Dr Ignacio Aguiló

Senior Lecturer in Latin American Cultural Studies

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I am Senior Lecturer (roughly equivalent to an associate professor) in Latin American Cultural Studies in the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies. I am also Co-Director of the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

My research examines the intersection of race and cultural production in contemporary Latin America. My monograph The Darkening Nation (University of Wales Press, 2018) explores the connections between the 2001 financial meltdown in Argentina and the crisis of narratives of whiteness and national belonging, by examining literary texts, popular music, artworks and films. I am also the co-editor of Chile desde los estudios culturales (Universidad Finis Terrae, 2019) and Cultures of Anti-Racism in Latin America and the Caribbean (Institute of Latin American Studies, 2019).

I am currently a co-investigator in Cultures of Anti-Racism in Latin America (CARLA), a three-year project (starting January 2020) awarded a £1million grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) to explore how artists in Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia address racial diversity in their work and how they use their art to challenge racism. The project is directed by Prof Peter Wade. 

From August 2023 I will be PI in the AHRC-funded project Indigenous Youth Subcultures and New Media in Latin America.

It's my belief that a university should be a place where academics and students come together to scrutinise the world with intellectual rigor and curiosity. I, therefore, don't worship the current gods of Management, Success, Rankings, Competition and Big Shiny Buildings. 

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2016 - HEA Fellow, The Higher Education Academy
  • 2014 - Doctor of Philosophy, Rethinking Whiteness and Racial Homogeneity in Argentina during the Neoliberal Crisis: An Assessment of Critical Approaches through Literature, Film, Art and Popular Music, The University of Manchester (2010 - 2013)
  • 2010 - Master of Arts, Media, Communication and Cultural Studies, Universita di Firenze (2008 - 2010)

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