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Paul Merchant

Paul Merchant

After submitting his PhD thesis in August 2017, Paul started work as a Lecturer in Latin American Film and Visual Culture at the University of Bristol. His research focuses on 20th- and 21st-century Latin American film and visual culture, with a particular emphasis on the countries of the Southern Cone (Argentina, Uruguay, Chile). 

His doctoral thesis, 'New Constructions of House and Home in Contemporary Argentine and Chilean Cinema (2005-2015)', explored the political potential of domestic space in recent filmmaking. His current research project examines the cultural significance of the sea in modern Chile, working across a variety of media, from film and digital video to poetry.

He is interested in how cinema relates to other visual media, in the shifting critical frameworks of Latin American studies, and in the intersections between postcolonial theory and the environmental humanities. He is a co-editor (with Lucy Bollington) of the forthcoming volume The Limits of the Human in Latin American Culture, which analyses how discourses of humanism and posthumanism have operated in - and have been shaped by - a wide range of literary and visual cultures in the region. 

See his profile at the University of Bristol for a full list of publications and other research activities.