PhD Student in Spanish

Sara Barnard


Originally from England, I studied for a BA in Modern Languages at Bristol University, with time spent attending the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany and the University of Vigo, Galicia, Spain. I completed a Master in Spanish Literature at the Complutense University, Madrid, in 2009. I advanced to Candidacy at UBC in December 2012. My thesis will look at the relationships and interactions between science and the arts in contemporary Spanish culture. I also work as a Teaching Assistant in the department, teaching Spanish 101 and Spanish 102, and as a tutor at the department’s Writing Centre.

Find me on Twitter: @Sara_Barnard

Sara Barnard


  • Contemporary Spanish Cultural Studies (film, narrative, visual arts)
  • Interrelations between science, technology, and the arts
  • Health, medicine, and culture
  • Late 19th century to 21st century peninsular literature
  • Gender, sexuality, and alternative lifestyles

Sara Barnard



Biutiful and The Skin I Live In: the intersection of health, art, and science in contemporary Spanish cinema”
Presented at II International Syposium (New Worlds, Other Encounters: Cultural Dialogues Between America and Spain), University of South Florida, Torremolinos, Spain, July 2012.

“Skin, cells, and self: the meeting of art and science in Spanish contemporary culture”
Presented at XV Forum for Iberian Studies (National Identities at the Intersection: Literature and Visual Media), Oxford University, England, June 2012.

“Singing in the dark times: Maria Teresa Leon’s Juego Limpio
Presented at the FHIS Labyrinths Conference, UBC, Canada, October 2011.

“Invisible love and power at play in Albaladejo’s Nacidas para sufrir
Presented at the First International Symposium on Ideology, Politics, and Demands in Spanish Language, Literature and Film, in Santander, Spain, July 2011.


Best Graduate Essay Departmental Prize 2010
Awarded by the FHIS Department, UBC, for “Invisible love and power at play in Albaladejo’s Nacidas para sufrir” and “Juego limpio de María Teresa León: cantando en los tiempos oscuros”


Graduate Student representative, 2012-present, at FHIS Writing Centre Committee meetings.

Graduate Student representative, 2010 – 2012, at FHIS Faculty meetings and Graduate Studies Committee meetings.

Writing Centre Tutor 2011 – present
Volunteer tutor at the departmental Writing Centre, helping undergraduate students with their Spanish writing assignments

Conference Organization   2010 – 2011
Member of the organizational committee for Fourth FHIS Graduate Student Conference: The Labyrinths, Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies, University of British Columbia.

Professional Membership  2012 – present
Association of Hispanists in Great Britain & Ireland
Modern Language Association