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

Spain 24x a Second

Session Chair: 
Kathleen Connolly, Western Oregon University
Anna K. Cox, Willamette University
Session 8: Saturday 1:45-3:15pm
Willamette (PMCC)
Topic Area: 


  1. Marianela Rivera, Florida Gulf Coast University
    This paper explores the way the representation of immigrants in Spanish contemporary cinema has evolved in the last two decades.  Many Spanish directors have shown their interest and their concern on the “immigration issue” and this has lead to the production of a variety of cinematographic discourses that expose the revival of an immigrant “Other” as a reflection of the constant cultural clashes that have caused immigrants to be cast aside from society.   
  2. Jacqueline Sheean, University of Southern California
    This paper will analyze the ways in which Mercedes Alvarez’s 2011 documentary film, Mercado de futuros addresses the consequences of Spain’s 2008 financial crisis. I argue that the film calls attention to the way subjectivity is constructed through space and property and the ways in which these modes of subjectivity might be reconsidered in light of contemporary conditions of precarity. 
  3. Deneille Erikson, "University of Wisconsin, Madison"
    This paper examines the contours of a dominant Western cultural narrative on the“failure” of empathy in the context of Spain and Spanish cultural production, specifically as it intersects with ideas of violence, masculinity, and Historical Memory in Álex de la Iglesia’s film Balada triste de trompeta (2010).
  4. Jason Klodt, The University of Mississippi
    Recent youth delinquency cinema critiques Spain’s mismanaged national economy and its impotent political class, and signals a reemergence of el retraso not only in terms of economic and social progress, but also in young people’s emotional and interpersonal arrested development.
Session Cancelled: