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Professor Santiago Fouz Hernández


BA Santiago de Compostela; MA, PhD Newcastle upon Tyne

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Professor in the School of Modern Languages and CulturesA11, Elvet Riverside I+44 (0) 191 33 43455
Member of the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture  



Most recently I have been working on two books on Spanish filmmaker Bigas Luna: a monograph under contract with Manchester University Press, and an edited collection entitled El legado cinematográfico de Bigas Luna published in 2020 (Tirant lo Blanch, 348 pp.). These books are part of a larger project on Spanish erotic cinema which includes the edited book Spanish Erotic Cinema (Edinburgh University Press, 264pp), published in 2017 (HB) and 2018 (PB), and a special issue of Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas 13.1 (2016, 113 pp.). 

My main area of study to date has been masculinities and male bodies in contemporary film and popular culture. My work in that field produced the books Cuerpos de cine: masculinidades carnales en el cine y la cultura popular contemporáneos (Bellaterra, 2013, 380 pp) - single authored - and Live Flesh: The Male Body in Contemporary Spanish Cinema - co-authored (I B Tauris, 2007, 288 pp); as well as two edited volumes: the book Mysterious Skin: Male Bodies in Contemporary Cinema (I B Tauris, 2009, 271 pp) and a special issue of the journal Studies in Hispanic Cinemas (3.3; 2007). I have recently initiated a new book project in this area with Alfredo Martinez Expósito (University of Melbourne). This new book will focus on representations of male bodies in Spanish cinema since 2008 until the present day, exploring how important social events such as the financial crisis of the late 2000s, the 15M, the re-emergence of the far-right since 2013 or the Covid-19 health crisis have impacted understandings of masculiniites in contemporary Spain. The project has received support from The CASS Foundation, with a Walter Mangold Fellowship in 2022 and 2023. More info here.

Research Impact
My research on Bigas Luna has led to a series of international events, The Bigas Luna Tribute, that I organise in collaboration with the filmmaker’s daughter, art curator Betty Bigas, since 2015.

The events have included over 100 film screenings, 2 art exhibitions and other events in collaboration with film theatres and festivals in seven different countries and some 20 cities around the world, most recently Madrid (2021), New York, Copenhagen, Cleveland OH, Edinburgh (2022), Los Angeles and London (2023) attracting considerable audiences and media coverage. Our most recent retrospective at the American Cinematheque attracted over 1000 people. The 10th year of this project has received support from the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Sports and will include two more film retrospectives and exhibitions in Italy and Brazil in 2024.

For more information please visit the project website. I have talked about this project and my research for international media outlets including national newspapers of Spain, El País (2017 and 2022), Australia, The Age - and across Fairfax network (2018), Costa Rica, La nación (2018), The Festival Insider FRED podcast (2018), New Books Network (2021) and on national Spanish television, RTVE2  (Historia de nuestro cine, May 2021), and Mexican television TV UNAM (Tiempo de Filmoteca - December 2021). I have also contributed to the research stage of the programme Terres de cinema on Bigas Luna’s film Huevos de oro for À Punt Media Valencia (broadcast in August 2021). As part of this project, since 2020 I produce, edit and co-host a Bigas Luna podcast that can be accessed here.

Other work in my field of study.
I am an editorial board member of the journal Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas and advisory board member for the International Journal of Iberian Studies

I co-host Pleibéricos with my colleague Dr Esther Gimeno Ugalde (Universtiy of Vienna), a series of online presentations of new books in the area of Iberian Studies in conversation with the authors/editors. Since its launch in 2020 Pleibericos has launched more than a hundred books either as individual videos or as part of a live event. We have hosted special events on Spanish cinema, Portuguese, Catalan, Basque and Galician Studies, LGBTQ+ Studies and conversations with publishers and journal editors in the field or PhD students preparing their theses for publication. We also have a series of events focused on Iberian Studies publications produced by colleagues based in specific world regions (most recently Australia and New Zealand). We collaborate with New Books Network in Español where we publish longer versions of some of the book launches uploaded to our YouTube and podcast channels. In 2022 Pleibericos received a grant from the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Sport (Hispanex) to host a workshop at the Insituto Cervantes HQs in Madrid, to host in-person panels at Iberian Studies conferences and to create a database of new publications in Iberian Studies that can be accessed here

Other affiliations/visiting positions
Most recently I have held a Walter Mangold visiting fellowship at the Univeristy of Melbourne in Australia (2022-23). I am also honorary fellow of the Madrid Institute for Advanced Study (MIAS,François Chevalier fellow in residence in 2021) and have been visiting scholar at the universities of California Berkeley (USA) and Pittsburgh (USA) in 2015, Harvard (USA) in 2012, CUNY Graduate Center (USA) in 2010, and Queensland (Australia) in 2005 and 2002. I am the Durham contact for the Durham-University of California Berkeley Postgraduate exchange.

British Film Institute
I co-founded the Durham-BFI partnership and co-supervise a PhD in collaboration with the BFI. 

Research supervision
I am currently co-supervising PhDs on the queer films of Xavier Dolan and, in collaboration with the British Film Institute, on LGBTQ+ film festivals. I have supervised PhDs on Humour in Spanish Cinema (2021), Queer Spanish Cinema (2013) and co-supervised a PhD on Italian Horror Cinema (2014).

I am willing to supervise PhD thesis and Masters by Research on topics related to Contemporary Spanish Cinema and Contemporary Spanish Popular Culture, with a special focus on issues of gender, sexuality, the body and national identities.

My administrative roles and responsibilities have included, for the University: member of the Quality and Standards Sub-committee and Durham-BFI co-lead; for the School: Director of the Year Abroad, Director of Education, Director of Postgraduate Research, Deputy Director of Research (Impact and Engagement), Alumni Officer and Admissions Officer. For Hispanic Studies: Year Abroad coordinator, Erasmus coordinator and Exams coordinator.

Other external appointments
I served as team leader of the quality assurance review of the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics (Spanish section) at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus in 2014. Most recently I have served as external examiner for Spanish programmes at the universities of Cambridge and (currently) Kent.

My teaching portfolio includes the following undergraduate modules:
- VISU2021. The Art of the Moving Image II. Theories and Contexts (Level II, BA in Visual Arts and Film).
- VISU3171. Screening Masculinities (Level III Special Subject, BA in Visual Arts and Film).
- SPAN3381. Spanish Cinema. From the 1940s until Now. (Level III Modern Languages and Cultures).
MELA3001 & MELA3012. Dissertation / Extended Dissertation in Modern Languages. (Level III). 

I also contribute to the MA in Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

Teaching Awards
- Excellence in Learning and Teaching Award (Durham Univeristy, 2013)
- Dean's List (Effective Lecturing) (University of Queensland, Australia, 2002)

Honorary Vice-Consul of Spain in the North East of England
I am honorary vice-consul of Spain in Newcastle, with responsibility for Tyne and Wear, Cleveland, Durham, Redcar, Hartlepool, Darlington, Stockton on Tees, Northumberland and Cumbria.

Please direct all consular queries and appointment requests for passports, NIEs, etc. to and I will respond within 48 hours. Please do not send any personal data or documentation to my Durham University email address. Thank you. 

NB All consular appointments are booked strictly via that email address only (not my Durham one). Thank you.

The Bigas Luna Tribute
Historia de nuestro cine - Bigas Luna (Spanish TV, TVE2).

Book launch:
El legado cinematográfico de Bigas Luna

YouTube, Instagram TVPodcast, Instituto Cervantes Bigas Luna Cultural Week, New Books Network. The book is available for purchase here.

Research interests

  • Erotic cinema
  • haptic visuality
  • Contemporary European Cinema (Spanish and British)
  • Gender, sexuality and the body
  • Popular music

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Europe: Language, literature & culture: Spanish popular music
  • Europe: Language, literature & culture: Issues of gender and sexuality in contemporary Spain
  • Europe: Language, literature & culture: Contemporary Spanish cinema


Authored book

Book review

Chapter in book

Conference Paper

  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2023), Interview with Icíar Bollaín at the Instituto Cervantes Manchester. 15 September 2023, Manchester.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2023), Curating the Bigas Luna Tribute. Workshop at the Durham Film Festival. 8 June 2023, Durham University.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago & Martinez-Expósito, Alfredo (2023), Second Skins. A New Look at Male Bodies in Spanish Cinema. Talk at the Instituto Cervantes Sydney, 1 June 2023, Instituto Cervantes Sydney.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago & Martinez-Expósito, Alfredo (2023), Second Skins. A New Look at Male Bodies in Spanish Cinema (2008-2022). Talk with Alfredo Martinez-Expósito at the University of Queensland, Spanish and Latin American Studies Seminar Series, 31 May 2023, Spanish and Latin American Studies Seminar Series. University of Queensland.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago & Martinez-Expósito, Alfredo (2023), Segundas Pieles. Masculinidades y cuerpos masculinos en el cine español reciente. Talk with Alfredo Martinez-Expósito at the Wally Thompson Seminar Series. La Trobe University. 26 May 2023, Wally Thompson, Latin American and Iberian Studies Showcase, La Trobe University. La Trobe University, Melbourne.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2023), Spanish Queer Cinema, talk at Ormond College, University of Melbourne. 10 May 2023, Ormond College, University of Melbourne.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2023), Spanish Cinema Research and Its Impact Beyond Academia. The Bigas Luna Tribute. Talk at the University of Texas at Austin. 27 March 2023, University of Texas at Austin.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2023), Introduction Film Dressed in Blue at Roxie Theater, San Francisco. 10 January 2023, Roxie Theater, San Francisco.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2023), Aging Gay Men in the Films of Ventura Pons, MLA Annual Convention, San Francisco, 6 January 2023, MLA, Modern Language Association. San Francisco, USA.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2023), Bigas Luna’s Iberian Portraits Trilogy, Talk at San Diego State University, 14 March 2023, San Diego State University
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2022), La madurez gay masculina en el cine de Ventura Pons, X Congreso Internacional de GECA: Cine Queer en el Mundo. Universidad Complutense Madrid.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2022), Curating Bigas Luna, Re-thinking Iberia 2022 Walter Mangold Public Lecture, 2022 Walter Mangold Public Lecture. University of Melbourne, Australia.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2022), Asking for the moon? Re-thinking Iberia through Bigas Luna’s La teta y la luna thirty years later, Conversations on Iberian Studies: Challenges and Opportunities. University of Copenhagen.
  • Fouz Hernández, Santiago & Gimeno Ugalde, Esther (2021), Uso de herramientas online y redes sociales para diseminar investigación y estrategias de impacto social en las Artes y Humanidades: los casos de Pelibéricos y The Bigas Luna Tribute MIAS, Madrid Institute for Advanced Study Seminar Series 2021, Casa de Velázquez, Madrid, MIAS Seminar Series 2021. Casa de Velázquez, Madrid, Spain.
  • Fouz Hernández, Santiago (2021), Introductory talk for exhibition opening ‘La libertad de los símbolos’ (20 January 2021) and book launch/talk El legado cinematográfico de Bigas Luna (21 January 2021), Ámbito Cultural El Corte Inglés, Valencia, Spain (part of ‘El año de Bigas Luna’), El año de Bigas Luna. Valencia, Spain.
  • Fouz Hernández, Santiago (2020), 'Homoerotic Desire in Contemporary Spanish Cinema: from Pedro Almodóvar to Ventura Pons', invited talk at the Instituto Cervantes Manchester (virtual event), Instituto Cervantes Manchester. online.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago, Alfredo Martínez Expósito & Santiago Garrido Rua (2020), Round table 'Descubriendo a Bigas Luna', Instituto Cervantes Sydney (Virtual event) - with Alfredo Martinez Exposito and Santiago Garrido Rua, Descubriendo a Bigas Luna. Instituto Cervantes Sydney (online).
  • Fouz Hernández, Santiago (2020), Virtual Book Launch, El legado cinematográfico de Bigas Luna, Tirant lo Blanch publishers, Book Launch.
  • Fouz Hernández, Santiago (2020), ´Operación mariconez: queer-escuchando a Mecano 30 años después´, conference paper (Iberian 20th and 21st Century Peninsular panel “Popular Music and Society in Spain”), MLA Annual Conference Seattle, January 2020, Seattle, USA.
  • Fouz Hernández, Santiago (2019), ´The Erotic Films of Bigas Luna´, invited talk at the University of Stirling Arts and Humanities Research Seminar Series, 13 November 2019, Stirling, United Kingdom.
  • Fouz Hernández, Santiago (2019), '1980s Spanish Cinema, la movida and el destape', invited address to the Group of Fifty annual meeting, Palace Hotel and Sala Equis, Madrid (30 October 2019), Group of Fifty (G 50). Madrid.
  • Fouz Hernández, Santiago (2019), ´El legado de Bigas Luna´, talk at the Insituto Cervantes Vienna, 16 May 2019.
  • Fouz Hernández, Santiago (2019), La trilogía ibérica de Bigas Luna, invited talk at the University of Vienna, 15 May 2019, Vienna, Austria.
  • Fouz Hernández, Santiago (2019), Penélope Cruz and Bigas Luna: from Los Monegros to Hollywood, conference paper and panel coordination (with Prof Jorge Pérez, University of Texas at Austin) at Cine-Lit IX Conference in Portland, OR, 9 to 11 March 2019, Cine-Lit 9. Portland, OR.
  • Fouz Hernández, Santiago´ (2019), Uses and abuses of the male body in contemporary film and media, Keynote address at the ´Bodies and Embodiment´ Oxford MML Graduate Network Conference, Oxford University, 24 June 2019.
  • Fouz Hernández, Santiago (2018), Género y carnalidad en la obra fílmica de Bigas Luna. Invited talk at the Cátedra Amiguetti, Arts Faculty, Universidad de Costa Rica, 22 August 2018.
  • Fouz Hernández, Santiago (2018), Eroticism, Food, Spirituality: The Films of Bigas Luna. Invited public talk at The University of Melbourne, Australia (24 April 2018), The University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Fouz Hernández, Santiago (2018), The Films of Bigas Luna, Then and Now. In conversation with Santiago Fouz Hernández. Public Talk and Discussion at the Instituto Cervantes, Sydney. Australia (2 May 2018).
  • Fouz Hernández, Santiago (2018), Masculinidades carnales en el cine y la cultura popular contemporáneos. Invited talk at the University of Costa Rica, Instituto de investigaciones del Arte, 20 August 2018.
  • Fouz Hernández, Santiago (2017), "Masculinidades carnales" (Keynote address at the MICGénero Film Festival, Universidad de la Comunicaciòn, Mexico City, 10 August 2017), MICGènero Film Festival 2017. Mexico City, Mexico.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2016), ´Boys Interrupted: Sex between Men in Recent Spanish Cinema´, paper at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies in Atlanta, USA, Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Atlanta, USA.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2016), La madurez homosexual en la filmografía de Ventura Pons, paper at the Spanish Cinema, Gender and Ageing Studies conference (Aston University, UK), Spanish Cinema, Gender and Ageing Studies. Aston University, Birmingham, UK 4-6 April 2016.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2015), Performing Fatness: Oversized Male Bodies and Hegemonic Masculinities in Recent Spanish Cinema, CineLit-VIII: An International Conference on Hispanic Film and Fiction. Portland, OR.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2015), ‘Fat Masculinities in Contemporary Spanish Cinema’, invited talk at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Kansas University, USA (April 2nd), Lawrence, Kansas, Lawrence KS.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2015), "Erotic Passions: the Spanish Transition and the Early Work of Bigas Luna", invited public talk at the University of Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2014), Paper: 'Bigas Luna’s Early Erotic Passions: Bilbao(1978) and Caniche (1979)' and coordination of panel 'A Homage to Bigas Luna (1946-2013)'. Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Seattle USA 19-23 March 2014, Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Seattle, USA, Seattle WA.
  • (2013), ‘Queering the Male Body in the Films of Ventura Pons’, NECS Annual Conference (European Network for Cinema Studies), Prague, Czech Republic, 20-22 June 2013 and coordination, with Esther Gimeno Ugalde (Boston College), of panel ‘New Political Landscapes in Spanish Cinema’, European Network for Cinema Studies (NECS) Annual Conference. Prague, Czech Republic, Prague.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2013), ‘Haptic visuality and eroticism in the early work of José Juan Bigas Luna’, Cine-Excess VII, International Conference, Birmingham MAC Center, 15-17 November 2013, Cine-Excess VII. MAC Centre, Birmingham, UK, MAC Centre, Birmingham.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2013), ‘Queer Subjectivities in the cinema of Ventura Pons: From Ocaña to Ignasi M’, Dartmouth College, USA. 23 October 2013, Dartmouth College, USA., Dartmouth College.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2012), 'Homoerotic Desire in the Films of Ventura Pons', paper at the 'Ventura Pons: The Unconventional Gaze of Catalan Cinema', University of Denver, Colorado, USA, October 4-6, 2012, Ventura Pons: The Unconventional Gaze of Catalan Cinema. Denver, Colorado, USA, Denver CO.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2012), Eroticism in Contemporary Spanish Cinema. Coordination and contribution to workshop. Harvard University 19 October 2012, Eroticism in contemporary Spanish cinema. Harvard University Harvard University, Boston.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2012), Triggering the Senses: Eroticism and Haptic Visuality in the Recent Work of Bigas Luna, paper and coordination of panel on Eroticism in Spanish cinema with Brad Epps, Tatjana Pavlovic and Jorge Pérez. Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Boston, MA, USA 21-25 March 2012, Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference. Boston, MA USA, Boston MA.
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2012), 'Haptic Visuality in the Recent Work of Bigas Luna', invited Columbia Film Seminar, Columbia University, USA. 6 December 2012, Columbia University Seminars. Columbia University, New York, USA, Columbia University, New York.

Edited book

Edited Journal

  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2015). Special Issue Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas: Bigas Luna. Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas, 13 (1).
  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2007). Male Bodies in Contemporary Spanish Cinema. Studies in Hispanic Cinemas, 3 (3).

Journal Article

Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • Fouz-Hernández, Santiago (2023). The Whale: Brendan Fraser’s comeback offers rare representation of the fat queer male body on screen. Article in The Conversation Newspaper, 3 February 2023. The Conversation

Other (Print)

  • Fouz Hernández, Santiago (2017). "Cuerpos, masculinidades y cine", MICGenero Film Festival Catalogue 2017. 158-177.

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