Panel Discussion: “The Meaning of Argentina”

In English

Ignacio Aguiló is Lecturer in Latin American Cultural Studies at the University of Manchester. From September 2019, he will also be Co-Director of University’s Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Broadly speaking, his research focuses on race in contemporary South American cultural production. He is the author of The Darkening Nation: Race, Neoliberalism and Crisis in Argentina (University of Wales Press, 2018), which explores the connections between the 2001 financial meltdown in Argentina and the crisis of narratives of whiteness and national belonging, by examining literary texts, popular music, artworks and films. His current research project looks at notions of kitsch and bad taste in contemporary literature, video clips, films and architecture by Andean artists, focusing on the racial dimension of the politics of taste. He is also co-investigator in the AHRC-funded project Cultures of Anti-Racism in Latin America.

Geraldine Lublin is Senior Lecturer at Swansea University’s Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting Department. Her primary research area is Patagonia, both in its contemporary form and in historical perspective. She is the author of Memoir and Identity in Welsh Patagonia: Voices from a settler community in Argentina (UWP, 2017). Her initial focus on the ‘special’ standing of the Welsh community in Chubut in relation to the region and the rest of Argentina led her to develop an interest in the wider dynamics of the region, including nation-building in Argentina, indigenous populations and settler colonial theory.