PhD Student in Spanish

Juan Felipe Hernandez


M.A. at the University of Massachusetts, USA

I come to UBC after completing my Master’s at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and teaching European and American History at a state college in Kentucky.
My academic interest focuses on Resource Extraction in Latin America vis-a-vis Literary production: literatures of mining, of oil and gas exploitation. I’m interested in both the social and the metaphysical aspects of extraction.



  • Latin American Literature and Thought
  • Political Studies and Theory
  • History and Memory Studies
  • Resource Extraction through the arts
  • Philosophical discourses on Ecology and Energy


“La Química de la Memoria: A Benjaminean approach,” Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies: Travesia. Volume 22, Issue 3, 2013

“Utopía y Arquitectura: la ruina y las Escuelas Nacionales de Arte de La Habana,” Bifurcaciones: Revista de Estudios Culturales Urbanos. December, 2013


“Witnessing Disappearances at the U.S. – Mexico border a discussion about contemporary documentary production.” Talk presented at the 1st Graduate Student Symposium of the French, Hispanic and Italian Studies Department, University of British Columbia. April 20, 2015.

“The memory and language of buildings: reckoning destruction at Universidade de São Paulo, USP.” Pechakucha presentation at Buscando America/Searching for the Americas. Hosted by the Chan Centre and the Liu Institute for Global Issues. March 25, 2015.

“Cien años de soledad: Historia latinoamericana como sucesión de pestes y plagas.” Paper presented at The 6th Latin America Research Group Workshop hosted by the Faculties of Humanities, University of Victoria. March 14, 2015.

“Two Walls of Remembrance: Commemoration in the Margins of Montevideo” Paper presented in the panel War as concept in the age of Biopolitics, in The 6th Annual Interdisciplinary Colloquium of Spanish and Portuguese Departments at the University of Florida. February 15, 2011.

“El arte de la Memoria: MemoriAntonia Janelas da Memoria” Article presented in the panel Narrative and Violence in the Southern Cone, in The 10th Annual Graduate Student Conference Hosted by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Miami. November 21, 3011.

“Horst Hoheisel and Andrea Knitz: projects in South-America” Paper presented in the Capstone Presentation Session of the History Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. April 11, 2012.

“Dialogues about Eurocentrism and Research on Latin America and the Caribbean” Panel presented in the Second Graduate Student Interdisciplinary Symposium. Hosted by the Association of Latin American and Caribbean Students at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. May 20, 2012