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Globalization has transformed the operation of media industries worldwide. Significant scholarly attention has been given to the complex mechanisms of an increasingly connected world in which the flows of content circulation are dynamic but uneven. Despite acknowledgement of multiple sites and means of content and knowledge production, research continues to be dominated by perspectives from the Global North. In this series we turn the spotlight on different territories and explore topical trends in researching media industries from global perspectives. This first meeting in the Media Industries, Global Perspectives series focuses on Latin America.

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Date 10 January 2020
Time 14:00 - 15:30


ICON visiting scholar Fernanda Peñaloza (Senior Lecturer in Latin America Studies at University of Sydney) and Nadia Lie (Prof. of Hispanic Film and Literature at KU Leuven) will talk about their current research on Latin American Cinema and subsequently discuss transnationalism in their work. 
Discussant:        Marijke de Valck (UU)
Moderator:        Reindert Dhondt (UU) 

Southern Cinemascapes: Circulation of Latin American cinema in Australia 
by Fernanda Peñaloza

Peñaloza’s presentation offers an overview of her main research project, Southern Cinemascapes, which is an in-depth analysis of Latin American Cinema circulation in Australia. It draws from recent developments in the field of Film Festival Studies, which increasingly interrogate the dominance of the North-South axis in film circulation. The research focuses on audience experiences as well as on film selection and programming at Australian Latin American film festivals and other film exhibition events (commercial releases, the screening of Latin American films at the Sydney Film Festival, Mardi Gras Film Festival, and Antenna Film Festival). She will show how study of these cultural spaces is essential to further our understanding of the transnational forces that traverse contemporary ‘world cinemas’.

Plotting transnationalism: tourist encounters in Latin American festival films
by Nadia Lie

The study of Latin American cinema from the perspective of transnationalism has led to a new interest in the funding mechanisms of films, the role of genres, new aesthetics as well as the rise of the new discipline of festival studies. In this talk, Lie will address an understudied dimension in this field: the way transnationalism affects plots and stories. More concretely, she will interrogate which role tourists play as recurrent figures in contemporary transnational films from Latin America, drawing on Tiempo Compartido / Time Share by Sabastián Hofmann for examples.


Media Industries, Global Perspectives # Latin America is an initiative of the Media Research Group. All students from BA- and (R)MA-programmes, scholars in media, communication, and arts, and media professionals are cordially invited to attend.

Utrecht University, Department Media and Culture Studies
Kromme Nieuwegracht 20 (entrance via Muntstraat 2A), 3512 EV Utrecht
Grote Zaal

About the speakers

Peñaloza is a Latin Americanist, with a strong background in critical theory, and expertise in the field of Latin American Cultural Studies. She works as senior researcher at the University of Sydney where she chairs SURCLA, the Sydney University Research Community for Latin America. Her work is concerned with how knowledge production, and political, economic and cultural forces shape the way in which the peoples of Latin America and the region itself—both as a signifier and as a geopolitical location—are discursively constructed. Her most recent publication, co-edited with Sarah Walsh is the Palgrave book Mapping Connections: Australia and Latin America(2019).

Nadia Lie is professor of Hispanic Literatures and Latin American Cinema at KU Leuven. She is the author of Transición y transacción (Hispamérica, 1996) – a study on Cuban cultural discourse - and of The Latin American (Counter-) Road Movie and Ambivalent Modernity(Palgrave-Macmillan, 2017). She edited several volumes on Latin American literature, the most recent of which are Transnational Memory in the Hispanic World (special issue of the European Review, 2014) and Nuevas perspectivas sobre la transnacionalidad del cine hispánico (Rodopi, 2016, with R. Lefere). From 2013 until 2017 she coordinated an FP7-Marie Curie research project on transnationalism in Hispanic literature and film. Since 2019 she directs the FWO-project “Traveling words and images: tourist fiction and non-fiction from Spain and Latin America”, with Dagmar Vandebosch (KUL) and Paolo Favero (Antwerp University).