Dr. María Mercedes Vázquez Vázquez

Merchy 3Lecturer & Honorary Assistant Professor

  • PhD (Film Studies, Comparative Literature, HKU)
  • MA (Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language, UCM)
  • BA & MA (Hispanic Philology, UCM)

Dr. Vázquez Vázquez holds degrees from Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Hispanic Philology (BA, MA) and Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language (MA), and from HKU in Film Studies (PhD). She presents papers on Film and Latin American Studies at international conferences regularly, and her publications include book chapters and articles on Venezuelan, Brazilian, and Mexican cinemas, and an annotated bibliography on Latin American cinema (OUP).  She has led several curriculum innovation initiatives at HKU and her courses range from general Spanish language courses to Spanish for specific purposes, Hispanic Cultures, Literature, and European Cinema. She is also the Coordinator of two capstone (upper-division) courses: an undergraduate research course and an internship course. Since she started working at HKU two decades ago, she has organized numerous film screenings and seminars to promote Spanish-language cultures in Hong Kong in liaison with governmental institutions. She is a founding member of the Committee on Gender Equality and Diversity of the Faculty of Arts and leads its Research Subcommittee. Outside HKU, she is often invited to talk about Spanish-speaking cultures at educational and cultural events such as book fairs, educational seminars, and film festivals.

Teaching

  • Hispanic Film and Literature (SPAN3023)
  • Culture and History of Latin America (SPAN2029)
  • Internship for students of Spanish (SPAN4005)
  • Hispanic Culture Research Project (SPAN4004)
  • From cinema to society: Understanding Europe through film (EUST2015)
  • Spanish for Business and Intercultural Communication (SPAN3028)
  • Spanish I.1 (SPAN1001) & Spanish I.2 (SPAN1002)

Selected publications

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4212-5349

  • The Question of Class in Contemporary Latin American Cinema. Lexington, 2018.
  • “New Geographies of Class in Mexican and Brazilian Cinemas: Post Tenebras Lux and Que horas ela volta?” In Contemporary Latin American Cinema. Resisting Neoliberalism?, edited by Claudia Sandberg and Carolina Rocha. Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.
  • “Precariousness in Contemporary Venezuelan Filmmaking: Pelo malo and Brecha en el silencio.” In The Precarious in the Cinemas of the Americas, edited by Constanza Burucúa and Carolina Sitnisky. Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.
  • “Latin American Cinema.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Cinema and Media Studies, edited by Krin Gabbard. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.
  • “El aprendizaje de Don Quijote en un entorno educativo ELE.” Tinta China 12.
  • “Brazil at a Socio-cinematic Crossroads. State Intervention On Screen.” In Brazil in Twenty-First Century Popular Media. Culture, Politics, and Nationalism on the World Stage, edited by Naomi Pueo Wood, Naomi, Lexington, 2014.
  • Sánchez, Alberto, José Miguel Blanco, Nicolás Arriaga, L. Chen, Pablo Deza, and Mercedes Vázquez. “Contextos de enseñanza y aprendizaje de ELE en el ámbito sinohablante.” Monográficos SINOELE 4.
  • Secuestro Express and La clase: Politics of Realism in Contemporary Venezuelan Filmmaking.” Jump Cut 52.
  • “Teaching Film or Using Film to Learn Language and Culture? Diverse Approaches to Teaching Film in Foreign Language Centres.” Lenguas Modernas, 34.
  • “El creciente interés por el español en Hong Kong” in El Español en el Mundo. Anuario del Instituto Cervantes (Yearbook of the Cervantes Institute), 2004.

Selected Conference Papers, Seminars and Workshops

  • Talk on the Faculty of Arts’ research strengths on gender and sexuality at the forum “Taking Gender Studies Research Seriously in Higher Education,” HKU, 8 March 2017.
  • Paper “Reconciling Re-emancipation and Industrial Success in Venezuelan Cinema.” LASA Congress.
  • Seminar “The Cinematic Return of “El Pueblo.” Comparative Literature, HKU 2016.
  • Seminar “Latin American Writers Reading the World: Alejo Carpentier and Octavio Paz.” Hong Kong Book Fair 2015.
  • Seminar “From Novel to Film: Works by Nobel Prize Laurate Mario Vargas Llosa.” Hong Kong Book Fair 2014.
  • Paper “Opciones de construcción cinematográfica del pasado para iluminar el presente,” LASA Congress.
  • Paper “Neither simpletons nor gangsters. Mutual cultural (miss)understandings on Latin American and Chinese screens.” LASA Congress.
  • Paper “Historias digitales en español”. Congreso Mundial de Profesores de Español. COMPROFES. Instituto Cervantes, Madrid.
  • Paper “Reflecting “Geographies of Injustice”: Heterotopias and Class Differences in Latin American Cinema.” ACS CROSSROADS.
  • Research seminar “Politics of realism in contemporary Venezuelan filmmaking.” Research Seminar Series of the SMLC, HKU.
  • Workshop for teachers titled “Cinema in Spanish as a Foreign Language Classroom (ELE). Review of teaching and learning approaches”. Series of workshops for teachers of Spanish in Asia held at the Spanish Education Office in Beijing.

Committee and Cultural Projects

  • Film Series: “Crossing Borders: The many faces of the struggle for a better life in the Iberian American world”, a Spanish-Portuguese-American Studies project.
  • Research Seminar Series of the Committee on Gender Equality and Diversity of the Faculty of Arts
  • “Argentine movie days” (November 2016-2017)
  • Panorama of Contemporary Cinema from Latin America and Spain: Film Series at HKU in collaboration with PRAGDA Spanish Film Club (March-April 2016)
  • First Venezuelan Film Series in Hong Kong in collaboration with the Consulate General of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Hong Kong and the Arts Centre (March 2010)
  • Visits of contemporary Spanish writers to HKU (José Carlos Somoza, Javier Puebla and Espido Freire (2006-08)

Contact Details

Room 5.16, 5/F, Run Run Shaw Tower
Centennial Campus,
The University of Hong Kong,
Pokfulam Road
Tel: 3917 4264
Fax: 2548 0487
E-mail: mercedes@hku.hk
 

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