Talks & Presentations

“Traces of the Aftermath: Uses of the Perpetrator Archive in Mexican Film”, Memory and Representation in Latin America, University of Liverpool, 8 – 10th April 2021, 

“Brows on Fleek: Public Engagement and Screen Studies”, invited speaker, University of St Andrews, 19th November 2020.

“Modulating Movements: Performance, María Félix and the Scousebrow”, WISPS conference, NUI, Maynooth, 1-2 November 2019,

“Brows on Fleek: Public Engagement and Screen Studies”, Screen Studies Conference, University of Glasgow, 28th-30th June 2019,

“Browsing the Global through the Local: Storytelling, María Félix and the Scousebrow”, NECS, Gdańsk, Poland, 13th-15th June 2019,

“Browsing Queer Cinema”, public talk at Homotopia, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, 27th November 2018.

“Violence on Screen: Desecrated Bodies and Popular Imaginings of Mexico”, CLACS seminar, University of Manchester, 14th November 2018.

“Self-Translation and Containment on the Border: Bordertown (Gregory Nava) and The Virgin of Juarez (Kevin James Dobson)”, Mexican Literature, Culture, and Film: Across Borders Translation, Migration and Frontiers, Boston University, 26th-27th October 2018,

Presentation of Memorial del 68 (Nicolás Echevarría, 2008), UNAM UK, London, 16th October 2018,

“Self-Fashioning and Taste on the Border: Bordertown (Gregory Nava) and The Virgin of Juarez (Kevin James Dobson)”, Latin American Studies Association, Barcelona, 23rd-26th May 2018,

AUPresses conversations in Digital Humanities: Paul Spence and Niamh Thornton”, 8th May 2018, Link to the conversation here:

“Cultures of Taste and Online Distributed Content: What can be learnt from the online self”, Exploring the Interface: Modern Languages and Digital Humanities, University of Liverpool, 4th May 2018.

“The Eternal New: Digital (R)evolutions in Academic Writing”, Roundtable with contributions from Dr Thea Pitman, Leeds, Prof Claire Taylor, Liverpool, Clare Hooper, University of Liverpool Press (virtual presentation), Katia Chornik, Manchester, and Dr Fiona Noble, Researcher in Hispanic Studies and Film and Visual Culture (video), University of Leeds, 10-11 November 2017,

“What Happens in Clipperton…: Criminality and Trauma in Isla de pasión (1989) by Laura Restrepo and Isla de bobos (2007) by Ana García Bergua”, Society of Latin American Studies, University of Glasgow, 6th-7th April 2017.

“Macario (Roberto Gavaldon, 1959) – Mexico’s Day of the Dead”, Ghost Hosting 15 – Day of the Dead, FACT Liverpool, 28th November 2016,

Introduction to Paul Leduc and Raymundo Gleyzer at the Liverpool Radical Film Festival, Liverpool, 26th November 2016,

 Keynote, “Kate del Castillo is Connected: Stardom, Celebrity, and Narco Narratives”, Cine Americano: U.S. and Latin American Cinema, Maynooth University, November 8th-9th 2016.

Screening of Sleep Dealer (Alex Rivera, 2008) and roundtable discussion with Alex Balch, University of Liverpool, and Catherine Leen, Maynooth University, hosted by the Small Cinema, 3rd November 2016.

“(Dis)Connected Nations: Distribution and Access of Latin American Cinema”, NECS – European Network for Cinema and Media Studies, Postdam, Germany, 28th-30th July 2016,

“Disposable and Disregarded: The Convergence Culture of Film, Literature, and Television in Misterio/Estudio Q”, Latin American Studies Association, New York, 27th-30th May 2016,

“Carefully Curated Content or Tackling the Bloat: Accessing Latin American Cinema on Netflix, MUBI and Curzon Home Cinema”, Latin American Cinemas, European Markets, Symposium organised by the Regional Research Network in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Cinema, Manchester Metropolitan University, 23rd April 2016,

“Las Félix: Celebrity, Stardom and Guns in Mexico”, Society of Latin American Studies, University of Liverpool, 7-8 April 2016,

Death Tourism, Memory and Trauma in Mexican Film’, invited speaker, Latin American Cultural Colloquium 2016, Centre For Contemporary Latin American Studies And Latin American Society, University Of Edinburgh, 8 February 2016.

“Reconstrucciones aleatorias: las adaptaciones cinematográficas de Los de abajo”, Museo de la Revolución, Mexico City, May 23rd 2015.

“A Question of Taste: the cinematic adaptations of Los de abajo”, featured speaker, Mariano Azuela and the Novel of the Mexican Revolution, California State University, Los Angeles, May 15th-16th 2015,

“Taste, Trash, and Distinction: Historical Lessons from Mexican Screen Studies”, Panel ‘The Cinema of “Crisis” Reading 1980s Mexican Film against the Grain’, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Montréal, Canada, March 25th-28th 2015,  click here for links to a review of the panel in Spanish and English.

“Random Reconstructions: the Cinematic Adaptations of Los de abajo“, invited speaker, Mariano Azuela y la narración de lo urgente, Rice University, Houston, March 13th 2015,

“Repetition and Reiteration: María Félix’s star turns and arched brows”, Women in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, University College Cork, 7th-8th November 2014,

‘The Shadow of Death and Trauma in the Soap Opera, La reina del sur“, Latin American Studies Association, Chicago, 21st-24th May 2014.

“Glamorous Bodies: Horror, Star Studies and Juárez”, Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland, NUI, Galway, 14th-16th April 2014,

“Movements, Gestures, and Looks: María Félix’s Star Performances”, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Seattle, 19th- 23rd March 2014.

Screening and Introduction to Corazón del tiempo (Heart of Time) (Alberto Cortés, 2009), Political Commitment in World Cinema, part of Art Turning Left: How Values Changed Making 1789-2013 exhibition at the Tate Museum, Liverpool, 16th January 2014. See, here for some reflections on this.

“Violence, Trauma, Memory and Affect”, Cultures, Languages and Area Studies Snapshots series, University of Liverpool, 11th December 2013.

“Who Made You the Centre of the Universe?: Racialized Bodies on Screen”, invited talk NUI, Maynooth, 4th December 2013.

“Race, Stardom and Difference in Bordertown and The Virgin of Juarez”, Remember Them E. Allison Peers Symposium, Victoria Gallery and Museum, University of Liverpool 27th September 2013. For a review of the event click here, invited talk.

“The Disruptive and Seductive Power of Music and Editing in Documentaries on the Zapatistas”, Visible Evidence XX, Stockholm, 15th-18th August 2013,

“Betwixt and Between: Gender and Mexican Film Stars Online”, Revisiting Star Studies, Newcastle University, June 12th – 14th 2013.

“Loving Through the Wars: Romance in Recent Mexican Conflict Films”, LASA,Washington DC, 29th May- 1st June 2013.

“Marcela Fernández Violante: Pioneer. Mentor. Forgotten?”, Latin American Women Filmmakers on the Global Stage, Women in Film Symposium, University of Portsmouth, 10th May 2013.

“Re-Defining the Global and the Local in Film Festivals: Mexico City’s Centenary Commemoration”, Panel: “Public Heritage and National Identities”, Society of Latin American Studies, University of Manchester, 11th – 12th April 2013.

“Macho, Macho Men (and Women): María Félix and Emilio ‘el indio’ Fernández in Mexican Films of the Revolution”, Spanish Department Research Seminar, NUI, Galway,  21st March 2013. Click here to see the presentation.

“Going Beyond the Surface: the Function and Use of a Meta-Blog”, CHEP Annual Conference, Student Engagement: a catalyst for transformative change, University of Ulster24th January 2013,  Click here for the presentation link.

“Re-Defining the Global and the Local in Film Festivals: Mexico City’s Centenary Commemoration”, MeCCSA, University of Ulster, Magee, 9th-11th January 2013,

” Transcience and Permanence in Online Selves: Inside and Outside of Academia”, Women in Spanish, Latin American and Lusophone Studies, Bangor University, 23-24th November 2012. For presentation in Slideshare, click here.

Bridges, Streams and Dams: the multiple negotiated strategies of distribution and access in Latin American Cinema”, World Cinema On Demand: Film Distribution and Education in the Streaming Media Era, Queens University Belfast, 15th-16th June 2012,

Canonical Cannons: (Bi)Centenaries and Film Programming in Mexico and Argentina”, Latin American Studies Association: Towards a Third Century of Independence in Latin America, San Francisco, 23rd-26th May 2012.

“Curating the Self Online: the Use of Blogs, Twitter and Facebook by Mexican and Chicana Writers”, invited speaker, University of Aberdeen, 23rd April 2012, see the Prezi here.

La reina del sur: Making Mexico’s Drug Problem Global”, Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland, University of Stirling, 2nd-4th April 2012

“Blood, Guts, and Dancing: The Mexican Epic on Screen”, Bright Club Belfast, The Menagerie, 22nd March 2012.

Reed, Mexico insurgente and a Mexican Manifesto for Change”,  Latin American “Third” Cinema and its Legacies, University of Oxford, 9th-10th March, 2012

“The Performance of the Networked Self: Mexican and Chicana Authors Online”, plenary speaker, Women in Spanish, Latin American and Lusophone Studies, Institute for Germanic and Romance Studies, London, 10th-11th November 2011.

“The Performance of the Networked Self: Mexican and Chicana Authors Online”, Centre for Media Research seminar series, University of Ulster,  2nd November 2011.

“Fairies at the Bottom of the Garden: Writers Crossing Digital Borders”, Transitions and Continuities in Contemporary Chicano/a Culture, Centre for Mexican Studies, University College Cork, 24-25 June 2011.

“Capitalising on Culture: the Value of Cultural Festivals in the Hispanic world”, Roundtable with Sarah Bowskill (Swansea University), Kirsty Hooper (University of Liverpool), Par Kumaraswami (University of Manchester), Jacomino Fernando León (Havana), Núria Triana-Toribio (University of Manchester), AHGBI annual conference, University of Nottingham, 11th-13th April 2011.

“Cultural Festivals in the Luso-Hispanic World”, Roundtable with Sarah Bowskill (Swansea University) and Par Kumaraswami (University of Manchester), Friendship and Cross-Cultural Co-operation,

XI Women in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies Conference with Women in German Studies, Swansea University, 12-13th November 2010.

“Tracing Zapata on Film: Dreams, Nightmares, Realities”, 100 Years of the Mexican Revolution: Versions and Visions in Literature, Film, Art and Popular Culture, Cardiff University, 2-3 September 2010.

“Singing Songs of Revolution: Mexican Corridos on Film” WISPS X Conference, Transitions, University of Oxford, 2-3 October 2009.

“Valentinas, Adelitas, Soldaderas: Explosive Women on Film” Latin American Studies Association, Rio de Janeiro, 11-14th June 2009.

“Muchos Mundos / Many Worlds: Noni Benegas (Argentina) y Carlos Franz (Chile) in conversation with Niamh Thornton”, Instituto Cervantes, Dublin, 14th May 2009.

“Rivers, Deserts, Mountain passes: the Mexican Border from North to South” Chicano Seminar, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, 23rd February 2009.

“Torn Apart by Love and War: 1968 on Film”, Women in Spanish and Portuguese Studies IX Annual Conference, Dublin City University, 31st October-1st November, 2008.

“Mexico 1968 on Film: Remembering the Dead”, Humanities Research Institute Seminar, University of Ulster, 15th October 2008.

“YouTube: Transnational Fandom and Mexican Divas”, Transnational Cinema in Globalising Societies: Asia and Latin America, Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla, Mexico, 29-31 August 2008.

“Revisiting the Revolution: Mexico’s Independents Challenge Conventions”, Association of Latin Americanists in Ireland, Symbols and Images of Latin America University College Dublin, 7-8 March 2008.

“Ana García Bergua: Gay Narrative and the Boom Femenino in Mexico”, El Boom Femenino Mexicano: Reading Contemporary Women’s Writing, organised by University College Cork (UCC) and University of Southampton, held in UCC, 18-19 January 2008.

“A Woman with the Heart of a Man: María Félix goes to war”, Women in Spanish and Portuguese Studies VIII Annual Conference, Me/Myself/I: The Local and the Particular, 12-13 October 2007.

“A Woman at War: María Félix”, After the Washington Consensus: Collaborative Scholarship for a New América, Latin American Studies Association Conference Montreal, Canada, 5-9 September 2007.

“Star Confession: Apology and Defence in María Félix’s Autobiography”, Autobiography, Biography and Literature: The Place of Life-Writing in Literature and Academia, University of Ulster, Coleraine, 20-22 June 2007.

“Visualising Violence in Latin American Film”, Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland, University of Aberdeen, 2-4 April 2007.

“Close-ups, Looking for the City in its People”, A Mexican New Wave?: Reflections on Contemporary Mexican Cinema Research Symposium, University College Cork, 9-10 March 2007.

“A Woman with the Heart of a Man: María Félix Goes to War” International Conference on Women, Gender and Discourse in Latin America/Congreso Internacional sobre Mujer, Género y Discurso en América Latina, University of Liverpool, 2-3 March  2007.

Púrpura:  Innocence Corrupted in Mexico City”, Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland, University of Liverpool, 24-26 April 2006.

“From the City Looking Out, Out of the City Looking In”, Society of Latin American Studies Conference, University of Nottingham, 31March – 2 April 2006.

“Imagining the Impossible: Textual, Aural and Visual Negotiations of the City in Latin America”, panel organised for the Society of Latin American Studies Conference, University of Nottingham, 31 March – 2April 2006.

“Travelling Tales: Mobility and Transculturation in Contemporary Latin American Film” Humanities Research Institute Seminar Series, University of Ulster, Coleraine, 28 March 2006.

“National Identity Inside and Out: Subcomandante Marcos and Guillermo Gómez-Peña Play it for Real”, Irish Latin American Studies Association Second Annual Conference, University College Cork, 18 June 2005.

“Marcos: Authority and Subalternity”, Queen’s University Belfast seminar series, 15 April 2005.

“Weaving Threads and Spinning Yarns: Zapatista Revolutionary Discourse”, Annual Society of Latin American Studies conference, University of Derby, 8–10 April 2005.

“When Men Were Men and Women…?: Gendered Histories in Mexican Narratives”, Gender, Culture and Postcolonial Thought, School of Modern Languages, University of Liverpool, 12–13 November 2004.

“Zapatistas: Reclaiming the Margins Through Technology”, Off-Screen Spaces: Regionalism and Globalised Cultures: An International Conference on Film, Television and Media: Cultures and Policies, University of Ulster, Coleraine, 28–30 July 2004.

“In the Line of Fire: Popular War Stories by Gioconda Belli and Ángeles Mastretta”, Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland, Queens College, University of Cambridge, 28-30  March 2004.

“Courtly Love or Masochistic Play: Revolution and Popular Culture in Arráncame la vida by Ángeles Mastretta”, Aperturas, Dublin Institute of Technology, 29–31January 2004.

“Where Cuba Meets Mexico: Alejo Carpentier and Elena Garro”, Royal Irish Academy conference Intercultural Spaces: Language, Culture and Identity”, Dublin City University, 7– 8 November 2003.

“Screening/Writing a Life: Antes que anochezca/Before Night Falls”, National University of Ireland, Galway, Latin American Identities: Legacies and Possibilities, 17–19 October 2003.

“(Trans)gendering War Stories: Jesusa in Hasta no verte Jesús mío”, IV Women in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies conference, University of Liverpool,  14 June 2003.

“Women Writing About Women and the Mexican Revolution”, Crossing Boundaries: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Latin America, in University of Limerick, 29–30 June 1999.

“The Social Economy: an Irish Perspective”, co-written with Laurie Allen presented to the Belgian based CEP (Centre d’Education Populaire André Genot) as part of SPARD (Service de Proximité: alternative de réinsertion professionnelle et sociale durable), February 1999.

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