Rocío Ortuño Casanova
PhD in Spanish Literature and Cultural Studies from the University of Manchester, DEA and Grado de Salamanca in Contemporary Spanish Literature from Universidad de Salamanca, Diploma of Professional Expert in Digital Humanities by UNED, BA in Spanish Philology, and BA in English Philology from Universitat d’Alacant. She has been a Lecturer at the University of the Philippines at Diliman (2013- 2016), and at different universities in the UK, including the University of Manchester (2012 – 2013, and Teaching Assistant 2008-2010), Salford University (2011-2012) and Aston University (2010 – 2011). She has also been a visiting Professor at the University of the Philippines-Baguio (2012). She currently works at the Department of Literature of the University of Antwerp, where she directs one research project funded by BOF “Philippines at the crossroads: mapping the international presence in the Philippine literary field in Spanish between 1872 and 1945”, and co-directs another one funded by VLIRUOS, “Strengthening digital research at the UP system: digitization of rare periodicals and training in digital humanities”.
Her current research approaches cultural and literary relations between Spain and the Philippines during the late 19 th and 20 th centuries, focusing on cultural production in Spanish, its impact on the process of building a national identity, and the image of Spain in the Philippines throughout and after the colonial period. She has also researched on the construction of the image of the Filipino in Philippine Press in Spanish, and on the Philippines as a contemporary topic in Spanish fiction.