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Professor Omar García, BS, BA, MA, MSEd, PhD (Miami), PhD (London)

Omar

Professor of Hispanic Studies and Comparative Poetics

Email: o.a.garcia@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8302
Room Number: Arts One 134
Office Hours: For students as per QM+ and by appointment for everyone else

Profile

Professor Garcí­a is an academic, a published, award-winning poet and a human rights activist. He is a Senator of the Diplomatic Council, of the London Diplomatic Academy, since 2000. Nominated by students for the Drapers' Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2007-08, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12. Professor of Hispanic Studies and Comparative Poetics (since 1 October 2010). 9/2007-9/2010: Reader in Poetics of Exile, Censorship and Cultural Resistance. Dean for Taught Programmes (Undergraduate and Postgraduate), Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, since 1 Sept. 2013, and Deputy Dean for Taught Programmes (UG and PGT) (9/2011 to 31 August 2013). Departmental Research Coordinator (2010-2013). Associate Director of Graduate Studies (Iberian and Latin American Studies), 2009-2013. Chair-PG-SEB-MSc in Mental Health (Transcultural Mental Healthcare and Psychological Therapies), Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, 2012-2014. REF [Research Excellence Framework] Lead in Iberian and Latin American Studies (2011-2013). Director of Taught Programmes (Undergraduate and Postgraduate)-School of Languages, Linguistics & Film (9/2011-8/2013). Chair-Degree Examination Board (BA) (5/2008-8/2013). RESEARCH: Professor García's research focus is on the area of studies concerning Poetics of Exile, Censorship and Cultural Resistance, which he explores across genres (narrative, poetry, film, drama and performance), as his publications to date show. Although he started out with a solid training in the field of Hispanic Studies (with one PhD in Romance Studies, focusing on Spanish drama, and one in Hispanic Studies, focusing on Spanish poetry), with minors at doctoral level in German drama in exile, in translation, and language theory, and French and Italian literature at undergraduate level, he has expanded his field of research to include a more transnational and multilingual perspective in terms of culture, migration, censorship and cultural production under duress. He believes this transnational perspective has widened his understanding of censorship and exile, and the cultural responses of creative work produced in a particular sociohistorical context. He seeks in his research and writing to look beyond the confinements of metaphors of right and left wing political stances in order to fully understand the work of censors and States and their impact on the political subjectivities he studies. He has devoted special attention to censorship and drama production during Franco's regime in Spain (and shortly thereafter) and has published a series of volumes in this area of research (Diálogos con la censura). He is also interested in Cuban film and representations of Cuban society post 1959 in Cuban and foreign films. At the moment, part of this research has been published in his book on Cultural Cyclothymia, including the films Amigos and The Pérez Family, produced in the USA. His main areas of research have focused on Cuban studies (particular interest in exile, migration and 'diaspora' studies); modern Spanish poetry and drama (particularly 1939-1975, under Franco) and cultural memory: language, literature, oral history, identity, and the state in Latin America and Spain (with particular interest in Central American Studies). His own international standing as a poet and his creative output are in line with the conceptual interests of his research, as explored in his poetry collection Resistencia en la tierra (Madrid: Verbum, 2007). OTHER FACULTY, COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY LEVEL RESPONSIBILITIES: Sept. 2012- Part of the College Senior Leadership Team, QMUL. 9/2011- Ex officio member of the Faculty Executive, Humanities and Social Sciences. 2010- Senate member, one of nine elected members of academic staff from the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences for the period 2010-14 and ex officio from 2013 to 2016. 2013- Chair, Dean for Taught Programmes Advisory Group (Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences). 2013- Chair, Marketing, Communications and Recruitment Groups (UG and PGT) in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. 2013- Member, Deans for Taught Programmes Group. 2013- Member, MRAG (Marketing, Recruitment and Admissions Group). 2013- Member, Student Experience Advisory Board. 2013- Member, Life Sciences Group. 2013- Member, QM+ (VLE) Project Board. 9/2011-8/13 Member, Vice Principal (Teaching and Learning)'s Advisory Group. 9/2011- Member, Heads of School Group, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. 2011- Member, Taught Programmes Board (which replaces the Programme and Module Approval Board). 2011- Member, Taught Programmes Planning Group. 2011- Faculty Executive Member (Chair, as needed), Academic Staff Appointment Panels. 2010-2011 Programme and Module Approval Board (which replaces the College Programmes Committee), one of three nominated members of academic staff from the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences. 2010 Member, College Programmes Committee, which considers and approves all new programmes of study and module proposals and amendments in the College. 9/2011-13 Member, Dean for Taught Programmes Advisory Group (Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences). 2011-2012 Chair (Humanities and Social Sciences), Drapers' Awards for Teaching. 2014- Member, Vice-Principal (Public Engagement and Student Enterprise) Advisory Group. 2014- Member, Partnership Development Group. 2014- Member, Partnerships Board. 2014- Member, Education Quality Board. 2014- Member, QMUL ADEPT Monitoring Group (Academic Development, Education and the Promotion of Teaching). 2014- Chair, Faculty ADEPT [Academic Development, Education and the Promotion of Teaching] Monitoring Group. 2013/14 Chaired and designed the Language Strategy for the College. 2014 Member, College Contingency Operational Group. 2013-14 Chair, Points-Based Scheme CPD [PBSCPD], Faculty Monitoring Group. 2013-14 Member, OFFA [Office for Fair Access], Access Monitoring Group. 2013-14 Member, SETLA [Student Experience; Teaching, Learning and Assessment] Survey Task and Finish Group. 2013-14 Member, Educational Partnerships Board. 2013 Chair, Faculty e-learning User Group. 2013 Member, Humanities and Social Sciences' Schools' Student Support Group. 2010 Member, College Programmes Committee (which considered and approved all programmes of study and module proposals and amendments in the College. Member, Arts Faculty Board (2009-10, 2006-08 and 2002-04). 2000-2004 Member, Student Services Board. Participation in External Review Teams and Service on external bodies as university representative: QA Review of Spanish: Team Leader, Univ. of the West Indies, Barbados, March 2012. QMUL representative in the ULIP (Univ. of London in Paris) Review Group, 2013. 10/97-6/2000 Elected to Membership of the Academic Committee of the Univ. of London, Senate House. 8/8/97-8/99 Univ. of London appointment to the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, as representative of the Education Committee. 9/97-7/98 London Borough of Barking and Dagenham appointment as University representative to the Education Services Sub-Committee. OTHER DEPARTMENTAL RESPONSIBILITIES: 2010-2013 Member, Research Policy Committee, SLLF, and Graduate Studies sub-committee. 9/2011-2013 Chair, Teaching & Learning Committee, SLLF, [and Member (2010-11)]. 9/2011-2013 Ex officio member of the Executive Committee, SLLF. 2010-2013 Ex officio member (Senior Tutor first, then Dir. of Taught Programmes), Student Staff Liaison Committee. 1/2011-2013 Member, Teaching & Learning Sub-Committee, scrutiny and consideration for approval of all modules and programmes in SLLF. 2010-2011 Senior Tutor for all second year students in the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film. 2009-2010 Senior Tutor for all first year students in the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film. 2009-2010 Member, Graduate Studies and Research Committee, SLLF. 2007-08 Member, Comparative Literature Committee, School of Languages, Linguistics and Film. 2007-08 Chair, Working Party to establish new Degree Programmes in Catalan and Portuguese. 2006-2008 Admissions' Tutor for Hispanic Studies and all Combined degrees with Hispanic Studies. 2005-2006 Deputy Chair of Examiners, Subject Examination Board, School of Modern Languages. 2001-2003 Member, Standing Committee, School of Modern Languages. 2000-2003 Member, BA in Film Committee. 2000-2004 Year Abroad Coordinator for third-year students going to any Spanish speaking country in the world. 2000-2004 Member of the Year Abroad Committee. 2001-2003 Chairman, Hispanic Studies and Italian. 2001-2003 Member of the Standing Committee, School of Modern Languages. 1997-2000 Library Liaison Officer for Spanish Literature, XVIII c. - present. 1996-2000 Member, Students' Extenuating Circumstances Review Committee. 1995-2004 Departmental ERASMUS / SOCRATES coordinator. 1994-2004 Director of Studies and Advisor for Incoming European ERASMUS / SOCRATES students and US associates. 1995-2000 Senior Departmental Examiner (Departmental Chair of Examiners for Hispanic Studies & Italian), School of Modern Languages. 1992-2007 Member, Board of Examiners: MA in Modern European Studies. EDITORIAL ACTIVITIES (refereed journals): 1993-present Member of the Editorial Committee of HRJ (Hispanic Research Journal), QM, London. Editor for submissions on Modern Peninsular, Latin American Drama and Poetry, Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, Caribbean and Central American Literature and Culture. (1993-99 the journal was published under the title: JHR (Journal of Hispanic Research), London. <http://maneypublishing.com/index.php/journals/hrj/>. 2007- Member, Editorial Board, Voces del Caribe: Revista de Estudios Caribeños <http://vocesdelcaribe.org/journal/journal.html>. 2009-2013 Associate Editor of Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture, <http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-journal,id=173/>. 1998-2002 Member of the Editorial Committee of Corner-Journal of the Avant-Garde (www.cornermag.org). TEACHING: Professor García has been teaching at Queen Mary since 1992. His teaching focuses on Modern Peninsular Studies (mainly poetry and drama), Latin American literature and film (particularly Cuban studies) and Comparative Poetry and Poetics (international). At the moment, his teaching at Queen Mary focuses on: Poetry and Poetics of Resistance (international) for the comparative literature programme, covering a selection of poetry from Spain, Nicaragua, Kurdistan, Nigeria, Palestine, Lebanon, Ireland, Poland, Somalia, Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, South Africa and Cuba. Cuban Poetry & Fiction Post-1980. Cuban Society Through Film: Post-1959 Revolution. The Canon and Marginality: Twentieth Century Spanish Theatre. Prof. García has also brought into the curriculum the following selection of approved modules (which could be taught at any one time): The Canon and Marginality: The Effects of Censorship and Exile in Contemporary Spanish Poetry and Drama, and in Cuban poetry. Federico Garcí­a Lorca: Poetry and Drama. Development of the Modern Short Story in Latin America. Communication & Discovery: Debates on Late-Nineteenth & Twentieth Century Hispanic Poetry. Spanish Romanticism & Philosophy. Other undergraduate teaching in team-taught courses has involved: Transculturation, popular and mass culture; Innovation and Experiment in Modern European Drama; Avant-Garde Poetry, Literary Responses to the Spanish Civil War; Spanish Romanticism; Spanish Contemporary Drama; Spanish Contemporary Poetry; and European Tragedy. Postgraduate courses in which he has taught: MA in Modern European Languages, Literatures & Culture. Theory Core Course. Field: Postcolonial theory. MA in Modern European Languages, Literatures & Thought. Lyric Option: futurism, surrealism, philosophy, and theory in twentieth century Spanish poetry (in the light of Italian futurism and French surrealism). MA in Hispanic Studies (Intercollegiate, 1993-1999): Canon and Marginality. MA in Cultural Memory (Intercollegiate)- Imposed memory and the State in Cuba & Spain.

Research

Publications

PUBLICATIONS RELATED TO RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP

BOOKS (authored)

BOOK (edited with introduction):

POETRY BOOKS (authored):

 OTHER SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:

Book chapter (authored):

  • Mí­stica y religión en la poesí­a cubana de hoy: Los siete cí­rculos - trayectoria poética, in Siete ensayos sobre la poesí­a de Amando Fernández, comp. Grisel Pujalá (Miami: La Torre de Papel, 1996), pp. 19-30.

 Articles in refereed journals

  • El arte de narrar la memoria femenina: La mujer como agente en la parodia de la normatividad de género, Revista Brasileira do Caribe: Revista do Centro de Estudos do Caribe no Brasil, vol. XII, no. 23 (July-Dec. 2011), pp. 165-90. [on Nélida Piñon's short story 'I Love My Husband'].
  • The role of memory in (dis)locating the city: negotiating the articulation of national identity under censorship. Arrabal's El arquitecto y el emperador de Asiria, in From La Mancha to New Norcia. Images of Identity in Old and New Worlds, ed. Prof. Roy C. Boland Oseguera and Michael Gamarra, Antípodas: Journal of Hispanic and Galician Studies, vol. XVI, 2005, pp.81-98.
  • Hacia una poética fractal: Percepción fractal de Conny Palacios, Intersedes (Revista de las Sedes Regionales de la Universidad de Costa Rica), 4.6 (2003), pp. 221-26.
  • Discurso social y fantasmagórico en la narrativa nicaragüense de los 90: En carne viva de Conny Palacios, El Pez y la Serpiente: Revista Centroamericana de Cultura, no. 32, Nov-Dec 1999, pp. 83-101. [Nicaragua].

 Conference contributions (refereed papers)

  • La manipulación de la imagen del exiliado cubano a través del cine: El desplazamiento de la identidad nacional en el contexto de comunidades migratorias, Image et Manipulation, ed. Prof. Jean-Claude Seguin (Lyon: LE GRIMH[Le Groupe de Recherche sur l'Image dans le Monde Hispanique]-LCE [Langues et Cultures Européennes], Université de Lyon, 2009, pp. 297-304. ISBN: 978-2-86272-543-7.
  • Partí­culas de azogue: Movilidad y desplazamientos sí­gnicos del exilio cubano, (Nuevas formas de conocer y reconocer los exilios europeos y americanos), Mexico City: Universidad Iberoamericana, 2009, pp. 1-20. ISBN: 9-786070-004841.
  • Perspectivas transnacionales: Poéticas de resistencia en la creación de una identidad en exilio. La poesí­a de Reinaldo Arenas, Choman Hardi y Mahmud Darwish, CD ROM: Lugares dos discursos (Rio de Janeiro: ABRALIC, Associação Brasileira de Literatura Comparada, 2006). ISBN: 978-85-98402-04-8. 18 pp.
  • De España a América: influencia ideológica de Unamuno y Ortega en los intelectuales cubanos de la década de 1920 a 1930, in Actas XXIX Congreso del Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana, ed. Joaquín Marco, Tome II, Vol. 2, Barcelona: Promociones y Publicaciones Universitarias, 1994, pp. 681-86.

PROSPECTIVE RESEARCH STUDENTS:

Professor García welcomes proposals in Hispanic Studies, Comparative Literature and Culture and Migration Studies involving the Hispanic world. He particularly welcomes prospective students interested in Cuban, Cuban-American studies (including film), multilingual literature in the US, contemporary Spanish drama, and Central American Studies. He also welcomes proposals in any area of contemporary Spanish or Latin American Poetry, as well as comparative poetry and poetics (international) that deal with issues of exile, censorship, migration and cultural resistance. He is particularly interested in research dealing with cultural production under duress and culture, migration and the State. He also welcomes interdisciplinary projects dealing with poetry, poetics and philosophy; migration, mental health and cultural production; cultural memory and oral history; language and identity; human rights and cultural production.

Professor Garcí­a has supervised, co-supervised and examined PhD theses in the following areas:

Cuban-American literature written in English, Cuban novelists, poets, dramatists, Cuban film, contemporary peninsular poetry and drama, drama in translation (practice-based), Central American literature, and Translation Studies.

 Second supervisor for:

Professor García has also supervised research on Cuban novelists Guillermo Rosales, Reinaldo Arenas, Carlos Victoria, and Cuban poet Rita Geada; twentieth-century Spanish poetry and women dramatists; and co-supervised research on Catalan and Spanish women novelists and Catalan poets, and comparative Caribbean literature.

SOME DISSEMINATION OF RESEARCH: CONFERENCE PAPERS, Lectures, Seminars and Presentations

 1. April 26-28, 1990: Borges y algunos de sus temas ejemplificados en cuentos selectos de Ficciones y El Aleph. 43rd Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, University of Kentucky, Lexington.

 2. April 25-27, 1991: Simbolismo y comunicación dentro del mundo cíclico en dos dramas de Arrabal. 44th Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, University of Kentucky, Lexington.

 3. May 3-4, 1991: La heroína-ví­ctima dentro de ficción y realidad literaria y romántica en Locura de amor de Tamayo y Baus. The Canon and Marginality, 3-4 May, l99l, State University of New York at Binghamton.

 4. May 9, 1991: Ibid. University of Miami, Spanish/Spanish American Graduate Symposium. Sponsored in part by the Michel de Certeau International Center for Critical Studies.

 5. July 20, 1991: Luisa Pérez de Zambrana y sus Elegí­as familiares. Cuban Poetry (19th and 20th Century). XI Congreso Cultural de Verano, Cí­rculo de Cultura Panamericano, Koubek Center, University of Miami.

 6. February 21, 1992: Transformations and variants of the double in selected Cortázar's short stories, and the background of Borges, part of the half-day seminar entitled Cortázar: his short stories -deciphering clues, at the Institute of Romance Studies, University of London.

 7. April 3-4, 1992: El papel de la mujer en I love my husband de Nélida Piñon, International Symposium, O Mundo de Nélida Piñon / The World of Nélida Piñon. Part of the Mapping the Latin American Imaginary Program sponsored by the Michel de Certeau International Center for Critical Studies, the Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures and the North-South Center of the University of Miami.

 8. May 1-2, 1992: Session: Discourse and Textual Truth. Paper: Psicología y determinismo genético-social en Fiesta al noroeste de Ana Marí­a Matute. First Annual Missouri Romance Languages and Literatures Conference, University of Missouri-Columbia.

 9. June 4, 1992: Light, Night and Dream in Poemas a Lázaro as Representative of Valente's Poetic Religious Evolution. International Conference on XXth Century Hispanic Literature, Institute of Romance Studies, University of London.

10. June 5, 1992: Round Table on Cuban Poetry. University of London, Institute of Romance Studies, International Conference on XXth Century Hispanic Literature.

11. June 18, 1992: De España a América:  influencia ideológica de Unamuno y Ortega en los intelectuales cubanos de la década del 20 al 30. XXIX Congreso del Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana (June 15-19), Universitat de Barcelona

12. March 25-27, 1993: Session: Poetry: Reflection of the Social Consciousness-Language. Paper: Mí­stica y religión en la poesía cubana de hoy: Los siete círculos de Amando Fernández - trayectoria poética, The Second Annual Missouri Romance Languages & Literatures Conference, University of Missouri-Columbia.

13. April 22-24, 1993: The Sixth Part of La memoria y los signos: A Dated Text. 46th Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, University of Kentucky, Lexington.

14. January 13-14, 1994: Guest speaker: Censura y exilio en la literatura cubana post-1959, dentro y fuera, Second Hispanic Postgraduate Conference, University of Birmingham, UK.

15. March 11-12, 1994: Temática y lenguaje en el teatro español de la época franquista: una evolución. International Conference: Evolution of Spanish Theatre: Beginnings until Today, Institute of Romance Studies & QM, University of London.

16. May 7-8, 1994: Guest speaker: Identidad y contexto: la poesí­a cubana de hoy. Hispanic Studies Conference: Perspectives on Gender, Sexuality, Ethnicity & Politics in Latin American and Chicano Studies, The Barber Institute, University of Birmingham.

17. May 25, 1994: A Historical Discourse Framed by Language: The Poetry of José Ángel Valente. Hispanic Research Seminar Series, University of Cambridge.

18. June 2, 1994: La subversión del lenguaje: el discurso femenino en la poesí­a cubana de hoy. International Conference: Censorship, Exile, and Marginality in Hispanic Literature from the XVIII Century until Today, Institute of Romance Studies, University of London.

19. February 16, 1995: Guest Speaker: Questions of Identity: Cuban Literature Today. Sponsored by the Dept. of Romance Languages & Literatures and the Black Studies Program at Boston College, USA.

20. February 20, 1995: Keynote speaker: Location and Displacement: Cuban Poetry Post-1980.  International Film and Literature Series: Dislocations: Shaping Cultural Identity in Exile. Sponsored by the Centre for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA.

21. June 9-10, 1995: Participated in the group session on Intercultural Competence. Part of the Conference on Language Studies in European Higher Education, Stockholm University, Division of International Affairs. Organized by the European Commission, Stockholm University and the SIGMA Scientific Committee on Languages.

22. July 28-30, 1995: Un acercamiento a la obra poética de José Ángel Valente, Cí­rculo de Cultura Panamericano, XV Congreso Cultural de Verano, Koubek Center, University of Miami.

23. August 14-18, 1995: El discurso histórico en la obra Exilio de Matías Montes Huidobro, XIII International Symposium of Literature, on Immigration and Emigration: Forced and Self-Exile, California State University, Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA [Los Angeles].

24. October 10, 1995: From Tradition to Postmodernity: A Philosophical Approach to the Poetry of José Ángel Valente. Departmental Research Seminar, Queen Mary, University of London.

25. October 19-21, 1995: Reevaluación de la representación femenina en Mujer sin Edén de Carmen Conde, VI Conferencia Internacional de la Asociación de Literatura Femenina Hispánica, on The Representation of Women in Hispanic Literature and Cinema, Barnard College, Columbia University, New York.

26. March 19, 1999: Discurso social y fantasmagórico en la narrativa nicaragüense de los 90: En carne viva de Conny Palacios, Séptimo Congreso Internacional de Literatura Centroamericana, Universidad Americana de Managua.

27. October 12, 1999: I speak of harmony. Whatever it is, / Give it back to the musicians: Postmodern Dystopia and Cultural Misreadings in Science and Philosophy, Departmental Research Seminar, QM, University of London.

28. March 1-3, 2000: (In)comunicación y distanciamiento en el teatro breve de Isidro Rodrí­guez Silva (Managua, 1956), Octavo Congreso Internacional de Literatura Centroamericana (C.I.L.C.A.), Centro Iberoamericano de Formación de la Antigua, Guatemala.

29. March 5-7, 2003: Hacia una poética fractal: Percepción fractal de Conny Palacios. XI Congreso Internacional de Literatura Centroamericana. CENAC, Ministerio de Cultura, Juventud y Deportes, San José, Costa Rica.

30. July 9-12, 2003: The Role of Memory in (Dis)Locating the City: Negotiating the Articulation of National Identity under Censorship. Arrabal's El Arquitecto y el Emperador de Asiria. Place, Memory, Identities: Australia, Spain and the New World, Second Universitat de Barcelona-La Trobe University Conference. La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.

31. July 17-19, 2003: Cultural Cyclothymia in the Face of Dystocia: (De)constructing a National Identity in Exile. The Cuban Case. The Poetics of Exile: An International Conference. The University of Auckland, New Zealand.

32. October 29-November 1, 2003: The Portrayal of the Cuban Exile and the Depiction of Cuban Identity in Three Transnational Films: Cosas que dejé en La Habana, Reina y Rey, and The Pérez Family. Panel: National Identity in a Transnational Setting: Cuban Films, Novels and Poetry. Fifth Cuban Research Institute Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, Florida International University, Miami.

33. July 23, 2006: El ritual del escamoteo de lo real. La rebelión teatral a través del lenguaje en El desván de los machos y el sótano de las hembras de Luis Riaza, XXVI Congreso Cultural de Verano, Cí­rculo de Cultura Panamericano, Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, University of Miami.

34. August 1, 2006: Criação literária: Diálogo com Nélida Piñon. One hour public, filmed interview with Brazilian novelist Nélida Piñon, X Congresso Internacional ABRALIC, UERJ, Rio de Janeiro.

35. August 3, 2006: Perspectivas transnacionales: Poéticas de resistencia en la creación de una identidad en exilio. La poesí­a de Reinaldo Arenas, Choman Hardi y Mahmud Darwish, X Congresso Internacional ABRALIC, UERJ, Rio de Janeiro.

36. August 4, 2006: Los múltiples cortes de la planaria: Identidad (trans)nacional tras los cortes transversales del exilio o del inxilio, X Congresso Internacional ABRALIC, UERJ, Rio de Janeiro.

37. March 21, 2007: Censoring Performance: Spanish Theatre under Franco. Living Languages Taster Day, Queen Mary, University of London.

38. March 28, 2007: Fernando Arrabal y Luis Riaza en contrapunteo con la censura franquista, Departmental Research Seminar, Hispanic Studies, Queen Mary, University of London.

39. June 21, 2007: (Re)structuring communities: The Cuban Nation in Exile, part of the session ˜The Eye of the Exile: Writing in the Exilic Space", conference-festival Writing Resistance: The Literature of Exile, organized by Exiled Writers Ink in association with English PEN and Amnesty International, The Human Rights Action Centre, London.

40. May 30, 2008: El silenciamiento de la dramaturgia femenina durante el franquismo: El plan de Manuela González Haba, ante los censores, II Congreso Internacional Escritoras y compromiso: Literatura española e hispanoamericana de los siglos XX y XXI, 27-30 May 2008, Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus, & Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

41. September 30, 2008: Guest speaker: Comunidades de exilio y manifestaciones culturales en el caso cubano, Jornada ˜Investigar els exilis i refugis", organized by ERAPI (Equip d'Investigació en Antropologia dels Processos Identitaris), Institut Català  d'Antropologia; PLURICITY, Centre de Recerca en Governança del Risc (GRISC), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona & Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Location: Institut d'Estudis Catalans (IEC), Barcelona.

42. October 23, 2008: Presentation and book launch of El Güegüense al pie de Bobadilla: Poemas escogidos de la poesía nicaragüense actual. Academia Nicaragüense de la Lengua, de la Asociación de Academias de la Lengua Española, Managua, Nicaragua.

43. October 31, 2008: Exilio y transculturación en la pantalla: Un encuentro polifónico con la comunidad cubana en exilio, ˜Transcultural Encounters", Women in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies (WISPS) IX Annual Conference, Dublin City University, 31st Oct - 1st Nov 2008.

44. November 21, 2008: La manipulación de la imagen del exiliado cubano a través del cine: El desplazamiento de la identidad nacional en el contexto de comunidades migratorias, 6e Congrès International du GRIMH, IMAGE et MANIPULATION, November 20-22, 2008, Université de Lyon (Lumière Lyon 2).

45. November 24, 2008: School of Languages, Linguistics and Film Annual Lecture: The Enantiomorphic Playtext: Censorship and Performance in Spain under Franco, Queen Mary, University of London.

46. April 16, 2009, Guest speaker: La problematización contemporánea del Güegüense como metáfora en los estudios literarios y culturales de Nicaragua, part of Representaciones de la guerra y la paz en las narrativas centroamericanas de posguerra, Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas (UCA, El Salvador), sponsored by the UK-Latin America and the Caribbean Link Programme of the British Academy.

47. April 18, 2009, Guest speaker: La problematización contemporánea del Güegüense como metáfora en los estudios literarios y culturales de Nicaragua, part of Representaciones de la guerra y la paz en las narrativas centroamericanas de posguerra, Universidad Rafael Landívar, Dirección de Posgrados / Departamento de Letras y Filosofí­a / Departamento de Intercambios y Relaciones Académicas, Guatemala City, sponsored by the UK-Latin America and the Caribbean Link Programme of the British Academy.

48. July 24, 2009: Partí­culas de azogue: Movilidad y desplazamientos sí­gnicos del exilio cubano, Symposium "Nuevas formas de conocer y reconocer los exilios europeos y americanos", Derechos Humanos en el Siglo XXI, 53 Congreso Internacional de Americanistas (Los pueblos americanos: cambios y continuidades. La construcción de lo propio en un mundo globalizado), Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City.

49. October 22, 2009: Guest speaker, Forging Community, Fabricating the Self: Cultural Memory and the Oral History of the Mariel Boatlift, Research Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Liverpool.

50. November 12, 2009: Guest speaker, Thinking About Academia Outside of the United States: Exploring Options in Great Britain, University of Miami, Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures.

51. April 15-17, 2010: El palimpsesto urbano: La memoria histórica en la narrativa de Erick Aguirre, University of Liverpool. Part of the British Academy sponsored project on Theme, Structure and Aesthetics in post-Civil War Central American narratives.

52. June 1, 2010, Guest speaker, Space as Ontological Marker: Forging Identities and Nationalities. The Cuban Context, International Symposium of Cuban Studies: Space and Nation in Poetry and Cinema, University of Leicester.

53.July 2, 2010, Propagating the Panopticon and Locating Otherness through Film: Contested Representations of the Cuban Emigration post-1959, Crossings: The Nexus of Migration and Culture, Centre for the Study of Migration & School of Languages, Linguistics and Film, Queen Mary, University of London.

54. August 18, 2010, Guest Speaker. Panel: Explorations: The Exiled Voice. Edinburgh International Festival (in association with the British Council).

55. September 23-25, 2010: The Censor as Implied Reader: Irreverent Language, Mimetic and Semiotic Representations in Spain under Franco, for the conference: Art made tongue-tied by Authority: Theatre Censorship around the World, Royal Irish Academy, Academy House, Dublin.

56. December 16-17, 2010: Percepción fractal: Memoria y trauma en la obra de Conny Palacios, part of the Colloquium / European Workshop F(r)icciones de vida: Trauma, memoria y convivencia en las literaturas hispanoamericanas, University of Potsdam, Germany.

57. June 16-17, 2011: Conducta impropia ante las tretas del poder: De la UMAP al CENESEX. Tensiones sociales y discurso fí­lmico en Cuba, part of the International Symposium Reflexiones de género en torno al siglo XXI: Del texto a la imagen, Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientí­ficas, Madrid.

58. July 15-20, 2012: La emigración cubana a través del cine: Diálogos interculturales, part of the Symposium In Dialogue with the Other: the Impact of the Cuban Migration post-1959 in Literature, Art and Film, 54 International Congress of Americanists "Building Dialogues in the Americas", Vienna, Austria. Organized by the University of Vienna (conference venue), the Austrian Latin America Institute and the Museum of Ethnology (Vienna).

CREATIVE WORK: POETRY RECITALS & CONVENTIONS

 1. Invited for poetry presentation at the first Annual Poetry Convention in San Francisco, CA, sponsored by the American Poetry Association, 1989.

 2. Invited for poetry presentation at the 2nd Annual Poetry Convention in New Orleans, sponsored by the American Poetry Association, 5-8 July 1990.

 3. XI Congreso Cultural de Verano, Cí­rculo de Cultura Panamericano, Koubek Center, University of Miami, 20 July 1991.

 4. Guest poet, International Society of Poets' Symposium and Convention in Washington D.C., 16 August 1991.

 5. Poetry Workshop, Cuban Poetry Festival, Miami Dade Community College, Miami, Florida. Co-presented by Miami Book Fair International, The Poetry Society of America, and The Writer's Voice of the International José Martí YMCA, 28 March 1992.

 6. International Conference on XXth Century Hispanic Literature, London, 4-5 June 1992.

 7. Guest poet, International Society of Poets' Symposium and Convention in Washington D.C., 21-23 August 1992.

 8. Guest poet, The Second Annual Missouri Romance Languages & Literatures Conference, University of Missouri, Columbia. Cuban Poetry Recital, 25 March 1993.

 9. Guest poet, 46th Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Univ. of Kentucky, Lexington. Cuban and Spanish Poets, 22 April 1993.

10. Guest speaker, Second Hispanic Postgraduate Conference, University of Birmingham, UK, 13 January 1994.

11. South Florida Poetry Institute, Miami Dade Community College, Miami, Florida, USA, 18 March 1994.

12. International Conference: Censorship, Exile, and Marginality in Hispanic Literature from the XVIII Century until Today, Institute of Romance Studies, London, 3 June 1994.

13. Guest poet, Boston College. Dept. of Romance Languages & Literatures and the Black Studies Program at Boston College, USA, 16 February, 1995.

14. Guest poet, International Film and Literature Series: Dislocations: Shaping Cultural Identity in Exile. Sponsored by the Centre for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA, 20 February 1995.

15. Selected poet, University of Miami's Caribbean Writers Summer Institute, 26 July, 1995. (Archival Video Collection).

16. Hacia una poética fractal, Institute of Romance Studies, University of London, 26 November 1999.

17. Guest poet, Poetry reading, WQBA Radio, Miami, 27 October, 2003.

18. Guest poet, Exiled Writers Ink, Poetry and Music by Latin American Exiles in London, Poetry Café, London, 5 December 2005.

19. Guest poet at Animalia, White Bear Theatre, London. Supported by Pro-Peruvian Art / UK, 11 March 2006.

20. Guest poet, Celebración del dí­a del poeta peruano: Homenaje a César Vallejo, Peruvian Consulate, London, 21 April 2006.

21. XXVI Congreso Cultural de Verano, Círculo de Cultura Panamericano, Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, University of Miami, July 22, 2006.

22. X Congresso Internacional ABRALIC, UERJ, Rio de Janeiro, 4 August, 2006.

23. Guest poet, Exiled Writers Ink, Memories, Myths and Migrations, Poetry Café, London, 2 October, 2006.

24. Guest poet, Western Sahara and the Latin World: Visual Arts, Poetry and Music, Canning House, London. Organized by Sandblast, UK, 20 March 2007.

25. Guest poet, Romanian Writers Union, Bucharest, 9th  July 2009.

26. Guest poet, Municipal Museum, Curtea de Arges, Romania, 10th July 2009.

27. Guest poet, International Poetry Festival in Curtea de Arges (9-13 July 2009), Romania, (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwZqNWhZ0Nk).

28. Guest poet: Miami Book Fair International, 10th November 2009, poetry reading and book presentation. Noche de poesí­a latinoamericana.

29. Guest poet, University of Leicester, 1st June 2010, part of the International Symposium of Cuban Studies: Space and Nation in Poetry and Cinema.

30. Poetry reading, 2nd July 2010, part of the Poetry Fest in the two-day conference Crossings: The Nexus of Migration and Culture, Centre for the Study of Migration & School of Languages, Linguistics and Film, Queen Mary, University of London.

31. Poetry reading, 25th March, 2011, part of the Poetics of Resistance event co-organized with Tripwires (Phakama & Index on Censorship), Hitchcock Cinema, Queen Mary, University of London.

Poetry exhibition / other readings and projects:

Guest poet recorded as part of the project Between Two Worlds: Poetry and Translation, an Arts Council-funded audio recording project undertaken by the British Library in collaboration with the poet Amarjit Chandan. The project records for posterity a wide range of poets who have settled in England having migrated from outside the UK and who may be either bilingual or have English as a second language. The project has also recorded some UK born poets who publish in more than one language or in some way reflect the project’s theme of dual cultures. Each recording consists of a reading of a selection of poems followed by an interview. The recordings are preserved at the British Library and may be consulted in the Reading Rooms. They also form the basis of a learning pack made available to schools as an accompanying educational resource. Bilingual reading (Spanish/English). Date of the recording: 10th December 2010, launched 12th April 2011 (47 min 24 sec online: http://sounds.bl.uk/Arts-literature-and-performance/Between-two-worlds-poetry-and-translation.

Guest poet (with the poems "Un refuxio para nós" and "Habitamos o intersticio" to accompany the painting catalogue and exhibition Memoria / Relatos íntimos by Galician painters Saúl Otero and Xandre Otero). Sala de Exposicións Antón Rivas Briones, Vilagarcí­a de Arousa, Galicia, 22nd October to 27th November 2010.

Guest poet (Galicia, Spain): Proxecto Didáctico (Didactic Project): Cambados ten o seu poeta, Ramón Cabanillas, exhibition (and readings): Aí­ vai un conto, 1 March-15 June 2009, CEP (School) Antonio Magariños Pastoriza, Avda. de Vilariño, 29, 36630 Cambados, Pontevedra, Organized by: O Equipo de Normalización e Dinamización Lingüí­stica. Poem: "Regiones, islas y naciones: La soberaní­a estética", Desde Ramón Cabanillas, en memoria and my translation into Galician of my poem "Fomos desertores do circo".

Participant in Dr John Perivolaris's Left Luggage Project, a subjective exploration of migration for those with first-hand knowledge of migration.

Guest poet, poetry exhibition at Canning House, London, as part of "Western Sahara and the Latin World: Visual Arts, Poetry and Music", Organized by Sandblast, UK, March 2007.

Poems included in anthologies, and special collections (including translations from Spanish into English, Chinese, Galician and Romanian), published since 2002:

Antolog­a de la poesí­a cósmica cubana, ed. Fredo Arias de la Canal, vol 3 (Mexico, D.F.: Frente de Afirmación Hispanista, 2002).

"El destierro de la iguana", "La promesa", "En tu cuerpo, postrado altar", "Supervivencia de Damocles", "La luz", "Fuimos desertores del circo", in Como Ángeles en llamas: Algunas voces latinoamericanas del siglo XX, ed. José Guillermo Vargas (Lima: Maribelina, Casa del Poeta Peruano, 2004). ISBN: 9972-685-21-7.

"Dolor de ausencias", "Abriolar el amor cual vela, tras el viaje", in Los ángeles también cantan: Poesía de 17 naciones en romance con la música, ed. José Guillermo Vargas (Lima: Maribelina, Casa del Poeta Peruano, 2006), p. 29.

Poetry selection in Hispanic Poetry Review, 7.1 (April 2007)(Texas A & M University), special issue Pegasos de dos siglos: Poesía en Kentucky 1977-2007, edited by Prof. Edward Stanton, introd. Enrico Mario Santí­, pp. 71-74.

Fomos desertores do circo, Ramón Cabanillas Enrí­quez: Homenaxe dos centros de ensino do Salnés (Cambados, Pontevedra: Asociación de Ensinantes do Salnés-CANDEA & Consellería de Cultura e Deportes, Xunta de Galicia, 2009), p. 102.

"We Were Deserters from the Circus" (English tr. by Parvati Nair), "Al volver" and "Camino al Medio Oriente por confusos senderos", translated into Romanian by Carolina Ilica and Dumitru M. Ion, Poesys 13- 1001 de Nopți: Antologia Festivalului Internațional Nopțile de Poezie de la Curtea de Argeş (Bucarest: International Academy Orient-Occident, 2009), pp. 276-85.

"Un refuxio para nós" and "Habitamos o intersticio", in Memoria / Relatos íntimos, catalogue by Galician painters Saúl Otero and Xandre Otero (Vilagarcí­a de Arousa: Consello de Vilagarcí­a de Arousa, 2010), unpag. The first poem accompanies Saúl Otero's work Camiño da traxectoria and the second poem accompanies Xandre Otero's painting Cidade do Mediterráneo.

"Arbor vitae", Antología de la poesía cubana del exilio, ed. Odette Alonso (Valencia: Aduana Vieja, 2011), pp. 127-28.

"We Were Deserters from the Circus" and "The Bows Were Shipwrecked Sunken in Time", in English and Chinese translations, The World Poets Quarterly, Vol. 64, November 8, 2011, pp. 10-11.

Television Appearance:

18 June, l99l, The Cristina Show "Young Poets". Univisión: National Hispanic Television in the United States (broadcast in 16 Latin American countries and the US). I was one of six Hispanic poets in the United States invited to be interviewed during the show.

Radio broadcasts:

  1. July 18, 2010. Guest speaker on the topic of exile. BBC World Service, The World Today, Presented by James Kumarasamy.
  2. April 26, 2009. Guest speaker. Radio Programme Calidoscopio, FM Raí­ces 88.5MHz, José León Suárez, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Read the poem "San Juan de la Cruz", from the poetry collection Pastor del tiempo.
  3. April 12, 2009: Radio Programme: Calidoscopio, FM Raíces 88.5MHz, José León Suárez, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Poem read by Ana María Garrido: "La promesa", from Topografía de otro espacio.
  4. April 5, 2009. Guest speaker. Radio Programme Calidoscopio, FM Raí­ces 88.5MHz, José León Suárez, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Read the poems "Primera salida" and "La promesa", from the poetry collection Topografí­a de otro espacio.
  5. March 28, 2009: Radio Programme Poesía y algo más, www.arinfo.com.ar, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Poem selected by María Elena Sancho: Nuestra ficción hecha verdad, from La fragmentación del paisaje.
  6. March 23, 2009: Radio Programme: Lo fugaz perpetuo, FM Raí­ces 88.5MHz, José León Suárez, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Poem read by Francisco Garrido: Poso en la memoria de Händel, from La fragmentación del paisaje.
  7. March 22, 2009: Radio Programme: Calidoscopio, FM Raíces 88.5MHz, José León Suárez, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Poem read by Ana María Garrido: Desde Yehuda Amichai: estancia tras la guerra, from Resistencia en la tierra.
  8. March 15, 2009: Radio Programme: Después de la tormenta, FM Raí­ces 88.5MHz, José León Suárez, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Poem read by Claudio Gutiérrez: Camino al Medio Oriente por confusos senderos, from Resistencia en la tierra.
  9. March 15, 2009: Radio Programme: Calidoscopio, FM Raí­ces 88.5MHz, José León Suárez, Buenos Aires, Argentina, conducted by Ana Marí­a Garrido. Poems I read: "El paréntesis de la noche" and "Sin metamorfosis posible", from La fragmentación del paisaje.
  10. March 14, 2009: Radio Programme led by Marí­a Elena Sancho: Poesí­a y algo más, www.arinfo.com.ar, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Poem I read: Nuestra ficción hecha verdad, from La fragmentación del paisaje.
  11. March 8, 2009: Guest speaker. Radio Programme Calidoscopio, FM Raí­ces 88.5MHz, José León Suárez, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Read the poem: "Una dama de blanco sueña bajo el azul del cielo", from the poetry collection Fronteras: ¿El azar infinito? My poems in the CD Los Ángeles también cantan were also played during the programme.
  12. March 7, 2009: Radio Programme: Poesí­a y algo más, www.arinfo.com.ar, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Poem Fuimos desertores del circo, from La fragmentación del paisaje, read by María Elena Sancho.
  13. March 1, 2009: Radio Programme: Calidoscopio, FM Raí­ces 88.5MHz, José León Suárez, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Poem "Camino al Medio Oriente por confusos senderos", from Resistencia en la tierra, read by Ana Marí­a Garrido.
  14. February 23, 2009: Radio Programme: El rincón del poeta, FM Raí­ces 88.5MHz, José León Suárez, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Poem: "Camino al Medio Oriente por confusos senderos" read by Ana Marí­a Garrido.
  15. May 19, 2004: BBC Radio Scotland, review of Pedro Almodóvar's film La mala educación.
  16. October 27, 2003: WQBA, Miami, 2 hour-live interview with Alina Fernández Revuelta, Fidel Castro's daughter, on the Cuban exile community, accompanied by 2 of my postgraduate students.
  17. July 10, 2003: SBS Radio, Melbourne, Australia. Broadcast of my conference paper ˜The Role of Memory in (Dis)locating the City: Negotiating the Articulation of National Identity under Censorship. Arrabal's El Arquitecto y el Emperador de Asiria.
  18. June 19, 2001: BBC Radio Scotland, The Brian Morton Show. Interview shared with Prof. Paul Julian Smith reviewing Julian Schnabel's film Before Night Falls.
  19. March 15, 1995: Radio Spectrum International: Hispanic Services, London. Interview on International Problems between Spain and Canada and the Role of the UK.
  20. December 3, 1994: Radio Spectrum International: Hispanic Services, London. Interview on Immigration and Recent Policy Changes in the United States.
  21. February 14, 1994: Radio Spectrum International: Hispanic Services, London. Interview on Hispanics in the United States.
  22. February 2, 1994: Radio Spectrum International: Hispanic Services, London. Poems from my book Rumba incesante hacia la nada read by Bruno Giorgi.
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