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James Scorer


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Research interests

My interests are focused on Latin American urban imaginaries, political communities, and cultural constructions of Latin America more broadly. Much of my research has focused on Buenos Aires, particularly from the 1960s to the present, though I am also interested in imaginaries of other major Latin American cities. In addition to literature, film and photography, I have also worked extensively on Latin American comics.


I am Senior Lecturer in Latin American Cultural Studies in the department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies. I am currently Associate Director of Research - CIDRAL (Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Arts and Languages). Between 2014-2019 I was Co-Director of the Centre for Latin American & Caribbean Studies.

My research focuses on Latin American urban imaginaries, particularly those of Buenos Aires, and on Latin American cultural production more broadly, especially photography and comics.

I am currently the principal investigator on a 3-year AHRC-funded project entitled Comics and Race in Latin America (co-I, Prof. Peter Wade).

Between 2016-2019 I was the principal investigator of the international network Comics and the Latin American City, funded by The Leverhulme Trust.

I am the author of Latin American Comics in the Twenty-First Century: Transgressing the Frame (Texas, 2024) and City in Common: Culture and Community in Buenos Aires (SUNY, 2016), and the editor of Comics Beyond the Page in Latin America (UCL, 2020). I am also co-editor of Comics and Memory in Latin America (Pittsburgh, 2017) (also available in Spanish as Cómics y memoria en América Latina (Cátedra, 2019)) and Cultures of Anti-Racism in Latin America (ILAS, 2019).