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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Tatiana Vargas Ortiz

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PhD Student
Spanish & Portuguese
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages & Linguistics
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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics
Raised Faculty Building
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
United Kingdom


I have a BA (Hons) in Literary Studies from the National University of Colombia, and an MPhil in Latin American and Spanish literature from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina –two of the top public universities in Latin America.


Currently, I am close to completion of my PhD at Cambridge where I am enrolled in the Spanish and Portuguese Section of the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and the Latin American Cultural Studies Consortium at the Centre of Latin American Studies (CLAS). My PhD thesis engages with contemporary configurations of errancia in Latin American literature written after 1965. The meanings of errancia that I look at in my corpus encompass narrative-geographic errancy, nomadism, wandering and exile, on the one hand, while also productively overlapping with legal-symbolic notions of delinquency, error, deviance and transgression, on the other.


My research interests include contemporary Latin American history and literature with a focus on Colombia, Chile, Argentina and Cuba; twentieth-century Latin American poetry, narratives of travel, critical articulations of literature and philosophy, modern critical theory and Latin American cultural studies.

Conferences co-organised:

2018 Artivismo, the Place of Art and Politics in Latin America

Interdisciplinary one-day conference devoted to exploring the intersections between art and politics in Latin America

2017-18 Cambridge Hispanic and Lusophone Research Seminars (CHLRS).

A series of seminars organized by Cambridge University graduate students within the Section of Spanish and Portuguese.

2017 Norman MacColl Symposium 2017: Magical Dispossessions: Nature, Capital and Conflict in Colombia

One-day symposium, led by Dr Rory O’Bryen, aimed to explore meanings of dispossession addressing the ways in which processes of capital extraction and territorial reorganization mediate interlocking forms of political, social, economic and symbolic violence in Colombia.

Conference papers:

Apr 2020 Paper: ‘Experiences of mobility as an African-Colombian subject in the independence period: oppression, resistance and survival at the fictional level’. The Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS) Annual Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. (Virtual meeting due to Covid-19 pandemic).

Honors and awards:

2016 – 2020 Cambridge Trust Vice-Chancellor’s and King’s College Scholarship for doctoral research. University of Cambridge.

2017 Graduate conference scheme award. School of Art and Humanities. University of Cambridge.

2008 Research fellowship. Social Sciences and Humanities Studies in National University of Colombia. Project: Literary Studies in relation to interdisciplinarity (Research group).

2007 Maximum score in my undergraduate thesis, ‘Grandes Voces de Montaña. Acontecer del lenguaje poético en la obra de Jaime Jaramillo Escobar’.

Teaching interests: 

Since starting my doctorate, I have contributed to the provision of undergraduate lectures and supervisions within the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages at the University of Cambridge. My contributions include undergraduate lecturing, undergraduate supervision at all levels, supervision of longer-term dissertation projects, and language teaching for final-year linguists.

Published works: 

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals:

Vargas Ortiz, Angélica Tatiana. (2009) “Itinerarios imposibles del sujeto nómade en La hora de la estrella de Clarice Lispector”, Revista Outra Travessia. Universidade General de Santa Catarina. No. 9, pp. 39-49.

Vargas Ortiz, Angélica Tatiana. (2009) “El clamor de la tribu. Poesia integradora y reconciliatoria”. Cuadernos de Literatura. Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. V. 14, No. 26. Julio-diciembre, pp. 178-199.

Vargas Ortiz, Angélica Tatiana. (2008) “El tejedor de voces. El canto o el arte de la comunión”. Revista Literatura: teoría, historia, crítica. Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Número 10, octubre, pp. 247-264