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Dr Paul MerchantMA, MPhil, PhD (Cantab)

Lecturer in Latin American Film and Visual Culture

Paul Merchant

Dr Paul MerchantMA, MPhil, PhD (Cantab)

Lecturer in Latin American Film and Visual Culture

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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 doctoral thesis, 'New Constructions of House and Home in Contemporary Argentine and Chilean Cinema (2005-2015)', which I am currently preparing for publication as a monograph, explored 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 the forthcoming volume The Limits of the Human in Latin American Culture (University Press of Florida), 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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Postal address:
15 Woodland Road
United Kingdom