I recently completed the PhD in Hispanic Studies and am currently the Postdoctoral Fellow in the Studiolab “Memory for the Future”.
My main areas of research and teaching include contemporary Latin American Cultural Production with an emphasis on Colombia and Mexico, Cultural Theory and Literary Criticism, Urban Humanities, and Film Studies. My research project inside the “Memory for the Future” initiative revolves around exploring the disappeared body as a unifying signifier of different urgent struggles in the Americas. From the ‘Desaparecidos’ produced by dictatorships in the southern cone in the 70s & 80s, to the staging of ‘Falsos Positivos’ by the Colombian military as a result of Álvaro Uribe Velez’s ‘democratic security policy, to the eroded migrant bodies eaten by the Sonoran Desert because of the ‘Prevention Through Deterrence’ policies.
How does the disappeared body organize these assorted histories of extreme violence? How does it become the space where multidirectional memory can be forged? How can we memorialize the disappeared body? How can it become the site of reparative curatorial practices?