Invited Speakers


This page provides photographs and biographies of the invited speakers at the International Conference on Latin American Cybercultural Studies, May 2011.

Diego Bonilla studied for a PhD in Mass Communications at the SI Newhouse School of Public Communications, at Syracuse University. His first hypermedia story, A Space of Time, produced at the culmination of his doctoral studies, obtained significant academic and artistic awards. Syracuse University awarded him the 2003 Doctoral Prize for his use of longitudinal quantitative methods to analyze, and mathematically model, user behavior in the hypermedia story. In 2004, A Space of Time was awarded the Internet/Multimedia category at the Moscow International Film Festival. Dr. Bonilla works comfortably at the intersection of Storytelling, New Media Engineering, and Quantitative Research Methods. Currently, he is a professor at the California State University, Sacramento, where he teaches both multimedia production courses for undergraduates and research oriented courses in Computer-Mediated Communications for graduate students. His latest work includes the development of a method and an apparatus to create immersive virtual environments of photographic quality. Website: http://www.hypergraphia.com

J. Andrew Brown is Associate Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the author of Test Tube Envy: Science and Power in Argentine Narrative (2005, Bucknell University Press) and Cyborgs in Latin America (2010, Palgrave Macmillan) and the editor of Tecnoescritura: Literatura y tecnología en América latina (2007, Revista Iberoamericana) as well as several articles on the intersections of science, technology and literature in Latin America. He is general co-editor and managing editor of Revista de Estudios Hispánicos. His current project examines the aesthetics of digital sampling in recent Latin American literature.

Debra A. Castillo is Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, Emerson Hinchliff Professor of Hispanic Studies, and Professor of Comparative Literature at Cornell University. She is also director of the Latin American Studies Program. She specializes in contemporary narrative from the Spanish-speaking world (including the United States), gender studies, and cultural theory. Her most recent books are Re-dreaming America and the forthcoming Cartographies of Affect: Across Borders in South Asia and the Americas.

Margaret Clarke graduated from the University of Liverpool with a PhD in Brazilian Studies, and is presently Senior Lecturer in Portuguese at the University of Portsmouth. Her research interests encompass software politics in Brazil, and their role in national policy and development, digital inclusion and archive projects in Brazilian society and digital art and aesthetics. She also has an interest in language teaching with particular reference to students’ creativity and agency, genre, and the use of multimedia digital applications, and has published in all these areas.

Belen Gache is a Spanish Argentinean writer. She has published the novels Lunas eléctricas para las noches sin luna (2004), Divina anarquía (1999) and Luna India (1994). She has also published a book of essays Escrituras nómades, del libro perdido al hipertexto (Gijón, Trea 2006) with research on expanded literature and experimental poetry. Since 1996, she has produced a series of net-poetry, video-poetry and sound installations. She has participated in events like Post-Cagean Interactive Sounds, (Machida City Museum, Japan), Hypertext 01 (University of Aarhus, Denmark), FILE (Museum of Image and Sound, Sao Paulo, Brazil), the Biennale of the End of the World (Ushuaia, Argentina), the Biennale of Porto Alegre (Brazil), Cyberpoem (Barcelona), Cyberlounge (Museo Tamayo, Mexico City), Cosmopoetica (Cordoba, Spain). She is an Art Historian and holds a master degree in Discourse Analysis (University of Buenos Aires). She lives in Madrid.

Héctor Perea es narrador y ensayista, licenciado en Periodismo por la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México y doctor en Ciencias de la Información por la Universidad Complutense de Madrid. También estudió guionismo en el Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica. Formó parte del Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte y hoy en día pertenece al de Investigadores. Ha sido becario del Centro Mexicano de Escritores, el Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, el FONCA, el CONACYT y el Instituto de Cooperación Iberoamericana de España. Entre sus libros se cuentan Ojos de Reyes (ensayo), Visión de España (antología), España en la obra de Alfonso Reyes (antología), Cartas echadas. Correspondencia Alfonso Reyes-Victoria Ocampo (cartas), Martín Luis Guzmán en su centenario (ensayo), La caricia de las formas. Alfonso Reyes y el cine (ensayo), El viento en fuga (ensayos), A contraluz (cuentos), Nuestras naves (antología), Océano de colores (ensayos), La rueda del tiempo. Mexicanos en España (ensayo), México: crónica en espiral (crónica), Fray Servando Teresa de Mier (antología), Aguasvivas (cuentos), Sellos de agua (ensayos), El sonido de la luz (ensayos), Los respectivos alientos (ensayos), Los párpados del mundo (cuentos), La vía digital (ensayos sobre nuevas tecnologías) y Jugarse el cuero bajo el brío del sol. Brigadistas mexicanos en la guerra de España (ensayo). Durante 10 años fue corresponsal cultural del periódico español Diario 16 y colaborador de sus suplementos Culturas y Libros. Es autor fundador de cuatro páginas web y un DVD sobre cultura mexicana: la antología Cinco décadas de cuento mexicano (http://www.arts-history.mx/sitios/index.php?id_sitio=1221); Una escritura de la mirada. El arte en las letras. Las letras del arte (http://www.suafyl.filos.unam.mx/html/Mirada-libro/Portada.html); Presencia cultural de México en España, 1880-1936. Archivo digital y el paseo virtual Alfonso Reyes: el sendero entre la vida y la ficción (http://www.comitenorte.org.mx/alfonso_reyes/). Ha obtenido los premios nacionales “Rosario Castellanos de Periodismo Cultural” (1989), “José Revueltas de Ensayo Literario” (1994) y, compartido, el “Caniem al Arte Editorial” (1989). Desde 1999 es miembro honorario de la National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society Sigma Delta Pi, capítulo Mu Epsilon, por la Universidad de Louisville, Kentucky. Fue editor del catálogo y curador de la exposición itinerante Alfonso Reyes: el sendero entre la vida y la ficción (2007-2009), patrocinada y exhibida por el Instituto Cervantes en Madrid, París, Toulouse, Monterrey, Lisboa, Río de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Brasilia, La Habana, Chicago y Alburquerque. Fue coordinador y en la actualidad es investigador titular del Centro de Estudios Literarios del Instituto de Investigaciones Filológicas de la UNAM, así como profesor del Posgrado en Letras de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la misma Universidad.

Thea Pitman is Senior Lecturer in Latin American Studies in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures (Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies) at the University of Leeds, UK. Her research interests include Latin American travel writing and Latin American cybercultural production. She is author of the monograph Mexican Travel Writing (Lang, 2008) and co-editor (with Claire Taylor) of Latin American Cyberculture and Cyberliterature (Liverpool UP, 2007), as well as a number of other articles on related topics. She is currently working on a project for a co-authored monograph (with Claire Taylor) entitled The Discourses of Latin American Cyberculture. School website: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/spanport/staff/thea_pitman.htm. Latin American Cyberculture Project website: http://pcwww.liv.ac.uk/~cltaylor/latamcyber/index.htm.

Scott Weintraub is Visiting Assistant Professor and Franklin Postdoctoral Fellow of Spanish in the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Georgia. His teaching and research interests include 20th-21st-century Spanish and Latin American literature; critical theory and cultural studies; poetry; cyberliterature and cyberculture; and the relationship between literature, philosophy, science, and technology. His articles have been published or are forthcoming in numerous refereed journals in the U.S., Latin America and Europe, including the Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, Revista chilena de literatura, Ciberletras, CR: The New Centennial Review, Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture, Estudios: Revista de investigaciones literarias y culturales, and Arena Romanistica. He recently edited an e-book on avant-garde poet Vicente Huidobro (Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P Hispanic Issues OnLine, 2010), and has edited special issues of prominent journals in the U.S., Chile and Norway about such varied topics as the problematic relationship between literature and philosophy in Latin America and Spain; the literary and scientific figure of the membrane; Transatlantic avant-garde poetry and poetics; and the changing praxis of the (e-)literary text in the digital age. Professor Weintraub is currently working on a book manuscript titled Juan Luis Martínez and the Aesthetics of the Illegibile.


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