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Durham University

School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Hispanic Studies

Staff in the Department of Hispanic Studies

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Dr Yarí Pérez Marín, BA Harvard; MA, PhD Brown

Assistant Professor / Deputy Director of Postgraduate Studies (Research) in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 44595
Room number: A22, Elvet Riverside I

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Yarí Pérez Marín specializes in colonial Latin American literature and culture. She has received awards from the Mellon Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and has been a fellow-in-residence at the John Carter Brown Library in Providence, RI. In her upcoming book project, Marvels of Medicine: Literature and Scientific Inquiry in Early Colonial Spanish America, she examines texts written in Spain and colonial Mexico in which American nature takes center stage in the ongoing feud between Renaissance humanism and experiential modes of knowledge-production. Her analysis makes a case for the incorporation of scientific writing into current discussions on early modern historiography and literature.

Research Interests

  • Caribbean Literature and Culture
  • Colonial Latin America
  • Early Modern Studies
  • Film Studies
  • History of Science

Selected Publications

Authored book

  • Forthcoming Marvels of Medicine: Literature and Scientific Inquiry in Early Colonial Spanish America.

Book review

Chapter in book

Conference Paper

  • 2016 'Iberian Portraits in Early Colonial Peripheries', Visual Culture/Visual Anthropology Research Conversation, Centre for Visual Art and Culture, Durham University, UK'.
  • 2015 'Medical Texts in Early Modern Latin America', Science in Text and Culture in Latin America Network symposium, Oxford University, UK'.
  • 2015 'Medicina e historia natural en los Comentarios reales de Inca Garcilaso', Jornadas Internacionales: Las Indias y los discursos virreinales, Universidad de La Laguna, Spain'.
  • 2015 'Skin and Markers of Disease in the Medical Literature of Early Colonial Mexico', Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS), Durham University, UK'.
  • 2015 'The Circulation of Knowledge in Early Colonial New Spain: A Plural Landscape', British Academy Workshop, Worlds and Networks of Higher Learning: Modes of Interaction between Universities, Academies and Schools, 1400-1750, Northumbria University, UK'.
  • 2015 'The Postnational as National: Ecuadorian Cinema and the Work of Sebastián Cordero', International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), San Juan, Puerto Rico'.
  • 2014 'Reading Monardes in Sixteenth Century Mexico, France and England', Sixteenth Century Society Conference, New Orleans, LA, USA'.

Journal Article

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Selected Grants

  • 2009: Kaplan Humanities Scholars Program Grant (Northwestern University)
  • 2008: John Carter Brown Library Fellowship (Brown University)
  • 2007: Woodrow Wilson Foundation Career Enhancement Fellowship