Luis Moreno-Caballud

Office Location: 
502 Williams Hall
Office Hours: 
Spring 2019: Wednesdays 12-2pm
(215) 898-6317
(215) 898-0933
Associate Professor of Romance Languages

Modern and contemporary Spanish cultures; critical theory; socio-formalist approaches to literature and film; media studies; popular and participatory cultures; theories of cooperation; network societies and the commons; new technologies and activism

Prof. Moreno-Caballud investigates the social construction of meaning during the 20th and 21st centuries in Spain, paying special attention to the power of literary and cinematographic interventions to question and redraw the limits of what is perceived as possible in the social sphere.  
His research focuses on the cultural transformations brought by processes of capitalist ‘modernization’ and neoliberal crisis in Spain. In his edited work La imaginación sostenible: culturas y crisis económica en la España actual (2012), a special monographic issue of the journal Hispanic Review, he argued that the Spanish cultural scene has pioneered practices of sharing and collaborating that are playing an important role as alternatives to the ethos of individualism and competition responsible for to the current crisis. This is also the subject of his book titled Cultures of Anyone. Studies on Cultural Democratization in the Spanish Neoliberal Crisis (Liverpool UP, 2015), which explains how peer-to-peer social networks that have arisen online and through social movements such as the Indignados have challenged a longstanding cultural tradition of intellectual elitism and capitalist technocracy in Spain. In a further line of research, he focuses on the cultural legacy of rural Spain after the transformation of the country into a ‘modern’, consumerist, and urban-centered society.

He has published papers engaging these and other subjects in academic journals such as Revista Hispánica Moderna, Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, and Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies. He has also published articles about the current Spanish crisis and the Indignados movement in several newspapers.