Argelia González Hurtado

Assistant Professor of Spanish

Argelia González Hurtado

Biography

Argelia González Hurtado is an assistant professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at St. Mary´s College of Maryland. She received her Ph.D. in Spanish & Latin American Studies from the University of Alberta in Canada. Her academic interests include Mexico’s cultural production, Latin American Cinema, Indigenous Media, and Visual and Popular Culture. Her main research focuses on the cinematic depiction of the indigenous communities during different periods of Latin American history. One specific objective of her work is to discuss how productions made by the indigenous media-makers in Latin America create a space of confrontation and dialogue between the long history of representations about Indiannessthat were built by the national culture, and the construction of Indiannessmade from the perspective of Amerindian knowledge. Currently, she is developing a research project titled Cultural Production through Indigenous Women’s Gaze: Media and New Mediafocus on cultural production in media and new media by Indigenous women in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. The project will explore the strategies employed by a selected group of Indigenous female artists to reclaim not only representations of women but also Indigenous knowledge, stories, and histories.

Currently, Gonzalez Hurtado is a member of the Steering Committee of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. Since 2019, she is a member of the council for the Film section of the Latin American Studies Association.

Argelia is also active in media production. She was cofounder and editor of the online magazine La guagua cultural for the Latino community in Edmonton, Canada.She is the producer of the short films: Distant Altars (2018), Hidden Gods (2014), The Last Deaths of Joe (2012), and The Seed (2008).

Areas of Research Specialization

  • Indigenous media
  • Latin American cinema
  • Visual and popular culture in Latin America

Areas of Teaching Specialization

  • All levels of Spanish language
  • Indigenous cultures
  • Latin American cinema
  • Digital storytelling
  • Latin American women writers and filmmakers

Education

  • B.A. in Arts Communication Sciences at Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey,
  • M.A. in Communication at Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey,
  • Ph.D. in Spanish and Latin American Studies at University of Alberta,

Spotlight

  • “Michel Franco’s Después de Lucía (2012): A Portrait of a Bullied Adolescent”

    Chapter appearing in Politics of Children in Latin American Film. Ed. Maria Paz-Mackay, Omar Rodríguez.  Lexington Books, 2019

  • “Narrating the Diaspora: Taraspanglish Video Project”

    Chapter appearing in Adjusting the Lens. Community and Collaborative Video in Mexico. Eds. Freya Schiwy and Byrt Wammack Weber. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017