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Research-led film: After Trujillo (with Jorge Domínguez Dubuc, 2016)

Eighteen months in the making, in November 2016, Jorge and I travelled back to Santo Domingo to present the research-led documentary that we filmed during our field trip to the Dominican Republic in 2015. It was fascinating to hear people’s different reactions to the film, which revisits the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961) to examine the ways in which political power and spatial arrangements intersected, as well as to retrace the emergence of the resistance movements that opposed his violent regime. By interviewing a range of people, from academics to custodians of memory sites and the dictator’s abandoned homes, we sought to get a sense of the way collective memory has taken shape after Trujillo.

New book: Spectacular Modernity: Dictatorship, Space, and Visuality in Venezuela, 1948-1958

I’m thrilled to post that my book, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press, is very nearly out. I’m currently working through the digital proofs so it can go to the printers and it’s exciting to see all the images alongside the text for the first time.

¡Venezuela Progresa! Dictatorship, Spectacle and the Construction of Modernity. Abstract: PhD Thesis

Now that my PhD thesis is officially submitted and the process is finally over, I’m posting my abstract here.