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Anja Louis

Dr Anja Louis


Since completing my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Hispanic Studies at Birkbeck College (University of London), I have worked in both the private and public sectors throughout Europe. My professional experience includes managerial positions in international publishing, lectureships at higher education institutions both in the UK and Spain, and running an international coaching business. During my rich and varied working life I have led cross-cultural teams, managed international projects, worked on the design of computer programmes and delivered weekly cultural talks on a Hispanic radio programme. In the classroom I frequently introduce my own professional experience to provide students with real-life scenarios. My teaching style is centred on participatory forms of learning and I actively encourage self-directed inquiry or research. I am caring, creative and gregarious; I strive to motivate students to find their own voice and achieve their own forms of success. My teaching interests include: inquiry-based learning - the interface of teaching and coaching - film as a learning tool - cross-cultural awareness and transnational identity. My research is firmly grounded in Spanish Cultural Studies in its openness to interdisciplinarity and its celebration of popular culture. Previous projects have examined the representation of gender issues in popular culture through the prism of various law-and-culture debates. My monograph entitled Women and the Law: Carmen de Burgos, an Early Feminist (2005) was the first to apply the insights and methodology of the interdisciplinary field of law and culture in a Hispanic context. It analyses the representation of law in the work of twentieth-century Spanish feminist Carmen de Burgos (1867-1932) and argues that her narratives were used as a means of political propaganda. Most recently, I have co-edited a collection of essays (Louis and Sharp 2017) that brings together leading international specialists who offer new readings of Burgos's work. Subsequent, and on-going, studies analyse the representation of professional women in Spanish film and television, and ask to what extent these on-screen professionals are indicative of wider issues of patriarchal crisis. To what degree are they personifications of progress, embodiments of social justice and epithets of powerful career women?

  • About


    • 2013: Professional Qualification, Learning and Teaching, HEA
    • 2010: Advanced Certificate in Professional Coaching, Other
    • 2003: CELTA (Cert. in English Language Teaching to Adults), University of Cambridge
    • 2002: PhD Spanish Cultural Studies, Birkbeck, University of London
    • 1995: Bachelor of Arts, Spanish Cultural Studies, Birkbeck, University of London

    Member of professional body


    • 2014: , Higher Education Academy (HEA)

  • Teaching


    Sheffield Business School

    Spanish Cultural Studies 

    Languages Studies

  • Publications

    A list of publications is available from the institutional repository, SHURA

    Book: LOUIS, A. (2005), Women and the Law:, Tamesis

    Book chapter: Louis, A. (2017), 'In Search of Feminist Happiness: Burgos’s La entrometida' Multiple Modernities: Carmen de Burgos, author and activist, Louis, Anja. & Sharp, M. eds, Routledge, Abingdon

    Book chapter: LOUIS, A. (2017), 'Multiple Modernities' Multiple Modernities: Carmen de Burgos, Author and Activist, Louis, Anja, and Michelle Sharp eds, Routledge, Abingdon

    Book chapter: LOUIS, A. (2016), 'A Transnational Study of Law and Justice on TV' Book, Robson, Peter, and Jennifer Schulz eds, Hart Publishing, Oxford

    Book chapter: LOUIS, A. (2009), 'Lawyers in your Living Room' Book, Asimow, Michael eds, American Bar Association

    Conference Paper: LOUIS, A. (2017), 'A Transnational Study of Law and Justice on TV'. Paper presented at Annual conference of the Association of Law, Culture and the Humanities

    Conference Paper: LOUIS, A. (2017), 'Screens of Justice: Spanish police dramas'. Paper presented at conference

    Conference Paper: LOUIS, A. (2016), 'Private Pain vs Public Shame'. Paper presented at IAFOR European Conference on Cultural Studies

    Conference Paper: LOUIS, A. (2016), 'Female Lawyers as Epithets of Powerful Career Women'. Paper presented at conference

    Conference Speaker: LOUIS, A. (2017), 'Modernidades multiples: Arte y Libertad', in Homenaje a Carmen de Burgos, University of Murcia

    Conference Speaker: LOUIS, A. (2016), 'What Now? Modern Languages in a post-Brexit World', in Languages and Cultures in Twenty-First Century Transnationality Conference, Sheffield Business School Conference

    Conference Speaker: LOUIS, A. (2008), 'Real or Imagined Loneliness of Abused Women', in Keynote at Women's World conference, Complutense University, Women's World Conference

    Faculty research seminar: LOUIS, A. (2009), 'Patriarchy in Crisis: Female Lawyers under Franco', in Law Research Seminar, Westminster Law School

    Faculty research seminar: LOUIS, A. (2009), 'Lawyers and Democracy in Anillos de Oro/Wedding Rings', in Law and Culture Research Seminar, Autonomous University of Madrid

    Faculty research seminar: LOUIS, A. (2009), 'Imagining Divorce in Post-Franco Spain', in Law Research Seminar, University of Paris (Paris 8)

    Faculty research seminar: LOUIS, A. (2009), 'The Love of Law vs the Law of Love: Sáenz de Heredia's Female Lawyers', in Research Seminar, Iberian and Latin American Studies, University of Liverpool

    Other: LOUIS, A. (2009), 'Take my Eyes: Gender Violence in Spanish Culture'

  • Other activities


    • 1998: British Federation of Women Graduates Research Award, British Federation of Women Graduates
    • 1996: AHRC Studentship, Birkbeck, University of London

    HEA fellow or senior fellow

    • 2014: HEA Fellowship, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

    Research funding or grant

    • 2007: British Academy Overseas Conference Grant, British Academy
    • 1998: Central Research Fund Travel Grant, University of London

  • Postgraduate supervision

    Completed supervisions

    • 2005:PhD supervision (5 students)

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