Lately I have worked as a researcher in film and digital culture, but before that I worked as producer and in public relations for the Love Film Festival of Mons in Belgium, as content developer in the TV production company Vamos@VerTelevisión in Madrid (Spain), and as language teacher and translator in French, English and Spanish.

 

I have a PhD in film and media studies from the University of Otago (New Zealand) and have been employed at researcher and lecturer in film studies, production and digital culture at the University of Bergen (2018-2021) after obtaining a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship. My research concentrates on gender, space and power relations on screen, which appears in my monograph Affirmative Aesthetics and Wilful Women: Gender, Space and Mobility in Contemporary Cinema (Open access, Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). I have published several articles on queerness, domesticity and urban space in contemporary cinema, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR).

I am also an avid rock climber, paraglider and language enthusiast. Originally from Belgium, I have lived in Ireland, Spain, New Zealand, and now reside in Norway.
 

Research interests

I have a special interest in space and how women, queer and racialised people experience and inhabit different spaces, both public and private. While gender, ethnicity, culture, class and relations of power affect our habitation of different everyday places (streets, transports, houses and work places for example), I concur with geographer Doreen Massey to identify these social and cultural relations as in constant evolution, and thus have the potential to change.

As film critic, theorist, and educator, I work affirmatively towards accelerating these changes for a diverse and inclusive future. Being affirmative means being critical of the present while avoiding to succumb to a lamentation of the status quo, but instead present alternatives, possible futures. While this stance is not always easy or straightforward, it aims to work at both micro- and macro-levels with the tools we have and those we can create.

These pictures below are my own take on these issues.

Memory
Memory

© Pablo Torres, 2010

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Symmetry
Symmetry

© Pablo Torres, 2009

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Winter, Brussels
Winter, Brussels

© Ceuterick, 2013

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Memory
Memory

© Pablo Torres, 2010

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PhD in Film and Media Studies, University of Otago, 2016

MA in Film Studies, University College Cork, 2009

BA and MA in Languages and Literature (English and Spanish), Free University of Brussels, 2007