Gender and Transnational TV - Spain/Mexico, TV/Streaming, Sex/Gender: Recent Case Studies in Two Media and Two Countries

4:00pm - 6:00pm / Thursday 25th March 2021
Type: Seminar / Category: Research
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Speaker: Professor Paul Julian Smith

Abstract: A common trend has emerged in recent years: the new prominence of feminist and queer plotlines and characters in Mexican and Spanish drama on television and streaming. In this talk I will take four case studies as illustrations of the current audiovisual field, along the lines suggested by my title: two on gender and two on sex; to from Mexico and two from Spain; and two from free to air television channels and two from the new streaming platforms. My aim is to explore the possibilities for new queer content in this new media environment where sexuality, nationality, and technology so freely intersect.

Speaker bio: Paul Julian Smith is Distinguished Professor in the Comparative Literature Program at the Graduate Center in City University of New York. He was previously the Professor of Spanish in the University of Cambridge, UK. He is the author of 22 books and over 100 academic articles. His most recent books are Spanish Lessons: Cinema and Television in Contemporary Spain (Berghahn, 2017), Queer Mexico: Cinema and Television since 2000 (Wayne State University Press, 2017), Spanish and Latin American Television Drama: Genre and Format Translation (University of London, 2018), and Multiplatform Media in Mexico: Growth and Change Since 2010 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).

Follow him on Twitter: @pauljuliansmith