Guillermo is a trained semiotician and discourse analyst. He holds academic degrees in Semiotics, Communications & Media Studies, and Latin American Cultural Studies (PhD). Guillermo joined the Division of Literature and Languages (formerly the School of Languages, Cultures and Religions) in 2008, after having taught at the University of Nottingham and Queen Mary (University of London). He had a previous academic career in Argentina as a Research Fellow, Lecturer and Profesor Adjunto of Semiotics (National University of Córdoba).
After working extensively on Media Semiotics and Political Discourse as a Research Fellow in Argentina, I have subsequently shifted my research focus towards cultural theory and critique, focussing on the concept of mediatization in Avant-garde media art, visual arts criticism and the discourses of media theory and critique. As a result of this project, I have published a monograph, Laboratorios de la mediatización La experimentación conmateriales mediáticos, la teoría y la crítica cultural argentina, 1965–1978 [Laboratories of mediatization] (Peter Lang, 2010), which is an exploration into some the singularities of the ideas about media culture and the process of mediatization produced in the peripheral locus of Argentina in the 1960s and 1970s, some of which would become prominent in the field of Cultural and Media Studies in Western countries in the 1990s and 2000s. In this regard, Intellectual History and the genealogy of concepts (including the cultural crossing of ideas between disciplines or between geographical areas such as Europe and Latin America) has always been one of my teaching and research interests.
My current research project is on ‘Non-heteronormative sexualities in post-1960 Argentine Cinema: modes of representation and politics of visibility’. Drawing upon my previous work on Argentine LGBT history through political and media discourses,my current workseeks to bridge a cross-disciplinary, ‘cross-rhetorical’ and interdiscursive gap between, on the one hand, LGBT political rhetoric and, on the other hand, filmic representations of LGBT people on the Argentine screen, around the central topoi of (in)visibility and ‘practices of spatialization’.Of particular interest to my research are the following areas of exploration and analysis: (a) cimematic representations of gender/sex, sexuality and the body; (b)LGBT ‘practices of spatialization’ and mobility, includingthe interconnections and crossings of gender/sexuality; (c) queer childhood, adolescence and youth. As part of this project, I have co-edited (in collaboration with Dr Fabricio Forastelli, University of Buenos Aires) a volume entitled Estudios queer. Semióticas y políticas de la sexualidad. The collection offers a wide range of contributions by researchers working on key LGBTQ cultural and political issues in and/or on Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and Puerto Rico), the US and Europe (France, Spain and the UK), with the aim of discussing and situating current LGBT and queer studies in dialogue with Semiotics. Although the focus is on Latin America, the volume does engage in fruitful interactions with research produced and debates situated in broader international contexts (including Western Europe and the US).
My third area of research work and interest concerns History and Politics in Argentine Film and Visual Culture. For instance, I have worked on the influences and interactions between Latin American Dependency Theory and 1960s and 1970s Third Cinema. In particular, my work has concentrated on the impact that this particular critical economic and social theory had, on both Cine Liberación’s filmic texts and on their conceptualizations of the cinema in 'peripheral' countries (Latin America), focussing on the interconnections and translations between theoretical discourses, filmic texts and filmmaking theory and practice. I have also worked on the boom of the film documentary in Argentina in the process leading to, during and in the aftermath of the 2001 Argentinazo; I have contributed to a forthcoming book on this topic.