Cristina Aliagas

UAB Lecturers

Tenure-track Lecturer (Serra Hunter)
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She received her B.A. in Humanities in 2005 and her Ph.D. with European Mention in 2011 from the Pompeu Fabra University. Her PhD Thesis, El desinterès lector adolescent [The lack of interest in reading] supervised by Dr. Daniel Cassany and Dr. Josep M. Castellà carries out an anthropological analysis of the literacy practices and the reading identities of four resistant adolescent readers. She was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Sheffield (2013-2015) and at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, funded by a Beatriu de Pinós (Generalitat/Marie Curie Actions) scholarship. Currently she is a Juan de la Cierva Fellow (MECD) conducting her research on the integration of digital literacies in the educational curricula at GRAEL’s research group (UPF).

She has published about forty research papers and has presented over fifty communications in local and international conferences. She has made three research stages in United Kingdom; with Prof. David Barton at Lancaster University (2007) and with Prof. Kate Pahl and Dr. Julia Davies at The University of Sheffield (2009, 2013-2015). Since 2005, she has taught at several universities (UPF, UAB, UOC, The University of Sheffield).

Her research interest focuses on the role of literacy in the everyday life and ‘subcultures’ of Catalan/Spanish teenagers, particularly those that ‘resist’ schooling. Within this broad area, her research covers a variety of topics: ethnography and literacy, digital literacies (social networks such as Facebook and Instagram), literacy/literary identities in adolescent’s cultures (manga readers, rap singers, fanfiction members, role-playing gamers, tablet readers, private writing). This anthropological-driven research informs another group of classroom-based studies through which she explores the complex interface between vernacular, digital literacies and the curriculum.