Tuesday 25 February 18:30 - 19:30

Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre
UCL Wilkins Building
Gower Street

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Mapping Mexico


Claire Lindsay, Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture, UCL School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS), delivers her Inaugural Lecture: Mapping Mexico 

About the lecture

The ‘horn of plenty’ shape of Mexican territory has been molded by historical processes old and new. From the Conquest, through Independence, to the present day, transnational conflict and migration have thrown into relief the permeability of the country’s borders. This lecture will examine how various forms of print culture – travel writing, magazines, and maps – have re-imagined Mexico’s terrain after its emergence from Revolution in the early decades of the 20th-century and onwards. It will argue that these forms of cultural production have played a critical role in navigating the country’s complex experience of modernity. It will also show how such works require us to question not only the contours of Mexico’s geography and national identity but also our understanding of those narrative and visual categories themselves.

About the speaker

Claire Lindsay joined UCL in 2006. Her research on experiences and narratives of travel in Latin America has been funded by the British Academy and the AHRC. She is the author of Locating Latin American Women Writers (2003), Contemporary Travel Writing of Latin America (2010), and Magazines, Tourism, and Nation-Building in Mexico (2019) and editor of three volumes of essays on travel and cultural translation in Spain and Latin America.

Inaugural Lecture Series 2019/20

This lecture is part of the 2019/20 series for UCL's Faculty of Arts & Humanities and Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences. The series provides an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our professors who are undertaking research and scholarship of international significance, and offers an insight into the strength and vitality of the arts, humanities and social sciences at UCL. 

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We aim to make our events as inclusive as possible so if you have any accessibility requirements please let us know in advance so we can try to make reasonable adjustments and ensure the appropriate measures are taken.

  • The Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre is located on the second floor of the south junction of the UCL Wilkins Building.

  • There is step free access into the lecture theatre.

  • There is staggered seating within the lecture theatre.
  • The steps to the staggered seating do not have handrails.
  • This lecture theatre does not have a hearing assistance system.

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.

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