Academic Staff teaching at the Centre of Latin American Studies
Director of the Centre of Latin American Studies; Director of Graduate Studies
Joanna Page is a Senior University Lecturer in Latin American Cultural Studies at CLAS and also a member of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. She specialises in Argentine literature and cinema. She is the author of Crisis and Capitalism in Contemporary Argentine Cinema (Duke University Press, 2009), Creativity and Science in Contemporary Argentine Literature: Between Romanticism and Formalism (University of Calgary Press, 2014) and Technologies of the Text in a Material Multiverse: Science Fiction from Argentina (forthcoming, University of Michigan Press). She is also the co-editor of Visual Synergies in Fiction and Documentary Film from Latin America (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). She is currently involved in research projects on Chilean cinema and the graphic novel in Latin America, and is the Principal Investigator for the AHRC-funded international research network "Science in Text and Culture in Latin America".
Graham Denyer Willis
Graham Denyer Willis is a University Lecturer in the Centre of Latin American Studies and the Centre of Development Studies. His work brings together debates about public security, state-society relations and urbanization to raise and address new questions and understandings of development, security and governance in cities of the Global South. His first book, The Killing Consensus: Police, Organized Crime and the Regulation of Life and Death in Urban Brazil, is based on research carried out alongside homicide and other detectives in São Paulo from 2009 -2012 and will be published in early 2015 by the University of California Press.
Steven Boldy is Professor of Latin American Literature in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and a Fellow of Emmanuel College. He is a specialist in modern Spanish-American literature and the author of a number of books, including The Novels of Julio Cortázar (Cambridge University Press, 1980), The Narrative of Carlos Fuentes: Family, Text, Nation (Durham Modern Languages, 2002) and A Companion to Jorge Luis Borges (Tamesis, 2009). He is currently working on A Companion to Juan Rulfo (forthcoming with Tamesis).
Flavio Comim is a development economist. He is an Affiliated Lecturer in Human Development and Ecosystems in the department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge and a Visiting Fellow at St Edmund’s College, where he was a Fellow, College Lecturer and Director of Studies in Economics for many years. He is a Lecturer at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, in Brazil, where he teaches Human Development, Sustainable Development and Economics of Poverty. He will be teaching the Cities and Development module in 2014/15 for CLAS and the Centre of Development Studies.
Maite Conde is University Lecturer in Brazilian Culture in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. She specialises in Brazilian literature, cinema and cultural theory. She is the author of Consuming Visions. Cinema, Writing and Modernity in Brazil (Virginia University Press, 2012), for which she was received the Andrew Mellon/MLA award and numerous articles on Brazilian culture published in international journals and books. She also edited, translated and wrote the introduction to Between Conformity and Resistance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), a collection of key essays by renowned Brazilian philosopher Marilena Chauí. Maite is currently completing two books: a collection of essays by Brazilian film scholar Paulo Emílio Salles Gomes, titled Militante Cinéfilo: On Brazil and Global Cinema (co-edited with Stephanie Dennison, for IB Tauris) and a book manuscript on early cinema and modernity in Brazil, provisionally entitled Foundational Films. Cinema and Modernity in Brazil.
Brad Epps is Professor of Spanish and Head of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. He was Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and Professor and former Chair of the Committee on Degrees in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University for over two decades. He has published extensively on modern literature, film, art, architecture, urban theory, queer theory, and immigration from Spain, Latin America, Hispanophone Africa, and Catalonia, including an essay which won the first Carlos Monsiváis prize at LASA, "Retos y riesgos, pautas y promesas de la teoría queer". Amongst other publications, he is the author of Significant Violence: Oppression and Resistance in the Narratives of Juan Goytisolo; Spain Beyond Spain: Modernity, Literary History, and National Identity (with Luis Fernández Cifuentes); Passing Lines: Immigration and Sexuality (with Bill Johnson-González and Keja Valens); All About Almodóvar: A Passion for Cinema (with Despina Kakoudaki), and is currently editing a book entitled El cine como historia, la historia como cine (forthcoming, Ediciones Colihue, Buenos Aires) and a monograph entitled Barcelona and Cinema (forthcoming, Liverpool UP).
His research interests include eighteenth to twenty-first century Spanish and Latin American literature, Catalan literature and film, Ibero-American cinema, photography, and art, Hispanophone Africa, theories of visuality, modernity, critical theory, gender and sexuality studies, feminist thought, queer theory, urban cultures, immigration, and post-colonial studies, among others.
Felipe Hernández is an Architect and Lecturer in architectural Design, History and Theory. He has worked extensively on Latin America and other areas in the developing world, including Africa, the Caribbean and South East Asia. He is the author of Bhabha for Architects (Routledge 2010) and Beyond Modernist Masters: Contemporary Architecture in Latin America (Birkhauser 2009). He is also co-editor of Rethinking the Informal City: Critical Perspectives from Latin America (Berghahn 2009) as well as Transculturation: Cities, Spaces and Architectures in Latin America (Rodopi 2005). He is currently co-editing a second volume on Latin American informal settlements for CSP and writing a monograph on Modern Architecture in South and Central America.
Former Director (2005-10)
Geoffrey Kantaris is a Reader in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and a former Director of the Centre (2005-10). He specializes in Latin American urban culture, in particular contemporary cinema. He is preparing a book provisionally entitled Contemporary Latin American Cinema: The Urban Paradigm and has published a wide range of articles in this area. He has also worked on Southern Cone literature. He has published The Subversive Psyche: Contemporary Women's Narrative from Argentina and Uruguay (Oxford University Press, 1996) and Latin American Popular Culture: Politics, Media, Affect (London: Tamesis, 2013).
Ed King specialises in Argentine and Brazilian literature and visual culture. He is the author of Science Fiction and Digital Technologies in Argentine and Brazilian Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). He is currently pursuing his interest in technology and culture in two research projects. The first is a study of ‘virtual Orientalism’ in Latin American cultural and intellectual engagements with Japanese modernity from the end of the nineteenth century to the present. The second sets out to examine the reflexive incorporation of other media in comic books and graphic novels from Latin America as a way of questioning the dominant narratives of technology and modernity in the region.
Michael Kuczynski is an economist specializing in international, monetary, and financial topics, in particular monetary and fiscal policy; and the relationship between financial activity and economic growth. He also works on Latin American economic issues, on problems of comparative national economic performance, and on primary commodity markets. He is at the Centre of Development Studies and a fellow of Pembroke College. He teaches on the MPhil in Development Studies, the MPhil in International Relations and the MPhil in Latin American Studies (Economic Issues in Contemporary Latin America).
Sian Lazar is a University Lecturer in the Division of Social Anthropology. She completed her PhD at Goldsmiths College, University of London, with a thesis on citizenship, personhood and political agency among rural-urban migrants in El Alto, Bolivia. Her research interests include the state, corruption, rights and multiculturalism, and social movements in Latin America. See El Alto, Rebel City: Self and Citizenship in Andean Bolivia (Duke University Press, 2008).
Former Director (1990-2000)
David Lehmann was Reader in Social Science in the Department of Sociology until his retirement from the university in 2012. He was Director of the Centre of Latin American Studies (1990-2000, 2010-11). He continues to supervise and examine for CLAS on an occasional basis. Since the late 1980's he has worked on religious movements, Catholic and Evangelical, particularly in Brazil. He is the author of Democracy and Development in Latin America: Economics, Politics and Religion in the Post-war Period (Polity Press, 1990) and Struggle for the Spirit: Religious Transformation and Popular Culture in Brazil and Latin America (Polity Press, 1996). His most recent book, with Batia Siebzehner was Remaking Israeli Judaism (Hurst, 2006). He is currently engaged in a major study of the spread of ideas about multiculturalism and interculturalidad in Latin America, and especially in Mexico, Peru and Brazil, focusing on the relationship between the politics of recognition, affirmative action and social justice. This study has been funded by a Large Grant from the British Academy. Dr Lehmann also held an ESRC grant to run the Religion and Secularism Network in 2007-2009.
Mónica Moreno Figueroa
Mónica Moreno Figueroa is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow at Downing College, Cambridge. Her research has primarily focussed on Mexico and Latin America more broadly. The interest in researching the 'qualities' of the lived experience of racism, has taken her to the study of the everyday, the relevance of emotions and affect, as well as issues around visibility and embodiment. Currently, she is developing various research strands: a project on Anti-Racism in Latin America, with Prof Peter Wade; a project on the revitalisation of the politics of anger, particularly as a key emotion to be mobilised for racial identification and within anti-racist strategies in Latin America (and beyond); and some publication projects which include the book, Racist Moments: Mestizaje and the Everyday Life of Racism in Mexico, for Duke University Press, and the recently edited special issue for Feminist Theory, 'Beauty, Race and Feminist Theory in Latin America and the Caribbean' (2013).
Rory O’Bryen is a Senior University Lecturer in Latin American Literature and Culture in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. He has published Spectres of La Violencia: Literature, Testimony and Cinema in Contemporary Colombian Culture (Boydell and Brewer, 2008) and Latin American Popular Culture: Politics, Media, Affect (London: Tamesis, 2013). His current research explores the representation of the Magdalena River in Colombian culture between 1850 and the present day. It engages with a range of works, including mid-nineteenth-century regional romances, late nineteenth-century Afro-Colombian poetry, the aesthetics and politics of steam in Colombian modernismo, representations of leprosy in early twentieth-century literature, music and silent film, the ‘novela de la Violencia’ of the 1950s, and late twentieth-century engagements with narcotráfico. In doing so it uses the river as a conduit into the fragile interplay between nation-formation and global political and economic processes.
Sarah A Radcliffe
Chair of Management Committee
Sarah A Radcliffe is Professor of Latin American Geography at the Department of Geography, and Fellow of Christ's College. She specializes in social difference and development geographies, largely in the Andes. Her current research interests include social heterogeneity in development, indigenous engagements with development, and postcolonial social theory.
Gabriela Ramos is a Senior University Lecturer in Latin American History in the Faculty of History, and Fellow at Newnham College. She specializes in the colonial history of the Andes. Her research interests include religion, culture, and politics in colonial and modern Latin America. Her book Death and Conversion in the Andes. Lima and Cuzco 1532-1670 (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2010) won the Howard F. Cline Prize 2011, for its contribution to the history of indigenous peoples in Latin America. She has recently co-edited Indigenous Intellectuals: Knowledge, Power, and Colonial Culture in Mexico and the Andes (Duke University Press, 2014) with Yannis Yannakakis. She teaches the Race and Ethnicity module on the MPhil in Latin American Studies.
Erica Segre specialises in nineteenth-century Latin-American literature and thought, and twentieth-century and contemporary visual culture (photography, art and film). She has lectured and published extensively in these areas in Britain and abroad and has organized international symposia, film seasons and curated exhibitions. Her book Intersected Identities: Strategies of Visualization in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Mexican Culture was published in 2007 (New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books). She is the contributing editor of Ghosts of the Revolution in Mexican Literature and Visual Culture (Oxford/New York, 2013). Other publications include chapters on: ‘The Complicit Eye: Directorial and Ocular Paradigms in Luis Buñuel’s Mexican Films and Interdisciplinary Visuality (1940s and 1950s)’ in A Companion to Luis Buñuel edited by Rob Stone and Julian Daniel Gutiérrez-Albilla (Oxford and New York: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013); ‘El convertible no convertible’: Reconsidering Refuse and Disjecta Aesthetics in Contemporary Cuban Art’ in Latin American Popular Culture: Politics, Media, Affect edited by Geoffey Kantaris and Rory O’Bryen (Woodbridge and New York: Tamesis/Boydell & Brewer, 2013) and ‘El retorno de “Nuestros dioses” (de Saturnino Herrán) en el modernismo fotográfico en México. Sincretismo estético, identidades amortajadas y reflexividad en un libro inédito de Manuel Álvarez Bravo’ in 1910: México entre dos épocas edited by Paul-Henri Giraud, Eduardo Ramos-Izquierdo and Miguel Rodríguez (Mexico City: EL Colegio de México, 2013).
She is completing a book on interdisciplinarity and visual culture with reference to creative media (writing, photography, visual arts and film) in nineteenth and twentieth century Mexico and is working on indigeneity and contemporary art practice in Chile.