Las dos Españas: Terror and Crisis in Contemporary Spain
In this full-update of my doctoral thesis I examine the narrative of las dos Españas through the lens of political discourses of economic crisis and terror in contemporary Spain.
"Real Men: Sam Smith's Emasculation of the James Bond Theme", Celebrity Studies, vol. 10, no. 3., pp. 436-40.
I examine the reaction to Sam Smith's Bond song, The Writing's on the Wall and argue that by giving Bond an ‘authentic’ voice, Smith laid bare Bond’s emptiness and, in the process, undermined Smith’s own claim to authenticity.
“Queering and querying the Australian suburbs: reimagining (sub)urban identities”, Coolabah, Special Issue: Reimagining Australia, no. 24 & 25, pp. 352-362.
I examine how Australian suburbs have been “queered” in the past 20 years in contemporary Australian literature.
“You Only Like the Beginnings’: Ordinariness of Sex and Marriage in Looking,” Queer Cultures / Queering Cultures: Journal of Queer Studies in Finland, vol. 9, no. 1-2.
In this special issue of queering cultures, I examine queer utopias and suggest that queer potential continues to be inherent in the actual process of “looking.”
"Mass-Mediated Social Terror in Spain," CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture, Special Issue, Representing Humanity in an Age of Terror, Edited by Sophia A. McClennen and Henry James Morello, vol. 9, no. 1.
I investigate mass-mediated narratives of social terror in Spain in the context of the March 11, 2004, terrorist attacks in Madrid. Four citations in disciplinary areas including cultural anthropology and popular culture.
'The Possibility of a ‘Dead Europe’: Tsiolkas, Houellebecq and European Mythologies' in PORTAL: Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, vol. 4, no. 2.
I explore how novels by Houellebecq and Tsiolkas undermine constituent mythologies that sustain and drive the European Union integration process.
"Europe is Scared: The European Narrative of Perpetual Peace" Culture, Theory and Critique: Special Issue: Creolization: Towards a Non-Eurocentric Europe, vol. 48, no. 1, 2007.
I explore the destabilisation of the grand narratives of the European project in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Madrid in 2004 and London 2005.
I investigate necropolitics in the TV series Scandal and engage with questions about what it means to be human when necropolitics underpins systems of government.
“Queer Fantasies, Queer Echoes: the post-closet world of Looking” in HBO’s New and Original Voices: Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality and Power, Routledge, 2018.
I explore the HBO TV series Looking’s celebration of the banality of queer and suggest that it may signal the onset of a post-resistance, post-politics, queer era.
“The New Gay Loneliness?: Desire and Urban Gay Male Cultures” in Narratives of Loneliness, Multidisciplinary Perspectives from the 21st Century, Routledge.
I examine the loneliness in the fabric of sexual identity as it is perceived, challenged, celebrated or negated by society.
“Austerity and Trauma Culture(s): On Recognition of Europe’s Occluded Voices,” Fragile Europe, Political Sociology Research Network 32 of the European Sociological Association, Charles University, Prague, November 2-3, 2018.
“Beyond the Eurotypes: Alternative Narratives of Contemporary European Culture,” Tuning into the Noise of Europe Conference, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, January 18-19, 2018.
“'Queering and Querying the Australian Suburbs: The Clash of Cultural Identities in Christos Tsiolkas's Novels,” Re-Imagining Australia: Encounter, Recognition, Responsibility Conference, International Australian Studies Association, Curtin University, December 7–9, 2016.
“From Terror to Crisis: Understanding Narratives of las dos Españas,” Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference, University of Sydney, December 14-17, 2016.
“Real Men: Sam Smith’s Emasculation of the James Bond Theme” 3rd International Celebrity Studies Conference: Authenticating Celebrity, University of Amsterdam, June 28-30, 2016.
“Terror and the State: Learning from Spain’s ‘Dirty War,” Understanding Conflict, University of Bath, June 8–11, 2015.
“Performing Terror and the State: The GAL and the Unimaginable in Spain’s ‘Dirty War,’” Subverting the State: the Postcolonial Predicament, University of Kent, May 22, 2015.
“Understanding Narratives of Crisis in Contemporary Greece: History and the Illegitimacy of Austerity,” Greece and Austerity Policies: Where to Next for its Economy and Society, World Economics Association, Online Conference, October 20 – December 21, 2014.
“Narratives of Terror, Crisis and History: the Case of Spain,” Approaches to Discourse Analysis across Disciplines, Elte University, Budapest, September 1-3, 2014.
“Dead Europe: unravelling the mythologies of integration and crisis,” I Symposium Internacional EDiSO (Estudios sobre Discurso y Sociedad), Universidad de Sevilla, Sevilla, 15-16 May, 2014.
“Flowers from Another World: Navigating Spain’s Postcolonial Narratives” in the panel Close Encounters of the (Post)colonial Kind: European Cinema and Narratives of Ethnicity and Belonging. Crossroads in Cultural Studies, Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris 2-6 July, 2012.
"Narratives of Terror in Spain since 9/11: Histories and Discontinuities" Europe: New Voices, New Perspectives, Contemporary Europe Research Centre, University of Melbourne, 8 December, 2006.
"The Return of las dos Españas? Spain, ETA and the Politics of Ceasefire" Hyperworld: Language, Culture and History VII International Conference of the Association of Iberian and Latin American Studies of Australasia, City Campus, University of Technology Sydney, 27-29 September, 2006.
"Europe is scared..." Visions of Union: European Values and Contesting Voices, University of Technology Sydney, 19 to 20 September, 2005.