Spanish: Spanish Literature, History and Journalism in the 20th Century, Latin American Literature, Poetry and History of Thinking.
Javier Avilés was born and raised in Granada (Spain), where he began his studies in Civil Engineering. In 2006, he moved to Madrid to pursue his interests in Journalism at the Universidad Complutense. While doing his Master’s degree he worked at the Granada Hoy newspaper and Telemadrid TV channel. In 2010, he moved to Germany for a one-year stay at the Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt with an Erasmus grant from the European Union. In 2012, back in Spain, he received a M.A. in Spanish Teaching as a Foreign Language at the Universidad de Alcalá and started working as Spanish and German instructor in several language schools in Madrid. In 2015 he returned to Granada and kept teaching Spanish while completing his PhD in Spanish Studies: Language, Literature, History and Thinking at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid with a dissertation about the chronicles that the journalist Manuel Chaves Nogales wrote in the Nazi Germany in 1933. In 2018, during his PhD, he spent a year in Bogotá, Colombia.
Dr. Avilés has published several articles about the works of Manuel Chaves Nogales and the thinking of his contemporaries. In 2019 he was awarded in the poetry and short story contests by the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid for the poem "Las nubes contra el Monserrate" and the short story "El Barco Esmeralda". He has published journalistic articles in Spanish national and local newspapers such as El País, El Confidencial or El Diario de Sevilla. He currently teaches courses in Spanish language, culture and literature.
After his PhD, Javier Avilés is currently researching about the links of Manuel Chaves Nogales thinking and that from the Classical Greece, paying particular attention to the concept of "measure of humanness" and its relation with the defense of democracy and tolerance by the Sevillian journalist in a time when many writers and intellectuals were attracted by the epic storytelling of totalitarianisms.
- “A Liberal in the Land of the Soviets: the View of Manuel Chaves Nogales on the Russian Revolution through his Reportages”. In S. J. Suárez-Cuadros, J. M. Valdera-Gil, M. A. del Arco-Blanco, B. Barros-García, E. F. Quero-Gervilla (Eds.) (2019): 1917. Russia in Revolution: History Culture and Memory, pp. 497-506.
- “A Flamenco in the Russian Revolution: The Demystifying Gaze on El maestro Juan Martínez que estaba allí, by Manuel Chaves Nogales” In A. Moyayo, J. M. Rúa, A. Segura (eds.) (2018): Centenari de la revolució russa (1917-2017). Edicions de la Universitat de Barcelona, pp. 217-228.
- “Manuel Chaves Nogales in Defense of Valle-Inclán: A Discrepant for the Republic. Context and Analisys of the Article “Don Ramón, «enchufista»”. EPOS: Revista de filología, nº XXXIII, 2017, UNED, pp. 77-98. Link: <https://cutt.ly/EfyITPV>.
- SPAN 101. Elementary Spanish I
- SPAN 306. Spanish in Context II-DL: The Spanish-Speaking World in the 20th and 21st Centuries.
Dr. Avilés holds a M.A. in Journalism at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) with a one-year stay at the Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (Germany), a M.A. in Spanish Teaching as a Foreign Language at the Universidad de Alcalá (Spain) and a PhD in Spanish Studies: Language, Literature, History and Thinking at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain).