FranklinLogo2Dr Tom Whittaker, Lecturer in Hispanic Film Studies, has been appointed as the  inaugural Franklin-Morris International Scholar. The award will give Dr Whittaker the opportunity to spend a month at the University of Georgia, at the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, where he will teach a module entitled ‘Space, Movement and Identity in Hispanic Film’ and carry out his ongoing research on sound in Spanish and Latin American film.

Dr Whittaker says: “I’m excited to be given the opportunity to pursue my research and teaching interests at the University of Georgia this Summer. Like Liverpool, UGA has a renowned and interdisciplinary research culture. It’s a dynamic institution with an excellent reputation, and I’m looking forward to working with their students and academics alike.”

Established by the University of Liverpool and the University of Georgia, the Franklin-Morris International Scholar is named in honour of two of the signatories to the Declaration of Independence in 1776 ; Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) and (Liverpool born) Robert Morris (1734-1806). The new scholars programme further strengthens the relationship between the University of Liverpool and the UGA. The institutions already have a teaching exchange programme arrangement, and a new institution-wide undergraduate student exchange programme will be begin later this year.

A specialist in Hispanic Film Studies, Dr Whittaker is the author of A Producer of Landscapes: The Films of Elías Querejeta (UWP, 2011). He has also published widely on aspects on Spanish and Latin American film in journals such as Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, International Journal of Cultural Studies, Journal of British Cinema and Television, Jump Cut, and Studies in Hispanic Cinemas.