Dr Beatriz Caballero Rodriguez

Senior Lecturer

Spanish

Personal statement

I joined Strathclyde in 2013 after having worked for three years at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. I gained my MSc in Translation and a PhD in Hispanic Studies from the University of Edinburgh.

At Strathclyde, I teach Spanish Language, Translation, History, Film and Philosophy at all levels. My main area of research is 20th Intellectual History in Spain and in exile. I am particularly interested in rationality and the political implications of different kinds of reason. This research has resulted in two monographs: María Zambrano: A Life of Poetic Reason and Political Commitment (Wales University Press, 2017) and Against Instrumental Reason: Neo-Marxism and Spirituality in the Thought of J.L.L. Aranguren and J. Aguirre (Anagnórisis, 2013). Other research interests include memory, trauma, gender and their representation in literature and cinema.

I am an experienced PhD supervisor and welcome applications from new students working in the broad areas of Spanish philosophy, film, cultural studies and exile.

Ongoing supervisions in 2017-18 include: 
- Crisis film in Spain
- Translating women from the Scottish Renaissance period into Spanish
 
If you would like to find out more about possible research topics, please click on the link entitled TEACHING or contact me directly. I look forward to hearing from you.

I am currently Associate Dean Joint Honours in HaSS and the Director of Internationalisation for the School of Humanities.

I am a member of the Red Internacional de Estudios sobre el Exilio Filosófico Español (RIEFE). At Strathclyde, I am part of the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare and of the Centre of Literature, Culture and Place.

 

Expertise

Has expertise in:

    • 20th century History of Ideas in Spain and in Exile.
    • Cultural Studies and Cinema.
    • Critical Theory.
    • Memory, Trauma and Gender.
    • Translation Theory.

Qualifications

I hold a BA Honours in Philosophy (Universidad de Málaga, 1999). In 2000, I moved to the UK, where I taught Spanish language, literature and history at various Universities. I obtained an MSc in Translation (2002) and a PhD in Hispanic Studies (2009), both by the University of Edinburgh. I lectured at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand (2009-2013), before joining the School of Humanities at the University of Strathclyde in 2013, where I am now teaching and pursuing my research on 20th century Spanish Intellectual History.

Publications

María Zambrano Alarcón (Vélez Málaga, 1904 - Madrid, 1991) [Semblanza]
Caballero Rodriguez Beatriz
(2019)
Jesús Aguirre Ortiz de Zárate (Madrid, 1934-2001) [Semblanza]
Caballero Rodriguez Beatriz
(2018)
Zambrano's poetic reason in the light of Frankfurtian Critical Theory
Caballero Rodriguez Beatriz
History of European Ideas Vol 44, pp. 1-12 (2018)
https://doi.org/10.1080/01916599.2018.1516989
Reseña: De Ros, Xon; Omlor, Daniela (Coords.), The Cultural Legacy of Maria Zambrano, Cambridge, Editorial Legenda, 2017, 219 págs.
Caballero Rodriguez Beatriz
Revista de Hispanismo Filosófico Vol 23, pp. 226-228 (2018)
Semblanza de la Editorial Taurus
Caballero Rodriguez Beatriz
(2018)
José Ortega y Gasset y María Zambrano, una relación intelectual bidireccional
Caballero Rodriguez Beatriz
Conference on José Ortega y Gasset (2018)

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Teaching

 I teach Spanish Language, History, Film and Philosophy at all levels. My specialist honours courses include Translation Studies: Key Debates And Theories and Shaping Spain: Ideas, Beliefs, and Identity amongst others.

I was nominated for a Strathclyde Teaching Excellence Award in 2014 and 2015 by my students.

 

PhD supervision

I welcome enquiries from prospective students interested in doing a research MA or a PhD in the field of Spanish Intellectual History (20th and 21th century), For example, by investigating the work of specific Spanish thinkers, such as María Zambrano. I would particularly like to hear from you if you are broadly interested in exile, trauma, gender, memory, philosophy or film in Spain. Possible topics include:

-          Spanish Republican women in exile (their outputs and reception).

-          Rethinking women’s contribution to philosophy.

-          Filmic representations of gender and trauma.

-          Women and mental health (madness and delirium and how they may relate to literary or artistic creativity).

-          Spanish philosophy, for example, investigating the individual contributions of particular thinkers to twentieth and twenty first century. Examples of this could be interdisciplinary in nature, such as, looking into the relationship and impact of Spanish philosophy on Spanish twentieth century politics, on art, etc.

If your interests align with these and you would like to have an informal discussion about your potential PhD project, please contact me: beatriz.caballero@strath.ac.uk

Research interests

My area of specialization is 20th History of Ideas in Spain and in exile. I am particularly interested in rationality and the political implications of different kinds of reason. This research has resulted in two monographs: María Zambrano: A Life of Poetic Reason and Political Commitment (Wales University Press, 2017) and Against Instrumental Reason: Neo-Marxism and Spirituality in the Thought of J.L.L. Aranguren and J. Aguirre (Anagnórisis, 2013).

I am also engaged in the analysis of cultural products -such as essays and films- from the point of view of their representation of memory, trauma, gender and identity. This has led to various journal articles and book chapters.

In addition, my research also explores the experience of emigration and exile and their impact on the cultural, political, and philosophical production during the period which goes from the Spanish Civil War to modern-day Spain. In line with this, I have co-edited (along with Dr. Laura López-Fernández) a book entitled Exilio e identidad en el mundo hispánico: Reflexiones y representaciones (Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes, 2012).

Other interests include Critical Theory and Translation Theory. 

I am a member of the Red Internacional de Estudios sobre el Exilio Filosófico Español (RIEFE). At Strathclyde, I am part of the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare.

Professional activities

Las sinsombrero: Las mujeres que se atrevieron
Speaker
7/3/2019
Università di Roma la Sapienza
Visiting researcher
10/12/2018
Eduespaña
Visiting researcher
26/11/2018
María Zambrano y la filosofía: Una relación incómoda
Speaker
20/11/2018
“Almodóvar’s Hable con ella or the language of gender”
Speaker
22/6/2018
Corazón Flamenco
Contributor
4/6/2018

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Projects

Editores y Editoriales Iberoamericanos (siglos XIX-XXI). EDI-RED
Caballero Rodriguez, Beatriz (Principal Investigator)
This is a transnational project which aims to record the biography and contribution of literary editors across Spain and Latin America from the nineteenth until the twenty-first century. In doing this, this portal will be able to map the literary editorial activities throughout these countries, as well as the routes and patterns of cultural dissemination.
02-Jan-2017 - 20-Jan-2018
2nd Staff Training Week of UPV/EHU on Internationalization
Caballero Rodriguez, Beatriz (Principal Investigator)
The training week was an opportunity to share best practices with regards to the Erasmus Programme. I represented Modern Languages at Strathclyde as discussed the Language Ambassador programme as an example of best practice.
05-Jan-2016 - 10-Jan-2016
Unspoken Trauma: Personal and Social Memory and Trauma in Almodóvar’s Volver (2006)
Caballero Rodriguez, Beatriz (Principal Investigator)
02-Jan-2014 - 02-Jan-2014
Trauma and Gender in 20th Century European Literature
Caballero Rodriguez, Beatriz (Academic) Verdier, Caroline (Academic)
01-Jan-2013 - 31-Jan-2016

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