C. V

ALEXANDRA SAUM PASCUAL

Department of Spanish and Portuguese

University of California, Berkeley

saum-pascual@berkeley.edu

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D. University of California, Riverside

Hispanic Studies, 2012.  Specialization: Spanish Peninsular Literature, 19th to 21st Centuries

Dissertation: Mutatis Mutandi:Spanish Literature of the New 21st Century, directed by Distinguished Professor David Herzberger

  • M.A.  University of Delaware, Newark

Foreign Languages and Pedagogy (Spanish): Linguistics, Literature and Culture of the Spanish World (2009)

  • B.A. University of Granada, Granada. Spain

Interpreting and Translation (English, French, Spanish) (2007)

  • Diploma. University of Northumbria at Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne. United Kingdom

Modern Languages (English, Spanish, French) (2005)

RESEARCH AND TEACHING FIELDS

New media studies
Electronic literature and digital cultures
Digital Humanities
19th-21st century Spanish literature and culture
Post-crisis studies and social movements (Spain and Portugal)

UNIVERSITY TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • University of California, Berkeley                 Assistant Professor. 2012-Present
  • University of California, Riverside                Graduate Associate Instructor. 2010- 2012
  • University of Delaware, Newark                   Graduate Associate Instructor. 2007- 2009

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • “Alternativas a la (ciencia) ficción en España: dos ejemplos de literatura electrónica en formato impreso” Letras Hispanas 11 (2015): 239-259
  • “Carmen Martín Gaite: Una provocación desde la cultura digital” Hispania 98.4 (2015): 674-675
  • “Literatura española post-web: Al borde de lo virtual, lo material y la historia. El caso de Jordi Carrión” Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, 18 (2014): 115-133
  • “La poética de la Nocilla: Transmedia Poetics in Agustín Fernández Mallo’s Complete Works” Caracteres. Estudios culturales y críticos de la esfera digital, 3.1 (2014): 81-99
  • Co-authored with Freya Schiwy. “Desalmados. Hipertextos y biopolítica en el mundo de la webserie española” Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, 13.1 (2012): 19-38
  • “Él, ella y él: Análisis de la inversión de los roles masculino y femenino en ‘Las caras de la medalla’ y ‘Ciao, Verona’ de Julio Cortázar” Espéculo. Revista de estudios literarios, 40 (November, 2008): 1-18

Book and Magazine Contributions

  • Co-authored with Élika Ortega. “Toys and Toons: From Hispanic Literary Traditions to a Global E-Lit Landscape” (Co-authored with Élika Ortega) in Electronic Literature: Contexts, Forms, and Practices. Dene Grigar and James O’Sullivan Eds. West Virginia University Press (Forthcoming 2017)
  • “Material y sustancia”. Introduction to Fricciones, by Maricela Guerrero. México DF: Centro de Cultura Digital, Secretaría de Cultura, 2016
  • “El robot que escribía cartas de amor” in Matador. Revista de Cultura, Ideas y Tendencias 1995-2022 (S-Futuro, 2016): 130
  • “Ejemplo de cambio de paradigma estético contemporáneo” in Carrión, Jorge, Crónica de viaje (Remake), Badajoz: Aristas Martínez, 2014
  • “Por qué Dolerse. La relevancia de un texto híbrido” in Rivera Garza, Cristina, Special anniversary edition of Dolerse, textos desde un país heridoCondolerse. México DF: Sur+, 2015

Reviews/ Critical Commentaries

  • “Cuando cualquiera escribe. Procesos democratizadores de la cultura escrita en la crisis de la Cultura de la Transición española, por Luis Moreno-Caballud” Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, 15.1-2 (2014)
  • “Dorwick, Thalia, Ana María Pérez Gironés, Marty Knorre, William R. Glass and Hildebrando Villarreal. ¿Qué tal?: An Introductory CourseNECTFL REVIEW. 63 (2008-2009): 117-120

DIGITAL ARTWORK SHOWS/ E-POETRY READINGS

  • #SELFIEPOETRY reading at Noves Práctiques Poétiques? University of Valencia, Spain, 31 Jan, 2017.
  • #SELFIEPOETRY reading at Voces del Extremo, poetry festival. El Torno, Extremadura, Nov 4, 2016.
  • #SELFIEPOETRY reading and presentation, “Polipoesía en tiempos revueltos” with David Trashumante. Plasencia, Nov 3, 2016.
  • #SELFIEPOETRY: Fake Art Histories and the Inscription of the Digital Self. On show at Code/Switch, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago. May 27-July 28, 2016. Permanent access <http://newhive.com/alexsaum/about-selfiepoetry>
  • #SELFIEPOTRY: WOMEN & CAPITALISM. Permanent access <http://newhive.com/selflex/about-selfiepoetry-vol-2>
    • Poem 24_7, finalist at Print Screen Festival, Israel’s International Digital Arts and Culture Festival, Holon, Israel, June 22-25, 2016
  • “A talk about SELFIEPOETRY” Invited artist talk. Arts and Research Center Seminar. April 1, 2016. University of California, Berkeley, CA

CURATORSHIP WORK

  • Curator of electronic literature exhibit at Northeastern University, No Legacy || Literatura electrónica, January-May 2018, Boston
  • Lead curator of electronic literature exhibit at the California College of the Arts, No Legacy || Literatura electrónica, Feb-May 2017, CCA Main Library, California College of the Arts, San Francisco
  • Project coordinator and lead curator of electronic literature exhibit at UC Berkeley, No Legacy || Literatura electrónica, March-September 2016, Brown Gallery, Doe Library, Berkeley

SELECTED CONFERENCES AND LECTURES

  • “Hands-On Lecture: How to Create Digital Poetry.” 13 Nov, 2017. Northeastern University, Boston.
  • “Ciberpoesía II” Keynote talk. International seminar Noves Práctiques Poétiques?, 31 Jan, 2017. University of Valencia, Spain.
  • “Palabras, cables y museos. O cuando la literatura digital deja la pantalla”. Keynote talk. IV Encuentro internacional de investigadores en Historia del Arte Digital. 16 Nov, 2016. Colección del Museo Ruso, Málaga.
  • “Entre la página y la pantalla. Literatura mutante en el medio digital”. Keynote talk. Congreso internacional de ficción mutante. Alerta Mutante: Anomalía en los genes de la ficción. 26 Nov, 2016. University of Bucharest, Bucharest.
  • “Literature as Process: The Making of an Exhibition of Digital Literature” Digital Humanities Faire 2016. April 13, 2016. University of California, Berkeley, CA.
  • “Why Do They Call It DH When What They Mean is E-Lit? Exploring Creative Making as Critical Thinking” Digital Humanities Fellows Lecture Series. April 1, 2016. University of California Berkeley, CA.
  • “How Trans Is Electronic Literature?” No Legacy || Literatura electrónica. Opening Symposium. March 11, 2016. University of California Berkeley, CA.
  • “Literatura electrónica hispana en Estados Unidos. Una propuesta docente.” Máquinas de inminencia. Opening for Plataformas de la imaginación: escenarios de la literatura electrónica. Oct. 9, 2015. Mexico City, Mexico.
  • “If the Future is Digital, Why Print a Book?” Reading Wide, Writing Wide in the Digital Age. Oct. 22, 2015. Madrid, Spain.
  • “Legados iberoamericanos en la literatura electrónica: La influencia de la escritura experimental en España y América Latina.” Asociación Argentina de Humanidades Digitales. Nov 18, 2014. Buenos Aires, Argentina
  •  “Dystopian Spain: Post-Electronic Writing in a Time of Crisis.” ACLA Annual Conference. March 21, 2014. New York, NY
  • “Print Alternatives: Hybrid Spanish Writing Today.” MLA Annual Conference. Jan 10, 2014. Chicago, IL
  • “Text Alternatives: Hybrid Literature in Spain.” PAMLA Annual Conference. Nov 1, 2013. San Diego, CA
  •  “Three Post-Web Tales: Storytelling in 21st Century Spain.” 35th Annual Conference of the Association for Contemporary Iberian Studies. Sept 9-11, 2013. Lisbon, Portugal
  • “Soledad en la Red. Consideraciones espaciales e identitarias en la literatura mutante de la Generación Nocilla.” AATSP 95th Annual Conference. July 8-11, 2013. San Antonio, CA
  • “Spanish Alternatives: Worldwide Hybrid Literature in Spain.” Comparative Iberian Studies Symposium, May 16-17, 2013. Santa Barbara, CA
  • “Google-me. Auto-Search in Crónica de viaje by Jorge Carrión.” PAMLA Annual Conference. Oct 21st, 2012. Seattle, WA
  • “Rethinking the Margin; or, How to Build a City from a Metaphor in Vicente Luis Mora’s Circular 07: Las afueras.” MLA Annual Convention. Jan 5, 2012. Seattle, WA
  • “Revolución en la red. La precariedad como estética en la era de la información mediática en Desalmados: una serie de muerte.Dialogando con la literatura: Convergencia mediática y su expresión escrita. April 16, 2011. Riverside, CA
  • Nocilla Dream de Agustín Fernández Mallo: o cómo no perderse en el desierto de la Red.” (dis)junctions 2011: En Route to a Nueva Movida. April 1st-2nd, 2011. Riverside, CA
  • “El cristal con que se mira: Análisis cognitivo y receptivo de la visión particular de la ciudad de Pera por tres viajeros medievales: Ibn Battuta, Ruy González de Clavijo y Benjamín de Tudela.” AATSP 92nd Annual Conference. July 10-13, 2010. Guadalajara, México
  • “El teatro como guía: la función de la metateatralidad en El Quijote.” AATSP Spring Meeting of the Southern California Chapter. April 17, 2010. Azusa, CA
  • “La España de Paco: La relación personal con la historia en Réquiem por un campesino español de Ramón J. Sender.” 2nd Annual Conference on Spanish and Portuguese Studies. Temple University. October 23-24, 2009. Philadelphia, PA
  • “Ella, ella y él: Análisis de la inversión de roles masculinos y femeninos en ‘Las caras de la medalla’ y ‘Ciao, Verona’ de Julio Cortázar.” 14th Annual Graduate Students’ Conference. The City University of New York. March 20-21, 2009. New York, NY

UNIVERSITY SERVICE

  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Berkeley Center for New Media (2014-Present)
  • Member of the Committee on Research, Teaching and Learning Technologies, UC Berkeley (2014, Present)
  • Planning Committee, Next Generation Humanities at Berkeley, NEH Grant (2016-2017)
  • Equity and Diversity Adviser, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, UC Berkeley (2015-present)
  • Undergraduate Adviser, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, UC Berkeley (2012-Present)
  • Graduate Student Professional Placement Committee, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, UC Berkeley (2012-Present)
  • Faculty Jury Member, Student Conduct Committee, Student Services, UC Berkeley (2012-Present)
  • Faculty Member, Spanish Lecture Search Committee, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, UC Berkeley (2012, 2014)
  • Standing Officer, Spanish and Portuguese (Peninsular), PAMLA 2014
  • Faculty Liaison, Sigma Delta Pi (2013-Present)
  • Faculty director of drama plays at Words In Action, UC Berkeley (2013)

OTHER ACADEMIC PROJECTS AND SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION

  • Member for the Scientific Committee organizing the III Congreso Internacional de la Asociación de Humanidades Digitales Hispánicas, Universidad de Málaga, 18-20 October 2017
  • Workshop instructor “Nuevos modelos de relatos, narrativas digitales e interfaces” at the Digital Art History Summer School, University of Málaga, 4-9 September, 2016
  • Member of the External Scientific Committee of Revista electrónica de Investigación y Docencia Creativa-ReiDoCrea, University of Granada (2016-Present)
  • Member of the Scientific Committee for the Congreso Internacional sobre la Ficción Muntante “Alerta mutante: Anomalía viral en los genes de la ficción” University of Bucharest, 24-25 November, 2016
  • Member for the Scientific Committee organizing the II Congreso Internacional de la Asociación de Humanidades Digitales Hispánicas, UNED 5-7 October 2015
  • Co-organizer with Catarina Gama of Shattering Iberia: Cultural Responses to an Ongoing Crisis, international conference on the Iberian financial crisis, held at UC Berkeley, March 5, 2014
  • Chair and organizer of Special Session “Digital Vanguards in Spanish Literature,” MLA Annual Conference. Jan 10, 2014. Chicago, IL
  • Chair and organizer of Special Session “Children of the Spanish Transition.” PAMLA Annual Conference. Nov 1, 2013. San Diego, CA

OTHER RELATED EXPERIENCE

  • Consultant and freelance translator (2007-present)
  •  Developer for bilingual electronic lexicon for machine translation programs, (English-Spanish) BERCA TRANSLATOR, a joint project between MTC Soft S.L. and the University of Granada. Granada, Spain (2006)

ACADEMIC FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

  • Humanities Research Fellowship, UC Berkeley (2016-2017)
  • Digital Humanities New Course Grant, Mellon Foundation Grant Award, UC Berkeley (2015-16)
  • Townsend Center Conference Grant for No Legacy || Literatura electrónica (2015)
  • Hellman Fellows Fund (2015-16)
  • European Studies Small Grant, European Studies Institute, UC Berkeley (2015)
  • Digital Humanities Planning and Developing DHSI14 Award, University of California, Berkeley (2014-15)
  • Instructional Improvement Grant, Center For Teaching and Learning (2014)
  • Townsend Center Conference Grant for Shattering Iberia: Cultural responses to an Ongoing Crisis (2014)
  • Faculty Research Grant, Committee on Research, University of California, Berkeley (2013)
  • Course Improvement Grant, Teaching Excellence Colloquium, College of Letters and Science, University of California, Berkeley (2013)
  • Graduate Division Fellowship. University of California, Riverside (2009-2010)
  • Awards for Excellence: Best Graduate Student Essay. Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Delaware (2009)
  • Award for Outstanding Teaching. University of Delaware (2009)
  • Commendation for Sterling Performance as a Classroom Teacher. University of Delaware (2009)
  • Nomination for Excellence in Teaching Award. University of Delaware (2009)
  • Nomination for Excellence in Teaching Award. University of Delaware (2008)

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Asociación Internacional de Humanidades Digitales Hispánicas
  • Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (Association for Computers and Humanities)
  • Modern Language Association
  • Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
  • American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
  • American Comparative Literature Association
  • Association for Contemporary Iberian Studies
  • Sigma Delta Pi, Kappa Upsilon Chapter