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I joined Strathclyde in 2013 as a lecturer in Spanish after having worked for three years at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. I gained my MSc in Translation and a PhD in Hispanic Studies from the University of Edinburgh. I teach Spanish Language, Translation, History, Film and Philosophy at all levels. My main area of research is 20th Intellectual History in Spain and in exile. I am particularly interested in rationality and the political implications of different kinds of reason. This research has resulted in two monographs: María Zambrano: A Life of Poetic Reason and Political Commitment (Wales University Press, 2017) and Against Instrumental Reason: Neo-Marxism and Spirituality in the Thought of J.L.L. Aranguren and J. Aguirre (Anagnórisis, 2013). Other research interests include memory, trauma, gender and their representation in literature and cinema.
I am the Director of Internationalisation for the School of Humanities. Also, I am a member of the Red Internacional de Estudios sobre el Exilio Filosófico Español (RIEFE). At Strathclyde, I am part of the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare and of the Centre of Literature, Culture and Place.
Academic / Professional qualifications
I hold a BA Honours in Philosophy (Universidad de Málaga, 1999). In 2000, I moved to the UK, where I taught Spanish language, literature and history at various Universities. I obtained an MSc in Translation (2002) and a PhD in Hispanic Studies (2009), both by the University of Edinburgh. I lectured at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand (2009-2013), before joining the School of Humanities at the University of Strathclyde in 2013, where I am now teaching and pursuing my research on 20th century Spanish Intellectual History.
My area of specialization is 20th History of Ideas in Spain and in exile. I am particularly interested in rationality and the political implications of different kinds of reason. This research has resulted in two monographs: María Zambrano: A Life of Poetic Reason and Political Commitment (Wales University Press, 2017) and Against Instrumental Reason: Neo-Marxism and Spirituality in the Thought of J.L.L. Aranguren and J. Aguirre (Anagnórisis, 2013).
I am also engaged in the analysis of cultural products -such as essays and films- from the point of view of their representation of memory, trauma, gender and identity. This has led to various journal articles and book chapters.
In addition, my research also explores the experience of emigration and exile and their impact on the cultural, political, and philosophical production during the period which goes from the Spanish Civil War to modern-day Spain. In line with this, I have co-edited (along with Dr. Laura López-Fernández) a book entitled Exilio e identidad en el mundo hispánico: Reflexiones y representaciones (Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes, 2012).
Other interests include Critical Theory and Translation Theory.
I am a member of the Red Internacional de Estudios sobre el Exilio Filosófico Español (RIEFE). At Strathclyde, I am part of the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare.
I teach a range of undergraduate and postgraduate language classes in addition to second and third year classes focussing on Spanish history and film. My specialist honours courses include Translation Studies: Key Debates And Theories and Shaping Spain: Ideas, Beliefs, and Identity amongst others.
I was nominated for a Strathclyde Teaching Excellence Award in 2014 and 2015 by my students.
I welcome enquiries from prospective students interested in doing a research MA or a PhD in the field of Spanish Intellectual History (20th and 21th century), For example, by investigating the work of specific Spanish thinkers, such as María Zambrano. I would particularly like to hear from you if you are broadly interested in exile, trauma, gender, memory, philosophy or film in Spain. Possible topics include:
- Spanish Republican women in exile (their outputs and reception).
- Rethinking women’s contribution to philosophy.
- Filmic representations of gender and trauma.
- Women and mental health (madness and delirium and how they may relate to literary or artistic creativity).
If your interests align with these and you would like to have an informal discussion about your potential PhD project, please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Expertise & Capabilities
- 20th century History of Ideas in Spain and in Exile.
- Cultural Studies and Cinema.
- Critical Theory.
- Memory, Trauma and Gender.
- Translation Theory.
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh
Master of Science, University of Edinburgh
Bachelor of Philosophy, Universidad de Málaga
- History of Ideas
- María Zambrano
- 20th and 21st century Spain
Sánchez Cuervo, A. & Caballero Rodriguez, B.
Project: Knowledge Exchange (Conference / Seminar Hosting)
Research Output per year
Research output: Contribution to conference › Paper
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis
Activities per year
Activity: Talk or presentation › Invited talk