Cristina Fernández Recasens

Cristina Fernández Recasens

Department of Modern Languages
Catalan Language and Culture Teaching Fellow

Contact details

Address
Ashley Building
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

I studied Humanities at the University Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona. Afterwards I completed a master’s degree in Teaching Catalan and Spanish Language and Literature at the University of Girona. Currently I am writing my doctoral thesis under the supervision of Doctor Mariona Masgrau within the programme of interdisciplinary didactics of the arts at the University of Girona. My focus is to find out whether poetry can be approached through body movement. I joined the University of Birmingham in September 2017 as a Catalan Language and Culture Teaching Fellow.

Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Teaching Language and Literature. Specialising in Spanish and Catalan Language and Literature (2012), University of Girona (UdG), Girona
  • Degree in Humanities. Specialising in Literature (2007), Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), Barcelona

Biography

After completing my degree, I worked as a director of a project for the Memorial Democràtic, a department of the autonomous government of Catalonia which works towards the recovery of the historical memory of the victims of the Franco Dictatorship. The project was about the nineteenth century local society ‘Casa del Poble’, a catalanist left-wing political and social organisation. As a result of this research, I co-directed Davant del mar, a documentary which includes interviews with testimonies, and I am still the curator of its historical archive and library. I also participated in another project related with the industrialisation process, the civil war and the seventies trade unions in my home town. It was a study of Blanes society through testimonies from the old textile factory SAFA. The most part of the interviews from both projects can be consulted nowadays in the ‘Banc Audiovisual de Testimonis’, an online archive of oral history.

Later I moved to Buenos Aires where I took a course in handmaking books with cardboard in La Boca district with ‘Eloísa Cartonera’, a social and cooperative publishing project. Afterwards my first poetry book Aprender a dibujar el viento (2009) was published and awarded with the Poetry Award Rei en Jaume in Calvià (Mallorca). For the last few years, I have been working as a creative writing teacher, as an author of didactic materials and as a secondary teacher in a high school. I have also participated as a producer in the independent film El cor del pi negre (2016) directed by Jaume Pujadas, which was released in Sitges in the International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia.

Since 2013, I have been part of the Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP), a pro-Catalan independence assembly-based political party that works for a building a country that is socialist, environmentally sustainable and free from the domination of  patriarchy.

Teaching

First year

  • Beginners Catalan Language, Culture and Translation
  • Spanish Core I Advanced Communicative Skills
  • Spanish Level 1 Languages for All

Second year

  • Gender, New Media and Catalan Identity
  • Intermediate Catalan Language and Translation
  • Spanish Core III Intermediate Communicative Sills
  • Spanish Core III Advanced Communicative Sills
  • Spanish Level 2 Languages for All

Final year

  • Advanced Catalan Language and Translation
  • Advanced Spanish Use of Language

Research

As a student of the PhD programme in the didactics of literature and interdisciplinary arts pedagogy at the University of Girona, my research is focused on the teaching of poetry. I am exploring the possibilities that offer the connections between words and movement. I have designed several didactic proposals which include both poetry and body movement and have been working with students of different ages and backgrounds. My poetic creativity workshops aim to be opportunities to explore art without prejudices and without boundaries.

Events and conferences

  • Congreso Internacional Filosofía de la danza, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (2017). Workshop “Bailando palabras. Del movimiento a la palabra y de la palabra al movimiento”.
  • Faber Residency.  Arts, Sciences and Humanities Residency of Catalonia (2017). Research residency, a thematic stay about dance.
  • BIBAC Conference, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge (2016). Presentation: “Dancing words. A didactic experience”

Publications

Chapters in books:

"Parlar pels colzes" with M. Masgrau and M. Falgàs. In: Cañabate, D. (Coord.) Moviment i llenguatges. Barcelona: Graó, 2017.

"Dancing words" with Masgrau. In: BIBAC Conferences E-Book. Cambridge: BIBACC Publishing, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, 2017.