Spanish Migration to Australia
Spanish Popular Culture
Latin American and Spanish Cinema.
Fields of Research (FoR)Migration history, Cinema studies
Natalia teaches Spanish language and Spanish cultural studies and is the Convenor of European Languages and Cultures Studies. Her interdisciplinary research draws from fields in the Humanities and the Social Sciences and focuses on Spanish migration to and from Australia. She is particularly interested in analysing issues of identity formation, different forms of constructing a sense of belonging while living in a foreign country,...view more
Natalia teaches Spanish language and Spanish cultural studies and is the Convenor of European Languages and Cultures Studies. Her interdisciplinary research draws from fields in the Humanities and the Social Sciences and focuses on Spanish migration to and from Australia. She is particularly interested in analysing issues of identity formation, different forms of constructing a sense of belonging while living in a foreign country, intergenerational issues pertaining to immigrant families, as well as questions around migrants’ memory, emotions, and affects
Her background as a filmmaker has led her to become increasingly interested in forms of storytelling that interrogate assumptions about identity formation, community building, and feelings of belonging. Her first short film MEMORY won best film at the Victoria Multicultural Film Festival (2019) and is part of the TRAVELLING ROADSHOW SERIES ‘Zooming Out’, which tours multicultural films to regional Victorian. Memory has been screened internationally. Her latest work Home Sweet Home contains a collection of short documentaries presenting the different layers of Spanish migration narratives in relation to isolation, identity construction, the meaning of home, the complexities of returns and remigration, distance, nostalgia, and familial and generational differences. This research work has been published as part of the Europeana Collections on migration.
In 2022, Natalia co-directed and co-produced a feature documentary, The Bride Flights (Spain, Australia) produced with the support of TVE-Televisión Española, Destino Films, and Desenfoque Post Producciones S.L. In Spain, the film reached 320,000 views in one night, and in Australia, the film has been broadcast on ABC International in over 38 countries across the Indo-Pacific and on SBS1 and on demand. The film is distributed by Ronin Films and is available on VIMEO on demand.
Natalia is the Director and Founder of SCHAA- The Spanish Cultural Heritage Association of Australia, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes the preservation of the Spanish cultural heritage in Australia, by encouraging research, cultural events, and the social enjoyment of cultural resources. SCHAA is supported by the Ministry of Migration (Spain), the Embassy of Spain in Canberra, and UNSW.
In 2009 she was bestowed with the Order of Isabell the Catholic (Spain) for her outstanding contribution to the dissemination and promotion of Spanish Culture in Australia as the funder and director of The Spanish Film Festival in Australia and New Zealand.
2023 HAL School Research Grants- Seed Funding Scheme
2023 EF Grant, Institutional Teaching Award
2022 ADA Early Career Academic Research Output Enhancement Support Scheme, UNSW
2022 EF Fellowship- Feedback, UNSW
2022 HISPANEX Program, Ministry of Culture (Spain)
2022 EF Teaching Support Grant, UNSW
2021 Research Grant, Spanish Migration Ministry (Spain)
2021 The Brides Flight - TVE documentary funding (Spain)
2021 EF Career Development Funding, UNSW
2021 ECAN Research Support Scheme – Rapid Funding Round, UNSW
2017 Learning & Teaching Grant, UTS.
2016 Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship, UTS.
2015 Vice-Chancellor’s Postgraduate Research Grant, UTS.
2015 Casual Academic Development Grant, UTS.
2019 Doctor of Creative Arts by Research, University of Technology Sydney.
2012 Masters Media Arts and Production, University of Technology Sydney
2023, Winner, UNSW Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
2023, Nominee, ADA Dean's Award for Collaboration.
2022, Nominee, ADA Dean's Award for Outstanding Achievement as an Early Academic - Researcher (NTRO)
2022, Winner, ADA ECAN Awards for Excellence 'Best NTRO' (The Bride Flights).
2022, Honourable Mention Exemplary Teaching Practice (ETP) Award
2022, Winner, Best Hispanic/Latino Film, Cannes World Film Festival (The Bride Flights).
2019, Winner, Best Film, Victoria Multicultural Film Festival (Memory).
2019, Winner, FASS Learning & Teaching Award in the Casual Academic Teaching category, UTS
2015, Nominee, The Medal of Honour of Emigration (Embassy of Spain, Canberra).
2014, Nominee, Outstanding Hispanic Woman Achiever, AHWBN (Australia).
2009, Winner, the Order of Isabella the Catholic (Spain).
My Research Activities
Ortiz N, 2020 “The Martha’s Plan, Labour of Love”: A symposium on “Intimate Histories of Post-War”. Organised in conjunction with; the State Library of NSW, the Embassy of Spain in Canberra, the University of New South Wales, the Instituto Cervantes and SBS Spanish Radio.
Ortiz N, 2019 'In search of our roots, The Basques in Australia' . Organised in conjunction with; Asociación Navarra Boomerang Australia Elkartea (Spain), Instituto Cervantes of Sydney, and SCHAA.
Ortiz N, 2017 'Home Sweet Home, and the myth of returning amongst Spanish migrants in Australia'. UTS.
Current- Director and Founder SCHAA (Spanish Cultural Heritage Association, Australia)
2022 Fremantle Media- Cultural Consultant
2021 SBS Spanish- Community Consultant
2019 Director- UNSW Spanish Film Festival. Organised in conjunction with; The Consulate General of Spain, University of NSW, Instituto Cervantes, and SCHAA.
2019 Advisory Committee Member- EDGE Inner West Council An Arts and Cultural Festival.
2012- 1996- Director and Founder- Spanish Film Festival in Australia and New Zealand.
STANSW -Spanish Teachers Association of NSW
ERA, Europeana Research Association.
RAICEX, Red de Asociaciones de Investigadores Españoles en el Exterior.
SRAP, Spanish Researchers in Australia-Pacific.
Oral History NSW.
AMHN, Australia Migration History Network.
I teach across all levels of the Spanish language as well as The Making of Modern Spain (ARTS 3576) and Fantasy, Love, and Violence in Spanish and Latin American Cinema (ARTS 3574)