PhD Student in Spanish

Juan Felipe Hernandez

My project investigates what I call the Mining Literature of Latin America. This is the narratives of mineral extraction with emphasis on the Andean subregion.

I’m interested in exploring social and historical aspects (as well as ecological processes) in relation to the mineral itself, the dominant ideology of mining writers, and the affects of extraction on the bodies of miners and writers.

I did undergraduate work at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

I did graduate work at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


  • Spanish America 20th Century Novel
  • New Materialisms
  • Posthegemony
  • Posthumanities
  • Environmental Studies


“Crónica de la minería de oro en Colombia: de la montaña al texto.” Revista de Estudios Colombianos, Vol. 51 (2018).

“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 de Chile. December, 2013.


“Nitrate and writers, Literature of minerals in mid 20 Century Chile.” Qualicum History Conference, University of British Columbia, January 27th, 2018.

“Bolivian mining writers: lines of narrative, representation and politics.” Seventh Biennale French, Hispanic, Italian Studies at the University of British Columbia, October 22nd, 2017.

“Gold mining in Colombia: From Mountain to Text” in Resource Entanglements: Disparate Narratives on Natural Resource Extraction in Latin America Conference at the School of advanced studies, University of London, May 20th, 2016.

“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 at the University of British Columbia, April 20th, 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 25th, 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 14th, 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 15th, 2011.

“MemoriAntonia Janelas da Memoria” 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 21st, 2011.