Projects per year
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, forthcoming), explores the political potential of domestic space in recent filmmaking. I am currently undertaking an AHRC Leadership Fellowship, working on the project 'Reimagining the Pacific: Images of the Ocean in Chile and Peru, c.1960 to the Present'.
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.
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
- Centre for Environmental Humanities
1/02/21 → 31/07/22
1/04/19 → 30/09/21
Merchant, P., 2020, (Accepted/In press) University of Pittsburgh Press.
Research output: Book/Report › Authored book
Merchant, P. (ed.) & Bollington, L. (ed.), 21 Apr 2020, Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida. 304 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Edited book
‘Collecting what the sea gives back’: Postcolonial Ecologies of the Ocean in Contemporary Chilean FilmMerchant, P., 19 Dec 2020, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Bulletin of Latin American Research. 0, p. 1-18 18 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-review
Paul Merchant (Speaker)1 Sep 2021 → 31 Oct 2021
Activity: Other activity types › Fellowship awarded competitively