ReFocus: The Films of Joaquín Jordá

deadline for submissions: 
May 30, 2021
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Edinburgh University Press
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Call for papers: ReFocus: The Films of Joaquín Jordá


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 Deadline for abstracts: 30 May 2021


With a career that lasted almost fifty years, Joaquín Jordá (1935-2006) is one of the main figures in unconventional, heterodox and combative Spanish cinema.


A leader of the Barcelona School of Film, an innovative movement within Spanish cinema in the sixties, Jordá exiled himself to Italy, where he practiced militant cinema and political activism. After returning to Spain, he worked as a translator and prestigious screenwriter, before reactivating his career as a filmmaker in the nineties. From the end of that decade onwards, and coinciding with a stroke that marked a turning point in his career, he was best known in two ways: as one of the principal creators in the area of new documentary film in Spain and through his educational activities in screenwriting and creative documentary.


Through his work, it is possible to trace the history of a particular kind of cinema devoted to politics and its development in a world where political struggles are often fragmented and dispersed. Jordá is an interdisciplinary creator who seamlessly combined his work in cinema with political activism, literature and education. Despite being recognized at the end of his career by international film festivals (Torino Film Festival and Festival International du Documentaire-Marseille) as one of the most original, innovative and powerful documentary filmmakers of his time; he is still not well known internationally.


In this context, we are inviting contributions focused on any central aspects of Joaquín Jordá and his work, with particular interest in the following areas:


-       Jordá and militant cinema

-       Political and social activism

-       The performative aspect of Jordá’s work

-       Artistic reworking of Jordá’s films

-       Jordá as screenwriter

-       Jordá and film genre

-       The unfinished works of Joaquín Jordá

-       Joaquín Jordá’s pedagogy

-       Jordá’s legacy in Spanish cinema and beyond

-       Biopolitics in Jordá’s films

-       Critical reception of Jordá’s work

-       Jordá and television

-       Joaquín Jordá’s writings on cinema

-       Barcelona in Jordá’s work: geographies and urbanism

-       Your suggested topic



The Films of Joaquín Jordá will be the first scholarly book in English about Joaquín Jordá. It will be published by the University of Edinburgh Press in the ReFocus series on international directors. Series editors are Robert Singer, PhD, Gary D. Rhodes, PhD and Stefanie Van de Peer, PhD.


Please send a proposal of 250-350 words with a short bio (150 words) to and by May 30, 2021. We welcome initial email enquiries to discuss possible proposals.


Final submissions will be approximately 6,000 to 8,000 words, in English, referenced in Chicago endnote style, and must be submitted by October 18, 2021.


Any questions should be sent to Fran Benavente and Glòria Salvadó-Corretger (Department of Communication, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain) at and