History and Arts
Professor Cabranes-Grant has a joint appointment in the Departments of Theatre and Dance, and of Spanish and Portuguese. His research interests include Spanish, Caribbean and Latin-American drama and theatre history, Intercultural Studies, “minority” theatre. His publications include Los usos de la repetición en la obra de Lope de Vega (Pliegos, 2004). Professor Cabranes-Grant is currently writing a book about the links between theories of mediation and intercultural experiences (Interscapes. Performing the Intercultural from Shakespeare to Walcott). He is also a director and a playwright whose works have been produced and stage read in Puerto Rico, Boston, and Santa Barbara.
Swati Chattopadhyay is an architect and architectural historian specializing in modern architecture and urbanism, and the cultural landscape of British colonialism. She is interested in the ties between colonialism and modernism, and in the spatial aspects of race, gender, and ethnicity in modern cities that are capable of enriching post-colonial and critical theory. She is the current editor of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (JSAH). She is the author of Representing Calcutta: Modernity, Nationalism, and the Colonial Uncanny (Routledge, 2005; paperback 2006), and Unlearning the City: Infrastructure in a New Optical Field (Minnesota, 2012). Her current work includes a new book project, "Nature's Infrastructure," dealing with the infrastructural transformation of the Gangetic Plains between the 17th and 19th centuries.
Cristina Venegas is Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies where she teaches courses related to history, criticism and theory with an emphasis on Latin American film and media. She is the author of Digital Dilemmas: The State, the Individual and Digital Culture in Cuba (Rutgers, 2010), and co-editor of Digital Activism, Community Media, and Sustainable Communication in Latin America (Palgrave, 2020). Her current book project is titled Julio García Espinosa and the Imperfect Imagination and examines the global legacy of the eponymous Cuban filmmaker’s (1926-2016) theory, creative practice and cultural work. She is co-editor of the Media Matters book series for Rutgers University Press, and has curated numerous film programs at UCSB and beyond, served as juror for several international film festivals and film script competitions. In 2004, she co-founded the highly successful Latino CineMedia Festival in Santa Barbara (until-2011) in partnership with community artists and University leaders.