I am a scholar of modern and contemporary Iberian literature, visual culture, and media studies, and currently hold the position of Postdoctoral College Fellow at Harvard University. My research examines the articulation of agency and subjectivity, performance of collective and individual identities, and visualization of knowledge in 20th and 21st century Spain, Portugal, and Ibero-Africa, particularly in relation to recent debates on transitional politics, (sub)cultural theory, poetics, nationalism, digital culture, and gender. I am writing a book titled “Perverted Politics: Imagining the Body in the Cultural Production of the Movida Madrileña, 1976-1988,” and developing two applied and theoretical digital projects, “Mapping the Movida,” an open web archive that identifies cultural hubs during Spain’s transition to democracy, and “Digital Rhetoric of Iberian Democracy,” a Twitter and parts-of-speech analysis project of Spain’s Podemos and Ciudadanos, and Portugal’s LIVRE! political parties. I am also founder of the research group Experimental Spain, which meets on a monthly basis in Cambridge, MA to discuss trends in experimental and digital Spanish cultural studies.

Recent publications:
Ceia, Vanessa. “Un/framing identity: Space and colour in Pedro Almodóvar’s Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón/Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls Like Mom (1980).” Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas 13.3 (Sep 2016): 247-263.

Previous academic appointments:
Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish Literature and Culture at Moravian College and Visiting Scholar of Hispanic Studies and Digital Humanities at Brown University (2015-16)

You can follow me on Twitter here and follow Experimental Spain here

Institutional profile: http://rll.fas.harvard.edu/people/vanessa-ceia


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