Posted: 3/28/24

TAMIU Virtual Seminar Series Featured Argentinian, American Scholars on History of Cinema and Cinemagoing in Latin America and Spain


Dr. Carlos Lozano
Dr. Carlos Lozano  

The latest in an ongoing virtual research seminar at Texas A&M International University  (TAMIU)  saw Argentinian and American scholars presenting  their new book, En la cartelera: cine y culturas cinematográficas en América Latina, 1896-2020  for the International Research Seminar on the History of Cinema and Cinemagoing in Latin America and Spain.

Dr. Alejandro Kelly Hopfenblatt, post-doctoral fellow at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Tulane University, LA, and Dr. Nicolas Poppe, associate professor of Luso-Hispanic Studies at Middlebury College, VT, discussed the topics covered in their book, which includes papers by leading film studies researchers from various Latin American countries.

This Virtual Seminar Series features research-based keynote speeches and presentations by scholars about the history of cinema and cinemagoing in different cities and countries every month. Scholars from Belgium, México, Spain, Chile, Cuba, Colombia, and the United States viewed Hopfenblatt and Poppe’s presentation.

The Series is open to TAMIU faculty and students. Anyone interested in joining the seminar sessions can contact Dr. Lozano at carlos.lozano@tamiu.edu to request the Teams links. There is no cost to join the sessions.

The next session is Monday, April 15 from 2 - 3:30 pm (Central Time). Dr. Ana Rosas Mantecón, a leader in Mexican film studies affiliated with the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa, will present a book edited with her colleague, Antonio Zirión, on cinematographic culture and urban worlds.

In the previous Hopfenblatt and Poppe session, the researchers argued that the history of Latin American cinema has been approached fundamentally from the styles, genres, and modes of representation of the films, but that new perspectives are demonstrating the need to think about the place these films occupied in the formation of Latin American cinematographic cultures.

“The book proposes a novel look based on a set of essays written by researchers that explore different aspects of specific billboards of significant dates of each decade of the history of cinema in various countries in the region,” Hopfenblatt said, adding that protagonists from the world of cinema coexist in its pages, such as viewers, producers, exhibitors and distributors, public and private organizations, specialized critics, and global cinema leaders.

Dr. Carlos Lozano, TAMIU professor of Communication and College of Arts and Sciences, department of Psychology Chair, leads the Virtual Seminar in coordination with colleagues from two universities in Belgium: Dr. Philippe Meers (Antwerp University), and Dr. Daniel Biltereyst (Ghent University).

Most presenters and participants in the Seminar 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 Belgium. Its members have published dozens of journal articles and book chapters.

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

Registration for Maymester, Summer and Fall Semesters at TAMIU begins Monday, April 1.

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