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Academic Staff

Academic Staff teaching at the Centre of Latin American Studies

Joanna Page

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) and Creativity and Science in Contemporary Argentine Literature: Between Romanticism and Formalism (University of Calgary Press, forthcoming in Spring 2014), and the co-editor of Visual Synergies in Fiction and Documentary Film from Latin America (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). She is currently completing a book manuscript on Argentine science fiction across various media, including literature, film, theatre and comics, provisionally entitled Time and Modernity in the Multiverse: Science Fiction from Argentina.

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

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) and The Narrative of Carlos Fuentes: Family, Text, Nation (Durham Modern Languages, 2002).

Maite Conde

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

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

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 Birkhauser and writing a monograph on Modern Architecture in South and Central America.

Charles Jones

Senior Research Fellow; Former Director (2000-2005; 2010-2014)

Charles Jones is Emeritus Reader in International Relations in the Department of Politics and International Studies, a fellow of Wolfson College, and former Director of the Centre of Latin American Studies. He has worked extensively on the past and contemporary international relations of Latin America, especially the Southern Cone, and is author El Reino Unido y América (Madrid, 1992) and The North-South Dialogue: A Brief History (London, 1983). Early work concentrated on economic relations between Argentina and Britain. A more recent book, American Civilization (University of London SAS 2007), deals with hemisphere commonalities and contests the illusions of United States exceptionalism and western cultural homogeneity.

Geoffrey Kantaris

Former Director (2005-10)

Geoffrey Kantaris is a Senior Lecturer 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

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

Acting Chair of Management Committee

Michael Kuczynski is a Fellow of Pembroke College and an authority on international economics and finance.

Sian Lazar

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).

David Lehmann

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.

Rory O’Bryen

Rory O’Bryen is a 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 interests include post-Boom Latin American literature, C19th Colombian history and cultural geography. He is working on a cultural history of the Magdalena River in Colombia.

Sarah A Radcliffe

Chair of Management Committee

Sarah A Radcliffe is Professor of Latin American Geography.

Gabriela Ramos

Gabriela Ramos is a 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.

Erica Segre

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.