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Personal profile

General

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)

Qualifications

  • 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)

Qualifications

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)

MASCAGE: Analyzing social constructions of ageing masculinities and their cultural representations in contemporary European literatures and cinemas. European Network, PI Prof Armengol, UCyLM, Spain)

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

Keywords

  • 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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Research Output

Madres, hijas y naturaleza: solidaridad y conflicto generacional en La enfermedad del domingo (Salazar, 2018) y Con el viento (Colell, 2018).

Translated title of the contribution: Mothers, Daughters, and Nature: Generational Solidarity and Conflict in the films Sunday's Illnes (Salazar, 2028) and Facing the Wind (Colell, 2018). Medina, R., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Activistas, creadoras y transgresoras. Debates y representaciones..

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Technologies of Age : The Intersection of Feminist Film Theory and Aging Studies

Medina, R. & Zecchi, B., 26 Mar 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Investigaciones Feministas. 11, 2

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • “Envejecimiento y muerte digna: género y violencia en Las buenas hierbas (Novaro 2010) y Amour (Haneke 2012).”

    Translated title of the contribution: Ageing and Dignified Death in Las buenas hierbas (Novaro 2010) y Amour (Haneke 2012)Medina, R., 2020, Edad y violencia en la gran pantalla: diálogos entre estudios etarios, de género y fílmicos. Meléndez Meléndez, M. I. & Zurián, F. (eds.).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

    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

    Thesis

    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

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    Prizes

  • Activities

    Scientific Committee Membership

    Raquel Medina (Recipient)
    19 Mar 202020 Mar 2020

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

    “Derecho a una muerte digna u obligación a morir: Envejecimiento, género y violencia”

    Raquel Medina (Speaker)
    5 Mar 20208 Mar 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    CinemAGEnder: How Hispanic Cinemas Visualize Sexuality and Memory in Old Age

    Raquel Medina (Speaker)
    4 Mar 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Otro modo de mirar al Alzheimer: los placeres del señor Liberto

    Raquel Medina (Speaker)
    3 Mar 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Journal of Aging Studies (Journal)

    Raquel Medina (Peer reviewer)
    2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Press / Media

    TV Interview

    Raquel Medina

    24/10/19

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research

    TV interview.Ageing and gender in Spanish cinema

    Raquel Medina

    23/10/19

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    Representations of ageing

    Raquel Medina

    12/11/17

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research

    Momento Kairologico

    Raquel Medina & Olga Castro

    19/11/16

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    La hora de las grietas by Lucia Tello

    Raquel Medina

    20/04/16

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research