Trinity College will be welcoming Visiting Fellow Analía Isabel Gerbaudo, Professor of Literary Theory and Didactics of Language and Literature at the National University of Litoral, Argentina, for Michaelmas Term 2019. Dr Gerbaudo has been appointed as Global South Visiting Fellow at TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities) and will give a series of talks related to her work tackling the difficult, charged and topical question of the relationship between literary studies and political activism.
Stefano-Maria Evangelista, Associate Professor in English and Tutorial Fellow of Trinity College, is sponsoring Dr Gerbaudo’s term at the University. He said: ‘Analía Gerbaudo is an exceptionally gifted academic and cultural activist. Her innovative work focuses on how to understand Argentine literature in a global context. In Oxford, she will give a series of lectures, seminars and workshops based on her work on Argentina, but also dealing with broader issues to do with the global circulation of literature and literary theory, criticism and political activism, and censorship. Her visit is a collaboration between the faculties of English and Modern Languages. I hope that it will provide us with opportunities to build closer ties between the two faculties.’
An author and translator, Dr Gerbaudo’s belief that practising criticism constitutes an important form of activism shapes the mission of the online literary journal that Gerbaudo founded in 2014, El Taco en la Brea, of which she remains the chief editor. It is also reflected in her most recent work as director of the independent publishing house Vera cartonera, linked to the ‘cartonero’ publishing movement which promotes literacy, diversity and social integration in Latin America by providing books at affordable prices. She is currently researching the circulation of literary theory and Argentine literature during the last dictatorship and in the post-dictatorship period.
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.
Dr Gerbaudo will be based at Oxford’s Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages and Trinity College during Michaelmas Term 2019.
Posted: 22 July 2019