Andrew Ginger is Professor of Spanish and Head of School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music at the University of Birmingham.
He studied Modern Languages at the University of Oxford, specializing in French and Spanish, where he completed his doctoral work, becoming Queen Sofía Junior Research Fellow at Exeter College in 1994. In 1996, he was appointed Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at the University of Edinburgh, and Chair of Hispanic Studies at the University of Stirling in 2005. After many years working in Scotland, he took up a Chair of Iberian and Latin American Studies at the University of Bristol, before moving to his current post at Birmingham in 2016.
In 2010 the Spanish government awarded him the title of Oficial de la Orden de Isabel la Católica in recognition of his services for Spanish culture. He is the founder of the International Network of Nineteenth-Century Hispanists, and a member of the Histopia project team on utopias at the Autónoma University in Madrid, and of the related Transatlantic Utopias network.
Andrew Ginger is author of several books and many research articles on Spanish political, aesthetic and scientific thought, painting, photography, cinema, and literature, including Painting and the Turn to Cultural Modernity in Spain: The Time of Eugenio Lucas Velázquez (1850-70) (Associated University Presses, 2007).
His present work focuses on how the modern Hispanic world fits with the wider span of cultures over time and place. By extension, his work is concerned with the notion of ‘commonality’, such as historic and utopian universalisms, in the study of large geographical areas and in the ‘deep time’ of cultures. These ideas will be explored in his talk: Visions of Similarity: Spanish-speaking Artists, the World, and the “Nineteenth Century”.
The talk is free and open to all. Drinks are served afterwards in the John Higgitt Gallery.