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BA Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), MA Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), MA University of Leeds
My thesis analyses Walter Benjamin’s writings on film. I pay special attention to the role of technology in Benjamin’s philosophical and political project. My main argument is that Benjamin’s writings on film are part of the tradition he coined as ‘anthropological materialism.’ His theses on the role of cinema in modernity are thus related to the effects of technology on the human body.
- PhD in Fine Arts, History of Art and Cultural Studies (University of Leeds) 2010-2014
- MA in Cultural Studies (University of Leeds) 2009-2010
- MA in Contemporary Film Studies (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) 2008-2009
- BA in Media Studies (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) 2004-2008
Conference Papers and Seminars
- ‘No Centimetre Between Body and Image: Walter Benjamin’s Writings on Film within his Anthropological Materialism,’ Symposium ‘Images in Walter Benjamin’s and W.G. Sebald’s Writings,’ 26th to 28th September 2013, Universitat de Girona
- ‘Walter Benjamin’s Chaplin: The Return of the Allegorical Mode in Modernity,’ Benjamin’s Figures: Dialogues on the Vocation of Humanities, 28th to 30th August, Universiteit Leiden
- ‘Nature, Technology, Humanity: The Key Triangle for Walter Benjamin’s aisthesis,’ Nature, 16th International Graduate Conference in Philosophy, 4th May 2013, University of Essex
- ‘Walter Benjamin, Film and the Traumas of Modernity,’ Seminar, Centre for World Cinema ‘Memory, Violence, Trauma in Audio-Visual Culture’ series, 6th March 2013, University of Leeds
- ‘¿Qué ocurre entre la mano y el metal? Fragmentación e ironía en los planos detalle de Aki Kaurismäki,’ I Congreso Internacional Mutaciones del Gesto en el Cine Europeo Contemporáneo, 31st May to 2nd June 2012, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona.
- ‘Awakening Images: Walter Benjamin’s Concepts of History, Technology and Film,’ 9th Annual Historical Materialism Conference, 8th to 11th November 2012, Central London.
- ‘Therapeutic Tool or Revolutionary Weapon? Walter Benjamin’s Theories on Film.’ 5th International Critical Theory Conference, 7th to 9th May 2012, Rome Center of Loyola University Chicago.
- ‘Cracks in the Spaces of Global Capitalism: Jia Zhangke and Walter Benjamin’s Allegories of Ruins,’ 8th Annual Historical Materialism Conference, 10th to 13th November 2011, Central London.
- ‘Cinema, Invention of the Nineteenth Century,’ Postgraduate Symposium, 20th September 2011, School of Fine Arts, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds
- Walter Benjamin
- Critical Theory
- Visual Culture
- Aesthetics and Politics
- Early Film Theory
Research Centres & Groups
Leeds Russian Centre, associate
PhD & Postdoctoral Supervision
My thesis analyses Walter Benjamin’s writings on film from the point of view of his ‘anthropological materialism.’ The thesis addresses the role of technology in Benjamin’s thought and the position of technologically reproducible art within his philosophical project. Thus the dissertation studies in depth Benjamin’s analysis of Soviet film, German film in the Weimar Republic and during National Socialism, Charlie Chaplin and Mickey Mouse.