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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
Co-Director of MA in Visual Arts and Cultures in the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture

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Before I joined the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at Durham in 2011, I worked as Assistant Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies in the Department of Romance Studies at Duke University. At Durham, I lecture on modern and contemporary Caribbean texts and diasporas; cinema and visual culture; the historical avant-gardes; and the cultures of the insular, colonial and post-colonial Atlantic.

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 contempoarary Atlantic; and a book-length study of the visual representation of islands more broadly, with a particular emphasis on photography and film.

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:

During 2013-14 I convened the Visual and Performance Studies research group in the School of Modern Languages & Cultures.

Research Interests

  • Caribbean Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Surrealism and Avant-Garde Movements
  • 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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