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Personal profile


After working as Assistant Professor (1994-2000) and then Associate Professor of Spanish (2000-2006) at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, I joined Aston University as Head of Spanish in 2006. I am the author of Cinematic Representations of Alzheimer's Disease (2018, Palgrave Macmilillan),  Surrealismo en la poesía española de posguerra (Visor, 1997) and co-editor of Sexualidad y escritura (Anthropos, 2002).  I have published on contemporary Spanish poetry, women writers and cultural studies. My current research focuses on the representation of Alzheimer’s disease in Spanish film, fiction and non-fiction narrative, and poetry, and emphasizes how cultural texts have the power of creating, sustaining, and changing meanings of AD. I am the Director of the International Research Network CinemAGEnder, and co-director of Dementia and Culture Network.

Research Interests


  • Dementia Studies
  • Ageing Studies
  • Contemporary Spanish Poetry
  • Spanish Cultural Studies
  • Spanish Women Writers
  • Spanish Film and Film Studies
  • Literary theory

Teaching Activity

  • Spanish Language Skills II
  • Cultural Studies (Spain and Latin America)
  • Introduction to Film (Spanish seminars)
  • Crossing Boundaries: Migrant and Transnational Cinema (Spanish seminars)
  • Final Year Spanish Research Dissertation Supervision
  • Culture and Conflict (Spain and latin America)


  • PhD in Spanish-University of Southern California (USA)
  • MA in Spanish- University of Southern California (USA)
  • BA in Spanish Philology-Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain)


Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2015)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2011)

Membership of Professional Bodies

Association of Hispanits of Great Britain and Ireland (AHGBI)

Feministas Unidas

European Network in Aging Studies (ENAS)

Escritoras y escrituras 

Modern Languages Association (MLA)

Research Projects/Collaborations

Director of CINEMAGENDER International Research Network

Co-director Dementia and Culture Network

Escritoras y Escrituras (Universidad de Sevilla)


Gynocine: HISTORY OF SPANISH WOMEN'S CINEMA (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

Professional/editorial offices

Executive Director of the European Network in Aging Studies (ENAS)

Contact Details

Room: NW918A
Phone: 0121 204 3813
Email: r.medina@aston.ac.uk 
Fax: 0121 204 3766


  • PC Romance languages
  • PQ Romance literatures
  • Spanish Poetry
  • Contemporary Spanish Cultural Studies
  • Spanish Women Writers
  • dementia studies
  • film studies
  • ageing studies

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dementia Social Sciences
poetry Social Sciences
documentary film Social Sciences
cultural capital Social Sciences
medicalization Social Sciences
Spain Social Sciences
politics Social Sciences
Basque Social Sciences

Research Output 1992 2021

Affect and Belonging in Contemporary Spanish Fiction and Film. Crossroads Visions, Jesse Barker (2017)

Medina, R., 1 Mar 2019, In : Studies in Spanish & Latin American Cinemas. 16, 1, p. 128-129

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

A New History of Iberian Feminisms, Silvia Bermúdez and Roberta Johnson (eds) (2018) Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 522 pp., ISBN 978-1-48750-014-6, cloth; 978-1-48752-008-3, p/bk, $38.21

Medina, R., 30 Jun 2019, In : International Journal of Iberian Studies. 32, 1-2, p. 98-100 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

"El poder de los sentidos en El señor Liberto y los pequeños placeres (Ana Serret, 2017): representaciones de la subjetividad e identidad en las personas con alzhéimer."

Translated title of the contribution: The power of senses in Mr Liberto and the small pleasures (Ana Serret, 2017): representations of personhood and identity in people living with Alzhéimer.Medina, R., 20 Jun 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Bulletin of Contemporary Hispanic Studies.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

documentary film
human being

Marta Cerezo Moreno and Nieves Pascual Soler (eds.) (2016). Traces of Aging. Old Age and Memory in Contemporary Narrative. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 191 pp. ISBN 978 3 8376 3439 6 (paperback)

Medina, R., 29 Jan 2019, In : International Journal of Ageing and Later Life. 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Open Access

The Youthful Structure of the Look

Medina, R., 9 May 2019, Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging. Gu, D. & Dupre, M. (eds.). Springer, 3 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

old age


Violencia y humor en la Guerra Civil Española según la obra de Juan Eslava Galán

Author: Ramos Caballero, A., 2018

Supervisor: Medina, R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy




Activities 2000 2019

Ageing, Illness, Care in Cultural and Literary Narrative

Raquel Medina (Speaker)
5 Sep 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Memory Association Conference Madrid 2019

Raquel Medina (Participant)
24 Jun 201928 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Professor Heather Jeronimo's Tenure Case

Raquel Medina (Recipient)
Jun 2019Jul 2019

Activity: Other activity typesTypes of External academic engagement - Membership of peer review panel or committee