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Research interests

My research focuses on 20th- and 21st-century Latin American film and visual culture, with a particular emphasis on the countries of the Southern Cone and, more recently, Peru and Bolivia. 

My first monograph, Remaking Home: Domestic Spaces in Argentine and Chilean Film, 2005-2015 (University of Pittsburgh Press, under review), explores the political potential of domestic space in recent filmmaking. My current research, funded by the British Academy, investigates the tension between territorial and ecological understandings of bodies of water in Chile, Peru and Bolivia, working across a variety of media, from film and digital video to poetry.

I am interested in how cinema relates to other visual media, in the shifting critical frameworks of Latin American studies, and in the intersections between postcolonial theory and the environmental humanities. I am a co-editor (with Lucy Bollington) of Latin American Culture and the Limits of the Human (University of Florida Press, 2020), which analyses how discourses of humanism and posthumanism have operated in - and have been shaped by - a wide range of literary and visual cultures in the region. 

Research supervision

I welcome enquiries from prospective research students in any area of Latin American cultural studies, particularly those interested in pursuing research in the following areas:

  • Latin American film (especially from Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru)
  • ecological approaches to cinema and visual media
  • urban and domestic spaces
  • postcolonial and decolonial theory


Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Cabot Institute Water Research

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Research Output

ReFocus: The Films of Lucrecia Martel

Merchant, P. (ed.), Kratje, J. (ed.) & Christofoletti Barrenha, N. (ed.), 2021, (In preparation) Edinburgh University Press.

Research output: Book/ReportEdited book

Cecilia Vicuña’s Liquid Indigeneity

Merchant, P., 3 Jul 2020, Liquid Ecologies in Latin American and Caribbean Art. Blackmore, L. & Gómez-Popescu, L. (eds.). Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

  • Embodying the Pacific: postcolonial ecologies in contemporary Chilean documentary

    Merchant, P., 18 Feb 2020, (Submitted) In : Bulletin of Latin American Research.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Activities

    Julia Kratje

    Paul Merchant (Host)

    18 Mar 201922 Mar 2019

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

    Cultural Legacies of the War of the Pacific in Chile and Bolivia

    Paul Merchant (Speaker)

    14 Mar 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic talk, debate, discussion

    Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

    Paul Merchant (Visiting researcher)

    8 Jul 201918 Jul 2019

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution