Dr Guillem Colom-Montero

Research interests

Contemporary Catalan Culture

In 2015 I completed my doctoral thesis in Hispanic Studies at Bangor University. My thesis explored the multifaceted cultural production of Catalan author Quim Monzó’s in relation to cultural and political processes in post-Franco Catalonia. I am currently finalising a book manuscript expanding on my doctoral work, tentatively entitled Quim Monzó and Contemporary Catalan Culture (1976–2016): Cultural Normalisation, Postmodernism and National Politics’. Related research was the base of my 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 gender studies. I am also working on an article entitled ‘Approaching Ideology in Quim Monzó’s Texts: The Influence of Libertarianism’, which explores the political ideologies underpinning Monzó’s texts in relation to the emergence of libertarian and neoconservative ideologies in Spain during the 1990s. I have started to disseminate my research on Quim Monzó to non-specialists audiences: my article ‘La dreta, l’independentisme i els intel·lectuals’ (http://www.nuvol.com/opinio/la-dreta-lindependentisme-i-els-intellectuals/), was published in the online Catalan cultural magazine Núvol and sparked off debate on  Monzó’s authorial public image.

 

Transnational approaches to the cultures of tourism in the Spanish Mediterranean

My postdoctoral research project explores the relation between tourism and culture in Majorca from a transnational perspective. Given that Majorcan culture has remained an elusive field of study within Mediterranean, Iberian, Spanish and Catalan cultural studies, this project intends to show that contemporary Majorcan culture can hardly be analysed without considering its ambivalent and dynamic relationship with the transnational tourist industry and its effects on the island’s culture and society from the early 1960s onwards. I delivered a paper based on this research at the ‘Transnational Modern Languages’ conference (London, 2–3 December 2016) and at the ‘Comics & Nation’ conference (Bangor, 13–14 July 2017). I was co-organiser of the Bangor conference with my colleagues Dr Armelle Blin-Rolland and Dr David Miranda-Barreiro, with whom I will edit a special issue on comic art and national politics stemming from the conference. 

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/).