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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?

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