Ryan Prout completed his doctoral research, on Juan Goytisolo’s later fiction, at Trinity Hall. He was a Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church, Oxford. Since 2019 he has been Reader in Spanish Philology and Visual Cultures at Cardiff University. His research interests are in contemporary Spanish and Latin American visual cultures and narrative, and his diverse publications, on literature, film, and the graphic novel have addressed themes ranging from the transitional dog as skeumorphic proxy, to gender and automobilism in Spanish film of the 1960s. Forthcoming publications include a contribution on transnational adoption and ‘l’homme moyen’ in Normas y diferenecias, which he is co-editing with Rafael García and David Navarro Juan, and an essay in Representaciones cómicas de la discapacidad (ed. by Susanne Hartwig) on The Red Chapel, Mads Brügger’s comedy documentary about North Korea.
He served as an elected member of University and College Union’s National Executive Committee representing LGBT members in Higher Education. He was the elected representative for UCU on the LGBT committee at the Trade Union Congress.
He led a successful application by Cardiff’s School of Modern Languages to the Athena Swan charter. He received the 2018 awards for Leader in Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion, and for Enriching Student Life, from Cardiff University’s Student Union.
He is currently working on an ESRC-funded collaborative project called All is not Well. The first iteration of this project aimed to highlight through newly commissioned comic strips the essential social function performed by care givers and to break with the sensationalist stereotypes that have tended to frame representation of care in the mainstream media. The second iteration commissioned new artwork and stories to draw attention to homelessness in Wales and the UK; the third iteration is focussed on disability in Bulgaria.
He is new to the study of futures as a discipline in tis own right. His introduction to strategic foresight was by way of participating in the 2023 Summer School on Futures Literacy held in Sofia.