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This special issue of Studies in Spanish & Latin American Cinemas contains selected contributions presented at the international conference 'In Transition: Historical, Political and Cultural Changes in Cinema and Television', held in November 2012 at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Both the conference and the articles included in the following pages explore technological connotations of 'the transitional' from historically conscious and comparative perspectives in an effort to better understand and appreciate the impact of transnationalism for the field of Hispanic and Latin American studies. While 'the transnational' has already been explored by other scholars in film and media studies, the articles to follow add a strong political dimension to the field as they present a variety of case studies of transnational practices in the cinemas of Spain and Latin America. By placing the studies of transnational activities in Spanish and Latin American contexts, we are better able to assess the implications of these different types of transition for the Hispanic world, both from a national and a transnational level.
hispanic studies; spanish and latin american cinemas; film history; political transitions; technological transitions; transnationalism