Posted: 10/26/23

TAMIU, Belgian Universities Launch Online Research Seminar on History of Cinema, Cinema-going in Latin America, Spain


Dr. Carlos Lozano  

Texas A&M International University's (TAMIU) Psychology and Communications Department, in collaboration with two Belgian universities, has launched an online international research seminar on the history of cinema and cinema-going in Latin America and Spain.

Dr. Carlos Lozano, the department's professor and chair, is leading the new initiative with two universities in Belgium, including Antwerp University, represented by Dr. Philippe Meers, and Ghent University, represented by Dr. Daniel Biltereyst.

The seminar features research-based keynote speeches and presentations by scholars about the history of cinema and cinema-going in different cities and countries every month. Scholars from various universities and countries join the virtual presentations.

Presenters are members of the Cultura de la Pantalla (Screen Culture) research network, also coordinated by the same three universities and scholars but with members in many different Mexican, Colombian, and Cuban cities. The network started in 2012 and includes 10 universities from Latin America, Spain and Beligum. Its members have published dozens of journal articles and book chapters.

The project's history began in 2008 when Dr. Lozano, after listening to a conference presentation on the Enlightened City Project, about Belgian cinema culture, contacted its principal investigators, Dr. Meers and Dr. Biltereyst, with a proposal to conduct a replica of the Belgium study in different Mexican cities.

"The ultimate goal of the network is the comparison of these individual replica projects with each other and with the findings of the original project in Belgium," Dr. Lozano explained, "This central aim is operationalized in three research parts, each formulating a specific hypothesis and resulting in a separate database, with large amounts of data to be compared between all cases."

The virtual seminar is open to TAMIU faculty and students. Anyone interested in joining the seminar sessions may contact Dr. Lozano at carlos.lozano@tamiu.edu to request the Zoom link. There is no cost to join the sessions.

The next session is on Monday, November 6 from 1 - 2:30 pm. Dr. María de la Cruz Castro Ricalde, from the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Toluca campus, will present her findings on the exhibition and programming of films in Mérida, Yucatán, México during the Golden Age of Mexican cinema.

For more information, please contact Dr. Lozano at 956.326.3117, email carlos.lozano@tamiu.edu or visit offices located in the Academic Innovation Center, room 380.

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