113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Cognitive Approaches to Hispanic Film

Session Chair: 
Isabel Jaen Portillo, Portland State University
Session 6: Saturday 8:30-10:00am
Columbia (PMCC)


  1. Silvia Tandeciarz, College of William and Mary
    This presentation explores the cognitive potential in recent Argentine documentaries by children of disappeared militants that mobilize affect to approximate a deeper, more complex understanding of the legacies of state terrorism.
  2. Gloria Trujillo, Portland State University
    Omnibus 174 relates the bus hijacking that took place in 2000 in Rio de Janeiro, which Brazil witnessed live on TV. I rely on the Theory of Narrative Empathy developed by Suzanne Keen and on Daniel Baston’s definition of Empathic Concern (the feelings we have for others when we perceive they are in need) to underscore the emotional aspects involved in the crafting of this documentary’s narrative.
  3. Patricia López Díaz, Portland State University
    La película Amanece, que no es poco, dirigida José Luis Cuerda, resulta de especial interés debido a un fenómeno social que  busca llevar la experiencia cinematográfica más allá de las pantallas. Este trabajo analiza este fenómeno, basado en la teatralización de escenas de la película, desde una perspectiva sociológica y cognitiva. Se puede concluir que dichas manifestaciones surgen de la necesidad de reproducir el placer físico sentido al ver la película y transformarlo en una experiencia colectiva.
  4. Julien Simon, Indiana University East
    Looking at the literary biopic genre as a pan-European phenomenon, we can discern two main clusters of films, which appeared around the 2000s: One whose focus is on the life that inspired the literary work and another one that investigates the intersection of cognition and aesthetics. This paper will 1) provide an overview of these two trends and 2) discuss how Theresa, the Body of Christ (Loriga, 2007), the biopic on Teresa of Ávila, is a good illustration of the second trend.  
Session Cancelled: