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School of Modern Languages & Cultures: Department of Hispanic Studies

Staff in the Department of Hispanic Studies

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

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Senior Lecturer / Director of PG Studies in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43455
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 43421
Room number: A11, Elvet Riverside I

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I am currently working on a project, funded with a British Academy Small Research Grant, on Spanish erotic cinema of the democratic period. The first outcomes of this project include the planned monograph The Films of Bigas Luna (under contract with Manchester University Press) and a workshop at Harvard University that took place in October 2012, while I was based there as a visiting scholar (September-December 2012). Future outcomes of the project include a special issue on Bigas Luna for Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas, and an edited book entitled Spanish Erotic Cinema.

I have recently completed, with Lucille Cairns, a jointly edited book entitled Re-thinking 'Identities': Cultural Articulations of Alterity and Resistance in the New Millennium (Peter Lang, 2014), about the re-shapping of identities (sexual, gender, ethnic, national, corporeal) in the transnational context of the 21st Century. The book includes contributions by members and guest speakers of the MLAC research group on 'Culture and DIfference'.

My main area of study to date has been masculinities and male bodies in contemporary film and popular culture. My work in that field includes the single-authored book Cuerpos de cine: masculinidades carnales en el cine y la cultura popular (Barcelona: Bellaterra, 380 pp). The book (published 2013) includes chapters on the work of key contemporary Spanish film directors (Almodóvar, Amenábar, Bigas Luna, Ventura Pons); Hollywood 'sword and sandal' films from the 1950s, 1960s and 2000s; British 'costume dramas' of the 1980s and 1990s; comics by German artist Ralf Konig, and pop music videos and live performances by Madonna. My previous work on masculinities and male bodies has produced various articles and contributions to books, the book Live Flesh: The Male Body in Contemporary Spanish Cinema - co-authored with Alfredo Martinez-Exposito (London and New York: I B Tauris, 2007); and two collections of essays: the edited book Mysterious Skin: Male Bodies in Contemporary Cinema (London and New York: I B Tauris, 2009) and a special issue of the journal Studies in Hispanic Cinemas (3.3; 2007).

My other main research interest is popular music, especially its connections with visual culture. I have co-edited a book on subcultural aspects of the work of Madonna (Madonna's Drowned Worlds: New Approaches to Her Cultural Transformations (1983-2003) (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004), an article about the Spanish 'pop' musical 'Hoy no me puedo levantar' (Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies (10.2; 2009)) and a co-authored book chapter on voice, nostalgia and transgender performers in contemporary Spanish cinema (2012).

I am book reviews editor for the journal Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas and I have acted as referee for books published by Edinburgh University Press, Hodder Arnold, I B Tauris and Temple Univesity Press. I have also reviewed journal articles submitted to journals including Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Comunicación y sociedad, Feminist Media Studies, Hispanic Research Journal, Hispanic Review, International Journal of Iberian Studies, Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, Revista canadiense de estudios hispánicos, Scope, Secuencias, and Studies in Hispanic Cinemas.

I have been visiting scholar at the universities of Harvard (USA) in 2012, CUNY Graduate Center (USA) in 2010 and Queensland (Australia) 2005 and 2002.

Research Groups I am a member of the 'Culture and Difference' and 'Visual and Performance' research groups in the School, and of the university's Centre for Sex, Gender and Sexualities (

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), SCMS (Society for Cinema and Media Studies) and of the research group Cos i Textualitat (Body and Textuality), based at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

Research supervision

I contribute to the 'Representing Otherness' core module of the MA in 'Culture and Difference'.

I am currently co-supervising a PhD thesis Italian horror film. I have previously supervised a PhD on Queer Spanish Cinema (defended and passed in June 2013). 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.


I am currently the Director of Post-graduate Studies for the School of Modern Languages and Cultures. Previous administrative responsibilities for the School have included: Alumni Officer and Admissions Officer, and for Hispanic Studies: Year Abroad coordinator, Erasmus coordinator and Exams coordinator.


I currently teach the following undergraduate modules:
- SPAN2151 (Icons and Myths of the Hispanic World) Level II.
- SPAN3181 (Contemporary Spanish Cinema) Level III.
- MELA3161/3152 (Dissertation in Modern Languages) Level III. 
- MELA42430 (Representing Otherness) MA in Culture & Difference.

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

Research Groups

  • Culture and Difference
  • Visual and Performance

Research Interests

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

Selected Publications

Articles: review

Books: authored

Books: edited

Books: sections

Conference papers

  • 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'.
  • 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’'.
  • 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'.
  • 2013 '‘Homoerotic Desire in the Films of Ventura Pons’, Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland Annual Conference, 25-27 March 2013, Oxford University, UK'.
  • 2013 '‘Queer Subjectivities in the cinema of Ventura Pons: From Ocaña to Ignasi M’, Dartmouth College, USA. 23 October 2013'.
  • 2012 ''Haptic Visuality in the Recent Work of Bigas Luna', Columbia Film Seminar, Columbia University, USA. 6 December 2012'.
  • 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'.
  • 2012 'Cine y Erotismo. 'Spanish Cinema Today' conference, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1 NOVEMBER 2012'.
  • 2012 'El cuerpo como texto en el cine español contemporáneo, Tulane University (New Orleans), 14 NOVEMBER 2012'.
  • 2012 'Eroticism and Haptic Visuality in the Films of Bigas Luna, research seminar, Department of Hispanic Studies.the University of Birmingham, UK, 17 May 2012'.
  • 2012 'Eroticism in Contemporary Spanish Cinema. Coordination and contribution to workshop. Harvard University 19 October 2012'.
  • 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'.
  • 2011 '´Drag and Popular Music in Spanish Cinema of the 2000s’, paper and coordination of panel (with Teresa Fraile) ‘Aesthetic Debates on Spanish Film Music During the “Pop Age” ’ NECS (European Network for Cinema Studies) Annual Conference, University of London 23-26 June 2011'.
  • 2011 (co-authored with Gras-Velázquez, Adrián) '´Screening Chueca: Marking the Queer Territory on Spanish Cinema of the 2000s´, Transnationalising LGBT Studies, University of Syracuse at Madrid, 3-5 July 2011'.
  • 2010 '‘Epic Masculinities’, paper and co-ordination of panel ‘Male Bodies in Contemporary World Cinema’ at ‘Generar Cuerpos: Producciones Discursivas Sexuadas’, ‘Los Textos del Cuerpo’ 2nd International Conference, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain, 30 November-3 December 2010'.
  • 2010 'Gazing at Gladiators Then and Now [and coordination of the panel Re-visiting Hollywood Masculinities]; SCMS Conference, Los Angeles USA 17-21 March'.
  • 2010 'Transgender Performers in the Spanish Cinema of the Democratic Period: La mala educación (Pedro Almodóvar, 2004) and 20 centímetros (Salazar, 2005)’, AHGBI annual conference, Kings College London, London UK, 12-14 April'.
  • 2009 '‘Chuecatown: Marking the Queer Territory in Madrid’,‘Geographical Imaginaries and Hispanic Film’ Conference, Tulane University, New Orleans, USA, 4-7 November'.
  • 2009 '‘Sex in Barcelona: Flesh and the City in the Films of Ventura Pons’, talk at the ‘Queering World Cinemas’ Symposium at the School of Languages, University of Bristol. 11 March'.
  • 2009 (co-authored with Biddle, Ian D) 'Transgender performers in Spanish Cinema of the democratic period (Contribution to the panel ‘Popular music and national identities after the dictatorships in Spain, Portugal and Latin America’). 15 Biennial IASPM International Conference, Liverpool, 13-17 July'.
  • 2008 '‘La mirada no hegemónica en el cine de y sobre la movida: de Almodóvar a El Calentito’; Movida(s) Mujeres: Música y Transgresión en la Transición Española, Universidad de verano Rafael Altamira, Universidad de Alicante, Spain, 24 July 2008'.
  • 2008 ''Ay, qué pesado: Nostalgia, Memories and Lies in the ‘Mecano musical’', paper at the SIBE (Sociedad de Etnomusicologia)/IASPM (International Association for the Study of Popular Music) Conference, Salamanca (Spain), 6-9 March 2008'.
  • 2008 ''Caresses: The Male Body in the Films of Ventura Pons', Contemporary Spanish Film Symposium, Newcastle University, 3 July 2008'.
  • 2008 ''Javier Bardem and the (Dis)abled Body in Contemporary Spanish Cinema', research seminar at the School of Languages, Literatures and Peforming Arts, Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 17 April 2008'.
  • 2008 ''Queer Bodies in Contemporary Spanish Cinema', paper at the Queer Studies Easter Symposium, Ciudad de Mexico (Mexico) 23-29 March 2008'.
  • 2007 ''(In)vulnerable Teenage Bodies in Cuarta Planta (dir. Antonio Mercero, 2003)'. Paper at Cuerpo/Imagen: The Body in Hispanic Visual Cultures Conference, University of Cambridge, UK, 21 April 2007'.
  • 2007 ''Me cuesta tanto olvidarte: Consuming the movida in the 21st Century'. Paper at the AHGBI Annual Conference, University of Aberdeen 2-4 April 2007'.
  • 2007 ''The Gay Male Body in Recent Spanish Cinema'. Paper at the 'I Congreso Internacional Los Textos del Cuerpo', Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain, 26-30 March 2007'.
  • 2007 ''The global image of youth'. Contribution to panel (chair Timothy Shary) at the SCMS (Society for Cinema and Media Studies) Annual Conference, Chicago, USA, 8-11 March 2007'.
  • 2006 ''Broken Bodies', Introductory talk at 'The Politics of Memory: New Documentaries on the Spanish Civil War and the Franco Era', UCLA, USA'.
  • 2006 ''National Bodies: Stereotypical Males in Spanish Cinema'; University of California Santa Barbara USA'.

Edited essays

Edited works: conference proceedings

Journal papers: academic

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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
  • Music: Madonna

Selected Grants

  • 2011: History of Eroticism in Spanish Cinema (£7150.00 from The British Academy)
  • 2008: QUEER BODIES IN CONTEMPORARY SPANISH CINEMA (£700.00 from The British Academy)
  • 2005: BEFORE AND AFTER THE QUIXOTE (£200.00 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)
  • 2005: UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND TRAVEL SCHEME (£900.00 from The University of Queensland)