Carmen Rabalska


I am a Senior Lecturer in Critical and Historical Studies. My background in Hispanic and French Culture led me to an interest in Film, where I eventually specialised. I have published in the area of gender, disability and transgression in Spanish cinema as well as Spanish regional minority Cinema. I contributed to the design of the BA and MA Film Studies degrees at Kingston. My teaching has focused on a range of critical, cultural and historical areas including mainstream and world cinema, genre and ideology; gender and disability; race and postcolonialism; world cinema and globalisation. My current roles include teaching on the BA Film Cultures and MA Film Studies degrees, module leadership of the CHS Dissertation and supervision of BA Fashion dissertations, and Module Leadership of L6 Special Topics in Art and Design History on which I teach on issues of colonialism, race and postcolonialism in Art History.

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in Critical and Historical Studies


  • BA (Joint Hons.) Spanish and Latin American Studies with French, University College London
  • MA. Hispanic Studies, UCL

Teaching and learning

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught


Peer reviewed journals

Rabalska, C. (1996) "Women in Spanish cinema in Transition", International Journal of Iberian Studies (International Journal of Iberian Studies) Vol. 9, No. 3, 

Rabalska, C. (1998) "National Identity and the nascent cinema in Galicia" IJIS Vol. 11, No. 3, 

Rabalska, C. (2000) "A Canon of Disability: deformity, illness and transgression in Spanish Cinema", IJIS Vol. 13, No. 1, 

Book sections

Rabalska, C. (1999) "A dark desire for the Grotesque" in Rob Rix and Roberto Soana-Rodriguez (eds.) Spanish cinema: Calling the Shots, (Leeds, Trinity and All Saints College, Leeds Iberian Papers Series)

Rabalska. C. (2004) "The Grotesque mirror: Deformity, mutilation and transgression" in Santaolalla, I., D'Allemand, P., Evans, P.W., Witt, M., et al. (eds) Buñuel Siglo XXI, (Prensas Universitarias de Zaragoza)

Conference presentations

Guest speaker at Manchester Cornerhouse Spanish Film Festival, March, 1999

"The body: deformity and mutilation in Cronenberg's Crash", in: Exiles International Colloquium, (organised by Kingston University, UK, Kingston University, Canada, Debrecen University Hungary) Herstmonceux Castle, June, 2001

"Identity and hybridity in popular Spanish cinema of the 1990s" in: Hispanic Cinemas: the local and the global conference, Institute for Romance Studies, University of London, November, 2003