Dr José Díaz Rodríguez

Adjunct Lecturer - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

José Díaz Rodríguez


José has been an active language instructor since 2004, training in teaching Spanish as a foreign language at Universidad Antonio de Nebrija in Madrid. He has taught Spanish language at the University of New England (Australia), Massey University (New Zealand), Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), University of Leeds (UK), Yuexiu University (China), and the UK branches of the Spanish official cultural centre, Instituto Cervantes. He has also lectured in Spanish & Philippine cultural studies.

Apart from his academic career, he has worked in arts management for several organisations, including the Embassy of Spain in the Philippines, and the performing arts company Fighting Fit Productions. His work experience in Asia prompted him to research the promotion of culture in transnational contexts, in particular the cultural relationships between Spain and the Philippines.


  • PhD Spanish & Philippine Studies, University of Leeds (UK)
  • MA by Research (Spanish), University of Leeds (UK)
  • Diploma in Arts, University of Auckland (New Zealand)
  • Licenciado en Ciencias de la Información, Complutense University of Madrid (Spain)

Teaching Areas

Spanish Language & Cultural Studies
Philippine Cultural Studies

Research Interests

  • Postcolonial Studies, Cultural Memory, Cultural Policy, Iberian Studies, Philippine Studies, Representation of Others, Philippine-Spanish Cultural Relationships, Cultural Politics.
  • Language learning, Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language.


Diaz Rodriguez, JM (Forthcoming July 2018) The Appeal of the Philippines: Spain, Cultural Representation and Politics. Singapore-UK, Routledge. (Monograph) Contemporary Southeast Asia Series.

Diaz Rodriguez, JM. (Forthcoming 2018). Domesticating Legacies: Spanish Official Discourses and the Philippines. Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research.

Diaz Rodriguez, JM. (2016). Maria Clara for the 21st century: Filipino responses to “neo-colonial” encounters. Kritika Kultura. (27), 21-44

Diaz Rodriguez, JM. (2015). The perils of global cultural promotion: (Re-)Presenting “European culture” in Asia through Spanish cultural promotion in the Philippines. Athens Journal of Humanities and Arts. 2(3), 163-176 Retrieved from http://www.athensjournals.gr/humanities/2015-2-3-3-Rodriguez.pdf

Diaz Rodriguez, JM. (2014). "Living the Postcolonial; Thinking it Neo-colonial; Calling it Cultural Cooperation between Spain and the Philippines." Postcolonial Text (Forthcoming)

Diaz Rodriguez, JM. (2012). "An Imperial Affair to Remember: Spanish Memorialisation of the Philippines in the New Millennium." Ex Plus Ultra. http://explusultra.wun.ac.uk/