Dr Julia Banwell


School of Languages and Cultures

Lecturer in Hispanic Studies


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Dr Julia Banwell
School of Languages and Cultures
Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
S3 7RA

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.

Research interests

Julia is interested in the depiction and representation of violence, death, and the body in visual cultures, and has published papers on photography, film, and contemporary art.


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Teaching activities

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.