Saturday 7 November 2015 was the first meeting of the Regional Research Network in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Cinema with specialist researchers from the University of Liverpool, University of Leeds, University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Salford. On this occasion, the topic up for discussion was the rapidly changing contexts for Spanish cinema and coincided with ¡Viva! New Spanish Cinema Weekender at HOME.
Examining new contexts requires reflection on the past: Andy Willis (University of Salford) explored the nostalgia that permeates contemporary Spanish horror film, Tom Whittaker (University of Liverpool) demonstrated how a new wave of delinquent cinema pays homage to original 1970s ‘quinqui’ film and Abigail Loxham (University of Manchester) highlighted how memory is always dynamic. Carmen Herrero (Manchester Metropolitan University) assessed the impact of Spanish political, social and technological change on film technique and content and Duncan Wheeler (University of Leeds) questioned whether film genre of today offers a place for the Spanish musical.
This is just the beginning of what we hope will be a strong and active network of regional experts and we look forward to the next collaborative project.
With thanks to Chris Perriam (University of Manchester) for organising this successful and enriching event.