We are researchers, educators, translators and writers linked by an interest in Venezuelan literature and how it travels across the world.
Rebecca Irons is a Medical Anthropologist at University College London, specialising in reproductive and sexual health, race and ethnicity, gender, and the health in the Anthropocene for the Latin American context.
Eugenia Arria is a researcher, lecturer and PhD candidate at Lund University. She holds a BA in Humanities and Arts from Carlos III University in Madrid, and a MA in Latin-American Studies from the University of Bergen. She is currently working on her research project named “Venimos de la noche y hacia los restos vamos: The Aesthetics of Decay in Current Venezuelan Literature”, where she attempts to understand, through literary texts, the intertwined relationships between decaying matter and subjectivation. She is also interested in experimenting with poems, short stories and other forms of aesthetic expression.
Claudia Cavallin Calanche
Claudia Cavallin Calanche is a writer and Lecturer in the Department of Languages and Literatures at Oklahoma State University. In Venezuela, she taught for many years firstly at the Universidad de Los Andes then at the Universidad Simón Bolívar. She holds a degree in Social Communication (Universidad de Los Andes, 1996), a master’s degree in Latin American and Caribbean Literature (ULA, 2000) and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate (ABD) in Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics at the University of Oklahoma.
Liliana Lara is an author, teacher and researcher. She has a degree in Education (Universidad de Oriente, 1997), a masters in Latin American Literature (Universidad Simón Bolívar, 2002), and a PhD in Spanish-American Literature (The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, 2018). Her doctoral thesis Dislocaciones. Espacio y discurso en la obra de tres autores migrantes latinoamericanos (Krina Ber, Mario Bellatin y Marcelo Cohen) won the Esther Seligson Prize for excellence in research about Spanish and Latin American Literature at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 2020 and will soon be published.
María Gracia Pardo
María Gracia Pardo has taught courses on Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American literature and culture. She has a Bachelor’s degree (cum laude) in Communications (Universidad Cátolica Andrés Bello) and a Master’s degree in Latin American Literature (Universidad Simón Bolívar) in Venezuela. After obtaining her PhD from the University of Miami with a study devoted to children’s literature and Childhood Studies, she received the Barrett Award for Best Dissertation on Latin America (2014). She has published articles and presented papers on the tropes used to represent childhood in film, literature and political thought.
Raquel Rivas Rojas
Raquel Rivas Rojas is a writer, researcher, editor, translator and educator. She has a degree in Social Communication (Universidad Central de Venzuela, 1985), a masters in Latin American Literature (Universidad Simón Bolívar, 1992), and a PhD in Latin American Cultural Studies (King´s College London, 2001).
I am a Senior Lecturer in Latin American Studies at the University of Exeter. I specialize in contemporary Latin American culture, with a particular focus on Venezuela. My main research interests are the circulation of people (travel, migration and exile) and of texts (publishing, cultural policy and translation), especially how the two relate to each other and to questions of identity. I also research and teach about intermedialty and cultural responses to politics in the 20th and 21st century.
I am an associated professor at the Faculty of Philosophy at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. My PhD. dissertation was about political science in early modern philosophy, specifically on Machiavelli’s, Hobbes’ and Spinoza. I started my career as an assistant professor at Universidad Central de Venezuela (2006) under the supervision of Alfredo Vallota and Ezra Heymann, former student of H.G. Gadamer at Heidelberg University.