Research interests: Cuba, Brazil, and Latin America; slavery and photography; philosophy of time (temporalities and endings).
In Latin American studies two concepts that have been greatly studied are memory and mourning: two concepts that think about the past. I am an heir of this tradition that puts time as the center of its concern but my approach is particularly novel since it does emphasize the past but the future. The question I pose is how to think about different forms of the future? Or whether is it possible to think about the posterity of something, an “afterwards” of life and of political processes, without having such idea contained or dictated by the future itself?
My dissertation, The Time of the After, thinks through the tension between the concepts of the “endings” of political processes and of life, and the possibility for something different to emerge, what I call an “afterwards.” I draw from enslaved portraiture and literary texts from nineteenth to twenty-first century Cuba and Brazil to study one idea: the possibilities of meaning that transcend the idea of the end and that propose an alternative to it. The scenarios I study come to speak of the existence after the end, and force the end to face something unknown or unpredicted.
My research travels, amply supported by PLAS, have taken me to many different archives and sites in Havana, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.
Recently, I served as a research collaborator for the exhibition Liquid La Habana: Ice cream, Rum, Waves, Sweat and Spouts and as an invited writer in the book Una pequeña ciudad mexicana en La Habana (forthcoming 2018).
M.A. Princeton University, 2017
PLAS Lassen Fellow (2015-2016)
B.A. cum laude Smith College, 2015