Dr Guillem Colom-Montero

Research interests

Contemporary Catalan Culture

The paradigms for cultural production and criticism in Catalonia are in flux and my project aims to create new understandings of the intersections between cultural paradigms (resistant opposition, cultural normalization, Cultura de la Transición, postmodernism) and political change in Catalonia and Spain in the autonomous and post-referendum periods.

I am currently finalising a book manuscript expanding on my doctoral work, entitled Quim Monzó and Contemporary Catalan Culture (1975–2018): Cultural Normalization, Postmodernism and National Politics’. This monograph, which will be the first major study in the English language of Monzó’s work, traces the consensual elements shared by the Catalan cultural resistant model in place during Francoism, the politics of Catalan cultural normalization during the autonomous period and the notion of democratic normality in post-1978 Spain. Further, it explores how the transformations triggered by the events of 1 October 2017 have caused the collapse of the consensual paradigm of cultural normalization in Catalonia.

Related research was the basis of my recently published article ‘Men in Crisis: Pornographic Images in Quim Monzó’s Fiction’ (Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, 2016), which analyses elements of visuality in Monzó’s work from the perspective of masculinities and sexuality studies.

I have already started to disseminate my findings to non-specialist audiences through two articles in the most widely read online cultural magazine in Catalonia, Núvol, which triggered debates about the shifting narratives of cultural normalization and Quim Monzó’s national role as a literary author and public intellectual in contemporary Catalonia:

‘Què en fem, de la cultura de la normalització?’ (23 September 2018) https://www.nuvol.com/critica/que-en-fem-de-la-cultura-de-la-normalitzacio/

‘La dreta, l’independentisme i els intel·lectuals.’ (15 March 2017) http://www.nuvol.com/opinio/la-dreta-lindependentisme-i-els-intellectuals/


Transnational Cultural Representations of Mass-Tourism and Overtourism in Spain

Public discourses about and representations of tourism globally are undergoing a process of deep transformation owing to the rising awareness of the negative impact of tourism flows in the twenty-first century. In light of this historical change of tourism-related narratives, my project aims to historicize the cultural responses to processes of mass-tourism and overtourism in three key enclaves in the Spanish Mediterranean (Barcelona, Ibiza and Majorca) vis-à-vis the transnational tourism imaginaries built around these three regions in British and German culture.

My project is based on a cultural history approach from a transnational perspective which puts into dialogue cultural production and discourses from four different national cultures: Catalan, Spanish, English, German.

I have delivered papers based on this research in London (Transnational Modern Languages’ conference, 2–3 December 2016), Bangor (‘Comics & Nation’ conference, 13–14 July 2017) and Palma de Majorca (symposium 'Cultura, conflicte i nous subjectes socials en la Mallorca contemporània', 22 December 2017).

I have submitted a journal article entitled 'Mass Tourism as Cultural Trauma: An Analysis of the Majorcan Comic Els darrers dies de l’Imperi Mallorquí (2014) and Un infern a Mallorca (La decadència de l'Imperi Mallorquí (2018)' for an Special Issue of Studies in Comics.


Research collaborations

I am a member of the Men & Masculinities in Culture & Society (MMICS) Research Network, lead by Dr Connor Doak and Dr Bradley Stephens from the University of Bristol (http://www.bristol.ac.uk/ias/workshops/current-workshops/masculinity-studies.html). I am also a member of the research group LiCETC – Contemporary Literature: Theoretical and Comparative Studies, based at the University of the Balearic Islands and led by Dr Margalida Pons (http://licetc.uib.cat/).