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School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Hispanic Studies

Staff in the Department of Hispanic Studies

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

Assistant Professor in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures
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 f.j.adrian@durham.ac.uk)

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 lecture on the cultures of the insular and post-colonial Atlantic, focusing on Surrealism and the avant-garde; Caribbean texts and diasporas; and Caribbean 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 specific focus on island studies, post-creolizing processes, and local / global ecologies. I am particularly interested in discourses of Atlantic space, encompassing connections across the Global South that involve the Afro-Caribbean, the Americas and the Canary Islands.

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.

In March 2017, I curated ‘Cines del Caribe: visiones de la ruina, lo sumergido y lo emergente’, a Special Programme of contemporary Caribbean and island films for FICCI 57 (Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena de Indias). I was also a member of the Jury for the Official Short Film Competition at FICCI 57.

In September-October 2017, I curated a series of screenings and conversations on Cuban cinema and politics in Caribbean and Global South context, as a part of the 'What's Left? A Century in Revolution' special programme at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle upon Tyne.

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 multi-institutional and interdisciplinary programme of research, Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community. 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 can be found here.

I am an associate editor of the journal Cultural Dynamics: Insurgent Scholarship on Culture, Politics and Power, where since December 2016 I edit a new section on 'Worlds Panoramic: Visualities from the Global South', specifically devoted to the visualities of the Global South and its multiply fragmented borderzones. I am a member of the Race, Space, Place international collective:

http://www.uk.sagepub.com/journals/Journal200795
http://racespaceplace.wordpress.com/

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 a range of aspects of Caribbean and Latin American literature, visual culture and film.

Research Interests

  • Atlantic Studies
  • Caribbean Studies
  • Global South 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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