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Erika Teichert

Erika Teichert

Biography

I am from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I graduated with a First Class BA (Hons) degree in History of Art from UCL, where I received the Dean’s List Award.

Since graduating, I have worked on various cultural projects at artistic institutions both in London and Buenos Aires. In 2016, I joined the Centre of Latin American Studies, Cambridge University, supported by the Simón Bolívar Fund and completed the MPhil in Latin American Studies with Distinction.

My PhD is funded by the Cambridge International Trust and Newnham College Scholarship. I am also the recipient of the Trinity-MCSC Honorary Scholarship.

PhD Research

My thesis entitled, Bodies of Victimhood: Mobilising Photography in Human Rights Activism in Contemporary Argentina (working title), is a study of the visual culture of human rights movements in Argentina in the XXI century, specifically looking at the mobilisation of photography in their activism. In each chapter, I cover different human rights organisations and photographic outputs: collectives that respond to the country’s dictatorial past, the Malvinas war veterans’ organisations, abortion and feminist activists, HIV activists as well as citizens' assemblies against neoextractivism. I analyse the discourses mobilised by each group, particularly interrogating the local discourses of human rights at play, to consider their translation into photographic practices. In this sense, I am particularly interested in analysing how photography serves to represent or frame the ‘victim’, in turn reflecting on the role that the embodiment of victimhood plays in human rights activism. While the thesis is highly interdisciplinary, I ground the analysis in photographic theory throughout, to examine the ways in which the particularities of the medium of photography serve the aims of activism, engaging with public and collective spheres to navigate and imagine various temporal registers in an attempt to look towards a better future.

Publications

"The Politics of the Family: Psychoanalysis and Neoliberalism in Contemporary Argentine Documentary Cinema". Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies. Accepted for publication.  

"Lola Arias’ Campo minado/Minefield (2016): Exploring Dramatherapy in Documentary Theatre." Bulletin of Hispanic Studies. Accepted for publication. 

"Reciclajes: Materializando militancia en la exESMA." Teatro XXI. Accepted for publication. Article to be published as part of a dossier entitled, "Relaciones intermediales e interdisciplinarias en la cultura argentina: teatro, cine, performance y ópera," coordinated by Dr Ezequiel Lozano (UBA-CONICET) and Dr Lía Noguera (UBA-UNA).

Invited Reviews

"The Senses of Democracy: Perception, Politics and Culture in Latin America." Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 96.9 (2019): 995-96. 

Selected Conference Papers

  • "Photography and HIV in Contemporary Argentina: A Case for “Vulnerable” Academic Writing", SLAS Annual Conference, April 2020. 
  • "Pañuelazo: Visual Strategies of the Legal Abortion Campaign in Argentina", LASA Annual Conference, May 2019.
  • "Abortion and Human Rights in Argentina: a Visual Perspective", LSE-Essex-Cambridge Doctoral Triangle, @ LSE, May 2019. 
  • "Landscapes in Transition: Haunting Spaces at the exESMA in Buenos Aires", LASA Annual Conference, May 2018. 

Selected Organised Events

  • Artivismo: The Place of Art and Politics in Latin America. Postgraduate conference held at Cambridge. 9th November 2018.

Teaching at Cambridge

  • Course Supervisor: SP13-Contemporary Latin American Culture (Department of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics); Paper 17/18-Vision and Representation in Contemporary Art (Department of History of Art)
  • Undergraduate Dissertation Supervisor

Research Interests

  • Latin American contemporary art and photography
  • Intersections between photography/art and activism 
  • Photojournalism 
  • Photography theory
  • Ethics of photography

Supervisor: Dr Joanna Page
Email: ept27@cam.ac.uk