PILAS Committee Members
If you would like to be a member of the future committee, please email the current PILAS President.
President: Oliver Wilson-Nunn
Oliver (he/him) is a PhD candidate in Latin American Studies at the University of Cambridge, funded by the Wolfson Foundation. His research centres on the intersection between incarceration, cinema and popular culture in twentieth and twenty-first century Argentina.
Secretary: Francisca Valenzuela
Francisca (she/her) is a PhD Student in History at King’s College London, funded by Becas Chile. Her research studies national telegraphic systems, and enquires on the interaction between technological development, technical expertise and state formation in nineteenth-century Chile, Perú and Colombia.
Treasurer/Workshop Committee: Pablo Soffia
Pablo (he/him) is a PhD student in History at University College London funded by the National Agency for Research and Development (ANID), Chile. His thesis focuses on the history of the humanities and social sciences in the Southern Cone during the nineteenth century.
Outreach: Erika Teichert
Erika (she/her) was awarded a PhD in Latin American Studies from the University of Cambridge in February 2022. Her doctoral research studied the intersection between photographic practice and the exercise of citizenship in human rights activism in contemporary Argentina. She is currently a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Liverpool.
Work-In-Progress Committee: Patrick Turner
Patrick (he/him) is a PhD candidate at King’s College London, funded by the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP). His research focuses on the relationship between depictions of nature and settler colonialism in nineteenth and twentieth century literary works in Argentina and the United States.
Workshop Committee: Gustavo Sánchez
Gustavo (he/him) is a PhD candidate in Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, University of London. His research explores the subjective impacts of the neoliberal reconfiguration of the social sciences in Chile, with an emphasis on how the practice of critical knowledge production shapes the imaginaries that populate contemporary academia.
Conference Committee: Anna Corrigan
Anna (she/her) is a PhD candidate in Latin American Studies at the University of Cambridge, funded by the Gates Cambridge programme. Her research investigates how assembled artwork, including photomontage, performance, and correspondence art, facilitates political assembly following the last dictatorial periods in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay.
Conference Committee: Javier Pérez-Osorio
Javier (he/him) is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Film and Screen, funded by the Cambridge Trust and MINCIENCIAS (Colombia). His research adopts decolonial thinking to establish a theoretical framework that (re)considers the reception of queer theories in Latin America to study the formal strategies used in contemporary cinema to portray queer experiences.
Photo: Molly Avery. Street art in Xela (Quetzaltenango).