Asun López-Varela is Assoc. Prof. and Deputy Head of the Department of English Studies, Universidad Complutense Madrid. Her research interests are Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, as well as Cognitive and Intermedial Semiotics. Since 2007, she coordinates of the research program Studies on Intermediality and Intercultural Mediation SIIM. A proactive member of the profession, currently, López-Varela is Deputy Head of the Department of English Studies at UCM and member of Executive Committee of the Association of Alumni of the Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard University and of the Marie Curie Alumni Association MCAA. Between 2017-2019, López-Varela was President of the European Society of Comparative Literature. She continues to serve annually as external evaluator for various EU programs. In order to strengthen relations between Europe and Asia, López-Varela coordinates an annual Seminar Series on Cross-cultural dialogue funded by the One Asia Foundation. She is honorary member of the Poetry Award Committee of Beijing Literature and ArtNetwork and editor and a member of the scientific committee of various academic journals
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