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

Professor / Director of UG 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 two books on Spanish filmmaker Bigas Luna, a monograph under contract with Manchester University Press and an edited collection under contract with Tirant lo Blanch (Madrid). These books are part of a larger project on Spanish erotic cinema which includes a special issue of Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas 13.1 (published 2016) and the edited book Spanish Erotic Cinema (Edinburgh University Press, published HB 2017 and PB 2018, 264 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. The Bigas Luna Tribute started with a weekend of screenings with introductions and Q&A sessions at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco in March 2015, and has continued since then with exhibitions and screenings in Newcastle upon Tyne (in collaboration with the ¡Vamos! Festival in 2016), Barcelona (2016), Mexico City (in collaboration with the MICGenero film festival in 2017), Valencia (2017), Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Sydney (in collaboration with the Spanish Film Festival of Australia in 2018), San José (in collaboration with the Spanish Cultural Centre and the Costa Rican Film Production Centre also in 2018), Manchester (in collaboration with the ¡Viva! Festival in 2019) and Vienna (2019). The Bigas Luna Tribute has been featured in national and international media including, in the UK, The Guardian The Guide, In Australia, The Sydney Morning Herald, in Costa Rica in La nación and, in Spain, El Pais. More on the research behind the project here and here. For more info please visit the website or follow ‎@BigasLunaHomage on Twitter.

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. I regularly act as referee for books published by Edinburgh University Press, Hodder Arnold, I B Tauris, Wiley Blackwell and Temple Univesity Press. I also review journal articles submitted to journals including Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Feminist Media Studies, Hispanic Research Journal, Hispanic Review, International Journal of Iberian Studies, Journal of Homosexuality, Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, Men and Masculinities, 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 am currently co-supervising a PhD on the topic of humour in Spanish cinema.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.


I am currently Director of Education (Undergraduate Studies) for my School. Previous administrative responsibilities for the School have included: Director of Postgraduate Studies (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). I was also 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. 


I currently teach the following undergraduate modules:
- SPAN3181 (Contemporary Spanish Cinema). Level III.
- MELA3161/3152 (Dissertation in Modern Languages). Level III. 

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

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Chapter in book

Conference Paper

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Edited Journal

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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)