Professor Andrew Ginger MA, DPhil, Oficial de la Orden de Isabel la Católica

Department of Modern Languages
Chair of Spanish
Head of School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music

Contact details

Ashley Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

In my research, I am interested in how the modern Hispanic world fits with the wider span of cultures over time and place. By extension, I am concerned with the notion of ‘commonality’ over stretches of geography and history.  My concerns are interdisciplinary, ranging across visual cultures and cinema, thought, and literature.


  • BA Hons (Oxon), Modern Languages
  • MA (Oxon)
  • DPhil (Oxon)


I undertook my first degree, in Modern Languages, at the University of Oxford, specializing in French and Spanish. I continued with my doctoral work at Oxford, becoming Queen Sofía Junior Research Fellow at Exeter College in 1994. In 1996, I joined the University of Edinburgh as a Lecturer in Hispanic Studies, before becoming Chair of Hispanic Studies and, initially, Head of Languages, Cultures, and Religions at the University of Stirling in 2005. After working in Scotland for many years, I returned to England, as Chair of Iberian and Latin American Studies at the University of Bristol. In 2016, I joined the University of Birmingham as Chair of Spanish and Head of School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music.

In 2010, the Spanish government awarded me the title of Oficial de la Orden de Isabel la Católica in recognition of my services to Spanish culture.

I have undertaken a range of roles in the Higher Education sector, including Chair of the University Council of Modern Languages Scotland, REF sub-panel member for Modern Languages and Linguistics, and AHRC Strategic Reviewer. I was for several years the officer with responsibility for postgraduate matters in the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland. I founded and co-lead the International Network of Nineteenth-Century Hispanists, which holds annual conferences, and has many members across two continents. I am a member of the Histopia project team on utopias at the Autónoma University in Madrid, and of the related Transatlantic Utopias network.


I have taught across a wide range of areas including Spanish and Latin American language and culture (including film), European cinema, visual cultures, comparative literature, and translation.

Postgraduate supervision

I have supervised students with diverse specialisms including translation, modern thought, experimental literature, nineteenth-century studies, and visual cultures. I welcome applications from students across the range of my interests. I have a particular concern with work that challenges how we might situate culture in time and place.

Find out more - our PhD Hispanic Studies  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


In my research, I have explored political, aesthetic and scientific thought, painting, photography, cinema, and literature. I have had a strong interest in nineteenth-century studies, as a focus for debate about the foundations of ‘modern’ culture and ‘modernity’. At the same time, my interests extend from the eighteenth century to the present.  While I work on Spain and Latin America, the approach that I take leads me to look outwards from those locations to other places and times.

My present work focuses on what it is for cultures and people to have something in common with others across stretches of place or time. I am interested both in how we might articulate such connections, and in what resources past cultures might offer us in so doing. This has led me to explore alternatives to locating cultures in a narrow ‘context’. I have become interested in strong assertions of commonality such as historic and utopian universalisms, in the study of large geographical areas such as the ‘Atlantic’, and in the ‘deep time’ of cultures (that is, powerful connections over distant time periods). I have been particularly engaged by the work of scholars such as Susan Manning and Wai Chee Dimock.

Other activities

  • Head of School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music at Birmingham
  • AHRC Strategic Reviewer & PRC Member
  • Member of Editorial Board, Legenda series Studies in Hispanic & Lusophone Cultures
  • Associate Editor, De Gruyter Open
  • Co-Lead International Network of Nineteenth-Century Hispanists



  • Liberalismo y romanticismo: La reconstrucción del sujeto histórico (Madrid: Biblioteca Nueva, 2012) [Liberalism and Romanticism: The Reconstruction of the Historical Subject]
  • Painting and the Turn to Cultural Modernity in Spain: The Time of Eugenio Lucas Velázquez (1850-70) (Associated University Presses, 2007)
  • Antonio Ros de Olano’s Experiments in Post-Romantic Prose (1857-1884) (New York: Edwin Mellen Press, 2000)
  • Political Revolution and Literary Experiment in the Spanish Romantic Period (1830-1850) (New York: Edwin Mellen Press, 1999)

Edited collections / special issues

  • With Geraldine Lawless, After 1808: The Spirit of the Age in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Liberalism, special issue of Hispanic Research Journal 11.1 (2010)
  • With John Hobbs & Huw Lewis, Selected Interdisciplinary Essays on the Don Juan Archetype in Myth and Culture (New York: Edwin Mellen Press, 2000)

Articles and essays

  • ‘The “Enlightenment”, the Longue Durée and Catholic Visions of the Lisbon Disaster: Spain 1755-56’, Dieciocho: Journal of the Spanish Enlightenment 38.2 (2015), 173-96 
  • ‘From Cultural Translations to Translations inside Photographs (1860-1930)’, Art in Translation 7.1 (2015), 141-64
  • ‘The Nineteenth-Century Book as Multiple Media Object’, in Pruebas de imprenta, ed Gabriel Sánchez (Madrid: Iberoamericana, 2013), 163-76
  • ‘The Origins of Atlantic Modernism and the Spanish-speaking World’, in Theorizing the Ibero-American Atlantic, ed. Braun & Vollendorf (Amsterdam: Brill, 2013)
  • ‘Universal Language and Cultural Translation in Nineteenth-Century Photography and Geometry’, History of Photography 36 (2012), 383-96
  • ‘Exile, Return, and the Fashioning of the Liberal Self’, in Londres y el liberalismo hispánico, ed. Muñoz & Alonso (Madrid: Iberoamericana, 2011)
  • ‘¿Ser joven era realmente divino? O, ¿en qué consistía la madurez revolucionaria?’ [Was it very heaven to be young? Or, what did revolutionary maturity amount to?], in Experiencia y memoria de la revolución española, ed. Fernando Durán (Cádiz: Universidad de Cádiz, 2011), 301-16
  • ‘1873-1874 End of a Century? Time and Space in Valera’s Pepita Jiménez, Ros de Olano’s Jornadas de retorno, and Alarcón’s Sombrero de tres picos & La Alpujarra’, in After 1808 (see above), 59-70
  • ‘Introduction: The Spirit of the Age in Literature and Liberalism’, with Geraldine Lawless, in After 1808 (see above), 3-10
  • ‘Fragments and Time: Aspects of Revolutionary Change, Literature, and Painting in Spain (1770-1870)’, Textual Intersections in the Nineteenth Century, ed. Langford (Rodopi, 2009), 79-87
  • ‘The Estranged Self of Spain: Oriental Obsessions in the Time of Gayangos’, in Pascual de Gayangos: A Nineteenth-Century Spanish Arabist, ed. Álvarez Millán & Heide (Edinburgh University Press, 2008)
  • ‘¿Un yo moderno para España?’ [A modern self for Spain?], in Visiones del liberalismo, ed Blanco, Burdiel & Thomson (Publicacions de la Universitat de València, 2008), 121-36
  • ‘Space, Times, Desire and the Atlantic in Three Spanish Films of the 1920s’, in The Transnational in Iberian and Latin American Cinemas, ed Evans, Perriam, Santaolalla, special issue of Hispanic Research Journal 8 (2007), 69-78
  • ‘Spanish Modernity Revisited: Revisions of the Nineteenth Century’, in Recalcitrant Modernities, ed. Delgado, Mendelson & Vázquez, special issue of Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies 13 (2007), 121-32
  • ‘Cultural Modernity and Atlantic Perspectives: Estanislao del Campo’s Fausto (1866) and its French Contemporaries’, in The French Atlantic , ed Lauret, Marshall & Murphy, special issue of Atlantic Studies 10 (2007), 27-36
  • ‘The Modern Moment: The Dawn of Cultural Modernity in Spain’, in Reading Iberia, ed Buffery, Davies & Hooper (Peter Lang, 2007), 79-103
  • ‘Some Cultural Consequences in Spain of the Spanish Invasion of Morocco 1859-60’, in Traveling Texts, ed Lindsay, special issue of Journal of Iberian & Latin American Studies 12 (2006), 147-58

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