School of Modern Languages

Staff Profiles

Dr Jorge Catala-Carrasco

Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies


I am from Valencia (Spain) and I have been living in the UK since 2007. I joined Newcastle University in 2010 after completing my PhD at The University of Nottingham. I also hold an MA in Hispanic Studies by the University of Georgia (USA). I am currently Chair of Board of Examiners (stage 4) and I sit in the Research Committee of the School of Modern Languages. I have recently started a new international research project (COST-EU funded) entitled "Investigation on Comics and Graphic Novels in the Iberian Cultural Area" (iCOnMICS CA19119). Much of my time for the period 2015-2018 was devoted to the coordination with Patricia Oliart of the Horizon 2020-Marie Curie RISE research project. You can have a glimpse of the project through this video: Currently, I am working on my new monograph on contemporary visual culture in Spain and Peru.


I focus on Transatlantic Studies Spain-Cuba and Spain-Peru through cultural production.  In my first monograph Vanguardia y humorismo gráfico en crisis, I studied the development of avant-garde graphic humour in Spain and Cuba during two critical periods, the Spanish Civil War and the early years of the Cuban Revolution. In 2015 I also co-authored the documentary José Ricardo Morales. Escrito en el agua (Malvalanda) about the fascinating life and work of Chilean-Spanish playwright José Ricardo Morales. My interest in comics led to a co-edited volume titled Comics and Memory in Latin America (2017), published also in Spanish in 2019 by Cátedra.

My strong interest in visual culture led to the coordination with Carmina Gustrán of the photography exhibition RENEWAL by the collective NOPHOTO which ran from 15 Oct to 2 Nov 2018 at the Long Gallery and the Atrium of the Hatton Gallery. My current project is a monograph in which I examine recent cultural production in Spain and Peru that destabilises the notion of growth and questions the euphoria fuelled by the neoliberal rationality.

PhD Supervision

PhD thesis supervised to completion:

(2018) Felix Lossio (FT): The Construction of Latin America as a Brand in Peru and Cuba. Co-supervised with Dr. Patricia Oliart. 


Current PhD projects:

  •  (Year 4) Lydia Wysocki PhD Education (PT). British Values in Contemporary Comics. Co-supervised with Dr. Heather Smith and Prof. Anoop Nayak.  
  • (Year 3) Evie Hill PhD GPS (FT). Designs for Revolution: A Visual Analysis of Cuba’s Foreign Policy in Africa, 1967- 1987. Co-supervised with Dr. Matt Davies and Dr. Matt Benwell.

  • (Year 3) Katie Salmon PhD SMLS (FT). “Crisis and Mental Health in Contemporary Chilean and Spanish Culture”  Co-supervised with Dr. Philippa Page and Angela Woods.

Research funding:

2019- NISS, £3,085 (Newcastle Institute for Social Renewal) for the Research & Comics Seminar Series

2018 - HISPANEX, 8,770 euros (Ministry of Culture in Spain) for the photography exhibition            RENEWAL by NOPHOTO. 

            NISR, £4,500 (Newcastle Institute for Social Renewal) for the photography exhibition      RENEWAL by NOPHOTO.

2016 - Institute for Latin American Studies (London) £1,800 (in collaboration with Dr. Raquel Ribeiro at the University of Edinburgh) for the seminar series “After the thaw. Cultural approaches to research on Cuba.”

2015 - Marie Curie-RISE (Horizon 2020), 1 044 000 euros for the research project Cultural Narratives of Crisis and Renewal (CRIC). I am Co-PI with Patricia Oliart for the CRIC project (2015-2018), involving 63 researchers from 8 instutions in 6 countries in Europe and Latin America. 

            NISR, £1,000 (Newcastle Institute for Social Renewal) for the documentary José Ricardo Morales. Escrito en el agua. 

2013 Faculty Research Fund £2,446 (Research trip to Cuba, July-August 2013)

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).


I teach a range of modules across all stages. I am module leader for SPA1019 Introduction to the History, Culture and Society of the Iberian Peninsula (stage 1) and SPA4005 Cultura Popular en España y Latinoamérica (stage 4). I also contribute to the module SPA2025 Representaciones de Revolución, Dictadura y Democracia en España y América Latina (stage 2) and SPA4081 Advanced Spanish Writing.