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, 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.
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
1/04/19 → 30/09/21
Research Output per year
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter in a book
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal)
Activities per year
Paul Merchant (Speaker)
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Public talk, debate, discussion