Dr Fernanda Penaloza

DPhil (Exeter, UK); MA (Exeter, UK); Licenciada (UBA, Argentina)
Senior Lecturer in Latin American Studies

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 6893

Biographical details

I joined the Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies after eight years living in the UK, where my MA and Phd at the University of Exeter, and then lectured in Latin American Studies at the University of Manchester for four years.

Currently I am coordinating SURCLA (Sydney University Research Community for Latin America), an academic research network that was originally conceived by the Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies (School of Languages and Cultures), but which rapidly gained the support of members of different departments and schools across the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

In the last few years, I’ve been working on a study of cultural production of Patagonia in the context of Argentine-Chilean relations. I am exploring the interrelation between discursive operations and cultural production during the period that signals a major shift in the whole history of Chilean and Argentine interstate relations: the 1978 mobilization for war to political rapprochement.

Together with fellow members of SURCLA Dr Vek Lewis and Dr Verónica Quinteros I am working on a FARSS (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Research Support Scheme) funded research project entitled Latin American Migration in Sydney: The Chilean Case. By combining ethnographic interviewing, document collection, and discourse analysis, this project seeks to uncover the wide range of meanings and uses that processes of identity formation, differentiation, recognition and negotiation play among members of Sydney’s Chilean community.

A third strand of my research is related to geopolitics of knowledge. I am exploring the conceptualisation of indigenenous knowledges in Chile and Argentina.

Research interests

  • Migration and Latin American identities.
  • 19th to 20th Century Latin American processes of cultural production, circulation and consumption;
  • Narrative constructions of models of modernity and identity;
  • Interrelations between fiction, colonial discourse, travel writing, aesthetics and anthropology.

Current projects

  • Latin American Migration in Sydney: The Chilean Case
  • Argentine and Chilean cultural relations: Imagining “la frontera sur”
  • Conceptualisation of indigenous knowledges

Selected grants

2011

  • Integrating Indigenous knowledges to Higher Education Research and Teaching: An Australian-Latin America Dialogue; Penaloza F; DVC International/IPDF Grant.

Selected publications

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Edited Books

  • Penaloza, F., Wilson, J., Canaparo, C. (2010). Patagonia: myths and realities. Bern: Peter Lang Publishing.

Book Chapters

  • Penaloza, F. (2010). Introduction: myths and realities: mapping scientific, religious, aesthetic and patriotic quests in Patagonia. In Fernanda Penaloza, Jason Wilson and Claudio Canaparo (Eds.), Patagonia: myths and realities, (pp. 1-25). Bern: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Penaloza, F. (2010). The missionary as a translator: Thomas Bridges and his Yamana-English dictionary. In Fernanda Penaloza, Jason Wilson and Claudio Canaparo (Eds.), Patagonia: myths and realities, (pp. 95-115). Bern: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Penaloza, F. (2008). Appropriating the 'Unattainable': The British Travel Experience in Patagonia. In Matthew Brown (Eds.), Informal Empire in Latin America: Culture, Commerce and Capital, (pp. 149-172). United Kingdom: Blackwell Publishers.

Journals

  • Penaloza, F. (2010). On Skulls, Orgies, Virgins and the Making of Patagonia as a National Territory: Francisco Pascasio Moreno's Representations of Indigenous Tribes. Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (Print Edition. Liverpool), 87(4), 455-472.
  • Penaloza, F. (2007). Mapping Constructions of Blackness in Argentina. Indiana: contributions to ethnology and linguistics, archaeology and physical anthropology of Indian America, 24, 211-123.
  • Penaloza, F. (2004). A Sublime Journey to the Barren Plains: Lady Florence Dixie’s Across Patagonia (1880). Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies, 10, 81-97.

Conferences

  • Penaloza, F. (2003). The Ethnographic Imagination and the Tehuelches. 2003 Symbiosis Conference: 'Across the Great Divide', United Kingdom (on line): STAR Publications.

2010

  • Penaloza, F. (2010). Introduction: myths and realities: mapping scientific, religious, aesthetic and patriotic quests in Patagonia. In Fernanda Penaloza, Jason Wilson and Claudio Canaparo (Eds.), Patagonia: myths and realities, (pp. 1-25). Bern: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Penaloza, F. (2010). On Skulls, Orgies, Virgins and the Making of Patagonia as a National Territory: Francisco Pascasio Moreno's Representations of Indigenous Tribes. Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (Print Edition. Liverpool), 87(4), 455-472.
  • Penaloza, F., Wilson, J., Canaparo, C. (2010). Patagonia: myths and realities. Bern: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Penaloza, F. (2010). The missionary as a translator: Thomas Bridges and his Yamana-English dictionary. In Fernanda Penaloza, Jason Wilson and Claudio Canaparo (Eds.), Patagonia: myths and realities, (pp. 95-115). Bern: Peter Lang Publishing.

2008

  • Penaloza, F. (2008). Appropriating the 'Unattainable': The British Travel Experience in Patagonia. In Matthew Brown (Eds.), Informal Empire in Latin America: Culture, Commerce and Capital, (pp. 149-172). United Kingdom: Blackwell Publishers.

2007

  • Penaloza, F. (2007). Mapping Constructions of Blackness in Argentina. Indiana: contributions to ethnology and linguistics, archaeology and physical anthropology of Indian America, 24, 211-123.

2004

  • Penaloza, F. (2004). A Sublime Journey to the Barren Plains: Lady Florence Dixie’s Across Patagonia (1880). Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies, 10, 81-97.

2003

  • Penaloza, F. (2003). The Ethnographic Imagination and the Tehuelches. 2003 Symbiosis Conference: 'Across the Great Divide', United Kingdom (on line): STAR Publications.

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