Dr Guillem Colom-Montero

Lecturer in Hispanic Studies (E&S)


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Telephone: 01392 726282

My research focuses on twentieth- and twenty-first century Spanish and Catalan Literary and Cultural Studies, transnational cultural approaches to tourism in Spain, gender and sexuality studies and theories of nation and nationalism in contemporary Spain. 

My research aims to transform understandings of two key changing cultural and political paradigms in contemporary Spain: post-Francoist Catalan culture and its relation with Spain; the transnational intersections between emerging processes of overtourism and cultural production in the Spanish Mediterranean.

On 13 September 2018, I participated in the closing Round Table of the International Conference 'Mediating the Catalan Independence Movement', organised by the Centre for Catalan Studies at Queen Mary University; the Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CILAVS) at Birbeck; and the Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR): http://www.bbk.ac.uk/cilavs/2018/07/22/mediating-the-catalan-independence-movement/ . 

I regularly disseminate my research to non-specialist audiences through public and media engagement.

On 31 October 2018, I featured in the TV programme ZoomIB3, broadcast by the Balearic Islands public TV channel IB3, where I talked about British tourism imaginaries of Mallorca and commented on recent problems of overtourism in the Spanish Mediterranean. You can watch the programme here: https://ib3.org/carta?id=7e9dd7ab-ddb0-44ac-adbf-7616e59abda7 (my participation is from 15:10–18:45)

On 23 September 2018, I published the piece 'Què en fem, de la cultura de la normalització?' in Núvol, where I discussed the impact of the Catalan independence process on the politics and discourses of cultural normalization: https://www.nuvol.com/critica/que-en-fem-de-la-cultura-de-la-normalitzacio/

On 22 December 2017, I featured in a two-page interview on my project on tourism in the Balearic newspaper Ara Balearshttps://www.arabalears.cat/premium/societat/Guillem-Colom-Montero-transformacions-Mallorca_0_1929407192.html

I have also commented on Spanish and Catalan politics through a variety of British media channels: in the period after the Catalan Referendum on 1 October 2017, I was interviewed on several BBC television and radio outlets. Here is a sample: live interview on BBC World Service's programme BBC Newshour on Wednesday 4 October, 2pm: listen to my appearance here or listen to the full programme here.