Dr Lauren Rea
School of Languages and Cultures
Senior Lecturer in Latin American Studies
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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.
In October 2020, Lauren was awarded follow-on funding to continue the partnership with Billiken under the UKRI GCRF Collective Fund. The Great Latin American Women Project, launched in November 2021, consists of audio-visual and digital educational resources with the aim of fostering greater gender equality amongst primary school children in Latin America. The open access digital educational platform grandesmujeres.lat hosts over 400 resources including downloadable classroom activities, reference material and 21 short animated films.
Lauren is also Principal Investigator on the British Academy GCRF Tackling Global Challenges project “Diverse Childhoods and Educational Inequalities in Argentina”. She works with five Argentine anthropologist co-investigators, leading a wider research team on the consequences of the COVID-19 lockdown on access to education, attainment gap and family economies in five diverse regions of Argentina.
Lauren is currently the Director of Research and Innovation for the School of Languages and Cultures.
- Research interests
Lauren’s research interests centre on cultural history and contemporary cultural production in Latin America with a particular focus on Childhood Studies, Education, Popular Culture, Print and Digital Cultures, and Gender Studies.
- 100 Grandes Mujeres Latinoamericanas. Argentina: Atlantida.
- Cuentos de la selva/Jungle Tales. Argentina: Atlantida.
- Argentine Serialised Radio Drama in the Infamous Decade 1930-1943. Routledge.
- Trajectories in Argentine Children’s Literature: Constancio C. Vigil and Horacio Quiroga. International Research in Children's Literature, 12(1), 76-89. View this article in WRRO
- The Newsboy’s Good Deed: Billiken Magazine’s Construction of Argentine Childhood in 1942. Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, 12(1), 68-87. View this article in WRRO
- Education, popular literature and future citizenship in Argentina’s Billiken children’s magazine (1919–1944). Global Studies of Childhood, 8(3), 281-291. View this article in WRRO
- Afro-porteñas in Héctor Pedro Blomberg’s Historical Romances. Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (Liverpool), 92(5), 583-599. View this article in WRRO
- Los que se fueron y los que se quedaron: History, exile andcensorship in Ricardo Piglia's Respiración artificial and ManuelPuig's Maldición eterna a quien lea estas páginas. Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 89(3), 415-433.
- 'Que al fin todas somos Eva': Nacha Guevara, Cristina Fernandez and Eva, el gran musical argentino. Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies(1), 77-99.
- Reviews of Books. Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 94(7), 1221-1259.
- Reviews of Books. Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 94(1), 157-182.
- City in Common: Culture and Community in Buenos Aires. BULLETIN OF SPANISH STUDIES, 94(7), 1257-1258.
- Narratives of simulacrum: video culture, technology and literature in Argentina and Uruguay. BULLETIN OF SPANISH STUDIES, 94(1), 181-182.
- Infancias, diversidades y pueblos indígenas. Análisis de las plataformas digitales y materiales pedagógicos elaborados en Argentina en 2020 para la continuidad educativa escolar durante la pandemia de COVID-19
- Exhibition: 100 anios de la revista Billiken (Roca version). Museo de Bellas Artes, General Roca.
- 100 anios de Billiken (Congreso). Congreso de la Nacion Argentina.
- Great Latin American Women. Festival of Social Science. Sheffield Winter Gardens.
- Exhibition: 100 anios de la revista Billiken. Facultad de Disenio, Arquitectura y Urbanismo (UBA).
- Teaching activities
- Literature and Culture modules for levels 2 and 3
- MA Latin American Studies and Directed Reading modules
- Professional activities
Membership of Learned Societies:
- Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland (AHGBI)
- Latin American Studies Association (LASA)
- Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS)
- Women in Spanish and Portuguese (WISPS)
- Latin American Studies Literary Studies Association (LALSA)
- International Research Society for Children’s Literature (IRSCL)
- Latin American Studies (undergraduate and postgraduate) for the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, King’s College London. Appointed 2018.
Professional Qualifications and Recognition
- Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2016)
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2009)
- PGCAP (Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice), King’s College London (2008)
- Diploma in Translation (DipTrans) Spanish to English, Chartered Institute of Linguists (2005)
External Positions Currently Held:
- Member of the Academic Council for the Erasmus MUNDUS Masters Programme, Crossways in Cultural Narratives. Consortium QA lead.
- Trustee, Grimm & Co. Children’s literacy charity in Rotherham, South Yorkshire