I tend to care deeply about my research in a political sense, and I greatly enjoy writing and talking about it to audiences beyond the academic, particularly as my work relates to aspects of national politics and cultures that have remained topical in contemporary Spanish politics.
My first monograph, Galicia, a Sentimental Nation: Gender, Culture and Politics (University of Wales Press, 2013) has received wide media coverage in Galicia since its publication and was published in translation into Galician-Portuguese by Através Editora in 2014 (for reviews see Publications). The book was best-selling Galician-language essay from December 2014 to February 2015; it is now into its second print run and in 2015 it received the Best Galician Essay Award by the Asociación de Escritorxs en Lingua Galega (Association of Writers in Galician). Ever since its publication, the book has continued to be a bearer of good things for me: in 2015 and 2016 I have participated in book-signing events such as Santiago de Compostela’s cultural festival Festigal and in discussion groups in Bilbao (invited by the city’s Galician association Galizaleak) and Barcelona (as part of the discussion series “Non só Rosalía”, organised by staff and students of the Universitat de Barcelona and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and by the CIEMEN, a research centre on non-state nations). If you’re interested in hearing more about Galiza sentimental, here’s an online interview recorded by the Galician online tv channel Galiza Ano Cero.
My current research project “Postcolonial Spain”, funded by the British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship scheme, is still ongoing but I have started presenting some of its findings (tentatively!) in a series of fora. To mark the celebration of Spain’s contested National Day on 12 October, I wrote a piece for The Conversation where I talked about the day’s “imperial trouble” both in its international and intra-national dimension. My talk at the symposium on “Decolonial Europe and non-state nations in Europe”, held in A Coruña in February 2016, also discussed Spain’s internal national debates in anticolonial terms, and I have been interviewed by the Catalan digital daily El Món to talk about my research in this area. For future impact updates on this project watch this space!