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Trinity Fellow María del Pilar Blanco has been named Academic Champion at The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH).
The role of Academic Champion is brand new to TORCH; in her new role Dr Blanco will oversee partnerships and provide support to emerging and interdisciplinary networks within and beyond the humanities. She has been a longstanding contributor to TORCH activities since her arrival in Oxford, most recently hosting the Puerto Rican novelist, Eduardo Lalo, as a TORCH Global South Visiting Fellow.
Dr Blanco is Trinity’s Fellow in Spanish American Literature. Her work has focused on such areas as ghosts and haunting in literary and cultural texts; popularization of science in Spanish America, and global modernisms. She is the author of Ghost-Watching American Modernity: Haunting, Landscape, and the Hemispheric Imagination (2012) and co-editor of Geopolitics, Culture, and the Scientific Imaginary in Latin America (2020), The Spectralities Reader: Ghosts and Haunting in Contemporary Cultural Theory (2013) and Popular Ghosts: The Haunted Spaces of Everyday Culture (2010). She is currently completing a book entitled Modernist Laboratories: Science and the Poetics of Progress in Fin-de-Siècle Spanish America.
Dr Blanco says: ‘As someone whose work is interdisciplinary and comparative, TORCH has been like a second home to me during my time at Oxford. In the next three years, I hope to facilitate conversations and collaborations amongst colleagues whose work has led them to think beyond the boundaries of their own disciplines.’
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