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Rosanna Hunt

Rosanna Hunt

Rosanna Hunt


King's College


Topic: State imaginaries in Peruvian and Colombian conflict narratives

Through my reasearch, I seek to create a new framework for approaches to the state and sovereignty in cultural studies, by drawing on both political philosophy and social/cultural anthropology of the state. This project takes as its focus the Peruvian and Colombian civil conflicts during the later part of the twentieth century, given both their historical moment, bridging the close of the Cold War. The conflicts are only significant to my interest in 'state imaginaries' for their range of actors, particularly paramilitary and guerrilla groups, as well as narcotraffickers, who often behave in state-like wars, with regards to the use of force as law-making and upholding and the deployment of regulatory and social functions, including taxation and education. Given this project’s consideration of conflict and violent state and counter-state actors through cinema and fiction, my research also inevitably asks questions of the role of authors, narrators and characters in contributing to the construction and reification of the ‘state’ and ‘sovereign’ in the inscription of areas and experiences of civil conflict.

Through analysis which juxtaposes the guerrillero with the soldier as figures upon which state and shadow/counter-state imaginaries might be mapped, and juxtaposes state imaginaries and formations in rural and urban spaces, my thesis aims to re-situate memory struggles in conflict literature against questions of violence, legitimacy and sovereignty, not only of the victim, but of the victimiser.

Conference Papers

'From Victimiser to Victim: Imagining the violent agent post-conflict in contemporary Latin American cinema’. Of Survival and Struggle: Creative and Critical Responses to Structural and Long-term Violence in the Public Sphere (Colloquium). June 7th, 2018. Queen Mary University of London

'The Mausoleum and the Prison: material and literary sites for the reclamation of the citizenship of the senderista’. Radical Americas 2017

Conference: Legacies, 11th-12th September 2017, University College, London

‘The Terrorist in the Archive: writing and reclaiming the senderista as subject’. PILAS Annual Conference 2017: “Discontinuities and Resistance in Latin America”, 26th-27th June 2017, University of Leeds






Hunt, Rosanna (2019) 'New Approaches to Bodily Provocation in Hispanic Narratives: A Review Essay' in Chasqui, May (forthcoming)

Hunt, Rosanna (2019) Review of Palma Africans by Michael Taussig. In The Bulletin of Latin American Studies (forthcoming)

Other responsibilites:

Co-founder of the Peruvian Research Network (UK and Eire)