Painting Bohemian Lives: Absinthe, Ideology, and the Politics of Urban Life

Fordham’s first digital humanities history course! Based on nearly two years of research and preparation, this cultural history  course has students study bohemianism starting in the 19th century using social network theory, queer theory, urban space theory, and critical theory, while collecting oral histories, creating digital content, and maintaining a website made for a public audience. Course
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Making a Scene: Reviving the Public Sphere through Sex, Drugs, and Comic Books

    I will be presenting at the Council for European Studies in Washington D.C. on the 15th of May! Making a Scene: Reviving the Public Sphere through Sex, Drugs, and Comic Books Saturday, March 15, 2014 Committee (Omni Shoreham) Louie Dean Valencia-García , History, Fordham University In the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, the newly
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The Gallows are Busy

n January, I had the honour of being apart of the new publication, The Gallows Are Busy, published by Cicada Press, a collaborative effort of different artists, writers, and thinkers exploring suspension and disassociation from various perspectives. My contributions include a short piece entitled “Madrid Kills Me: Queer Obsessions and Late Nights in the Movida Madrileña”.  The reflective
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I want to write a social history about the Movida and everyday people…

Just thought I would share this article that was written about my research in a local newspaper in Madrid, SomosMalasaña: “Quiero escribir una historia de La Movida social y de la gente corriente” Escribir el primer libro en inglés sobre La Movida Madrileña. Ese es el propósito de Louie Dean Valencia, un joven historiador norteamericano al que
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Feísmo ilustrado, or Illustrated Ugliness—beauty in Madrid

andering around the city centre in Madrid the semi-attentive observer will start to see a very curious theme appear—feísmo ilustrado—, or “illustrated ugliness”.  However, not only does this street art have a wonderful theme and impressive body of work (ALL OVER THE CITY CENTRE), but the artist(s) broadly succeed at getting the heart of Madrid
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Adventures in Tetuán… Tracing the Past

oday’s adventures brought me to the Estrecho Metro stop—a train station opened in 1929 in a working class neighbourhood called Tetuán.  A lead on the Internet brought me to Hiper Comics, owned by José. Tetuán is made of approximately 49% of retired people, 11.74% unemployed, and 35% of the overall population is immigrant (source: FRAVM). Tetuán is also known
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Rimbaud in New York

David Wojnarowicz and Arthur Rimbaud. Two boys suffering untold abuses. Connected through the messy  bloodstain of art, a paper mask worn by so many. Rimbaud was shot at by his lover, Verlaine. Wojnarowicz was shot by mistake by a stranger. Both were boys living on the street, abused by men. poetics bled from them both.
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Notebooks for Dialogue

Just wanted to share with you all the new imagining of the project that originally started on BurntCitrus.  It’s called Notebooks for Dialogue (sound familiar?)  The content will be provided primarily by students enrolled in my class “understanding historical change: early modern europe, or, murder! treason! equality! and terror!”  More coming soon!
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curation of ourselves: digital identities and publicness in the 21st century

 am a discerning poster on Tumblr, carefully choosing what I post.  On Facebook, I bounce between news articles and the like that I think are worth reading; however, my status updates primarily revolve around my coffee, comic book and bibliophile addictions—with heavy accents of internet meanderings which I find informative or noteworthy (many thanks to
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From Meydan Tahrir to Wisconsin: Rethinking Revolution, Democracy and Citizenship

Excited to present at Cornell University’s conference From Meydan Tahrir to Wisconsin: Rethinking Revolution, Democracy and Citizenship  this weekend!  I’ll be presenting my paper “Spanish Revolution: Youth, Dissent & “Occupying” Space in Madrid” on a panel titled  Space, Time, & Occupation, which will consider the tactics and strategies used by young people in the summer of
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