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Researcher

María del Rocío Ortuño Casanova

  • Research interest:I work on literary and cultural relations between the Philippines and Spanish speaking countries, especially between 1850 and 1950. In this sense, I have created a database that contains literature and newspapers published in Spanish in the Philippines, and books about the Philippines published in Spanish elsewhere (https://filiteratura.uantwerpen.be/). I am interested in the role of the printing press in Spanish in relation to nation-building in the Philippines. For that reason, I work also on a project on the digitization of Philippine historical newspapers and training on Digital Humanities in the Philippines to research those newspapers with digital tools https://hosting.uantwerpen.be/philperiodicals/. I have two articles accepted on the state of digitization and the opportunities raised in the Philippines, and several other works on Philippine literature in Spanish and contacts between Spain, Latin America and Philippine intellectuals. In this sense, I have organized a symposium on Philippine Literature in Spanish, and Prof. Dr. Axel Gasquet (Université Clermont-Auvergne, France) and I are working on the edition of two monographic books on this topic.At the moment, I am trying to work with digital-related methodologies to describe Philippine Literature in Spanish and trace intertextualities from Latin American writers. I also co-direct with Prof. Dr. Diana Arbaiza a DocPro Project on Spanish Francoist literature on the Philippines and Equatorial Guinea. We have actually given together a MA course on this topic.
  • Keywords:PHILIPPINE LITERATURE, PRESS, POSTCOLONIAL LITERATURE, LITERATURE AND NATIONALISM, POETRY, PHILIPPINES, SPANISH LITERATURE, COLONIAL HISTORY, Language and literature (incl. information, documentation, library and archive sciences)
  • Disciplines:Spanish language, Comparative literature studies, Literatures in Spanish, Other Asian literatures, Postcolonial studies, Humanities and the arts not elsewhere classified
  • Research techniques:Decolonial and postcolonial studiesFilipino studiesText-miningDatabase constructionSpanish languageHispanic studies
  • Users of research expertise:People interested in literature in SpanishPublishersPeople interested in press studiesJournalists specialized on Philippine issuesAgencies and NGOs