Dr Ignacio Aguiló

Lecturer in Latin American Cultural Studies

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Since September 2013 I am Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Latin American Cultural Studies in the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies. I am also the Co-Director of the University’s Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

My research examines the intersection of race, nation and culture in contemporary Latin America. In particular, it focuses on the changes and ruptures that modern conceptions of the Latin American nation as a culturally and racially homogeneous entity have experienced in recent decades, as a result of neoliberalism, migration, and the emergence of transnational identity politics (indigenous, Afro-descendant) and interculturality. 

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 (UFT, 2019) and Cultures of Anti-Racism in Latin America (ILAS, 2019).

I am currently working on a new project on 'Andean kitsch', looking at the racial politics of taste in contemporary literature, video clips, films and architecture by indigenous artists from Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru.


Areas of expertise

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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