Teaching award

Dr María del Pilar Blanco, Santander Fellow and Tutor in Spanish American Literature, along with three colleagues teaching the new Paper XII in Latin American Cinema, has been awarded a University Teaching Award.

The award is made in recognition of the high quality of teaching and the important contribution made to the teaching of Latin American Studies in general and Latin American Film Studies in particular.

Film is an integral part of a number of undergraduate modern languages courses at Oxford and has also been one of the most important emerging areas in Latin American studies in recent years. Dr Blanco and her colleagues worked together to develop a shared paper on Latin American cinema. The option has an innovative format that takes into account the mixed level of expertise in film amongst potential students and the different areas of expertise of the teaching team.

The course gives students the opportunity to discover and explore major movements in the history of cinema in Latin America, from the radical experiments and manifestos of the 1950s and ’60s to the slick blockbusters and internationally successful co-productions of the twenty-first century, including documentaries.

The official awards ceremony, organised by the Learning Institute, took place at Rhodes House.

Maria Blanco (left) with her colleagues after the awards ceremony (c) John Cairns

Maria Blanco (left) with her colleagues after the awards ceremony. (Photo © John Cairns)

Posted 3 December 2014