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Lucy Foster

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Lucy Foster

PhD Candidate in Spanish and Latin American Studies.

Bye Fellow in Spanish, Christ's College.

Affiliated Lecturer, Spanish and Portuguese, MMLL.


Jesus College


My research is concerned with twentieth and twenty-first century Mexican art and literature, with a special interest in representations of coastal areas and communities in relation to histories of conquest, slavery and vulnerable ecosystems.

I completed undergraduate and Masters degrees in English at Christ Church, Oxford, after which I worked in Mexico and London in fiction publishing and translation before coming to Cambridge.


SP1: ‘Introduction to the Language, Literatures and Cultures of the Spanish-speaking World’

SPB2: ‘Translation from Spanish’

SPA2: ‘Translation from Spanish’

SPA3: ‘Introduction to Hispanic Literature’

SP5: ‘Latin American History and Culture’

SP12: ‘Latin American Culture (pre-1973)’

SP13: ‘Contemporary Latin American Culture’

Year Abroad projects

Optional Dissertations, SP12 and SP13.

Research Interests:

Examples of talks and research engagements:

Slow Violence: Art and Environment in twentieth-century Mexican visual culture’, Latin American Studies Association Conference (LASA), 2020

Arte y activismo ecológico en la costa mexicana’, invited lecture, Facultad de Humanidades, Universidad de las Américas (UDLAP), Puebla, Mexico, 2019

After Disaster: involuntary installations, spontaneous sculptures and the recuperation of place in the wake of Hurricane Paulina’, Latin American Studies Association (LASA), Barcelona, Spain, 2018

‘Dreams of Acapulco: oneiric visions of slavery and empire in the work of Lola Álvarez Bravo and Cristóbal Gracia’  Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico, 2018

‘Erosions: Coastal and Geological Imaginaries in Latin American Artistic Practice’, symposium of artists and academics, co-convened with Erica Segre. Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College, Cambridge, 2017

Published Work:

'Afro-Mexico: Images of the Indeterminate’ in Transnational Perspectives on the Conquest and Colonization of Latin America, eds. Jenny Mander, David Midgley, Christine Beaule (Routledge, 2019)

Supervised By:

Dr Geoffrey Kantaris, Ms Erica Segre