José Miguel A. Giráldez

José Miguel A. Giráldez, PhD., is currently senior lecturer of English language and literature at the University of A Coruña, UDC, (Spain). His main interests are Irish literature, namely contemporary Irish poetry and drama, translation, postcolonial literature, including Australian and New Zealand contemporary writers, global communication and new journalism, and also studies of reception, intermediaries, diasporas and cultural diversity. He has worked on Australian issues, namely on one of the most outstanding works written by Peter Carey, Oscar and Lucinda (in collaboration with Prof. Lorenzo Modia). He has also done some research on Shakespeare and the translations of Cervante’s Don Quixote into English. He has contributed to numerous conferences, home and abroad, and published several research papers, mostly on Irish issues and, more specifically, on contemporary Irish poets, namely Seamus Heaney, Bernard O’Donoghue, Paddy Bushe or Medbh McGuckian, among others. James Joyce is also among his main interests. He has also worked on the reception of Irish playwright Synge in Spain. He is a current member of the postgraduate staff at the Research Centre for Irish Studies ‘Amergin’ (UDC, Spain), and a member of the Spanish Association of English and American Studies (AEDEAN), the European Society for the Study of English (ESSE), the Spanish Association of Irish Studies (AEDEI) and the James Joyce Spanish Association, among others. He also writes daily articles for the regional press and, as a radio broadcaster, contributes a weekly one-hour radio programme on contemporary literature and literary criticism, since 2005.


Juan José Varela Tembra

Juan José Varela Tembra holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics, an MA in English Philology, an MA in Religious Sciences, and a BA in TEFL for Primary Education (University of Santiago de Compostela). He was a postgraduate student at Middlebury College (USA) and a Spanish language and culture assistant at the Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco (Portugal). Since 2002 he has taught English language and literature and Applied Linguistics at the Theological Institute in Santiago de Compostela. He has been a visiting researcher at the University of Ljubljana (2009) and at the University of Reading (2008). His research interests lie in the fields of cultural and sexual identity issues in ELT, existential competence, ELT teacher training, and Spanish as a Foreign/Second Language. He has published in Hispania Journal, RLA, the Reading Matrix, Porta Linguarum, International Journal of Learning, MacMillan, Visor, etc. He has been a full-time researcher in teacher training projects of the European Commission and the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.

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