Dr Lauren Rea
Senior Lecturer in Latin American Studies
Telephone: 0114 2220558
Research project website: http://www.proyectobilliken.group.shef.ac.uk/
Dr Lauren Rea studied Spanish and Portuguese as an undergraduate at King´s College London before completing an MPhil at the Centre of Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge. She was awarded her PhD from King’s College London in 2009. Her book Argentine Serialised Radio Drama in the Infamous Decade, 1930-1943 was published in 2013. Lauren joined the School as a Lecturer in September 2008 and became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in 2009. She is now Senior Lecturer in Latin American Studies and a Senior Fellow of the HEA.
In October 2016 Lauren was awarded an AHRC Leadership Fellowship for a research project entitled ‘The Billiken Centenary Project: Children’s Culture and Childhood in Argentina, 1919-2019’. Linked to this project, Lauren co-authored and co-coordinated the illustrated children’s book 100 Grandes Mujeres Latinoamericanas [100 Great Latin American Women] as the flagship commemorative product for the centenary of Billiken magazine.
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Lauren’s research interests centre on cultural history and contemporary cultural production in Latin America.
Her current project on Argentina’s Billiken magazine, the world’s longest-running children’s publication, is funded by an AHRC Early Career Leadership Fellowship (grant number AH/N010078/1). More information can be found on the project’s website: http://www.proyectobilliken.group.shef.ac.uk/
Alongside her archival research, Lauren is working with Billiken’s publisher on the magazine’s transition to a multiplatform product. For the centenary of the magazine, Lauren co-produced the illustrated children’s book 100 Grandes Mujeres Latinoamericanas, managing an international team of creative industries professionals alongside Billiken’s director. This project has received additional funding from University of Sheffield Arts Enterprise and from the ESRC Festival of Social Science.
Lauren is currently co-supervising PhD students working on football and nation-building in Colombia, and British immigration to Argentina.