BOOK MANUSCRIPT

ARGENTINA, NATION OF FLESH


This book project proposes a regional history of Argentine modernity through the lens of the slaughterhouse. Against Euro-Western understandings of the slaughterhouse as a space designed to conceal animal killing, this manuscript demonstrates how Argentina foregrounds the slaughterhouse as one of its primary cultural tropes in literary, visual and architectural materials. This research adapts Bruno Latour’s critique of the modern nature-culture divide to recast conceptions of Latin American modernity as a peripheral process, where nations are mainly regarded as contributors of raw materials to the globalized world. Drawing on Donna Haraway and Héctor Hoyos’ ideas of animal and material agency, this analysis shows the productivity of cattle and meat in shaping the cultural field. In addition to its written chapters, this project involves interdisciplinary and collaborative work including the use of 3D scanning technologies and documentary film.





EDITED VOLUME

RUGE EL BOSQUE: ECOPOESÍA SUDAMERICANA


This is an anthology of contemporary ecopoetry from the Southern Cone. This volume will be the first survey of poetry on nature and ecology in the region, reuniting authors from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay who offer novel and original modes of approaching poetry in an age of recurring environmental crises. Co-edited with Javiera Perez Salerno and Whitney DeVos, this book draws from the rich Latin American tradition of nature writing that starts with the natural cosmovisions of indigenous poets to the rural poetry of Roberta Iannamico, passing through Nicanor Parra’s ecopoems and the vegetal dream-scapes of Marosa Di Giorgio. This project will include a digital map which will enable  users  to visualize the poems from the perspective of different ecosystems such as the Amazon Rainforest, Patagonia and the Andes, among others. 





MULTIMEDIA PROJECT

ANIMAL INFRASTRUCTURE


This video installations aims to visualize the animal trace as a fundamental factor in the configuration of the rural space and what is understood as nature within architectural narratives. This piece examines how the presence of dairy cows influences dairy farms’ infrastructure in the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina.





TRANSLATION

A TRIPTYCH ABOUT WATER


This translation compiles three poetry books by Argentine poet Martín Rodríguez. Black Water, Natatorium and Steam form an ecocritical constellation that reflects upon human uses of water and a critical understanding of nature in the Southern Cone. This project was funded by a Translation Grant from the Association of Literature and the Environment.