Dr. Julia Banwell
Lecturer in Hispanic Studies
Julia joined the Department as a Lecturer in September 2012. Her research interests lie generally in the field of Latin American visual cultures, with a specific focus on Mexican photography and contemporary art. She completed her Ph.D in 2009, on the subject of the Mexican contemporary artist Teresa Margolles (b.1963). The thesis considers aspects of Margolles' work such as elements of social commentary, and the use of body parts in artworks, also giving attention to ethical difficulties. The thesis was published as a monograph with the University of Wales Press in June 2015. She is also interested in the depiction and representation of death and corpses in the photography of the Mexican Revolution. She is currently working on a second provisionally entitled 'Staging the Spectacle of War in the Photography of the Mexican Revolution', which explores questions of documentary and performativity.
Julia teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. This includes teaching directly led by her specialist research, and also takes in Spanish art, Surrealist art and cinema, and Latin and Lusophone American film and literature.
June 2015, monograph 'Teresa Margolles and the Aesthetics of Death', published by University of Wales press.
Journal article 'Death and Disruption in the Photography of the Decena Tragica', in Mexican Studies / Estudios Mexicanos vol. 30 no. 1 winter 2014
Book chapter 'The Broken Body as Spectacle: Looking at death and injury in sports', in The Power of Death, published 2014 by Berghahn Books
2010: ‘Agency and Otherness in Teresa Margolles’ Aesthetic of Death’, in Other Modernities no.4, November 2010 (issue on death and art) url: http://riviste.unimi.it/index.php/AMonline/article/view/688
Forthcoming February 2018, journal article 'Ink and Identities: The politics of bodies and borders in Sin nombre', in Hispanic Research Journal, Screen Arts Edition.