School of Modern Languages

Staff Profiles

Dr Jorge Catala-Carrasco

Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies



2002 - BA in Spanish Studies - Universitat de València (Spain). 

2003 - BA in English Studies - Universitat de València (Spain). 

2005 - MA in Latin American Literature at the University of Georgia (USA). 

2010 - PhD in Hispanic Studies - The University of Nottingham (UK). 

I joined Newcastle University in September 2010.

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Honours and Awards

  • 2005 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award. The University of Georgia (US)


  • Spanish: native
  • Catalan: native
  • English: near native
  • Italian: good reading and listening abilities
  • Portuguese: good reading and listening abilities



Research interests

My research has a strong Transatlantic focus with a particular emphasis on cultural history  and visual culture. For my first monograph I analysed the Spanish Civil War and the Cuban Revolution as periods of change through the gaze of comic artists with vanguard aesthetic projects facing political commitment pressures. I also work on cultural studies, namely cultural production facing periods of crisis.

I welcome Ph D proposals dealing with cultural production and crisis across the Atlantic (Argentina-Spain, Peru-Spain and/or Cuba-Spain); the Spanish Civil War, cultural history of the Cuban Revolution; comics in Spain and/or Latin America; contemporary Spanish or Cuban literature; the works of Jose Ricardo Morales.

My current project is provisionally titled Spain and Peru through Crisis and Memory (1978-2016).  I want to develop two case studies in two countries that present similar historical, societal and cultural factors: post-dictatorship countries; prevalence of memory studies to apprehend a conflictive past; rapid growth, which in turn accentuated social differences; boom of graphic narrative in the last 10 years; similar literary genres (focusing on the 1980s and 1990s). The overall rational for this project is closely related to the CRIC project but also to my particular interest on Cultural Transatlantic relations between Spain and Latin American countries.

I am also working closely with several international partners in a COST bid around graphic narrative in Spanish and Lusophone speaking areas.

Current PhD projects I am co-supervising:

  • Felix Lossio: "Nation-branding in Latin America. Postcolonial tensions and marketing strategies" with Dr. Patricia Oliart.
  • Lydia Wisocky: "' I didn't read it. I just liked the words': a sociocultural perspective on constructing British values from multimodal texts" with Dr. Heather Smith and Dr. Anoop Nayak 
  • Evie Hill: "Designs for Revolution: A Visual Analysis of Cuba’s Foreign Policy in Africa, 1967- 1987" with Dr. Matt Davies and Dr. Matthew Benwell.

 External Examiner for PhD:

  • 2015 "La construcción del género a través de la lectura: la imagen de la mujer lectora en la novela realista/naturalista española" Pedro Garcia Suarez (Universidad Complutense, Madrid)

  • 2014 "Monadas y manu military: Mandatarios e identidad nacional en los discursos viso-políticos peruanos (abril de 1967-julio de 1980)" Chistabelle Rey-Roca (King's College, London) 

  • 2013 "Displacement, Permeable Boundaries and Cultural Frontiers in Comics: A Case Study on Mexican Cultural Icons" Gabriela Mejan (King's College, London) 

  • 2013 "El socium en el discurso literario: un acercamiento metodologico desde la semiótica de la cultura" Federico López Terra (Universidad Autónoma, Madrid)

  • 2012 "La melancolía en la poesía modernista peruana" Ainhoa Segura Zariquiegui (Universidad Autónoma, Madrid)

  • 2012 "Poesía y deixis: hacia una poética gestural en la obra de César Vallejo y de Antonio Gamoneda" Carlota Fernandez-Jáuregui Rojas (Universidad Autónoma, Madrid)


  • 2012 HaSS Faculty Futures Grant £500

  • 2011 Santander Travel Scheme £1,000 (Research trip to Chile - April 2011).

  • 2009 SLAS Postgraduate Travel Grant £600 (Research trip to Cuba, March – April 2009).

  • 2004 Tinker Grant. Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies $1,200 (research trip to Peru).



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Module leader for: 

  • LAS8102: Narratives of Cultural Identity (with Dr. Nick Morgan) 

Contributor for: 

  • LAS 8103: The Shaping of Latin America II: cultural and historical perspectives