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Dr Geoffrey Maguire

Geoffrey Maguire

gwm23@cam.ac.uk

Geoffrey is currently a Junior Research Fellow in Latin American Studies at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge. Since completing his PhD in 2015, he has also worked as a College Lecturer in Spanish for Peterhouse and Murray Edwards College, and as the Network Coordinator for the AHRC Research Network 'Science in Text and Culture in Latin America', led by Dr Joanna Page (Cambridge) and Dr María del Pilar Blanco (Oxford). 

Research

Geoffrey’s research and teaching interests focus on the intersections of politics and culture in contemporary Latin America, with a particular emphasis on 21st-century Argentine literature, film and visual art. He is the author of numerous academic articles and book chapters, as well as the recent monograph, The Politics of Postmemory: Violence and Victimhood in Contemporary Argentine Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). This book analyses works of literature, cinema, theatre and photography produced over the last decade and explores the theoretical relevance of postmemory frameworks in the contemporary Argentine context. 

Geoffrey's current research focuses on contemporary queer cinema from Argentina and Chile, examining the representation of the gay male subject through recent theoretical debates surrounding (queer) masculinities and filmic embodiment. With Dr Rachel Randall (University of Oxford), he is also editing a volume of essays that examine the figure of the adolescent in recent works of visual art, entitled New Visions of Adolescence: Gender, Class and Politics in Contemporary Latin American Visual Arts. More broadly, Geoffrey is interested in literary and filmic representations of the Falklands/Malvinas conflict, and in theories of exile, film and cultural memory.

Academic Publications

  • The Politics of Postmemory: Violence and Victimhood in Contemporary Argentine Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)
  • 'Domestic Politics and the Child's Gaze in Paula Markovitch's El premio (2011)', in Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas, Vol.14, No.1 (March 2017), pp.3-21.
  • 'Entre la memoria y la imaginación: la politización de la niñez y la conciencia cinematográfica en Infancia clandestina (2012) de Benjamín Ávila', El pasado inasequible. Desaparecidos, hijos y combatientes en el arte y literatura del nuevo milenio, ed. by Jordana Blejmar, Mariana Eva Perez and Silvana Mandolessi (Buenos Aires: EDUBA, 2016), pp.249-276.
  • ‘Between Victims and Veterans: Remembering the Malvinas and Framing Nationalism in Tristán Bauer’s Iluminados por el fuego [2005] and Julio Cardoso’s Locos de la bandera [2004]’ (2015).
  • 'Bringing Memory Home: Historical (Post)Memory and Patricio Pron’s El espíritu de mis padres [2011]', in Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, Vol. 23, No. 2, (March 2014), pp.211-228.

Selected Conference Papers

  • 'Repetition and Rupture in Lola Arias' Campo minado (2016)' (Memories of Dictatorship, University of Keele 2017)
  • 'The Minefield of Memory: Staging Violence in Contemporary Argentine Theatre' (LASA, Lima 2017)
  • 'Conflicts of Memory: Materiality and Performance in contempotary Argentine theatre' (SLAS, University of Glasgow 2017)
  • '"Mi mamá es ama de casa": Domestic Tension and Victimhood in Paula Markovitch's El premio' (LASA, New York 2016)
  • 'The Adolescent Image in Southern Cone Cinema: Memory and Utopia' (LASA, Puerto Rico 2015)
  • 'Militancy and Make-Believe: Politicizing Childhood and Cinematic Memory in Benjamín Ávila's Infancia clandestina [2011]' (New Poetics of Disappearance, IMLR, London 2014)
  • 'Comics, Kids and Cinema: Diversifying Memory in Second-Generation Argentine Cinema' (PILAS, University of Sheffield 2014)
  • ‘Human Rights, Identity Politics and Historical Memory in Contemporary Argentine Literature and Film’ (Memories of Conflict, Conflicts of Memory, UCL, London 2013)
  • ‘Remembering the Falklands/Malvinas and Framing Nationalism in Contemporary Argentine Cinema’ (PILAS, CLAS, Cambridge 2012)
  •  ‘Memorias de la guerra y conceptos de nacionalismo en cine argentino contemporáneo’ (La Guerre des Malouines: trente ans après, Université de Paris III/Université de Pau, Paris 2012)

Conference and Film Festival Organisation

  • Network Coordinator, 'Science and Culture in Theory and History: Latin America, France, and the Anglophone World' (Cambridge, July 2016)
  • Network Coordinator, 'Ciencia, cultura y modernidad en América Latina' (Buenos Aires, April 2016)
  • Network Coordinator, 'Science Fiction in Latin America: The (Re)Invention of a Genre' (San Juan, Puerto Rico, September 2015)
  • Film Festival Organizer, 'Beyond Borders: A Weekend of Ibero-American Film' (Cambridge, April 2015)
  • Conference Organizer, 'The Figure of the Child in Contemporary Latin American Visual Cultures' (Cambridge, May 2014)
  • Seminar Convener, 'Postgraduates in Latin American Studies Seminar Series' (Cambridge, 2012-2014)
  • Symposium Assistant, 'Narratives of the Malvinas' (Cambridge, 2012)

Teaching

  • SP1 Introduction to Hispanic Languages, Literatures and Cultures
  • SPA2 Use of Spanish (ab initio)
  • SPA3 Introduction to Hispanic Literature (ab initio)
  • SPB2 Translation from Spanish
  • SP5 Latin American Culture and History
  • SP12 Latin American Culture
  • SP13 Contemporary Latin American Culture
  • MPhil Latin American Studies

Geoffrey also supervises undergraduate dissertations, Year Abroad Projects and postgraduate theses on contemporary Hispanic literature, film and visual art.

Other Work

He has published translations of the Argentine poets Reynaldo Jiménez and Emiliano Bustos, and organizes a seminar series for Postgraduates in Latin American Studies at the Centre of Latin American Studies.