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Dr Jane Elizabeth Lavery BA, PhD

Lecturer in Latin American Studies (Modern Languages and Linguistics)

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Dr Jane Lavery is a Lecturer in Modern Languages and Linguistics at the University of Southampton.

I have research expertise in the following areas and would therefore like to hear from PhD applicants interested in:

Hispanic multimedia writers and artists (i.e writers and artists whose works straddle multiple disciplines (literature, art performance, photography, video, art installation, cyberspace).

Achievements: Author of two books and of two co-edited books; and several peer reviewed journals in the area of Mexican women’s literature and Spanish American multimedia artists and writers (see publications).

Awarded funding (BA small grant) for monograph on Ana Clavel (2015) and funding from various sources (WSA, CAS, PERU, Queen’s University Belfast, Modern Languages and Linguistics at Soton) for multimedia research project (see below) with co-researcher Dr Sarah Bowskill (Queen’s University Belfast). We were both invited to an “in conversation” event at Kettle’s Yard gallery (Cambridge) with Biennale Award winner Regina José Galindo which was pitched at a broader audience as well as the academic community.

Qualifications

BA, Hons French and Spanish, University of Cambridge 1993-1997

PhD, Hispanic Studies, University of Swansea 1997-2002.

Appointments

University of Kent, 2003-2006 as Latin American Studies Lecturer

Head of Section (2005-06).

Hispanic Studies Lecturer at the University of Southampton (2006-present).

Research interests

I am the author of two books (2005; 2015) and the co-editor of one book on the Boom Femenino (2010, see research publications). I have published on multimedia works of Latin American artists and writers including a partly funded British Academy monograph on the works of the Mexican multimedia writer Mexican Ana Clavel (Lavery, 2015), which received extensive media coverage (see below); a journal article on the poet and performance artist Regina José Galindo (2012, Lavery and Bowskill) and a journal article on the multimedia artist writer Eli Neira (Bowskill and Lavery, 2020).

I am currently involved in a research project with co-researcher Dr Sarah Bowskill (University Queen’s Belfast) on multimedia women and writers from the Spanish speaking world and whose works straddle multiple disciplines (literature, art performance, photography, video, art installation, cyberspace). The research I conducted in Mexico City as part of the BA award for my Clavel monograph above will also form the basis of this project. The intended research outputs include a co-written book and co-edited book, articles, conferences, mobile exhibitions at WSA and CAS online residencies between Lain American and British multimedia artists. This project will be in collaboration with Chapel Arts Studios organisation and artists and WSA. We have received funding from PERU, WSA and CAS to conduct various activities including online residencies and exhibtions. The artists and writers whose works will be exhibited at the WSA and CAS exhibitions will be contributing, with a number of international leading academics on their works, to a volume which is being co-edited by Lavery and Bowskill with the State University of New York’s  prestigious SUNY press. We were invited to an “in conversation” event at Kettle’s Yard gallery (Cambridge) with Biennale Award winner Regina José Galindo which was pitched at a broader audience as well as the academic community. Regina José Galindo is collaborating with us in the project.

I am also interested in the reception and consumption of Day of the Dead and Frida Kahlo in the UK from 2015 to present times, and how these phenomena have been reincarnated in the UK in the retail industry, fashion, media, and art amongst other areas. I have an article on the subject to be published with Bulletin of Spanish Visual Studies in April 2021.

PhD research 

2018- Jessica Elizabeth McIvor AHRC/ South West Wales DTP Doctoral Researcher

University of Southampton/ University of Bristol

Women at War: Irish and Spanish Women's Militancy in Visual Culture; Supervisor 1 Name: Scott Soo (Southampton University);; Supervisor 2 Name: James Thompson (Maternity cover for Erika Hanna) (University of Bristol); Supervisor 3 Name: Jane Lavery (Southampton University)

Past postgraduate projects:

PhD co-supervision on Jewish-German Film director (with Professor Tim Bergfelder from Film Studies - University of Southampton) 2006-2011.

MPhil dissertation on Colombian Narrative (with Dr Mark Dinneen)

Phd co-supervision with Mark Dinneen on The literary works of Colombian Fernando Vallejo (2011-2014)

MA dissertation on Latin American female art performers and the representations of the female body

Supervised 10 MA students and 1 MPhil in the area of Latin American literature, painting and film produced by women between 2003-2005

I am working on a research project on the works of women writers and artists from the Spanish speaking world whose works straddle multiple disciplines (literature, art performance, photography, video, art installation, cyberspace). The research I conducted in Mexico City as part of the BA award for my Clavel monograph above will also form the basis of this project. This is a collaborative research project with Dr Sarah Bowskill (University of Swansea) and the intended research outputs include a co-written book and co-edited book, articles, conferences, mobile exhibitions at WSA and CAS online residencies between Lain American and British multimedia artists. This project will be in collaboration with Chapel Arts Studios organisation and artists and WSA. We have received funding from PERU, WSA and CAS to conduct these activities.

Affiliate research groups

The Institute for Language and Culture, MeXsu

Research project(s)

The Multimedia Works of Contemporary Latin American Women Artists and Writers

This project will be in collaboration with Chapel Arts Studios organisation and artists and WSA. We have received funding from PERU, WSA and CAS to conduct these activities.

Outreach and Strategy Co-ordinator for Modern Languages and Linguistics

My role has involved organising and running events on campus for YEAR 7 (Regionals Finals Spelling Bee), Year 8, Year 10 and a 6th form conference. We have welcome ca  700 secondary school children in total for these evetns. The funds from Outreach (over  £600 per event) have been used for WP schools which has meant these events can be accessible to many pupils who might otherwise not have been able to attend. The aim of the events are to promote MLL's enthusiasm for our area and to inspire young people to take up and to continue studying Modern Languages of all Key Stages in primary and secondary. See website for events.

I also give talks at schools on the importance of studying Modern languages and organise colleagues to give these talks too.

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Undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Iberian and Spanish American Cultural Studies and an array of cultural production from literature, film and documentary to photography. Other areas include Transnational, Latino, Queer and Transgender Studies. Module co-ordinator and lecturer for final, second and First year: SPAN3012 Sex Soap Operas and Female Dissidents: Representations of Women in the Spanish Speaking World; SPAN2006 High, Mass and Popular Culture in the Spanish Speaking World; SPAN1003 Introduction to Hispanic Studies

Lecturer for LANG 1 Reading Culture looking at visual analysis techniques in film

Supervisor for MAs, PhDs and year abroad projects for second year students.

2019 Life Long Learning fee paying study day for general public on Frida Kahlo

Public Lecture on Mexican Day of the Dead for secondary school children and teachers as part of Mexico Week for 23 consecutive years.

 

Podcast about my research as well as an interview on Mexico’s leading media outlet El Universal:

Dr Jane Elizabeth Lavery
Building 65, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton, Avenue Campus, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BF, United Kingdom

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