Visiting Fellows

Taking a visiting fellowship at ILAS makes you part of a dynamic research community, with access to the unique Latin American and US Studies library collections, our wide range of academic events, and the opportunity to publish online for free through SAS-Space. In our experience, the most successful fellows are those who thrive in being part of an academic environment, and that is why we strongly encourage our fellows to run events to bring publicity to their research, to collaborate with other researchers at a variety of career stages, both within the Institute and across and the School, and to contribute to our scholarly networks. Whether you are considering a fellowship with us as part of sabbatical leave from your home institution, to supplement your thesis research as a doctoral fellow, or for any other reason, we hope that you will take full advantage of these academic and research opportunities.

 

Current Fellows

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Dr Pablo Bradbury

Research Area:  Argentinian history, religion and social movements; transnational social movements
Tenure:  Sep 2018 - Aug 2019

Biography

Pablo was awarded his PhD in History from the University of Liverpool in December 2017. His ESRC-funded doctoral project, ‘Revolutionary Christianity in Argentina, 1930-1983’, investigated the historical emergence and formation of a broad-based movement of left-wing Christians, and the distinct political responses and forms of resistance to state terrorism in the 1970s and 1980s. In addition to working on developing this thesis into a monograph, his current research project is entitled ‘Resistance to Argentine State Terror in the UK: Solidarity and Human Rights’. This examines transnational resistance to the last Argentine dictatorship in the UK, primarily in the solidarity and human rights advocacy networks formed by activists, trade unionists and exiles. It also investigates the historical roots of the different political cultures that formed the transnational opposition to the junta.

 

 

 

 

 

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Dr Carlos Fonseca 

Research Area:  Latin American literature, philosophy and art history, from the 19th century to the present
Tenure:  Sep 2018 - Aug 2019

Biography

Carlos holds a PhD in Latin American Literature and Culture from Princeton University. Before coming to ILAS, he was a British Academy Research Fellow at Cambridge University, where he still teaches. He is the author of two novels written in Spanish: Coronel Lágrimas (published in English as Colonel Lágrimas by Restless Books) and Museo animal (forthcoming in English by Farrar, Straus and Giroux). His academic monograph The Literature of Catastrophe: Nature, Disaster and Revolution is forthcoming from Bloomsbury, and explores – through a philosophical analysis of natural catastrophes – how nature and history intersected in the revolutionary process that lead to emergence of the modern Latin American nation-states throughout the nineteenth century, as well as during its long twentieth century aftermath. While at ILAS, he plans to study the way the archive has come to mediate contemporary artistic and literary practices and their attempts to come to terms with Latin America’s recent traumatic past.

 

 

 

 

 

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Dr Into Goudsmit

Research Area:  Extractive industries, plurinational rights, the state, ritual and cognition, Andes
Tenure:  Oct 2017 - Aug 2019

Biography

Schooled as an anthropologist at Goldsmiths College (London) and moulded by 18 years in international development, Into has explored the shifting political and ritual relations between indigenous citizens, transnational mining companies, the state, social movements and landlords in ‘plurinational’ Bolivia. The first results of these explorations are synthesised in his recent book Deference Revisited: Andean Ritual in the Plurinational State (Carolina Academic Press, 2016). Set in a context of violent mining conflicts his ethnographic findings suggest, among other things, the continuity of reciprocal yet asymmetrical relations between indigenous communities and the state. Into is currently engaged in historical and legal research putting into perspective these contemporary impressions. He is studying historical notions of the state and indigenous community in the Andes, and how such local sensitivities have enabled or frustrated indigenous citizenship.

 

 

 

 

 

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Dr Marcela López Levy

Research Area:  Psychology and political sociology
Tenure:  Sep 2018 - Aug 2019

Biography

Marcela is an Argentinian researcher and writer who has worked with social justice organisations in the UK and Latin America for the past two decades. She holds a doctorate in political sociology from the University of London (Institute for the Study of the Americas) that examined the international definitions of welfare and the politics of social policy creation in Argentina. Her Masters in Social Anthropology (Goldsmiths College) focused on anthropological approaches to the economy and the self. Marcela was Editor at the Latin America Bureau between 1997 and 2004, shaping its research and publishing programme.

She is currently integrating her background in psychology and political sociology by training as a group analyst. Her current research examines the importance of the imagination and group processes in social movements and struggles, specificially the new wave of feminist organising in Latin American since the mass emergence of Ni Una Menos in Argentina in 2015. Her most recent book is Argentina under the Kirchners: The legacy of left populism (2017) and she is also the author of We are Millions: neo-liberalism and new forms of political

 
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Marina Mendoza

Research Area:  Geopolitics and Latin American Defence, Collective Memory and Resistance Practices, Regional Integration and Regionalism, and Human Rights and Genocides.
Tenure:  Sep 2018 - Dec 2018

Biography

Marina holds a Degree in Sociology from the University of Buenos Aires (Faculty of Social Sciences) where she is currently studying for her PhD.  Since 2016, she has been a CONICET Doctoral Fellow, based at the Institute of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (IEALC).  Her PhD project focuses on the contemporary practices of criminalization of peasant and indigenous communities in Latin America, linked to the consolidation of the neo-extractivist phase and the new security global scenario in the XXI Century.

She is an Associate Professor at the University of Palermo and Assistant Professor at the University of Buenos Aires. She belongs to a research group that works from the perspective of Historical Sociology and has specialized in Geopolitics and Latin American Defence, Collective Memory and Resistance Practices, Regional Integration and Regionalism and Human Rights and Genocides.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Daniel Thomaz

Dr Daniel Mandur Thomaz

Research Area:  20th century Media History, BBC Latin American Service, anti-fascist propaganda and entertainment programmes, transatlantic interconnections between British and Latin American modernisms.
Tenure: 

Biography

Daniel Mandur Thomaz is Lecturer in Lusophone Studies in the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies (SPLAS) at King’s College London.

His research focuses on entertainment programmes and anti-fascist propaganda broadcast in Portuguese and Spanish by the BBC Latin American Service during the Second World War. He is currently working on an article for a special issue of the journal The Global South (‘Radio Cultures of the Global South’) about BBC radio dramas featuring Christopher Columbus’ voyages, which were produced by Latin American and Iberian authors under the guidance of the Ministry of Information between 1940 and 1944.

Daniel has a DPhil in Medieval and Modern Languages (University of Oxford), and a BA and MA in History (University of Rio de Janeiro - UERJ). His DPhil thesis analysed a body of hitherto unknown documents found at the BBC Archives in 2014, which included a series of radio drama scripts written by Brazilian journalist, novelist and playwright Antônio Callado for the BBC Latin American Service during WW2. His most recent book is Antônio Callado: Roteiros de Radioteatro durante e depois da Segunda Grande Guerra (1943-1947) (Belo Horizonte: Editora Autêntica, 2018).

 

 

 

 

 

Struan Gray

Struan Gray

Research Area:  Traversing film studies, cultural geography and critical theory, Struan’s research explores narratives about the aftermath of state repression in the Southern Cone of Latin America. His doctoral thesis, which was completed in May 2019, analysed how the Chilean democratic transition has been narrated and contested in documentary and fiction films, including texts by Miguel Littín, Patricio Guzmán and Paula Rodríguez. His work engages with theories of spectrality, landscape, cultural memory and the politics of time, developing the concept of haunting as an original theoretical lens for analysing the affective and imaginative endurance of emancipatory pasts. He is particularly interested in how the present past is invoked and conjured in narratives about contemporary social struggles, informing emergent understandings of both retrospective and social justice.
Tenure:  

Biography

Struan Gray is a visiting fellow at the Institute of Latin American Studies and an associate researcher at the Centre for Memory, Narrative and Histories, University of Brighton. He received a BA in Journalism, Film and Media from Cardiff University in 2011. Soon after, he relocated to Santiago de Chile, where he worked as a reporter at the English language news website The Santiago Times, writing features about culture and politics. He completed his doctoral research at the University of Brighton, producing a thesis exploring filmic representations of the aftermath of the Pinochet dictatorship. For the past four years he has worked as a lecturer and seminar tutor at Brighton, teaching in both the School of Humanities and the School of Media.

 

 

 

 

 

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Mauricio Onetto

Research Area: Strait of Magellan, Habitability, Geopolitics, Cosmography, 16TH century
Tenure:  Oct 2019 - Sept 2019

Biography

Doctor (PH.D.) and Master in HISTOIRE ET CIVILISATIONS from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, Paris). Currently researcher of the Universidad Autónoma de Chile and director of GEOPAM research network. His works address the geopolitical and cosmographic configuration of America and the global significance of this process in the 16th century, focusing on the role of the Strait of Magellan. History of disasters has also been an object of his studies before.

He is the author or the following books :Temblores de Tierra en el Jardín del Edén. Desastre, memoria e identidad. Chile, siglos XVI-XVIII (2017); Discursos desde la Catástrofe. Prensa, Solidaridad y Urgencia en Chile, 1906-2010 (2018); Historia de un desastre, relatos de una crisis: Concepción, 1751-1765 ( 2018); Historia de un pasaje-mundo. El estrecho de Magallanes en el siglo de su descubrimiento (2018).  

 

 

 

 

 

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Domenico Giannino

Research Area:
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Biography

Dr Domenico Giannino is visiting fellow at the Institute of Latin American Studies (University of London). Furthermore, he lectures International Law at INSEEC University (London). After completing his BA and MA in Political Science (University of Calabria, Italy), and LLB and LLM (University of Jaén, Spain); he was awarded a PhD in Public Comparative Law by the University of Calabria. His current research agenda is studying the theme of the commons in the Latin-American continent. Specifically, he is focusing on the relationship between human rights and the protection of the environment. In addition to writing in different academic blogs, he is editor and founder of www.incalabria.net.

 

The Visiting Fellowship entitles the successful candidate to:

Our fellowships are non-stipendiary and fellows are required to pay a bench fee, which from 2019 will be £2,600 per annum. This bench fee will be calculated on a pro rata basis according to the length of visit.

During your tenure you are expected to contribute in a positive way to the scholarly life and community of the institute. This will include regular updates to the School Directory of Research and Expertise, a small contribution to our annual report, contribute to the Institute’s programme of events, to acknowledge the institute in any publications or other outputs that arise from this visit, and to produce a brief report of the activities conducted at the Institute once the tenure is finished. 

Tenure: one month to one year

Apply

Applications can be made any time of the year and should be sent to the ILAS mailbox, including:

  • A completed application form
  • An up to date CV
  • Two references
  • A short statement of the research to be undertaken during the period of the proposed Fellowship and/or publications expected to result from it.
  • Our fellowships are non-stipendiary and fellows are required to pay a bench fee, which from 2019 will be £2,600 per annum. This bench fee will be calculated on a pro rata basis according to the length of visit.

Funding

The Institute encourages prospective applicants for visiting and postdoctoral fellowships to seek funding from external sources, such as:

Former fellows

Dr Christopher Wylde
Research topic: The Beginning of the End, or the End of the Beginning? Post-Neoliberalism in Latin America
Tenure: Aug 2017 to Jul 2018

Dr Francesco di Bernardo
Research project: Individual Memory and Collective History in the Contemporary Latin American Novel
Tenure: September 2016 to May 2017

Dr Michelle Nicholson-Sanz
Research project: Staging Latin American Port Cities: Lima, Buenos Aires and Salvador da Bahia Seen through the
Theatre at the Dawn of the Bicentenary of Independence in Latin America
Tenure: September 2016 to February 2017

Dr George St Clair
Research project: Faith and the Brazilian Crisis: Middle Class Precarity in Sao Paulo
Tenure: October 2016 to September 2017

Dr Luciana Zorzoli
Research project: Trade unions and workers' organisations in Argentina
Tenure: January 2017 to March 2017

list of former Fellows can be found here.