Alena Robin

Robin-Updated.jpgAssociate Professor,
Graduate Chair of Hispanic Studies
Ph.D. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico

Email: arobin82@uwo.ca
Extension: 81599
Office: AHB 3R08A

Office Hours: 
Fall 2017: Friday, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Winter 2018: Wednesday, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Recipient of the Graham and Gale Wright Distinguished Scholar Award for 2016-17.

This Faculty-based award recognizes Robin's prominent contributions as an internationally-recognized researcher in her field. Appointments to the Graham and Gale Wright Distinguished Scholar Fellowship are for a one-year period and will provide faculty members with one half-course teaching relief, allowing them to focus on research. 

Areas of Interest

  • Latin American Art: Baroque, Nineteenth and Twentieth centuries; 
  • Latin American Art in Canada
  • Theories of Art and Artistic Literature in Spain and Latin America;
  • Historiography of Viceregal Painting in New Spain.

Publications

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Book
Las capillas del Vía Crucis de la ciudad de México: arte, patrocinio y sacralización del espacio, Mexico City, Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas/ UNAM, 2014, 309 pp., ISBN 978-607-02-6076-6.

 

 

RACAR-Robin.jpgScolarly Journal, co-edition of thematic issue:
Alena Robin in collaboration with Luis de Moura Sobral, Special number on Latin American Art, co-editor with Luis de Moura Sobral, RACAR (Revue d’art canadienne/Canadian Art Review), vol. 38, num. 2, 2013.

 

 

 Most Recent Publications (please see also: https://westernu.academia.edu/AlenaRobin):

“Voices from the Archives. The Painter's Profession in Mexico City in 1735: Phelipe Chacón, José de Ibarra and Nicolás Enríquez in the Royal Mint,” Agents of Space: Eighteenth-Century Art, Architecture and Visual Culture, ed. Christina Smylitopoulos, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016, pp. 174-191. ISBN: 978-1-4438-8883-7.

“A Nazarene in the Nude: Questions of Representation in Devotional Images of New Spain,” thematic issue on “Living Images”, Horti Hesperidum, studi di storia del collezionismo e della storiografia artistic, V, I 1, 2015, pp. 201-237. http://issuu.com/horti-hesperidum/docs/26.a.robin/50?e=2595352/32227327

“El Vía Crucis del Museo Regional de Guadalajara y los avatares del tiempo,” Actas del Primer Coloquio Interdisciplinar: Museo Regional de Guadalajara hacia su Centenario. 1918-2018, Guadalajara, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, 2015, pp. 35-46.

“‘Trampantojo a lo divino’: El Nazareno del Hospital de Jesús en Pennsylvania,” Anales del Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, 107, 2015, pp. 157-171.

“Vía Crucis de pintura e imágenes de bulto en Nueva España: reflexiones sobre la complementariedad de una devoción,” Atrio, Revista de historia del arte, no. 19, 2013, pp. 107-116. http://issuu.com/atrio.historiadelarte/docs/atrio_19/1

Projects with students:

Interview with Jorge Uzon with UWO students (in relation to the course Sp 3500, Community Service Learning in the Hispanic World: History, Culture and People in Context), London, March 18, 2014, http://uwo.ca/modlang/guatemala/aboutjorge.html#.

A Whisper in the Ear of the Condemned: Photographing Guatemala after the War, Public lecture given in English by Jorge Uzon, London, March 19, 2014, http://uwo.ca/modlang/guatemala/aboutjorge.html#.

“Guatemala Beyond the Civil War. Through the Lens of Jorge Uzon”, Virtual Exhibit by the students enrolled in the course SP 3500, Community Service Learning in the Hispanic World: History, Culture and People in Context, with the technological support of ITRC (Instructional Technology Resource Centre, UWO), http://uwo.ca/modlang/guatemala/

Interview with Elena Poniatowska with UWO students (in relation to SP 4531/ 9656, Masters and Masterpieces: Elena Poniatowska and Post-Revolution Mexican Art), Mexico City, May 21, 2013, http://youtu.be/HmP13evKyeA

Published in a thematic issue of Diálogo, “Teaching the Works of Elena Poniatowska in 21st Century Frames”, vol. 17, num. 1, spring 2014, pp. 136-144.

Recent Conference Papers

“Carmelite Preaching in Guadalajara,” Universities Art Association of Canada, Montreal, October 30, 2016.

“La pintura en Nueva Galicia. Un enfoque multidisciplinario,” Tejiendo la historia. Módulos temáticos de historiografía, Dirección de estudios históricos, Dirección de Estudios Históricos/ INAH, Mexico City (Mexico), May 19, 2016.

 “Mexico City's Way of the Cross. Art, the Sacred, and the Profane,” Keynote speaker for the 5Th Annual Undergraduate Art History Conference, Montreal, February 13, 2016.

“Please Adopt a Work of Art, but Don’t Destroy It: The Way of the Cross in Guadalajara, Mexico,” Universities Art Association of Canada, Halifax, November 7, 2015.

Recent Conference Session Organizer and/or Chair

 “From Far and Wide: Sacred Images in the Hispanic World/ Imágenes sagradas del mundo hispano,” co-organizer and co-chair with Ayelet Ishai, Asociación canadiense de Hispanistas, Toronto, June 2, 2017.

“Taking Measure: Latin American Art in the Canadian Context/ Examen de la situation: L’art Latino-Américain dans le contexte Canadien,” co-organizer with Dot Tuer, Universities Art Association of Canada, Montreal, October 29, 2016.

“The Art of Saving Art,” chair and organizer, Universities Art Association of Canada, Halifax, November 7, 2015.

Courses
University of Western Ontario
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Undergraduate Courses:
SP 2102, Mexico City
SP 2220, Spanish Conversation
SP3500, Community Service Learning in the Hispanic World: History, Culture and People in Context
SP3501, Hispanic Visual Arts and Texts
SP 4531, Masters and Masterpieces: Elena Poniatowska and Post-Revolution Mexican Art

Graduate Course:
SP9629, Artistic Literature of the Hispanic Baroque
SP9651, Migration and Ethnic Relations in Colonial Latin American Art
SP9653, Historiography of New Spanish Painting
SP9652, Sacred Images and Places of Worship 
SP9656, Masters and Masterpieces: Elena Poniatowska and Post-Revolution Mexican Art