Dr Thea Pitman

Dr Thea Pitman



Sept 2018-June 2020, CI, ESRC, Methods North West, Collaborative Innovation Grant, ‘Digital Cultures: Cultural Production, Social Commitment, and New Methodological Approaches’, PI: Dr Marieke Riethof (University of Liverpool), £2,000.

Aug-Nov 2018, PI, AHRC/GCRF, funding to write case study about Indigenous community engagement with UK research agenda, £5,000.

Jan 2018-June 2019, PI, AHRC/GCRF, Research Networks Grant, Highlight Notice for International Development. Project entitled ‘Sumak Kawsay and the Sustainable Development Agenda: Critical Debates and Creative Responses from a Latin American Indigenous Perspective’, https://skasd.net/, CIs: Prof. Matthew Brown (University of Bristol), Prof. Giuseppe Cocco (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro), Prof. Mauricio Escobar (Universidad Autónoma del Occidente), £65,000.

Jan 2018-Feb 2019, PI, BA, Small Research Grant. Project entitled ‘The Politics and Aesthetics of Indigenous Digital Art’, £10,000.

Sept 2016-June 2017, CI, AHRC Open World Research Initiative, University of Manchester consortium: ‘Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community’. Project entitled ‘Remapping World Cinemas for the Digital Age: Finding Ways for the Digital Subaltern to Speak’, PI: Prof. Paul Cooke (LCS), £30,000.



Books and Edited Volumes

Special dossier on ‘Buen Vivir in Colombia and Brazil’, Revista Periferias, 3, special issue: ‘Alternative Experiences of the Peripheries’, available in Protuguese, Spanish, English, and French, http://revistaperiferias.org (forthcoming July 2019), editor, translator and author of introduction, ‘Buen Vivir: Language, Creativity and Criticality’. Research funded by the AHRC/GCRF.

Special dossier on ‘Crise, lutas sociais e bem viver: perspectivas indígenas’, Lugar Comum, 54, http://uninomade.net/lugarcomum/ (forthcoming July 2019), co-editor of introduction with Giuseppe Cocco and Carolina Salamão. Research funded by the AHRC/GCRF.

Latin American Identity in Online Cultural Production, New York: Routledge (2013), co-authored with Claire Taylor.

Double special issue of Journal of Transatlantic Studies, dedicated to ‘New Transatlanticisms’, 7:3 (2009), co-edited with Andy Stafford, author of ‘Introduction: Transatlanticism and Tricontinentalism’, 197-207.

Double special issue of Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, dedicated to ‘Latin American Women Writers, Then and Now’, 14:2/3 (2008), sole editor, author of introduction, 59-63.

Mexican Travel Writing (Oxford: Lang, 2008).

Latin American Cyberculture and Cyberliterature, Liverpool: Liverpool UP (2007), co-edited with Claire Taylor. First edition sold out; now available through Liverpool Scholarship Online: http://liverpool.universitypressscholarship.com/view/10.5949/UPO9781846313462/ upso-9781846310614?rskey=PMeU3B&result=3.

Articles in Refereed Journals

'Indigenous New Media Arts: Narrative Threads and Future Imaginaries', Transmotion, special issue on ‘Native American Narratives in a Global Context’, 5:1, 180-202 (2019). Research funded by the British Academy.

'Warriors and Weavers: The Poetics and Politics of Indigenous Appropriations of New Media Technologies in Latin America', Modern Languages Open, 1:14, 1–31, https://doi.org/10.3828/mlo.v0i0.207 (2018).

'Where's the ML in DH? And Where’s the DH in ML? The Relationship between Modern Languages and Digital Humanities and an Argument for a Critical DHML’, Digital Humanities Quarterly, 11.1, http://www.digitalhumanities.org/dhq/vol/11/1/000287/000287.html (co-authored with Claire Taylor; 2017).

‘La narración de la biculturalidad en la obra de Jacalyn Lopez Garcia y Lucia Grossberger Morales’, Revista Laboratorio, 13, http://revistalaboratorio.udp.cl/investigacion-13/ (2015).

‘Viajeras mexicanas en la España republicana y el discurso de la fraternidad: Blanca Lydia Trejo y Elena Garro’, Lejana: Revista Crítica de Narrativa Breve, 5, http://lejana.elte.hu/PDF_5_viaje/Thea_%20Pitman.pdf (2013).

‘Allison Anders and the “Racial ‘Authenticity’ Membership Test”: Keeping Mi vida loca/My Crazy Life (1994) on the Borders of Chicano Cinema’, iMex, 2, special issue dedicated to Chicano cinema, http://www.imex-revista.com/imex-revista-ediciones/segunda/pitman.html (2012).

‘Policing the Borders of Chicana/o Cinema: The Critical Reception of Allison Anders’s Mi vida loca / My Crazy Life (1994) by the Chicana/o Community’, New Cinemas, 8:2, 71-86 (2010).

‘El arraigo de la cibercultura: un análisis comparativo de las obras hipertextuales de Doménico Chiappe y Blas Valdez’, in special section of Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies dedicated to ‘Literatura latinoamericana y española en la era digital (nuevas tecnologías y lo literario) / Latin American and Spanish Literatures in the Digital Age [New Technologies and the Literary]’, ed. by Scott Weintraub and Luis Correa-Díaz, 14, 217-32 (2010).

‘Postcolonial Compañeras? The Desire for a Reciprocal Gaze in Two Mexican Women’s Accounts of Africa’, in ‘New Transatlanticisms’, in ‘New Transatlanticisms’, special issue of Journal of Transatlantic Studies, ed. by Thea Pitman and Andy Stafford, 7:3, 376-388 (2009). (Internal REF rating: 3*)

‘Mexican Travel Writing: The Legacy of Foreign Travel Writers in Mexico, or Why Mexicans Say They Don’t Write Travel Books’, Comparative Critical Studies, 4:3, 209-23 (2007).

‘Identidad nacional y feminismo en el periodismo de mujeres: el caso de Elvira Vargas’ Literatura Mexicana, 18:1, 133-45 (2007).

‘Hypertext in Context: Space and Time in Latin American Hypertext and Hypermedia Fictions’, Dichtung Digital, 37 (2007), guest edited by Astrid Ensslin and Alice Bell, http://www.dichtung-digital.org/2007/Pitman/pitman.htm  (December 2007). (Publication by invitation of editors.)

En primera persona: Literary Evocations of Birth by Contemporary Spanish-American Women Writers’, special issue dedicated to ‘Cultures of Birth’, Women: A Cultural Review, 17:3, 355-67 (2006).

‘Postmodernity, Post-Tourism and Postmodern Irony: Juan Villoro’s Palmeras de la brisa rápida and the Possibility of a Postmodern Travel-Chronicle’, Bulletin of Spanish Studies (formerly Bulletin of Hispanic Studies), 81:1, 77-97 (2004).

‘An Impossible Task: Héctor Perea’s México: crónica en espiral and the Problems of Writing a Travel-Chronicle of Contemporary Mexico City’, special issue on Latin American Travel Writing, ed. by Claire Lindsay and Tim Youngs, Studies in Travel Writing, 7:1, 47-62 (2003).

‘The Construction of National Identity in the Mexican Travel Chronicle, 1843-1893’, Journeys: The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing, 2:1, 1-23 (2001).

Chapters in Books

‘Encountering Virality in Latin(o) American Tactical Media Art’, in Digital Encounters: Narratives and Networks in Latin American Cyberspace, eds C Raynor and R Lewis, Toronto: U of Toronto P (forthcoming 2019).

'Modern Languages, the Digital and the Transnational', in Transnational Modern Languages: A Handbook, eds J Burns and D Duncan, Liverpool: Liverpool UP (co-authored with Claire Taylor, forthcoming 2019).

‘Digital Culture and Post-regional Latin Americanism’, in Transnational Hispanic Studies, eds C Davies, R O’Bryen and S Green, Liverpool: Liverpool UP (co-authored with Claire Taylor; forthcoming 2019).

'Hypertext and Biculturality in Two Autobiographical Hypermedia Works by Latina Artists Lucia Grossberger Morales and Jacalyn Lopez Garcia', in Multimedia Women in Latin America, eds J Lavery and S Bowskill, Albany, NY: State U of New York P (forthcomign 2019).

Revolución.com?: Resemanticising the Discourse of Revolution in Yoani Sánchez’s Generación Y Blog’, in Online Activism in Latin America, ed. H. Chacón, New York: Routledge, 139-50 (2018).

‘(New) Media Poetry’, Cambridge Companion to Latin American Poetry, ed. S. Hart, New York: Cambridge UP, 261-81 (2018).

Mestizaje and Cyborgism on Either Side of the Line’, Cambridge Companion to Latina/o Literature, ed. J. Morán González, New York: Cambridge UP, 213-30 (2016).

'Tricontinentalism in Cyberspace? Or, Latin America's Contribution to Network Society', in Resistance and Emancipation: Cultural and Poetic Practices, ed. A. Casas and B. Bollig, Oxford: Lang, 379-95 (2011).

‘Hypertext in Context: Space and Time in the Hypertext and Hypermedia Fictions of Blas Valdez and Doménico Chiappe’, in Latin American Cyberculture and Cyberliterature, ed. by Claire Taylor and Thea Pitman, Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 225-41 (2007).

‘Latin American Cyberprotest: Before and After the Zapatistas’, in Latin American Cyberculture and Cyberliterature, ed. by Claire Taylor and Thea Pitman, Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 85-109 (2007).

‘The Representation of the Indigenous Subject in the Travel-Writing of Fernando Benítez: Caught between the Discourses of Literature, Journalism and Anthropology’, in A través del espejo: viajes, viajeros y la construcción de la alteridad en América Latina, ed. by Lourdes de Ita Rubio and Gerardo Sánchez Díaz, Morelia, Mexico: Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás Hidalgo, pp. 455-63 (2005).

Short-form Scholarship

‘“Viral latinidad” y “Tecno-canibalismo” en Tech-illa Sunrise (.txt dot con Sangrita) (2001) de Rafael Lozano-Hemmer y Guillermo Gómez-Peña’, Fobias - Fonias - Fagias Experimentais e Eletrónicas Ibero-Afro-Latinoamericanas, ed. by Rui Torres and Claudia Kozak, Coleção Cibertextualidades, Lisbon: Universidade Fernando Pessoa, 274-78 (forthcoming July 2019).

‘Earthing Electronic Art: An Ecocritical Review of the “Arte Eletrônica Indígena” Exhibition, Museu de Arte Moderna, Salvador da Bahia, August 2018’, Epizootics!: Online Literary Journal for the Contemporary Animal, https://epizooticszine.wordpress.com/ (forthcoming July 2019).

‘Why Brazil’s Indigenous Communities are Creating Avant-garde Electronic Art’, ‘Turning Points’ blog series, The British Academy,1 May, https://www.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/blog/summer-showcase-2019-indigenous-communities-electronic-art (2019).

‘Latin American Electronic Literature Created by Women / La literature electrónica latinoamericana creada por mujeres’, Latin American Literature Today, 10, dossier ‘Digital Literature’, ed. by Scott Weintraub, http://www.latinamericanliteraturetoday.org/en/2019/may/latin-american-electronic-literature-created-women-thea-pitman (2019).

‘Ethnography and Modern Languages’, contributor to multi-author article, ed. by Naomi Wells and Charles Forsdick, Modern Languages Open, 1, http://doi.org/10.3828/mlo.v0i0.242 (2019).

‘Indigenous Electronic Art’, special number on ‘Indigenous Made Media’, In Medias Res, 4 Dec, http://mediacommons.org/imr/content/indigenous-electronic-art (2018).

‘New Technologies in Traditional Communities: How Digital Media is Helping Brazil’s Indigenous Peoples Find Their Voice’, interview with NGO Thydêwá director Sebastián Gerlic by Phoebe Ryan, facilitated, translated and edited by myself, Mediático, 23 April, http://reframe.sussex.ac.uk/mediatico/2018/04/23/new-technologies-in-traditional-communities-how-digital-media-is-helping-brazils-indigenous-peoples-find-their-voice/ (2018).

‘The Politics and Poetics of Digital Indigeneity in Latin America’, blog post, Association of Internet Researchers, 13 Dec, https://aoir.org/politicspoeticsdigitalindigeneity/ ( 2017).

‘Modern Languages Research and Digital Cultures: Indigenising the Internet’, blog post, Language Acts and Worldmaking OWRI Project, 28 Sept, https://languageacts.org/blog/modern-languages-research-and-digital-cultures-indigenising-internet/ (2017).

‘The Poetics and Politics of Digital Indigeneity’, guest blog post, The SALSA Collective, 17 May, http://www.thesalsacollective.co.uk/ (2017).

‘Modern Languages and the Digital: The Shape of the Discipline’, contributor to multi-author article, ed. by Claire Taylor and Niamh Thornton, Modern Languages Open, 17 Jan, http://www.modernlanguagesopen.org/articles/10.3828/mlo.v0i0.156/ (2017).

‘Guillermo Gómez-Peña’, entry, special dossier on ‘Poesía digital latinoamericana: muestrario crítico y creativo’, ed. by Luis Correa-Díaz, AErea: Revista Hispanoamericana de Poesía, 10, 113-68 (2016).

‘“Netweaving” en el arte digital latin@’, Interartive, 89, special issue on ‘Art and New Media in Latin America’, ed. Marisa Gómez, https://mediaartlatinamerica.interartive.org/2016/12/netweaving-arte-digital-latino/ (2016).

‘Netweaving in Latin@ American Digital Art’, Mediático, 1 Aug, http://reframe.sussex.ac.uk/mediatico/2015/08/01/netweaving-in-latin-digital-art/ (2015).

‘Introduction to the Booming World of Latin American Digital Arts’, The Conversation, 30 June, https://theconversation.com/an-introduction-to-the-booming-world-of-latin-american-digital-arts-41933 (2015). c.11,000 readers.

Prologue for the English translation of Mexican author Blas Valdez’s collection of short stories, Deleting Me, written for and disseminated via Twitter, 13-16 Nov (2014). All 13 tweets were retweeted by followers to over 1000 other people.

‘Working with Traditional and Innovative Forms of Assessment to get the Best of Both Worlds’, HumBox, 29 March, http://humbox.ac.uk/3220 ((2012).

Introductory text on back cover, Luis Correa-Díaz, Cosmological Me (Buenos Aires, Argentina: El fin de la noche). By invitation of the author (2010).

Encyclopedia entries on authors Miguel Méndez and Nicolás Guillén, in The Literary Encyclopedia, http://www.litencyc.com/ (2008).

‘Teaching Chicano/a Studies in the UK’, Liaison, magazine produced by the Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies, 1, 31-32 (2008).

Entries on popular music, religion, slang, art and architecture, with specific reference to Mexico and Argentina (approx. 20,000 words), for Lisa Shaw and Stephanie Dennison, Pop Culture Latin America!: Media, Arts, and Lifestyle, Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio (2005).

Radio and Film Production

‘Occupy MAM’, 7:30 mins, research video based on Arte Eletrônica Indígena project, funded by the British Academy, co-director Sebastián Gerlic (2019).

Interview about ‘Arte Eletrônica Indígena’ project, 10 mins, Backstage, BBC Radio Leeds, 5 June, https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p079qmrt (2019).

‘River Dialogues’, 1 hr broadcast with Nicolás Salazar Sutil, Sebastián Gerlic, Atiã Pankararu and Tawaná Kariri-Xocó, Resonance Radio, 8 & 10 Dec, https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/river-dialogues-8-december-2018 (2018).

‘Can the Subaltern Speak Online?’, 9:30 mins, video summary of homonymous international seminar, co-director Paul Cooke, funded by Sadler Seminar Series and OWRI ‘Cross-Language Dynamics’, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTudoYtvnME (2017).

Reviews of Books

Svensson, Patrik and David Theo Goldberg, eds., Between Humanities and the Digital (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2015). Digital Icons: Studies in Russian, Eurasian and Central European New Media, 14, 225-27, available at http://www.digitalicons.org/issue14/between-humanities-and-the-digital/ (2015).

Erica Cusi Wortham, Indigenous Media in Mexico: Culture, Community, and the State (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2013). Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, 92:3, 350-51 (2015).

Claire Lindsay, Contemporary Travel Writing of Latin America (New York: Routledge, 2010). Studies in Travel Writing, 15:3, 347-49 (2011).

Ann Davies, Parvarti Kumaraswami, and Claire Williams, eds., Making Waves Anniversary Volume: Women in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008). Bulletin of Latin American Research, 29:1, 122-23 (2010).

Nuala Finnegan, Ambivalence, Modernity, Power: Women and Writing in Mexico since 1980 (Oxford: Lang, 2007). Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 87:4, 576-77 (2010).

Joshua Lund, The Impure Imagination: Toward a Critical Hybridity in Latin American Writing (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2006). Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, 87:3, 393-95 (2010).

Carlota Caulfield and Darién J. Davis, eds., A Companion to US Latino Literatures (Woodbridge: Támesis. 2007). Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, 86:4, 589-91 (2009).

Peter Standish, Companion to Mexican Studies (Woodbridge: Támesis, 2006), Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 85:2, 267-68 (2008).      

Rubén Gallo, Mexican Modernity: The Avant-Garde and the Technological Revolution (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2005). Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 85:1, 117-18 (2008).

Susan Castillo, Performing America: Colonial Encounters in New World Writing, 1500-1786 (London: Routledge, 2006). Modern Languages Review, 103:1, 165-66 (2008).


  • Currently on 'long/thin' sabbatical leave

Research interests

Contemporary Latin American cultural production, especially online, and more broadly digital, works: electronic literature, new media art, tactical media and artivism, indigenous new media arts. Digital humanities. Research interests also cover more traditional works of literature and film, as well as popular cultural forms, with a particular interest in questions of race, ethnicity and gender.

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  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (University of Leeds)
  • PhD Latin American Literature (University College London)
  • MA Hispanic Studies (University of London)
  • BA (Hons) in Modern and Medieval Languages (French and Spanish), King's College Cambridge

Professional memberships

  • Society for Latin American Studies, Vice-President (2019-21)
  • Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland
  • Standing Conference for Latin American Studies, Leeds rep.
  • Electronic Literature Organisation
  • Lugar Comum, international advisory board
  • Coldnoon: Travel Poetics, International Journal of Travel Writing, honorary advisory board.
  • Consejo de Colaboración para Estados Unidos, Canadá e Inglaterra, University of Georgia
  • Cinco Décadas del Cuento Mexicano, editorial board
  • New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film, editorial board
  • AErea: Revista Hispanoamericana de Poesía, advisory board.

Student education

Teaching and administrative duties (2019-20)

  • Director, Network for Hispanic and Lusophone Cultural Studies
  • Member, Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures
  • New Media in Latin America (SPPO3690)
  • Final Year Projects - Latin American cultural studies

Availability (2019-20)

Advice and feedback hours: By appointment. I am on long-thin sabbatical in 2019-20 and only on campus on Tuesdays most weeks.

Postgraduate research supervision

  • Latin American digital cultures / new media / cyberculture
  • Latin American literature
  • Latin American cinema, popular cultural production and cultural history
  • Race, ethnicity and gender in Latin American cultural production, particularly indigenous cultural production

Research students

  • Noha Alharbi, PhD, feminist translation studies and Saudi Arabian literature, July 2018-(June 2023).
  • Fatih Kalkan, PhD, film space, refugees, and European cinema, Oct 2018-(Sept 2021).
  • Juan José Rodríguez Santamaría, PhD, contemporary Ecuadorean and Uruguayan poetry, Oct 2015-(Dec 2019).
  • Daniel Fuller, MA by Research, computer gaming in Eurasian context, Oct 2015-Feb 2017.
  • Lourdes Parra Lazcano, PhD, transcultural performativities in travel writing by Mexican women writers, Oct 2014-July 2018.
  • Catherine Morgans, MAR, the use of the internet by new social movments in Brazil, Oct 2013-Sept 2014.
  • Mazin Alharthi, PhD, social novels of Saudi Arabian writer Ibrahim Al-Nasser, Aug 2009-Mar 2016.
  • Theresa Bean, MAR, Hip-hop as a new social movement in Medellín, Colombia, Oct 2013-Sept 2014.
  • Diana Battaglia, PhD, the representation of cultural identity in the crime fiction of Cuban writer Leonardo Padura Fuentes, Oct 2010-Feb 2016.
  • Katie Machin, MA by Research, representations of alternative female sexuality in early 20th century Spanish narrative, Oct 2011-Sept 2012.
  • Laura Rodríguez Icaza, PhD, the marketing of Latin American cinema and the role of film festivals, Oct 2008-Sept 2012.
  • Kristina Pla Fernández, MA by Research, on key novel by Chicano writer Miguel Méndez, Oct 2008-Sept 2009.

Research groups and institutes

  • Cultural studies
  • Network for Hispanic and Lusophone Cultural Studies
  • Centre for Endangered Languages, Cultures and Ecosystems
  • Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures
  • Cultures and Societies
  • Centre for World Literatures
  • Digital Cultures
  • Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
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