Mujeres cineastas en el aula
Pedagogical reflections on teaching film by women at a University setting
Maybel Mesa Morales
Maybel Mesa Morales is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Modern Languages at Lycoming College. She earned her Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from Texas A&M University and holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Hispanic Studies and Linguistics from the University of Havana. Her research areas focus on 20th and 21st-century Latin American cultural and literary studies, cinema, performance, digital humanities, and the instruction and integration of technologies in Spanish as a foreign language. She has held research and teaching positions in Cuba, Greece, and the United States. Currently, she is working on a manuscript exploring the practices of archival reconfiguration in contemporary Cuban artistic production and its relationship with what became known as the "Transition Period" or "Deshielo" in diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States. Her second project aims to analyze the impact that women's cinema is having on the landscape of contemporary Cuban cinema. For this purpose, she traveled to conduct research at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión in San Antonio de los Baños (EICTV) and conducted multiple interviews with emerging female filmmakers . Maybel has published in academic journals and presented her research at several international conferences in the United States, Cuba, Spain, and Mexico. She collaborates on various research projects, digital humanities initiatives, and the development of open educational resources (OER) content such as COERLL, Cinegogia, Gynocine, and MYC (Mujeres y Cine). She serves on the Executive Committee of the Cuba and Cuban Diaspora section of the Modern Language Association (MLA) (2020-2025). At Lycoming College, she is a member of the Curriculum Development Committee and serves as the advisor of the Spanish Club.
Giseli Tordin has a PhD from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is a professor and coordinator of the Spanish and Portuguese language and culture programs at Yale University. She has designed an anti-racist curriculum based on authentic materials incorporating the productions of Afro-descendant authors, indigenous groups and ethnic-social minorities for Portuguese and intermediate Spanish courses. Her most recent work focuses on the discussion of decolonial feminism based on the analysis of works by authors such as Conceição Evaristo and Beatriz Nascimento and the incorporation of these perspectives in Portuguese curricula, the writing of women hospitalized in asylums and the representation of old age in contemporary Brazilian cinema. She is a member of the selection committee of the Yale Latin American and Iberian Film Festival (Liffy). Currently, she is preparing a co-authored paper on anti-racist curriculum design at Yale.
Marta Álvarez is a full professor at the University of Bourgogne Franche-Comté (Besançon), member of CRIT EA 3224 (Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires et Transculturelles) and of the MYC (Women and Cinema) research network. She collaborates with the festivals Fenêtres sur courts (Dijon, France) and Screen Latina (St. Gallen, Switzerland). Her research revolves around the study of documentary forms, the work of filmmakers and feminist discourses in Hispanic cinemas. She has co-edited several volumes, including No se estar quido. New documentary forms in the Hispanic audiovisual context (2015), Emerging filmmakers. Women in Hispanic cinema of the 21st century (2018) and Interviews with creators of contemporary Spanish cinema. Many things to do (2021).
Dolores Juan Moreno
Lola Juan-Moreno is an Associate Teaching Professor at Clark University. She received a B.A. from the Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB) in 2008, and Ph.D.s from UIB and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2015 and 2016, respectively. She has been at Clark since 2015. Lola's research focuses on contemporary Spanish cinema, specifically on works by women filmmakers released after the year 2000. At Clark University Dr. Juan-Moreno teaches all levels of Spanish language as well as contemporary Hispanic literature, culture, and cinema. She also serves as the Spanish Program Coordinator and as the director and coordinator of the Hispanic Culture and Heritage (HCH) Project, which she created along with undergraduate students in 2016. HCH is a bi-directional exchange between students at Clark University and Worcester Public Schools students and it aims to promote and enhance Hispanic culture in the Worcester community. It is a multigenerational collaborative learning space where participants grow and learn from each other culturally, linguistically, and personally through an exploration of Hispanic culture. Dr. Juan-Moreno is also the founder and co-director of the International Seminar on Literature and Sin, an annual plurilingual and multidisciplinary conference that, from 2011 to 2019, analyzed the presence of the deadly sins in art and literature. She the founder and director of CIMCiH (International Conference of Hispanic Women Filmmakers). She has both national and international publications and is part of projects such as Gynocine, CinemAGEnder, and MYC (Mujeres y Cine).
Friday, October 20
1:15pm - 2:30pm
DCFB (Dana Commons)
Why teaching films by women filmmakers?