Trinity hosts Global South Professor

Trinity College will be welcoming Visiting Fellow Eduardo Lalo, Professor of literature at the Faculty of General Studies at the University of Puerto Rico, in Trinity Term. An artist as well as an author, Lalo has been appointed as Global South Visiting Fellow at TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities) and will give a series of talks about the history and literature of travellers in the Caribbean.

Eduardo Lalo is the author of novels, essays, poetry, and graphic art. His novel Simone (2015) was awarded the Rómulo Gallegos International Novel prize – an exceptional honour granted to the likes of Gabriel García Márquez for One Hundred Years of Solitude (1972) and Roberto Bolaño for The Savage Detectives (1999).

The Global South Visiting Professorship, which sits in TORCH, is part of a wider aim to diversify the curriculum in Oxford’s humanities departments. The scheme is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

María del Pilar Blanco, Associate Professor in Spanish American Literature and Tutorial Fellow of Trinity College, is sponsoring Mr Lalo’s term at the University. She said: ‘I am pleased to see Eduardo join us here in Oxford. He is one of the most important cultural figures working in Puerto Rico today. He will offer our academic community a much-needed, urgent perspective on contemporary Caribbean arts and politics, as well as a unique view on hemispheric American and transatlantic cultural, political and social exchanges.’

As part of his visiting fellowship, an exhibition of his photographs will go on display at St John’s College from 18 to 26 May 2019. Deudos: The Photography of Eduardo Lalo will comprise around 30 black-and-white photographs depicting different scenes of vulnerability in contemporary Puerto Rico, where citizens of this US commonwealth have been suffering the effects of a crippling debt crisis that has worsened even more in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2016.

Posted: 10 April 2019

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