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 Rachel Beaney

Rachel Beaney

Research student, Modern Languages

I studied BA Spanish at Cardiff University from 2012 to 2016. During my degree I completed a year abroad at the University of Granada, Spain. I have C1 level Spanish and I have also completed beginners courses in Italian and Catalan. I was previously employed as an assistant on the Routes into Languages Cymru Project.

In 2018 I received an MPhil (Cardiff) with a thesis on 'The Agentic Child: Redefining the Child Seer in Contemporary Spanish Horror Film' and I am now pursuing PhD study thanks to the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership studentship, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). My PhD explores the depiction of the orphan child in Hispanic visual cultures. I am based at Cardiff University and Exeter University

Research interests

I am currently writing a PhD thesis examining the representation of the orphan child in Hispanic visual cultures. The working title is: Orphans and the Turn(s) To Childhood In Spanish Visual Cultures: From Transition to Transaction.

My PhD is being supervised by Dr Ryan Prout (Cardiff) and Professor Sally Faulkner (Exeter).

My wider research interests are:

  • Spanish History
  • Spanish Language Cinema and Television
  • Childhood and nation in cinema
  • Queer Theory
  • Childhood Studies


  • ''I believe that children are the future: Houston, Edelman, Fisher and Symbolic Childhoods in Spanish Civil War Propaganda', University of Exeter PGR Conference, 1st April 2019.
  • You know how to play: The Power of Play in Contemporary Spanish Cinema', University of Southampton Modern Languages Research Group, Thursday 7th February 2019.
  • 'Changing Childness: The Shift to Children’s Agency in Contemporary Spanish Orphan Narratives', Children and Youth on the Move Children's History Society Conference 2018 on 21-23 June 2018, University of Greenwich, London, UK.
  • 'Discarding the Dress: Rejecting Gender Norms in El laberinto del fauno (del Toro 2006)', Gender at a Crossroads, AHRC SWW DTP conference, Wednesday 16th May 2018, Hadyn Ellis Building, Cardiff University.


I was able to undertake studies for the award of MPhil after receiving the Henrique’s Scholarship, which funded my tuition. I have been able to undertake a PhD thanks to a scholarship with the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership funded by the AHRC.


  • 18/19-ML8100 Introduction to Translation Methods (Spanish to English Translation Seminars)
  • 18/19-ML0187 Understanding Hispanidad in a Global Context  (Seminars)

Dr Ryan Prout

Reader in Hispanic Studies




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