-31.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2020). 'Segon origen (2015) y Bigas x Bigas (2016)'. In El legado cinematográfico de Bigas Luna. Fouz-Hernández, Santiago Valencia: Tirant lo Blanch. 315-338.
  • Fouz Hernández, Santiago & Martinez Expósito, Alfredo (2020). Transnational and Migrant Queer Affects in Two Basque Films. In Queering the Migrant in Contemporary European Cinema. Williams, James Routledge. 59-71.
  • Fouz Hernández, Santiago (2018). Entries on JAMON JAMON, BIGAS LUNA, VENTURA PONS. In The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Spanish Films. Jiménez Murguía, Salvador & Pinar, Alex Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Fouz Hernández, Santiago (2017). "Cuerpos, masculinidades y cine". In Representaciones de género en la industria audiovisual. Sánchez Delgado, Anhelé Mexico City: Editorial Osífragos. 109-129.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2017). Boys Interrupted: Sex between Men in post-Franco Spanish Cinema. In Spanish Erotic Cinema. Fouz-Hernández, Santiago Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 219-238.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2017). Introduction. One Hundred Years of Sex. In Spanish Erotic Cinema. Fouz-Hernández, Santiago Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 1-18.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2016). Performing Fatness: Oversized Male Bodies in Recent Spanish Cinema. In Performance and Spanish Film. Albritton, Dean, Melero, Alejandro & Whittaker, Tom Manchester: Manchester University Press. 205-219.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2015). La mirada homoerótica en el cine de Ventura Pons: de Ocaña, retrat intermitent (1978) a Ignasi M. (2013). In Ventura Pons: Una mirada excepcional desde el cine catalán. Lema-Hincapié, Andrés & Domènech, Conxita Madrid / Frankfurt: Iberoamericana / Vervuert. 305-328.
  • Fouz Hernández, Santiago (2014). ‘Hombres deseados: el macho bajo sospecha en los cómics de Ralf König’. In Imagen, cuerpo y sexualidad. Representaciones del cuerpo en la cultura audiovisual contemporánea. Zurián, Francisco A. Madrid: Ocho y Medio / Complutense.
  • Cairns, Lucille & Fouz-Hernandez, Santiago (2014). Introduction. In Rethinking 'Identities': Cultural Articulations of Alterity and Resistance in the New Millennium. Cairns, Lucille & Fouz-Hernandez, Santiago Bern: Peter Lang. 20: 1-18.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago & Gras-Velázquez, Adrián (2014). Screening Chueca: Marking the Queer Territory in Spanish Cinema of the 2000s. In Rethinking ‘Identities’ Cultural Articulations of Alterity and Resistance in the New Millennium. Cairns, Lucille & Fouz-Hernández, Santiago Bern: Peter Lang. 67-88.
  • Biddle, Ian D & Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2012). Voicing gender: transgender performance and the national imaginary in the Spanish cinema of the democratic era. In Screening Songs in Hispanic and Lusophone Cinema. Rob Stone & Lisa Shaw Manchester: Manchester University Press. 30-50.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2011). Ensnared Between Pleasure and Politics: Looking for Chicas Bigas Luna, Re-viewing Bambola. In Spain on Screen Developments in Contemporary Spanish Cinema. Davies, Ann London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 93-113.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2011). Queer in Spain: Identity Without Limits. In Queer in Europe. Lisa Downing & Robert Gillet London and New York: Ashgate. 189-202.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2009). ‘Caresses: The Male Body in the Films of Ventura Pons’. In Mysterious Skin: Male Bodies in Contemporary Cinema. Fouz-Hernández, Santiago London and New York: I. B. Tauris. 143-157.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2009). ‘Introduction: Mysterious Skin’. In Mysterious Skin: Male Bodies in Contemporary Cinema. Fouz-Hernández, Santiago London and New York: I. B. Tauris. 1-10.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2008). School is Out: the English 'coming out' films of the 1990s. In Queer Cinema in Europe. Griffiths, Robin Bristol: Intellect Books.

Journal Article

  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (Planned). Operación Mariconez: Queer-reading Mecano, Versions and Tribute Acts Thirty Years On.
  • (Planned). Older gay men in the films of Ventura Pons.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2011). Assimilation and Its Discontents: Representations of Gay Men in Spanish Cinema of the 2000s. Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos 35(1 (Otoño 2010): 81-104.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2009). ‘Me cuesta tanto olvidarte: Mecano and the Movida Remixed, Revisited and Repackaged’. Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 10(2): 167-187.

Book review

  • Fouz Hernández, Santiago (2021). BOOK REVIEW Aguado, Txetxu. Sexualidades disidentes: un acercamiento fílmico desde la prostitución y la pornografía. Madrid: Dykinson, 2019. 320pp. ISBN 978-84-1324-162-3. Revista de AlcesXXI Journal of Contemporary Spanish Literature and Film
  • Fouz Hernández, Santiago (2021). BOOK REVIEW Hartson, Mary T (2017) Casting Masculinity in Spanish Film. Negotiating Identity in a Consumer Age (Lanham, Boulder, New York, London: Lexington Books), ISBN 9781498537117 (Hardback, $95), 978-1-4985-3712-4 (eBook, $90). Journal of Spanish and Latin American Cinemas
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2020). Book Review: Spanish Lessons: Cinema and Television in Contemporary Spain by Paul Julian Smith. New York/Oxford: Berghahn Books. 2017. vi + 176 pp.; 9 illustrations. Bulletin of Spanish Visual Studies
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2017). Book Review: Immigration Cinema in the New Europe, Isolina Ballesteros (2015) Bristol and Chicago: Intellect. International Journal of Iberian Studies 30(1): 65-67.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2015). Book Review BARBARA ZECCHI, Desenfocadas, Cineastas españolas y discursos de género. Barcelona: Icaria 2014. 246 pp. ISBN 978-84-9888-568-2. Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 478-79.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2014). Book Review: Seeing in Spanish: From Don Quixote to Daddy Yankee. 22 Essays on Hispanic Visual Cultures. Edited by Ryan Prout and Tilmann Altenberg (2011), Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 321 pp. Bulletin of Spanish Studies 91(7): 1115-1117.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2010). Hermaphroditism, Medical Science and Sexual Identity in Spain, 1850-1960, Richard Cleminson and Francisco Vázquez García (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2009). International Journal of Iberian Studies 23(3): 207-209.

Conference Paper

  • Fouz Hernández, Santiago (2021), Introductory talk for exhibition opening ‘La libertad de los símbolos’ (20 January 2021) and book launch/talk El legado cinematográfico de Bigas Luna (21 January 2021), Ámbito Cultural El Corte Inglés, Valencia, Spain (part of ‘El año de Bigas Luna’), El año de Bigas Luna. Valencia, Spain.
  • Fouz Hernández, Santiago & Gimeno Ugalde, Esther (University Vienna) (for Part 1 of the talk) (2021), Uso de herramientas online y redes sociales para diseminar investigación y estrategias de impacto social en las Artes y Humanidades: los casos de Pelibéricos y The Bigas Luna Tribute MIAS, Madrid Institute for Advanced Study Seminar Series 2021, Casa de Velázquez, Madrid, MIAS Seminar Series 2021. Casa de Velázquez, Madrid, Spain.
  • Fouz Hernández, Santiago (2020), 'Homoerotic Desire in Contemporary Spanish Cinema: from Pedro Almodóvar to Ventura Pons', invited talk at the Instituto Cervantes Manchester (virtual event), Instituto Cervantes Manchester. online.
  • Fouz Hernández, Santiago (2020), ´Operación mariconez: queer-escuchando a Mecano 30 años después´, conference paper (Iberian 20th and 21st Century Peninsular panel “Popular Music and Society in Spain”), MLA Annual Conference Seattle, January 2020, Seattle, USA.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago, Alfredo Martínez Expósito & Santiago Garrido Rua (2020), Round table 'Descubriendo a Bigas Luna', Instituto Cervantes Sydney (Virtual event) - with Alfredo Martinez Exposito and Santiago Garrido Rua, Descubriendo a Bigas Luna. Instituto Cervantes Sydney (online).
  • Fouz Hernández, Santiago (2020), Virtual Book Launch, El legado cinematográfico de Bigas Luna, Tirant lo Blanch publishers, Book Launch.
  • Fouz Hernández, Santiago (2019), '1980s Spanish Cinema, la movida and el destape', invited address to the Group of Fifty annual meeting, Palace Hotel and Sala Equis, Madrid (30 October 2019), Group of Fifty (G 50). Madrid.
  • Fouz Hernández, Santiago (2019), ´El legado de Bigas Luna´, talk at the Insituto Cervantes Vienna, 16 May 2019.
  • Fouz Hernández, Santiago (2019), ´The Erotic Films of Bigas Luna´, invited talk at the University of Stirling Arts and Humanities Research Seminar Series, 13 November 2019, Stirling, United Kingdom.
  • Fouz Hernández, Santiago (2019), La trilogía ibérica de Bigas Luna, invited talk at the University of Vienna, 15 May 2019, Vienna, Austria.
  • Fouz Hernández, Santiago (2019), Penélope Cruz and Bigas Luna: from Los Monegros to Hollywood, conference paper and panel coordination (with Prof Jorge Pérez, University of Texas at Austin) at Cine-Lit IX Conference in Portland, OR, 9 to 11 March 2019, Cine-Lit 9. Portland, OR.
  • Fouz Hernández, Santiago´ (2019), Uses and abuses of the male body in contemporary film and media, Keynote address at the ´Bodies and Embodiment´ Oxford MML Graduate Network Conference, Oxford University, 24 June 2019.
  • Fouz Hernández, Santiago (2018), Eroticism, Food, Spirituality: The Films of Bigas Luna. Invited public talk at The University of Melbourne, Australia (24 April 2018), The University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Fouz Hernández, Santiago (2018), Género y carnalidad en la obra fílmica de Bigas Luna. Invited talk at the Cátedra Amiguetti, Arts Faculty, Universidad de Costa Rica, 22 August 2018.
  • Fouz Hernández, Santiago (2018), Masculinidades carnales en el cine y la cultura popular contemporáneos. Invited talk at the University of Costa Rica, Instituto de investigaciones del Arte, 20 August 2018.
  • Fouz Hernández, Santiago (2018), The Films of Bigas Luna, Then and Now. In conversation with Santiago Fouz Hernández. Public Talk and Discussion at the Instituto Cervantes, Sydney. Australia (2 May 2018).
  • Fouz Hernández, Santiago (2017), "Masculinidades carnales" (Keynote address at the MICGénero Film Festival, Universidad de la Comunicaciòn, Mexico City, 10 August 2017), MICGènero Film Festival 2017. Mexico City, Mexico.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2016), ´Boys Interrupted: Sex between Men in Recent Spanish Cinema´, paper at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies in Atlanta, USA, Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Atlanta, USA.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2016), Boys Interrupted: Sex between Men in Recent Spanish Cinema, paper at the 'Sex and the Cinema Conference', University of Kent, UK, 10-11 December 2016, Sex and the Cinema. University of Kent, UK.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2016), La madurez homosexual en la filmografía de Ventura Pons, paper at the Spanish Cinema, Gender and Ageing Studies conference (Aston University, UK), Spanish Cinema, Gender and Ageing Studies. Aston University, Birmingham, UK 4-6 April 2016.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2015), "Erotic Passions: the Spanish Transition and the Early Work of Bigas Luna", invited public talk at the University of Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2015), ‘Fat Masculinities in Contemporary Spanish Cinema’, invited talk at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Kansas University, USA (April 2nd), Lawrence, Kansas, Lawrence KS.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2015), “Performing Fatness: Oversized Male Bodies and Hegemonic Masculinities in Recent Spanish Cinema”, CineLit-VIII: An International Conference on Hispanic Film and Fiction, CineLit-VIII: An International Conference on Hispanic Film and Fiction. Portland, OR.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2014), Paper: 'Bigas Luna’s Early Erotic Passions: Bilbao(1978) and Caniche (1979)' and coordination of panel 'A Homage to Bigas Luna (1946-2013)'. Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Seattle USA 19-23 March 2014, Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Seattle, USA, Seattle WA.
  • (2013), ‘Queering the Male Body in the Films of Ventura Pons’, NECS Annual Conference (European Network for Cinema Studies), Prague, Czech Republic, 20-22 June 2013 and coordination, with Esther Gimeno Ugalde (Boston College), of panel ‘New Political Landscapes in Spanish Cinema’, European Network for Cinema Studies (NECS) Annual Conference. Prague, Czech Republic, Prague.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2013), ‘Haptic visuality and eroticism in the early work of José Juan Bigas Luna’, Cine-Excess VII, International Conference, Birmingham MAC Center, 15-17 November 2013, Cine-Excess VII. MAC Centre, Birmingham, UK, MAC Centre, Birmingham.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2013), ‘Queer Subjectivities in the cinema of Ventura Pons: From Ocaña to Ignasi M’, Dartmouth College, USA. 23 October 2013, Dartmouth College, USA., Dartmouth College.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2012), 'Haptic Visuality in the Recent Work of Bigas Luna', invited Columbia Film Seminar, Columbia University, USA. 6 December 2012, Columbia University Seminars. Columbia University, New York, USA, Columbia University, New York.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2012), 'Homoerotic Desire in the Films of Ventura Pons', paper at the 'Ventura Pons: The Unconventional Gaze of Catalan Cinema', University of Denver, Colorado, USA, October 4-6, 2012, Ventura Pons: The Unconventional Gaze of Catalan Cinema. Denver, Colorado, USA, Denver CO.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2012), Eroticism in Contemporary Spanish Cinema. Coordination and contribution to workshop. Harvard University 19 October 2012, Eroticism in contemporary Spanish cinema. Harvard University Harvard University, Boston.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2012), Triggering the Senses: Eroticism and Haptic Visuality in the Recent Work of Bigas Luna, paper and coordination of panel on Eroticism in Spanish cinema with Brad Epps, Tatjana Pavlovic and Jorge Pérez. Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Boston, MA, USA 21-25 March 2012, Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference. Boston, MA USA, Boston MA.

Other (Print)

  • Fouz Hernández, Santiago (2017). "Cuerpos, masculinidades y cine", MICGenero Film Festival Catalogue 2017. 158-177.

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