Julian Gutierrez-AlbillaAssociate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and Comparative Literature
Phone: (213) 740-1258
Office: THH 156
Julian Daniel Gutierrez-Albilla is originally from Spain, but completed his high school at the Lycee Espagnol in Paris. He studied Art History at University College London where he was taught by Tamar Garb, Helen Weston and Briony Fer. These art historians greatly contributed to Julian Daniel's way of thinking about visual culture and critical theory. He subsequently pursued graduate research in the field of Spanish cinema under the direction of Jo Labanyi at the University of London. After teaching at Duke University and gaining a Masters in Hispanic Languages and Literatures at the University of California Berkeley, Julian Daniel went to the University of Cambridge to pursue a PhD in the field of Spanish and Latin American Cinema under the direction of Paul Julian Smith. He obtained his PhD in 2005 and he remains grateful to the knowledge in Hispanic Studies, Film Studies and Queer Theory he acquired from his thesis director and from Jo Labanyi. Subsequently, he taught in the US from 2004 to 2007 before going to Newcastle University in the UK where he taught Spanish and Latin American Cinema. At Newcastle University, Julian Daniel worked very closely with colleagues in Film Studies and Latin American Studies. He remains very proud of his students in these two graduate programs. Julian Daniel has published a book on the cinema of Luis Bunuel, entitled: Queering Bunuel: Sexual Dissidence and Psychoanalysis in his Mexican and Spanish Cinema, and numerous book chapters and articles in the field of Spanish and Latin American Cinema, including the cinema of Almodovar, Walter Salles or Lucrecia Martel. He is very interested in Feminist and Queer Studies and Psychoanalysis. Julian Daniel is currently working on a book on ethics, memory, and subjectivity in contemporary Spanish cinema and editing a book on women filmmakers in the Hispanic and Lusophone world and a Companion to Bunuel.
- Ph.D. Modern and Medieval Languages, University of Cambridge, 2005
- M.A. Hispanic Languages and Literatures, University California Berkeley, 2001
- B.A. History of Art, University College London, 1997
Description of Research
Summary Statement of Research Interests
I am currently completing my second monograph: “Ethics, Memory, and Subjectivity in Contemporary Spanish Cinema.” This study moves onto a wider film corpus than Queering Buñuel to explore the way in which certain films in contemporary Spain function as a mode of mourning and witnessing the nation’s traumatic past. I analyze the films of Pedro Almodóvar, documentary films, and horror films. In the face of the increasing concern with memory debates in Spain, this study focuses on how contemporary Spanish cinema articulates the way in which the omnipotence of state terror of the Franco regime has left indelible traces on individual and collective psyche. This book posits trauma as a helpful theoretical concept to examine how the imprint of state terror under Francoism and its lasting traumatic effects can be actualized in our body’s memory and psyche in the present.
Spanish and Latin American Cinema, Visual Culture, Gender Studies, Queer Theory, Psychoanalysis, Trauma and Memory
Spanish and Latin American Cinema, Gender and Sexuality, Critical Theory, Trauma and Memory
Detailed Statement of Research Interests
Conferences and Other Presentations
- "Round-table discussion with Spanish directors, Pablo Berger, Patricia Ferreira and Benito Zambrano and actress Angela Molina, coming to Los Angeles for the XVIII Recent Spanish Cinema", Roundtable/Panel, School of Cinematic Arts, USC, Invited, 2012-2013
- "Spanish Film Study Day for elementary and middle school students", Talk/Oral Presentation, Egyptian Theater, Los Angeles, (co-sponsored by the Dornsife College of Letters, , Invited, 2012-2013
- "The Spanish Civil War and the Franco Regime Through the Perspective of Children in Spanish Cinema: The case of Guillermo del Toro", Lecture/Seminar, Lycee International de Los Angeles, Invited, 2012-2013
- "Almodovar's Women: Cinema, Theater and Television", Moderator, Talk/Oral Presentation, USC, Invited, 2011-2012
- "Bunuel's El", Lecture/Seminar, School of Cinematic Arts, USC, Invited, 2011-2012
- "Filming Marginal Children. Social and Sexual Marginality and the Subversive Power of the ‘Time-Image’ in Hector Babenco’s Pixote (1981)", 2011 Brazilian Society for Cinema and Audio-Visual Studies Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Paper, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Federal University Rio de Janeiro, 2011-2012
- "Inscribing/Scratching the Past on the "Surface" of the "Skin" in Almodovar's La mala educacion", Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Boston, 2011-2012
- "Inscribir/Aranar el pasado traumatico en/de la superficie de "la piel desgarrada," en/del "cuerpo danado" y en "la psique herida en La mala educacion de Almodovar", Talk/Oral Presentation, Universidad Complutense Madrid, Invited, 2011-2012
- "Reading Trauma and Memory in Almodóvar’s La mala educación through Graphic Design and Costume", Intermediality and Spanish-language Visual Culture, Talk/Oral Presentation, New York, Graduate Center, City University New York, Invited, 2011-2012
- "Round-table discussion with Argentine directors, Sergio Teubal and Fernando Spiner, producer, Ricardo Freixa, and Minister, Andrea Celoria, coming to Los Angeles for the X Argentina New Cinema", Roundtable/Panel, Los Angeles, USC, Invited, 2011-2012
- "Round-table discussion with Spanish director, Achero Mañas, producer, Isona Passola, and actors, Alvaro Cervantes, Adrian Lastra and Nora Navas, coming to Los Angeles for the XVII Recent Spanish Cinema", Roundtable/Panel, Los Angeles, USC, Invited, 2011-2012
- "Spanish Film Study Day for middle and high school students, Egyptian Theater, Los Angeles ", Lecture/Seminar, Los Angeles, Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, US, Invited, 2011-2012
- "The Politics of Memory on Screen: 21st Century Latin America and Spain", Roundtable/Panel, USC, Visions and Voices, Invited, 2011-2012
- "Becoming a Queer (M)other in/and/through Film: Trans-Sexuality, Trans-Subjectivity and Maternal Relationality in Almodóvar’s Todo sobre mi madre (1999)", Brown Bag Talk Series, Talk/Oral Presentation, University Southern California, Department of Comparative Literature, Invited, 2010-2011
- "Cuerpo trans-textual, cuerpo transexual y cuerpo transubjetivo en Todo sobre mi madre", Segundo workshop internacional de investigación: representación del cuerpo e identidad de género, Talk/Oral Presentation, Paper, Madrid, Spain, Universidad Complutense, Invited, 2010-2011
- "La ética y la política de la memoria en el cine español contemporáneo", Congreso de cine en español y portugués, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Paper, Salamanca, Spain, Universidad de Salamanca, 2010-2011
- "Matrixial Psychoanalysis and the Cinema of Lucrecia Martel", Segundo Congreso Internacional "Artes en Cruce", Keynote Lecture, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Facultad de Filosofia y Letras, Universidad de Bue, Invited, 2010-2011
- "Risks of Representation and Interpretation of Traumatic Memories in Recent Spanish Documentaries", Geographies of Risk, Talk/Oral Presentation, Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Invited, 2010-2011
- "Subjective Realism, Social Disintegration and Bodily Affection in Lucrecia Martel’s La ciénaga", Cine-Lit VII: An International Conference on Hispanic Film and Literature, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Paper, Portland, Oregon, 2010-2011
- "Contemporary Spanish Documentary Filmmaking", MLA, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Philadelphia, 2009-2010
- "The Cinema of Lucrecia Martel", Gender, Aesthetics and Audiovisual Communication, Talk/Oral Presentation, Madrid, Universidad Carlos III, Invited, 2009-2010
- "The Cinema of Pedro Almodovar", All About Almodovar, Roundtable/Panel, New York, King Juan Carlos Center, NYU, Invited, 2009-2010
- "Trauma and Memory in Contemporary Spanish Visual Culture", Keynote Lecture, Cardiff, Wales, UK, Cardiff School of European Studies, University of , Invited, 2009-2010
- Gutierrez-Albilla, J. Ethics, Memory and Subjectivity in Contemporary Spanish Cinema.
- Parvati Nair and Julian Daniel Gutierrez-Albilla (Ed.). (2011). Hispanic and Lusophone Women Filmmakers: Theory, Practice and Difference.
- Gutierrez-Albilla, Julian Daniel (Ed.). (2011). Blackwell Companion to Bunuel.
- Gutierrez-Albilla, J. (2008). Queering Bunuel: Sexual Dissidence and Psychoanalysis in his Mexican and Spanish Cinema.
- Gutierrez-Albilla, J. (2012). Inscribing/Scratching the Past on the ‘Surface’ of the ‘Skin:’ Embodied Inter-subjectivity, ‘Prosthetic Memory’ and Witnessing in Almodóvar’s La mala educación. Blackwell Companion to Almodovar
- Gutierrez-Albilla, J. (2012). The Criminal Life of Luis Bunuel. A Companion ro Bunuel
- Gutierrez-Albilla, J. (2012). Becoming a Queer Mother in and through Film: Trans-Sexuality, Trans-Subjectivity and Maternal Relationality in Almodovar's All about My Mother (1999). Blackwell Companion to Spanish Cinema
- Gutierrez-Albilla, J. (2011). Children of Exile: Trauma, Memory and Testimony in Jaime Camino's Documentary Los ninos de Rusia (2001). Spain on Screen
- Gutierrez-Albilla, J. (2011). Filming in the Feminine: Subjective Realism, Social Disintegration and Bodily Affection in Lucrecia Martel's La cienaga (2001). Hispanic and Lusophone Female Filmmakers
- Gutierrez-Albilla, J. (2011). Introduction: Through Feminine Eyes. Hispanic and Lusophone Female Filmmakers
- Gutierrez-Albilla, J. (2011). Filmar desde lo femenino. Realismo subjetivo, desintegración y afecto corporal en La ciénaga de Lucrecia Martel.
- Parvati Nair and Julian Daniel Gutierrez-Albilla (Ed.). (2011). Memory and History, Culture and Conflict, Migrations, Transnationalism and Borders and Subjectivity. Hispanic and Lusophone Women Filmmakers: Theory, P
- Gutierrez-Albilla, J. (2010). Re-Reading the Tropical Other: A Latino Queer Appropriation of Carmen Miranda's Latinidad. Queer Exoticism: Examining the Queer Exotic Within pp. 27-46.
- Gutierrez-Albilla, J. (2009). Filming Psychoanalysis: The Documentation of Paranoia and the Paranoid Gaze in Bunuel's El 1952. Visual Synergies in Fiction and Documentary Film pp. 169-196.
- Gutierrez-Albilla, J. (2011). Filming Marginal Children: Sexual Dissidence, Social Marginality and the Subversive Power of the Image in Hector Babenco's Pixote (1981).
- Gutierrez-Albilla, J. (2011). Returning to and from the Maternal Rural Space: Trauma, Late Modernity and Nostalgic Utopia in Almodovar's Volver (2006). Bulletin of Hispanic Studies.
- Gutierrez-Albilla, J. (2010). The Gender Politics and Ethics of Affection: The Feminine Melodramatic Mode in Walter Salles' Central do Brasil. Bulletin of Latin American Research. Vol. 29 (2), pp. 141-154.
Service to the University
- Search Committee member, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, 2012-2013
- Study Abroad Committee, 2012-2013
- Undergraduate Studies Committee, 2012-2013
- Member, International Fellowships Committee, 2011-2012
- Spanish and Portuguese, Review Committee Member for three members of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, 2011-2012
Other Service to the University
- Search Committee Member in the Departments of French and Italian and Comparative Literature, 2010-2011
Service to the Profession
Editorships and Editorial Boards
- Member of the Editorial Board, Corrientes: Revista Noruega de Estudios Hispanicos, 2009-
- Modern Languages Association, 2010-2011
- Society for Cinema and Media Studies, 2010-2011
Reviewer for Publication
- Feminist Media Studies, Reviewer for Publication, 2011-
- Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, Reviewer for Publication, 2010-
- Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, Reviewer, 2011-2012
- Cinema Journal, Reviewer, 2011-2012
- Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispanicos, I reviewed an article for publication in this academic journal, 2011-2012
- Cinema Journal, Reviewer for Publication, Spring 2010