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School of Modern Languages & Cultures: Department of Hispanic Studies

Staff in the Department of Hispanic Studies

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Dr Francisco-J. Hernández Adrián, PhD New York University

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43413
Room number: ER235, Elvet Riverside II
Director of MA in Visual Arts and Cultures in the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture

Contact Dr Francisco-J. Hernández Adrián (email at

Before I joined the School of Modern Languages and Cultures (MLAC) at Durham in 2011, I worked as Assistant Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies in the Department of Romance Studies at Duke University. I currently lecture on the cultures of the insular and post-colonial Atlantic, focusing on Surrealism and the avant-garde; Caribbean texts and diasporas; and Latin American cinema and visual culture.

My research interests include visual, gender / queer, and race theories of the Hispanic and Francophone Caribbean, with a particular focus on island studies, post-creolizing processes, and local / global ecologies.

I am particularly interested in evolving and longstanding discourses of Atlantic space, encompassing connections between the Caribbean, the Americas, the Canary Islands, Africa and continental Europe.

I am currently completing a book manuscript on Surrealism and avant-garde movements in the Caribbean and the Canary Islands. My other ongoing projects include a critical examination of visual, territorial and economic constructions of insularity in the contemporary Atlantic; and a book-length study of the visual representation of islands more broadly, with a particular emphasis on photography and film.

Since October 2016, I am a CI (Co-Investigator) for the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) four-year research grant, Open World Research Initiative (OWRI), a large multi-institutional and interdisciplinary programme of research, Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community, supervised by Professor Stephen Hutchings (University of Manchester). Led by Dr Andy Byford (MLAC) and Professor Anoush Ehteshami (School of Government & International Affairs) at Durham University, the project's Transnational Strand, Rethinking Language Communities for an Open World: Between and Beyond Nations, Institutions and Networks, investigates political, social and cultural interactions across communities sharing a single language, but dispersed across multiple states and cultures, with emphasis on Spanish, Russian, Arabic and Chinese. My individual research project is called Atlantic Insularities: Languages of Exorbitance in Spanish-Speaking Island Cultures.

More details on MLAC's participation in OWRI can be found here.

I am an associate editor of the journal Cultural Dynamics: Insurgent Scholarship on Culture, Politics and Power, and a member of the Race, Space, Place international collective:

Since 2015, I co-convene the MLAC-based World Cinema and Cosmopolitics research group.

I am happy to review and support applications from potential PhD and Postdoctoral students, and available to supervise postgraduate work on most aspects of Caribbean and Latin American literature, visual culture and film.

Research Interests

  • Atlantic Studies
  • Caribbean Studies
  • Island Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Postcolonial Theory and Postcolonial Studies
  • Surrealism, Avant-Garde and Modernist Studies
  • Visual Culture and Film

Selected Publications

Authored book

  • Forthcoming On Tropical Grounds: Avant-Garde Imaginations in the Hispanic Caribbean and the Canary Islands.

Chapter in book

Edited Journal

Journal Article

Translated Chapter in Book

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