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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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Reader / Director of PG Education 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 about Spanish erotic cinema. The main output will be the planned monograph The Films of Bigas Luna (under contract with Manchester University Press). Other publications for this project include a special issue on Bigas Luna for Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas (13.1), and an edited book entitled Spanish Erotic Cinema (under contract with Edinburgh University Press).

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, 262 pp), about the re-shapping of identities (sexual, gender, ethnic, national, corporeal) in the transnational context of the 21st Century.

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 (Barcelona: Bellaterra, 2013, 380 pp) - single authored - and Live Flesh: The Male Body in Contemporary Spanish Cinema - co-authored with Alfredo Martinez-Exposito (London and New York: I B Tauris, 2007, 288 pp); as well as two edited volumes: the book Mysterious Skin: Male Bodies in Contemporary Cinema (London and New York: I B Tauris, 2009, 271 pp) and a special issue of the journal Studies in Hispanic Cinemas (3.3; 2007).

I am in the editorial board of the journal Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas and I am also a member of the advisory board of the International Journal of Iberian Studies. I have acted as referee for books published by Edinburgh University Press, Hodder Arnold, I B Tauris, Wiley Blackwell 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 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).

Research supervision

I contribute to the 'Representing Otherness' core module of the MA in 'Culture and Difference'. I have supervised a PhD on Queer Spanish Cinema (defended and passed in June 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.


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 Interests

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

Selected Publications

Articles: review

Books: authored

Books: edited

Books: sections

Conference papers

  • 2015 '"Erotic Passions: the Spanish Transition and the Early Work of Bigas Luna", public talk at the University of Pittsburgh, PA'.
  • 2015 '‘Fat Masculinities in Contemporary Spanish Cinema’, talk at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Kansas University, USA (April 2nd)'.
  • 2015 '“Performing Fatness: Oversized Male Bodies and Hegemonic Masculinities in Recent Spanish Cinema”, paper at CineLit VIII Conference, Portland OR, 19-21 February'.
  • 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 '‘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 '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'.

Edited works: journals

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

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)