Research Profile

Helena Buffery

Biography

I came to UCC in April 2010 after many years as a lecturer at the University of Birmingham, where I completed my PhD in 1997. My main teaching and research interests are in Hispanic Theatre and Performance, Translation Studies and Catalan Studies, but I've taught many other aspects of Hispanic languages and cultures over the years and am particularly drawn to the diverse instances of intercultural contact that characterise the Hispanic world.  I am currently Head of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies.

Research Interests

Translation Studies

In Translation Studies I have mainly worked on the translation and reception of canonical texts and on translation to and from minority languages. I have collaborated with other members of the Anglo-Catalan Society to translate key writings from Catalan to English and have contributed to collaborative projects with Angela Kershaw and Gabriela Saldanha at the University of Birmingham (on Landscapes of reception) and on Iberia in Translation with colleagues in the University of Lisbon, for which we applied for HERA JRP funding in 2012. Together with colleagues in the department, we have organised numerous events on translation and identity, including a symposium on 'Invisible Borders: Rethinking Translation and Minority' in 2011, and a  workshop on Iberia in Translation on 1 March 2013. 

Hispanic Theatre and Performance

I have contributed to numerous works on contemporary Hispanic theatre and performance, including the Cambridge History of the Theatre in Spain (ed. M. Delgado and D. Gies, 2012). However, my main work in this area has been on contemporary Catalan theatre, with projects supported by Batista i Roca grants in 1995 and 2001, and Spanish Republican Exile theatre. As a member of the Centre for the Study of Hispanic Exile at the University of Birmingham, I was a co-investigator on a British Academy-supported project on 'Exile Remains', directed by Professor Francis Lough (2008). I also successfully completed my own major AHRC-supported research project on 'Staging Exile, Migration and Diaspora in Hispanic Theatre and Performance Cultures' (2008-2010), which led to the publication of an edited volume on Stages of Exile (2011), amongst other outcomes, and was invited to be a co-investigator on two Spanish government-funded projects on Spanish Republican exile theatre led by Manuel Aznar Soler at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (2011-2013 and 2014-2017). I am currently building capacity for a major research project on 'Travelling Theatres, Unsettling Identities' for which I was awarded seed funding by the Irish Research Council in 2012-2013. I organised a workshop for contributors to the project on 21st January 2013, and have been collaborating with the art therapist and object artist Sonia Boué Lora on recovering the "memory theatre" of her father, José María Garcia Lora. During sabbatical leave in 2015, I aim to complete a monograph on Identities in Translation: Catalan Women Exiles in Mexico, with chapters on Maruxa Vilalta, Maria José de Chopitea, Maria Lluïsa Algarra, Remedios Varo and Anna Murià.

Catalan Studies

As well as my work on Catalan theatre, I am strongly-committed to all aspects of Catalan Studies, and have translated contemporary fiction as well as The Book of Deeds of James I of Aragon (2003, released in paperback in 2010). In early 2010 I completed work on a Historical Dictionary of the Catalans with Dr Elisenda Marcer of the University of Birmingham; in 2008 I co-organised a conference at the IGRS in London on Contemporary Barcelona: Visual Culture, Space and Power, which resulted in a co-edited volume for the University of Wales Press (2012); and I am contributing the Catalan sections to a forthcoming Cultural History of Modern Spanish Literature for Polity. From 2012 to 2014 I was co-investigator on a Spanish government funded project on 'The Uses of History in Contemporary Catalan Culture', hosted by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya and led by Jaume Subirana.

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
Dislocations - the Catalan Body in the Contemporary Global Imaginary.Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS)01-OCT-1208-SEP-13€78,756.00
Digitally Mapping the relationships between Manuel de Pedrolo's Narrative and the Catalan National Lterary Space during the second half of the 20th centuary.Irish Research Council01-OCT-1531-AUG-17€47,300.00
Irish Researh Council; Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship 2017; Laura Linares Fernandez; GOIPG/2017/776; "Mediating Minority: A Corpus-based Study of the Translation of Galician Literature into English"; Helena BufferyIrish Research Council01-OCT-1730-SEP-19€47,209.00
Through the Looking Glass: The Interartistic Practice of Remedios Varo and Merce RodoredaIrish Research Council01-OCT-1630-SEP-18€46,950.00
Staging Exile, Migration and Diaspora in Hispanic Theatre and Performance CulturesArt & Humanities Research Council€165,902.00
Irish Research Council; Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship 2017; Craig Neville; GOIPG/2017/20; "To what extent has the role of dubbing historically contributed to the pormotion of Galician and Catalan..."; Helena BufferyIrish Research Council01-OCT-1731-OCT-20€68,078.00
Travelling Theatres, Unsettling Identities - Preparing for Resubmission of ERC Grant Proposal.Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering & Technology (IRCSET)01-NOV-1231-MAY-13€5,800.00
An emotional Geography of an Exodus - La Retirada of 1939.Irish Research Council01-OCT-1330-SEP-14€24,000.00
Staging Exile, Migration and Diaspora in Hispanic Theatre and Performance CulturesArt & Humanities Research Council€165,902.00

Contract Researchers

 Researcher NameProjectRoleFunding Body
Samuel LlanoStaging Exile, Migration and Diaspora in Hispanic Theatre and Performance CulturesPostdoctoral ResearcherArt & Humanities Research Council
Fernando LarrazExile RemainsResearch AssistantBritish Academy
Laura LonsdaleStaging Exile, Migration and Diaspora in Hispanic Theatre and Performance CulturesPostdoctoral ResearcherArt & Humanities Research Council

Publications

Books

 YearPublication
(2011)Historical Dictionary of the Catalans.
Buffery, H., Marcer, E.,; (2011) Historical Dictionary of the Catalans. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press. [Details]
(2010)Shakespeare en català: Traduir l'imperialisme.
Buffery, H; (2010) Shakespeare en català: Traduir l'imperialisme. Vic: Eumo Editorial. [Details]
(2007)Shakespeare in Catalan: Translating Imperialism.
Buffery, H.; (2007) Shakespeare in Catalan: Translating Imperialism. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. [Details]

Edited Books

 YearPublication
(2012)Barcelona: Visual Culture, Space and Power
Buffery, H., Caulfield, C (Ed.). (2012) Barcelona: Visual Culture, Space and Power Barcelona: Visual Culture, Space and Power. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. [Details]
(2012)Spanish Republican Exile Geographies
Buffery, Helena; Lough, Francis; Marcer, Elisenda; Sanchez, Antonio (Ed.). (2012) Spanish Republican Exile Geographies Spanish Republican Exile Geographies. Birmingham: University of Birmingham. [Details]
(2011)Stages of Exile: Spanish Republican Exile Theatre and Performance Cultures
Buffery, H (Ed.). (2011) Stages of Exile: Spanish Republican Exile Theatre and Performance Cultures Stages of Exile: Spanish Republican Exile Theatre and Performance Cultures. Bern: Peter Lang. [DOI] [Details]
(2007)Reading Iberia: Theory/ History/ Identity
Buffery, H., Davis, S., Hooper, K (Ed.). (2007) Reading Iberia: Theory/ History/ Identity Reading Iberia: Theory/ History/ Identity. Bern: Peter Lang. [Details]
(2003)The Book of Deeds of James I of Aragon
Buffery, H., Smith, D.J (Ed.). (2003) The Book of Deeds of James I of Aragon The Book of Deeds of James I of Aragon. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate. [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2017)'A Natural History of Return: Landscape, Myth and Memory in the Late Work of Merce Rodoreda'
Buffery, Helena (2017) 'A Natural History of Return: Landscape, Myth and Memory in the Late Work of Merce Rodoreda' In: Essays in Honour of Professor David George. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. [Details]
(2016)'Una voz en el desierto? Género y post-memoria en la obra finisecular de Maruxa Vilalta'
Helena Buffery (2016) 'Una voz en el desierto? Género y post-memoria en la obra finisecular de Maruxa Vilalta' In: Eugenia Houvenaghel; Florein Serlet (eds). Las escritoras españolas en el exilio mexicano: estrategias constructivas de una identidad femenina. Geneva: Droz. [Details]
(2015)'Maruxa Vilalta: Memoria de un olvido'
Helena Buffery (2015) 'Maruxa Vilalta: Memoria de un olvido' In: Juan Pablo Heras; Jose Paulino Ayuso (eds). El exilio teatral en Mexico. Seville: Renacimiento. [Details]
(2015)'Traumatic Translations of La plaça del diamant: On the Transmission and Translatability of Cultural Trauma'
Helena Buffery (2015) 'Traumatic Translations of La plaça del diamant: On the Transmission and Translatability of Cultural Trauma' In: Jaume Subirana (eds). Funcions del passat en la cultura contemporània catalana. Lleida: Punctum. [CORA Link] [Details]
(2015)'Mapa del exilio teatral en el Reino Unido'
Helena Buffery; Duncan Wheeler; Samuel Llano (2015) 'Mapa del exilio teatral en el Reino Unido' In: Mario Martin Gijón (eds). El exilio teatral en Europa. Seville: Renacimiento. [Details]
(2015)'Críticos de teatro exiliado en la prensa mexicana'
Juan Pablo Heras; Helena Buffery; Idoia Murga (2015) 'Críticos de teatro exiliado en la prensa mexicana' In: Juan Pablo Heras; Jose Paulino Ayuso (eds). El exilio teatral republicano de 1939 en México. Seville: Renacimiento. [Details]
(2013)'Iberian Identity in the Translation Zone'
Buffery, Helena (2013) 'Iberian Identity in the Translation Zone' In: Looking at Iberia in/through Europe. Bern: Peter Lang. [DOI] [CORA Link] [Details]
(2012)'Tracing the City through the URBS Project'
Buffery, Helena; Margarit, Àngels (2012) 'Tracing the City through the URBS Project' In: Buffery, Helena; Caulfield, Carlota (eds). Barcelona: Visual Culture, Space and Power. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. [CORA Link] [Details]
(2013)'Contemporary Catalan Theatre and Identity: the Haunted Mirrors of Catalan Directors' Shakespeare'
Buffery, H.; (2013) 'Contemporary Catalan Theatre and Identity: the Haunted Mirrors of Catalan Directors' Shakespeare' In: Theatre, Performance and Identity in Small Nations. Bristol: Intellect. [Details]
(2012)'Spectres of Hamlet in Spanish Republican Exile Writing'
Buffery, H. (2012) 'Spectres of Hamlet in Spanish Republican Exile Writing' In: The Hamlet Zone: Reworking Hamlet in European Cultures. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars. [Details]
(2012)'Theatre, colonialism, exile and the Americas'
Buffery, H. (2012) 'Theatre, colonialism, exile and the Americas' In: A History of Theatre in Spain. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
(2011)'Effigies of Return in Spanish Republican Exile Theatre and Performance Cultures'
Buffery, Helena (2011) 'Effigies of Return in Spanish Republican Exile Theatre and Performance Cultures' In: Buffery, Helena (eds). Stages of Exile: Spanish Republican Exile Theatre and Performance. Bern: Peter Lang. [CORA Link] [Details]
(2011)'Invisible Catalan(e)s: Catalan Women Writers and the Contested Space of Home'
Buffery, H., Lonsdale, L.; (2011) 'Invisible Catalan(e)s: Catalan Women Writers and the Contested Space of Home' In: A Companion to Spanish Women's Studies. London: Boydell & Brewer. [Details]
(2011)'En un lugar llamado Mexico: compromiso local y recepción transnacional en la obra de Maruxa Vilalta'
Buffery, H (2011) 'En un lugar llamado Mexico: compromiso local y recepción transnacional en la obra de Maruxa Vilalta' In: El exilio republicano de 1939 y la segunda generación. Seville: Editorial Renacimiento. [Details]
(2009)'Representar la Tierra Cautiva: Un encuentro con la obra de José García Lora'
Buffery, H.; (2009) 'Representar la Tierra Cautiva: Un encuentro con la obra de José García Lora' In: Exilio y Artes escénicas. San Sebastian: Saturraran. [Details]
(2008)'El espectro de Hamlet, Hamletisme, Hamlet García, Hamlet, dramaturg'
Buffery, H.; (2008) 'El espectro de Hamlet, Hamletisme, Hamlet García, Hamlet, dramaturg' In: Exilio y universidad (1936-1955). Presencias y realidades I. San Sebastian: Saturraran. [Details]
(2015)'Una reorientación escénica: la obra de Maruxa Vilalta en el teatro mexicano en la década de los 60'
Helena Buffery (2015) 'Una reorientación escénica: la obra de Maruxa Vilalta en el teatro mexicano en la década de los 60' In: Juan Pablo Heras; Jose Paulino Ayuso (eds). El exilio teatral en Mexico. Seville: Renacimiento. [Details]
(2008)'Ecologias del exilio: paisaje, identidad y representacion en el teatro del exilio republicano'
Buffery, H.; (2008) 'Ecologias del exilio: paisaje, identidad y representacion en el teatro del exilio republicano' In: El exilio: debate para la historia y la cultura. San Sebastian: Editorial Saturraran. [Details]
(2007)'The RAT Trap?: The Politics of Translating Iberia'
Buffery, Helena (2007) 'The RAT Trap?: The Politics of Translating Iberia' In: Buffery, Helena; Davis, Stuart; Hooper, Kirsty (eds). Reading Iberia: Theory/History/Identity. Bern: Peter Lang. [CORA Link] [Details]
(2002)'Undressing Barcelona'
Buffery, H., Parsons, D.; (2002) 'Undressing Barcelona' In: Perversas y Divinas: La representación de la mujer en las literaturas hispánicas: El fin de siglo y/o el fin de milenio. Valencia: ExCultura. [Details]
(2002)'Navigating the Tempest: Translation and the Configuration of Identity in Catalonia'
Buffery, H.; (2002) 'Navigating the Tempest: Translation and the Configuration of Identity in Catalonia' In: From Stateless Nations to Postcolonial Spain / De Naciones sin estado a la España Postnacional. Boulder: Society of Spanish and Spanish-American Studies. [Details]
(2000)'Spreading the Word and Sticking your Tongue Out: The Dual Rhetoric of Language Advertising in Catalan'
Buffery, H.; (2000) 'Spreading the Word and Sticking your Tongue Out: The Dual Rhetoric of Language Advertising in Catalan' In: Advertising and Identity in Europe: The I of the Beholder. Bristol: Intellect Books. [Details]
(1996)'Speaking in Tongues: The Catalan Corialanus'
Buffery, H.; (1996) 'Speaking in Tongues: The Catalan Corialanus' In: The Knowledges of the Translator: From Literary Interpretation to Machine Classification. Lampeter: The Edwin Mellen Press. [Details]
(2017)'A Shattered Mirror? The Ethics of Remembering Catalan Culture in Exile'
Helena Buffery (2017) 'A Shattered Mirror? The Ethics of Remembering Catalan Culture in Exile' In: Angel Casals; Giovanni Cattini (eds). Nation and Identity in Catalonia. Oxford; Bern: Peter Lang. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2017)'Bodies of Evidence, Resistance and Protest: Embodying the Spanish Civil War on the Contemporary Stage'
Helena Buffery (2017) 'Bodies of Evidence, Resistance and Protest: Embodying the Spanish Civil War on the Contemporary Stage'. Bulletin Of Hispanic Studies, 94 (8):863-882 [DOI] [Details]
(2013)'Negotiating the translation zone: Invisible borders and other landscapes on the contemporary heteroglossic stage'
Buffery, H (2013) 'Negotiating the translation zone: Invisible borders and other landscapes on the contemporary heteroglossic stage'. Translation Studies, 6 :150-165 [DOI] [Details]
(2013)'Archaeologies of the National: Albert Boadella and El Nacional Revisited'
Helena Buffery (2013) 'Archaeologies of the National: Albert Boadella and El Nacional Revisited'. Digithum, [DOI] [Details]
(2012)'AN IN-TRANSLATION DRAMATURGY: THE THEATER OF JOSE GARCIA LORA'
Buffery, H (2012) 'AN IN-TRANSLATION DRAMATURGY: THE THEATER OF JOSE GARCIA LORA'. Anales De La Literatura Espanola Contemporanea, 37 :99-121 [Details]
(2010)'José García Lora and the Captive Land'
Buffery, H; (2010) 'José García Lora and the Captive Land'. Estreno, 36 (1):30-43 [Details]
(2009)'Les altres catalanes: Language, gender and otherness on the Contemporary Catalan Stage'
Buffery, H.; (2009) 'Les altres catalanes: Language, gender and otherness on the Contemporary Catalan Stage'. Catalan Review, 23 :263-280 [DOI] [Details]
(2007)'The 'Placing of Memory' in Contemporary Catalan Theatre'
Buffery, H.; (2007) 'The 'Placing of Memory' in Contemporary Catalan Theatre'. Contemporary Theatre Review, 17 (3):385-397 [Details]
(2006)'Theatre Space and Cultural Identity in Catalonia'
Buffery, H.; (2006) 'Theatre Space and Cultural Identity in Catalonia'. Romance Quarterly, 53 (3):195-209 [Details]
(2006)'Myth and Memory in Hispanic Exile Theatre'
Buffery, H.; (2006) 'Myth and Memory in Hispanic Exile Theatre'. Hispanic Research Journal, 7 (3):211-222 [Details]
(2000)'Translations of Joyce in Spain: The Location of Ithaca'
Buffery, H., Millán Varela, C.; (2000) 'Translations of Joyce in Spain: The Location of Ithaca'. Modern Language Review, 95 (2):399-414 [Details]
(2000)'Shakespeare and the Cultural Dream in Catalonia'
Buffery, H.; (2000) 'Shakespeare and the Cultural Dream in Catalonia'. Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, 6 (1):5-18 [Details]

Other Journals

 YearPublication
(2009)'Tròpics de Shakespeare: Orígens i originalitat del Hamlet català'
Buffery, H.; (2009) 'Tròpics de Shakespeare: Orígens i originalitat del Hamlet català' 1611. Revista de Historia de la Traducción, 3 . [Details]
(2005)'Roa Bastos and the Question of Cultural Translatability (or how does one get to Paraguay?)'
Buffery, H.; (2005) 'Roa Bastos and the Question of Cultural Translatability (or how does one get to Paraguay?)' Dissidences, 1 . [Details]
(1998)'El parany del ratolí: The Translation of Shakespeare into Catalan'
Buffery, H.; (1998) 'El parany del ratolí: The Translation of Shakespeare into Catalan' JOCS, 1 . [Details]

Conference Publications

 YearPublication
(2010)Spanish Republican Exile Geographies
Buffery, H; Lough, F; Marcer, E; Sánchez, A; (2010) A Natural History of Exile Spanish Republican Exile Geographies Birmingham, University of Birmingham, , 10-SEP-08 - 12-SEP-08 [Details]
(2011)El exilio de segunda generación
Buffery, H; (2011) En un lugar llamado Mexico: compromiso local y recepcion transnacional en la obra de Maruxa Vilalta . In: Aznar Soler, M eds. El exilio de segunda generación Bellaterra, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, [Details]

Book Reviews

 YearPublication
(2015)Review. El desig teatral d'Europa.
Helena Buffery (2015) Review. El desig teatral d'Europa. Book Reviews [Details]
(2014)A Companion to Catalan Culture.
Buffery, H (2014) A Companion to Catalan Culture. ABINGDON: Book Reviews [Details]
(2014)Literature As a Response to Cultural and Political Repression in Franco's Catalonia.
Buffery, H (2014) Literature As a Response to Cultural and Political Repression in Franco's Catalonia. Book Reviews [Details]
(2013)Here there be monsters: Rediscovering Contemporary Catalan Literature.
Helena Buffery (2013) Here there be monsters: Rediscovering Contemporary Catalan Literature. Book Reviews [Details]
(2011)Shakespeare in the Spanish Theatre: 1772 to the Present.
Buffery, H (2011) Shakespeare in the Spanish Theatre: 1772 to the Present. NEW YORK: Book Reviews [DOI] [Details]
(2013)Golden Age Drama in Contemporary Spain: The Comedia on Page, Stage and Screen.
Buffery, H (2013) Golden Age Drama in Contemporary Spain: The Comedia on Page, Stage and Screen. Book Reviews [DOI] [Details]
(2012)Catalonia: National Identity and Cultural Policy, 1980-2003.
Buffery, H (2012) Catalonia: National Identity and Cultural Policy, 1980-2003. Book Reviews [DOI] [Details]
(2012)Sergi Belbel and Catalan Theatre. Text, Performance and Identity.
Buffery, H (2012) Sergi Belbel and Catalan Theatre. Text, Performance and Identity. Book Reviews [Details]
(2010)El malestar en la cultura catalana. La cultura de la normalitzacio.
Buffery, H. (2010) El malestar en la cultura catalana. La cultura de la normalitzacio. Book Reviews [Details]
(2009)Teatro y traduccion. Aproximacion interdisciplinaria.
Buffery, H. (2009) Teatro y traduccion. Aproximacion interdisciplinaria. Book Reviews [Details]
(2008)Traduir Shakespeare. Les reflexions dels traductors catalans.
Buffery, H. (2008) Traduir Shakespeare. Les reflexions dels traductors catalans. Book Reviews [Details]
(2008)Performing Spanishness. History, Cultural Identity and Censorship in the Theatre of Jose Maria Rodriguez Mendez.
Buffery, H. (2008) Performing Spanishness. History, Cultural Identity and Censorship in the Theatre of Jose Maria Rodriguez Mendez. Book Reviews [Details]
(2008)The Boom in Barcelona. Literary Modernism in Spanish and Spanish-American Fiction.
Buffery, H. (2008) The Boom in Barcelona. Literary Modernism in Spanish and Spanish-American Fiction. Book Reviews [Details]
(2007)Escribir la catalanidad> Lengua e identidad culturales en la narrativa contemporanea de Catalunya.
Buffery, H. (2007) Escribir la catalanidad> Lengua e identidad culturales en la narrativa contemporanea de Catalunya. Book Reviews [Details]
(2007)A Female Scene. Three plays by Catalan women.
Buffery, H. (2007) A Female Scene. Three plays by Catalan women. Book Reviews [Details]
(2007)Catalonia: History and Culture.
Buffery, H. (2007) Catalonia: History and Culture. Book Reviews [Details]
(2005)La exploracion de lo irracional en los escritores modernistas hispanoamericanos.
Buffery, H. (2005) La exploracion de lo irracional en los escritores modernistas hispanoamericanos. Book Reviews [Details]
(2005)A Companion to Spanish-American Literature. Eva Luna & Cuentos de Eva Luna.
Buffery, H. (2005) A Companion to Spanish-American Literature. Eva Luna & Cuentos de Eva Luna. Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies: Book Reviews [Details]
(2000)The Shattered Mirror. Representations of Women in Mexican Literature.
Buffery, H. (2000) The Shattered Mirror. Representations of Women in Mexican Literature. Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies: Book Reviews [Details]

Foreword

 YearPublication
(2014)Rediscovering Contemporary Catalan Literature.
Helena Buffery (2014) Rediscovering Contemporary Catalan Literature. London: Foreword [Details]

Grant

 YearPublication
(2008)Staging Exile, Migration and Diaspora in Hispanic Theatre and Performance Cultures.
Buffery, H.; (2008) Staging Exile, Migration and Diaspora in Hispanic Theatre and Performance Cultures. Grant [Details]
(2008)Exile Remains (British Academy funded project on Spanish Republican Exile Writing).
Lough, F., Buffery, H.; (2008) Exile Remains (British Academy funded project on Spanish Republican Exile Writing). Grant [Details]

Magazine article

 YearPublication
(2014)The Seven Ages of Barcelona.
Helena Buffery (2014) The Seven Ages of Barcelona. Barcelona: Magazine article [Details]

Other

 YearPublication
(2013)Cal mediar i explicar les particularitats de la cultura catalana.
Helena Buffery; Carme Camacho Pérez (2013) Cal mediar i explicar les particularitats de la cultura catalana. Other [Details]
(2011)What Catalans Want.
Toni Strubell; Helena Buffery (2011) What Catalans Want. Ashfield, Massachussetts: Other [Details]

Pamphlet

 YearPublication
(2009)The War of the Languages: Metaphors of Linguistic Conflict in Catalonia.
Maria Josep Cuenca; (2009) The War of the Languages: Metaphors of Linguistic Conflict in Catalonia. Birmingham: Pamphlet [Details]

Review Articles

 YearPublication
(2009)On pain of difference?.
Buffery, H., Lonsdale, L.; (2009) On pain of difference?. Review Articles [Details]
(2008)Unsettling Sites: approaches to gender and sexuality in Latin American culture.
Buffery, H.; (2008) Unsettling Sites: approaches to gender and sexuality in Latin American culture. Review Articles [Details]

Translations

 YearPublication
(2008)Francesc Serès: A Tongue of Lead.
Helena Buffery (trans.) (2008) Francesc Serès: A Tongue of Lead. Translations [Details]

Professional Activities

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
International Federation of Catalan Associations (FIAC) Vice-President01-SEP-12 / 01-MAY-15
Anglo-Catalan Society President19-NOV-11 / 21-NOV-14
Women in Spanish and Portuguese Studies Committee member03-OCT-09 / 01-OCT-16
Anglo-Catalan Society Honorary Secretary12-DEC-97 / 13-DEC-08
AHGBI Member/
ACIS Member/

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2016)The Spanish Civil War and/in Translation History,
Helena Buffery (2016) Invited Guest Lecture. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], The Spanish Civil War and/in Translation History, University of Barcelona , 03-NOV-16 - 04-NOV-16. [Details]
(2014)Echo Chambers, Gender Reverberations,
Helena Buffery; Eva Bru-Dominguez (2014) 15th Annual WISPs Conference. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Echo Chambers, Gender Reverberations, Cork , 07-NOV-14 - 08-NOV-14. [Details]
(2014)Memory and the Cultures of Commemoration in the Catalan-Speaking Territories,
Helena Buffery (2014) 60th Annual Anglo-Catalan Society Conference. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Memory and the Cultures of Commemoration in the Catalan-Speaking Territories, Cork , 05-SEP-14 - 07-SEP-14. [Details]
(2014)Universitat Catalana d'Estiu,
Helena Buffery (2014) Annual Summer University. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Universitat Catalana d'Estiu, Prades de Conflent, France , 19-AUG-14 - 23-AUG-14. [Details]
(2014)New Directions in the Performance of Violence and Trauma in the Hispanic World,
Helena Buffery; Nuala Finnegan; Cara Levey (2014) Symposium. [Conference Organising Committee Member], New Directions in the Performance of Violence and Trauma in the Hispanic World, Cork , 08-MAY-14 - 08-MAY-14. [Details]
(2014)New Directions in the Performance of Violence and Trauma in the Hispanic World,
Helena Buffery (2014) research symposium. [Oral Presentation], New Directions in the Performance of Violence and Trauma in the Hispanic World, Cork , 08-MAY-14 - 08-MAY-14. [Details]
(2014)AHGBI Annual Conference,
Helena Buffery (2014) Paper on Performing Irishness on the Early Twentieth Century Catalan Stage: The Case of Jordi Erin. [Invited Oral Presentation], AHGBI Annual Conference, NUI Galway , 14-APR-14 - 16-APR-14. [Details]
(2013)International Symposium on Salvador Espriu,
Helena Buffery (2013) Round-table on Espriu in Translation. [Chair Sessions at Symposia], International Symposium on Salvador Espriu, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge , 29-NOV-13 - 30-OCT-14. [Details]
(2013)Cultural Encounters in the Luso-Hispanic World,
Helena Buffery (2013) International conference organised byDr Kirsty Hooper. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Cultural Encounters in the Luso-Hispanic World, University of Warwick , 31-MAY-13 - 01-JUN-13. [Details]
(2013)Travel Writing and Narratives of Mobility in Contemporary Iberian Literature,
Helena Buffery (2013) Paper on Travel writing and reenactment in/of exile: the case of María José de Chopitea, Maria Lluisa Algarra and Maruxa Vilalta. [Oral Presentation], Travel Writing and Narratives of Mobility in Contemporary Iberian Literature, Cork , 28-JUN-13 - 29-JUN-13. [Details]
(2013)59th Annual Anglo-Catalan Society Conference,
Helena Buffery (2013) Chaired sessions on Catalan visual arts; contemporary Catalan cinema and participated in reading of contemporary Catalan women poets. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], 59th Annual Anglo-Catalan Society Conference, University of Manchester , 01-NOV-13 - 03-NOV-13. [Details]
(2013)Annual Catalan Studies Lecture,
Helena Buffery (2013) Catalonia in Translation: languages, landscapes, performance. [Plenary Lecture], Annual Catalan Studies Lecture, Queen Mary, University of London , 14-MAR-13 - 14-MAR-13. [Details]
(2012)Postgraduate Hispanists Conference,
Helena Buffery, Elisa Serra, Niamh McNamara, Emer Clifford, Eoin Syron, Rafa Jaime (2012) Conference for Irish, UK and Spanish postgraduate Hispanists. [Other], Postgraduate Hispanists Conference, Cork , 08-JUN-12 - 10-JUN-12. [Details]
(2012)Transitions,
Helena Buffery, Daragh O'Connell, kerstin Fest, Angela Ryan etc (2012) First International CLAI conference. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Transitions, Cork , 28-JUN-12 - 30-JUN-12. [Details]
(2012)AILLC Conference,
Helena Buffery, Francesc Parcerisas, Jaume Martí Olivella etc (2012) Panel on Catalan Literature in translation at International Catalan Studies conference. [Oral Presentation], AILLC Conference, Salamanca , 04-JUL-12 - 05-JUL-12. [Details]
(2012)Restencialisme i Normalització,
Helena Buffery (2012) Symposium on the Uses of the Past in Contemporary Catalan Culture. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Restencialisme i Normalització, Barcelona , 13-DEC-12 - 14-DEC-12. [Details]
(2012)Cultures in Translation,
Helena Buffery, Sherry Simon (2012) Symposium on Cultures in Translation. [Plenary Lecture], Cultures in Translation, Vitoria, University of the Basque Country , 05-OCT-12 - 05-OCT-12. [Details]
(2012)Anglo-Catalan Society Conference,
Helena Buffery, Louise Johnson, Anna Vivew, Paul O'Neill, Sergi Mainer (2012) Annual conference of Anglo-Catalan Society. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Anglo-Catalan Society Conference, Sheffield , 09-NOV-12 - 11-NOV-12. [Details]
(2011)Invisible Borders: Rethinking Translation and Minority,
Helena Buffery, Martin Veiga, Isaac Fernandez (2011) Conference on translation to and from minority languages. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Invisible Borders: Rethinking Translation and Minority, Cork , 31-MAR-11 - 01-APR-11. [Details]
(2011)Research Models in Translation II,
Helena Buffery, Angela Kershaw, Cristina Marinetti (2011) International conference on research models in translation - special panel on Reception of Translations. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Research Models in Translation II, Manchester , 29-APR-11 - 02-MAY-11. [Details]
(2011)Catalan Studies symposium,
Helena Buffery, Dominic Keown, José Saval (2011) Special symposium on Catalan Studies held at NUI Maynooth. [Plenary Lecture], Catalan Studies symposium, NUI Maynooth, Ireland , 25-APR-11 - 25-APR-11. [Details]
(2011)Shakespeare in Catalan,
Helena Buffery (2011) Interview, talk and launch of Catalan translation of my book. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Shakespeare in Catalan, Bellaterra, Barcelona, Universitat Autonoma , 20-MAY-11 - 20-DEC-12. [Details]
(2010)E. Allison Peers Symposium on Transatlantic Identities in Performance,
Helena Buffery (2010) Gave paper on 'Identities in-translation: Three Catalan Women in Mexico'. [Plenary Lecture], E. Allison Peers Symposium on Transatlantic Identities in Performance, University of Liverpool , 15-OCT-10 - 16-OCT-10. [Details]
(2010)Drama and Theatre Studies Symposium,
Helena Buffery (2010) Plenary on 'Negotiating the Translation XZone'Xo. [Plenary Lecture], Drama and Theatre Studies Symposium, Queen Mary, University of London , 15-MAY-10 - 15-MAY-10. [Details]
(2010)Staging Exile, Migration and Diaspora: Identity in Performance,
Buffery, H., Llano, S.; (2010) one-day symposium as part of AHRC-funded project. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Staging Exile, Migration and Diaspora: Identity in Performance, University of Birmingham , 26-MAR-10 - 26-MAR-10. [Details]
(2009)Shakespeare Institute Reseach Seminar,
Helena Buffery (2009) Invited lecture on 'Shakespeare in Spanisih Republican Exile Writing'. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Shakespeare Institute Reseach Seminar, Stratford-upon-Avon , 12-MAR-09 - 12-MAR-09. [Details]
(2009)British Shakespeare Association Conference,
Helena Buffery (2009) Panel on Directors' Shakespeare. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], British Shakespeare Association Conference, Kings College, London , 10-SEP-09 - 13-SEP-09. [Details]
(2009)I Simposiu sobre teatro del exilio republicano,
Helena Buffery (2009) Lecture on Maruxa Vilalta: 'En un pais llamado Mexicao'. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], I Simposiu sobre teatro del exilio republicano, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Bellaterra , 15-DEC-09 - 19-DEC-09. [Details]
(2009)Conference on Exile and Return,
Helena Buffery (2009) Lecture on 'Effigies of Return in Spanish Republican Exile Theatre and Performance Cultures'. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Conference on Exile and Return, Southampton , 02-APR-09 - 04-APR-09. [Details]
(2009)University of Southampton research seminar,
Helena Buffery (2009) Invited lecture on 'Representing the Captive Land'. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], University of Southampton research seminar, Southampton , 11-MAR-09 - 11-MAR-09. [Details]
(2008)Spanish Republican Exile Geographies,
Buffery, H., Lough, F., Marcer, E., Sanchez, A.; (2008) International conference held by Centre for the Study of Hispanic Exile. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Spanish Republican Exile Geographies, University of Birmingham , 10-SEP-08 - 12-SEP-08. [Details]
(2008)Contemporary Barcelona: Visual Culture, Space and Power,
Andrews, M., buffery, H., Caulfield, C.; (2008) Two-day symposium. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Contemporary Barcelona: Visual Culture, Space and Power, IGRS, London , 14-MAR-08 - 15-MAR-08. [Details]
(2008)Anglo-Catalan Society Conference,
Helena Buffery (2008) Invited lecture for special panel on Rodoreda: 'A Natural History of Exile: Landscape Myth and Memory'. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Anglo-Catalan Society Conference, University of Kent, Canterbury , 14-NOV-08 - 16-NOV-08. [Details]
(2008)Teatro y teatralidad del Exilio Republicano,
Helena Buffery (2008) Lecture on 'Representar la Tierra Cautiva'. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Teatro y teatralidad del Exilio Republicano, Universidad de Deusto, San Sebastian , 31-OCT-08 - 02-NOV-08. [Details]
(2007)Second International Catalan Studies Symposium,
Helena Buffery (2007) Panel on contemporary Catalan theatre. [Invited Oral Presentation], Second International Catalan Studies Symposium, Berlin , 05-OCT-07 - 07-OCT-07. [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
AHRC Peer Review Council Reviewer2008 / 2016
Research and Innovation Committee Member2013 /
WISPs Vice-President2012 / 2014
Anglo-Catalan Society President2011 / 2014
Board of MA in Translation Studies Chair2014 /

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University of Birmingham Lecturer01-SEP-94 / 30-SEP-08
University of Birmingham Senior Lecturer30-SEP-08 / 31-MAR-10

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
1998University of Birmingham PHDHispanic Studies
1991University of Oxford BA (Hons)English Literature and Modern Languages (Spanish)

Languages

 LanguageReadingWritingSpeaking
Spanish FluentFluentFluent
Catalan FluentFluentFluent
French FluentFunctionalFunctional
English FluentFluentFluent

Consultancy

 ClientDescription
University of St Andrews
External examiner for PhD thesis: 'The Displaced I: A Poetics of Exile in Spanish Autobiographical Writing by Women', PhD, University of St Andrews, 2012
University of Glasgow
External examiner for PhD thesis Noemi Llamas
University of Northumbria
External examiner for PhD thesis
University of Birmingham
External examiner for PhD thesis by Jennifer Arnold
Kings College London
External examiner for PhD thesis by Charlotte Fereday
University of Girona
External examiner of PhD thesis by Lluís Bosch
University of Cambridge
External examiner for PhD thesis Natasha Tanna
University of Bangor
External Examiner on PhD by Guillem Clúa
University of Sheffield
External examiner of PhD thesis by Albert Canyes 2013
University of Kent at Canterbury
External examiner for undergraduate Spanish and Catalan
Institut Ramon Llull
Reviewer for Premi Traducció Ramon Llull
University of Birmingham
PhD examiner for Susanne Meachem "Women's Actions, Women's Words. Female Political and Cultural Responses to the Argentine State', PhD, University of Birmingham, 2010
University of Sheffield
External examiner for undergraduate and postgraduate Catalan
University of Exeter
External examiner of PhD thesis by Helena Borrell 2013
University of the Basque Country
External examiner of PhD thesis: Aiora Jaka Irizar, 'Translation and Reflections on Translation in the Works of Joseba Sarrionandia', PhD, University of the Basque Country, 2011
King's College London
External examiner for undergraduate Catalan
University of Durham
External examiner of PhD thesis: Mercedes De Grado, 'The Rebellion of the Sirens: Identity and Feminist Debate in the Narrative of Adelaida García Morales', PhD, University of Durham, 2003
Arts and Humanities Research Council
Panel reviewer for OWRI
Arts and Humanities Research Council
Panel Reviewer on 'Translating Cultures' major research theme
University of Edinburgh
External examiner of PhD thesis: Helena Miguélez, 'Renewing Old Acquaintances: The Conflaction between Critical and Translation Paths in the Anglo-American Reception of Mercè Rodoreda, Esther Tusquets and Rosa Montero', PhD, University of Edinburgh, 2005.
University of Liverpool
External examiner for undergraduate Spanish and Catalan
Cardiff University
External examiner for undergraduate programmes in Hispanic Studies 2012-
Queen Mary, University of London
External examiner for undergraduate Spanish and Catalan
Universitat Rovira i Virgili
External examiner for PhD thesis 2014

Outreach Activities

 Description

I have organised numerous public engagement events involving writers, translators and performers since 2008, including:

Performances by visual poets Xavier Canals, Gustavo Vega and J.M. Calleja, dancer Angels Margarit and a rehearsed reading of Pau Miró's "It's Raining in Barcelona" in parallel with a conference on Contemporary Barcelona: Visual Culture, Space and Power in London (March 2008);

A showing based on Spanish Republican exile dramatist José Garcia Lora's "The Captive Land" in conjunction with the Highbury Little Theatre in Birmingham (September 2008);

Round-table on contemporary Catalan literature as part of Catalan symposium in Berlin to mark Frankfurt Book Fair (October 2007);

Presentation and interview on Shakespeare in Catalonia as part of the Mataró Shakespeare festival (July 2010);

Performance by Marc Sambola and Marc Vilavella of elements of Ojos Verdes. Miguel de Molina as part of symposium on Spanish Republican Exile theatre (March 2010);

Online summer course on film adaptations of Shakespeare with University of Girona (July 2011);

Round-table with translator Peter Bush in Cork City Library to launch Cork World Book Fest (March 2011);

Catalan music event with Valencian band VerdCel as part of the Cork World Book Fest (April 2011);

Talk on contemporary Catalonia and poetry reading with Jaume Subirana as part of the Cork World Book Fest (April 2012);

Spanish and Catalan musical theatre workshop and performance with LaBarni teatre (March 2012);

Reading of contemporary Iberian poetry in translation as part of Iberia in Translation Symposium (February 2013);

Session on contemporary Catalan cinema, including interview with Isona Passola as part of the Cork World Book Fest (April 2013);

Performance by folk singer Pau Alabajos in Cork City Library as part of Cork World Book Fest (April 2014);

Reading and interview with Barcelona crime writer Marc Pastor as part of Cork World Book Fest (April 2014);

Chaired round-table with John Banville, Diamela Eltit and José Ovejero as part of ISLA festival in Dublin (October 2014);

Symposium on contemporary Barcelona in the British Library (February 2015).



Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Modern Languages Open Referee01-JAN-14 -
Scripta. Revista Internacional De Literatura I Cultura Medieval I Moderna Member of Editorial Board01-JUN-13 -
Catalan Review Referee-
Bulletin Of Spanish Studies Referee-
Contemporary Theatre Review Referee-
Hispanic Research Journal Referee-
Bulletin Of Hispanic Studies Referee-
Journal Of Iberian And Latin American Studies Referee-
Revista Canadiense De Estudios Hispánicos Referee-
Modern Language Review Referee-

Other Activities

 Description

I have been a reader for books and chapters published with the following publishers: Tamesis, Ashgate, the University of Wales Press, Insight, Intellect, Boydell & Brewer, and am on the editorial board of the publishing house Meridians.

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests


COURSES TAUGHT/CO-ORDINATED

As well as teaching on the First and Second Year core culture options, I offer a series of other options and co-ordinate the Catalan Language and Culture courses in Second and Final Year (taught by Núria Massot)


First Year

HS1030 Literature in Spanishwith staff, Department of Hispanic Studies)


Second Year

HS2010 Texts and Contexts in the Hispanic World (with staff, Department of Hispanic Studies)

HS2011 Contemporary Hispanic Theatre

HS2022 Catalonia and the Catalan Language I

HS2023 Catalan Cultural Studies I

HS2057 Cinema and Identity in Spain and Latin America(semester 2 only)

Final Year

HS3001 Final Year Spanish Language (with staff, Department of Hispanic Studies)

HS3010 Stages of Exile in Hispanic Theatre

HS3022 Catalonia and the Catalan Language II

HS3023 Catalan Cultural Studies II

Postgraduate

HS6004 Approaches to Translation (Spanish - English): Theory and Practice

HS6012 Catalan Studies (co-taught with Mr Stephen Boyd)

HS6015 Moveable Margins: Gender and Identity in Contemporary Hispanic (Catalan) Culture (not running 2010-2011)

LL6018 Contemporary Translation Theory and Practice (10 credits)

Recent Postgraduates

 Graduation YearStudent NameInstitutionDegree TypeThesis Title
2016Rafael Jaime NUI (UCC)PHD
2016Elisa Serra Porteiro UCCPHD
2015Kerrill Costello NUI (UCC)PHD
2014Pedro Fernandez Dorado University College Cork
2013Rhiannon McGlade University of SheffieldPHDSeriously Funny: Towards an Interpretive Framework for the Analysis of Catalan Satirical Tools in the Twentieth Century
2011Eva Bru-Domínguez University of BirminghamPhDBeyond Containment: Corporeality in Merce Rodoreda's Literature
2010Anna Wilson University of BirminghamM.Phil.Performance, theatre and identity in twenty-first century Barcelona
2009Julia Morris University of BirminghamM.Phil.An Investigation into Subtitling in French and Spanish Heritage Cinema
2008Laura Lonsdale University of BirminghamPHDFeminism and Form in the Work of Esther Tusquets and Rosa Montero
2007Aiora Jaka Irizar University of BirminghamM.Phil.Basque Literary Translation: The Case of Joseba Sarrionandia
2006Elisenda Marcer University of BirminghamPHDIntertextual Dynamics in the work of Gabriel Ferrater
2006Cristina Maese Pedro University of BirminghamPHDThe Aesthetics of José Angel Valente
2004Silvia Mas University of BirminghamPHDThe Exile Narrative of Avel.lí Artís Gener
2004Stuart Davis University of BirminghamPHDJuan Goytisolo and the Hispanic Canon
2004Jose Luis Bellón University of BirminghamPHDLiterary Field and Social World in the Contemporary Spanish Novel
2004Patricia Plaza
2002Ralucca Tiron University of BirminghamM.Phil.Representations of the Space of Spain in the Exile Theatre of Rafael Alberti
2001Miriam Haddu University of BirminghamPHDContemporary Mexican Cinema: Redefining a Cinematic Nation
2000Stuart Davis University of BirminghamM.Phil.The Hispanic Canon
1999José Luis Bellón University of BirminghamM.Phil.The Novels of Miguel Espinosa: Ideology and the Canon
1998Patricia Plaza University of BirminghamM.Phil.Translation in the Language-Teaching Classroom

Current Postgraduate Students

 StudentDegree Type
Linares Laura Doctoral Degree
Munoz Gomez Estefania Doctoral Degree
Neville Craig James Doctoral Degree
Jerez Columbie Yairen Doctoral Degree
Fernandez Pedro Doctoral Degree

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2018Stages of Exile in Hispanic Theatre HS3010Stages of Exile in Hispanic Theatre
2018Research Methods LL6901Research Methods
2018Translating Business, Culture and Society in the Hispanic World HS3004Translating Business, Culture and Society in the Hispanic World
2018Interrogating Iberia: History, Culture, Society HS6015Interrogating Iberia: History, Culture, Society
2018Understanding Latin America HS2014Understanding Latin America
2018Introduction to Spanish and Latin American Studies HS1030Introduction to Spanish and Latin American Studies
2018Translation Project (Spanish) HS6004Translation Project (Spanish)
2018Contemporary Translation Theory and Practice LL6018Contemporary Translation Theory and Practice

Research Information

External Collaborators

 NameOrganisation / InstituteCountry
Carlota Caulfield Mills College, CaliforniaU.S.A.
Eva Bru Bangor UniversityWALES
Jo Labanyi CUNYU.S.A.
Francis Lough University of Birmingham, Centre for the Study of Hispanic ExileUNITED KINGDOM
Elena Delgado University of IllinoisU.S.A.
Santi Perez University of LisbonPORTUGAL
Manuel Aznar Soler GEXEL/ Universitat Autònoma de BarcelonaSPAIN
Jaume Subirana Universitat Oberta de CatalunyaSPAIN
Kirsty Hooper University of WarwickUNITED KINGDOM
Mari Jose Olizaregi University of the Basque CountrySPAIN

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