List of members.
ELIXABETE ANSA-GOICOECHEA PhD in Hispanic Studies from Indiana University. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Hispanic and Basque Studies at the Department of French, Hispanic, and Italian Studies, University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada). She has published several articles on Spanish peninsular and Basque literature, culture and art, and is co-editor of the volumes Crítica de la Acumulación (Universidad de los Lagos and Ediciones Escaparate, 2010) and Efectos de imagen. Qué fue y qué es el cine militante? (Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educación and LOM Ediciones, 2014).
IZARO ARROITA AZKARATE. She finished her degree in Journalism at the Universidad del País Vasco in 2007. She holds an MA in Comparative Literature: Literary and Cultural Studies from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (2008). As a journalist, she has served as editor of the newspaper Berria and news editor at Euskadi Irratia (Basque public radio). She is currently a PhD student in Literature and Literary Science at the Universidad del País Vasco, and the recipient of a research scholarship from the Basque Government. She is analyzing historical memory and national identity in Basque literature. She has been a member of 452ºF’s Editorial Board since the beginning of the project and serves in the Communication Department.
MARTA FONT ESPRIU. Marta Font is a post-doctoral researcher at Centre Dona i Literatura. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Catalonian Philology (2006), and completed her Advanced Studies Diploma in Romanic Philology in 2008. Her research focuses on the study of contemporary poetry, within the scope of the construction of the post-modern lyrical subject and poetic subjectivities. In particular, she has specialized in the representation of desire and love alterity, as shown in her Ph.D Dissertation Poètiques del desig. Alteritat i escriptura a l’obra de Gabriel Ferrater, Maria-Mercè Marçal i Enric Casasses (2013). Among her recent fields of interest are the new poetic formats, performance or video-art, in dialogue with the written word. Recently, she has coordinated the monograph Els subjectes poètics contemporanis (n.8, 452f) and the dossier Carme Riera. El subjecte de la seducció (n.19, Lectora). Among her publications, El estado per/verso. Reflexiones sobre poesía oral: voz, cuerpo y palabra (Icaria, 2011), and Un procés de “feminació” de la nació catalana: la paraula política/poètica de Maria Mercè-Marçal (Editorial UOC, 2011) stand out. She has contributed to the visibility of new female poetic voices through the coordination and moderation, for many years, of Mesa de Poetas within the Centre Dona i Literatura. Currently she co-directs 452°F Journal of Literary Theory and Comparative Literature, and coordinates its design and layout team. She is member of Junta Directiva de la Associació de Joves Escriptors en Llengua Catalana (AJELC).
ATENEA ISABEL GONZÁLEZ AGUILAR. She finished her degree in Latin American Literature at the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (2006). She continued her studies at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona with an MA in Comparative Literature: Literary and Cultural Studies (2009). She is currently a PhD candidate in Literary theory and Comparative literature at the same university. Her research focuses on film studies, intertextuality, cultural studies and comparative literature. She is a member of 452ºF’s Editorial Board since August 2009.
MAX HIDALGO NÁCHER. Currently a member of the Research Group on Literary Exile (Grupo de Estudios del Exilio Literario, GEXEL) at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), he is also an assistant lecturer in Literary Theory and Comparative Literature at the Universitat de Barcelona (UB). He obtained a BA in Journalism (UAB) and a BA in Literary Theory and Comparative Literature (Universitat de Barcelona-UB). He earned an MA in Lettres, Arts et Pensée Contemporaine at the Université Paris Diderot (Paris VII) with a thesis on Le sujet du langage dans l’œuvre de Samuel Beckett, tutored by Julia Kristeva. He obtained his PhD at the Universitat de Barcelona in 2013 with a dissertation on El problema de la escritura en el campo intelectual francés (1945-1975).
ALBERT JORNET SOMOZA. Albert Jornet Somoza is a PhD student in Humanities at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), where he currently holds a FPI scholarship from the Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad. His research focuses on lyrical discourses from the 17th to the 20th century in Hispanic literature, paying special attention to the phenomenon of obscuritas and unintelligibility and its ethical foundation as an aesthetic and ideological legitimation of poetry. He presented his Master’s thesis on El autor en los tiempos de Góngora. Hacia una teoría de los regímenes autoriales and his articles and reviews have been published in journals such as Ínsula, Iberoamericana and Forma as well as in edited volumes. He has participated in several conferences, where he has proposed his analysis on various topics, and he has been part of the Editorial Board of Forma. Revista d’estudis comparatius. Art, literatura i pensament (2007-2011) as well as part of the Organizing Committee of the I International Congress for Young Researchers in the Humanities.
XAVIER ORTELLS-NICOLAU. Xavier Ortells-Nicolau holds a PhD in Translation and Intercultural Studies (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona). Previously he obtained a BA in English Philology (UB) and a BA in East Asian Studies (UOC), studied Chinese at Peking University and Beijing Foreign Studies University, and completed a MA in Regional Studies-East Asia at Columbia University, New York, with a grant from La Caixa. He is currently acting as research assistant for the research group ALTER: Crisi, Alteritat i Representació (UOC), and is member of the research group InterAsia (UAB) and the East Asian Studies & Research Center (CERAO-UAB). His research interests cover a wide range of manifestations of modern and contemporary Chinese cultural production, including visual culture and literature, as well as interactions between China and other cultures.
BERNAT PADRÓ NIETO. He is a teaching assistant of Literary Theory and Comparative Literature at the Universitat de Barcelona. He holds two degrees in Hispanic Philology and Literary Theory and Comparative Literature (First national award in academic excellence) obtained at the UB. He completed the MA in Comparative Studies in Literature, Arts and Thought offered at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. His minor dissertation analyses the concept of play in Schiller and Gadamer. He was part of the editorial board of Forma. Revista d'Estudis Comparatius. Art, Literatura, Pensament (2008-2010) and takes part in the journal Paralelo Sur since 2006.
KATARZYNA PASZKIEWICZ. Katarzyna Paszkiewicz earned her PhD in Film Studies in 2014 from the Universitat de Barcelona, after completing an MA in Cultural Studies: Audiovisual Culture (2009) and a BA in English Philology (2008) at Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza. Currently, she is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre Dona i Literatura (Universitat de Barcelona). Her research focuses on film studies, cultural studies and gender studies. She specializes in film genres and women’s cinema, as shown by her doctoral dissertation Gender y genre en las cineastas estadounidenses a principios del siglo XXI [Gender and Genre in the American Women Filmmakers at the Beginning of the 21st Century]. Other research lines include the study of affects and emotions, and noir film and novel in Spain. Her research has been published in several journals such as Lectora: revista de dones i textualitat and Letras Femeninas; as well as in edited volumes like Doing Women’s Film History, Rewriting Cinema Then & Now (Christine Gledhill and Julia Knight eds., Illinois University Press; forthcoming) and Encrucijadas globales: Redefinir España en el s. XXI (José Colmeiro ed., Iberoamericana/Vervuert; forthcoming). In addition, she has participated in international conferences in the United States, New Zealand, Canada and the UK, and has been a visiting researcher at University of Melbourne and University of Pennsylvania. She joined the Editorial Board of 452ºF in February 2013 and has since been in charge of the journal’s website.
DIEGO SANTOS SÁNCHEZ. He earned his PhD on Contemporary Spanish Theatre at the Universidad de Alcalá (Madrid) after having spent research sojourns at the universities of Edinburgh, Harvard and Paris-Sorbonne. After this he worked as a post-doctoral Research Associate for the AHRC-funded project «Theatre Censorship in Spain» based at Durham University (UK) and as researcher in the Exile Studies Group GEXEL at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He is currently Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Humboldt-Universtität zu Berlin. His publications revolve around contemporary Spanish Theatre. He specializes in three key aspects thereof, the first of which is the theatre of Fernando Arrabal (El teatro pánico de Fernando Arrabal, London: Tamesis). He has also published a book on teaching Spanish as a foreign language through theatre (Teatro y enseñanza de lenguas, Madrid: Arco/Libros). His foremost research focuses on the study of the politicization and censorship of theatre during Franco’s Spain, about which he has published multiple articles and is currently working on two book-long projects. Further to his research, he is committed to academic exchange and has created BETA, Asociación de Jóvenes Doctores en Hispanismo, a global network for post-docs on Hispanic Studies of which he is the president. He is a member of 452ºF’s Editorial Board since 2012.
IRAITZ URKULO, BA in Basque Philology (UPV/EHU), MA in Comparative Literature and Literary Studies, and current PhD candidate preparing her dissertation on contemporary Basque literature. A literary critic for the newspaper Berria and the magazine Berton, she writes articles on Basque literature and culture for “Territorios”, the cultural supplement of newspaper El Correo. She directs “Txinpartak,” a collection specialized in art criticism in Basque of the non-profit publishing house Sans Soleil Ediciones. She acts as external evaluator for the Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (University of Liverpool). She is member of the Advisory Board of the journal Sans Soleil. She has published her research on literary issues in Egan, Jakin, Sans Soleil and Revista de lenguas y literaturas catalana, gallega y vasca (UNED). She is a professional literature translator and proofreader EN/ES/EU>EU/ES and has coordinated the team of translators and proofreaders into Basque for 452ºF Journal of Literary Theory and Comparative Literature since July 2012.
MARÍA TERESA VERA ROJAS. She holds a BA in Literature from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (Caracas, Venezuela), a MA in Latin American Literature from Universidad Simón Bolívar, (Caracas-Venezuela) and a PhD in Spanish from the University of Houston (Houston, USA). In Spain, she completed an MA in Gender Studies at Universitat de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain) and is currently finishing a PhD in Gender Studies at the same institution. She specializes in US Latina/o and Hispanic Caribbean Literatures and Cultures, both areas framed within the scope of Gender and Sexuality Studies, Queer Theory and Third World Feminisms. Her research also deals with the study of contemporary Venezuelan culture and literature, as well as with the representations of violence in Latin America. Her work has been published in different journals such as Centro: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Latino/a Research Review, Prosopopeya: Revista de crítica contemporánea; encyclopedias such as The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Latino Literature; and collective volumes, among which are Into the Mainstream: Essays on Caribbean and Latin American Literature and Culture, Máxima audiencia: Cultura popular y género, El mito de la mujer caribeña, and Repensar la comunidad desde la literatura y el género. She is the editor of the book Nuevas subjetividades/sexualidades literarias (Egales, 2012). She became part of 452ºF Editorial Board in May 2010 and is currently co-director of the Journal.
ELIZABETH WALZ. Elizabeth Walz is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago where she focuses on myth, identity and politics in contemporary Iberian cultures and literatures. She received B.A. degrees in Spanish Linguistics (2003) and Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies (2003) as well as an M.A. degree in Spanish Literature (2008) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During this period, she studied at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (2001-02) and was awarded a Foreign Language Area Studies fellowship to study Catalan at the Universitat de Barcelona (2006). Subsequently, she spent four years supporting English language instruction at trilingual public schools in Menorca and Bizkaia. She regularly translates texts from a variety of fields into English and endeavors to support stronger institutional connections and foster meaningful academic exchange between her field and others.
YASMINA YOUSFI LÓPEZ. Yasmina Yousfi López is currently a PhD student and an assistant teacher at the Filología Española Department of the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. She has graduated in Journalism and Hispanic Studies from the Universidad de Valencia (2011) and she also studied a Masters in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (2012). Since 2011, she has belonged to the GEXEL (Group for Studies of Literary Exile), having been granted with a FPI Scholarship by the Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad. Currently, she is researching the Theatre of the Spanish republican exile of 1939 in Chile, Peru and Paraguay, countries where she has also been a visiting researcher.
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