Juan Diego Pérez

Spanish & Portuguese

Research interests: Latin American modern and contemporary poetry (especially Chile, Colombia, and Perú); Latin American avant-garde and neo-avant-garde art; ecopoetry and ecocriticism; memory studies; decolonial theory; Andean ecologies and cosmovisions. 

Juan Diego Pérez is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese working at the intersections between memory studies, ecopoetics, and decoloniality, with a focus on Latin-American avant-garde poetics. Building on the dialogue between aesthetics and ontology in the emerging field pluriverse studies, his dissertation traces relational, non-anthropocentric, and liberatory pedagogies of memory in the experimental poetry of Chilean artist, Cecilia Vicuña. His work has been published in academic journals, literary magazines, and exhibition catalogs. Before coming to Princeton, he was a high school teacher and a research assistant for artists and curators in Colombia. Originally from Bogotá, he holds a B.A. in Literature and a M.A. in Philosophy from Universidad de los Andes.