Dr Fernanda Penaloza
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Dr Fernanda Penaloza

DPhil (Exeter, UK); MA (Exeter, UK); Licenciada (UBA, Argentina)
Senior Lecturer in Latin American Studies
Chair of Spanish and Latin American Studies Department
+61 2 9351 6893
A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney
Dr Fernanda Penaloza

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.

I coordinateSURCLA(Sydney University Research Community for Latin America).

I am a Latin Americanist, with a strong background in critical theory, and expertise in the field of Latin American Cultural Studies. Interdisciplinary in nature, my work is primarily concerned with how knowledge production, and political, economic and cultural forces shape the way in which the peoples of Latin America and the region itself—both as a signifier and as a geopolitical location—are discursively constructed.

In the past few years, the majority of my publications focus on Latin American cultures, and their interconnections with Australia.In my work I am constantly seeking to understand interactions and influences that are neither limited by national boundaries nor restricted to the North-South axis, which is still the predominant paradigm in our field.

Mapping Connections: Australia and Latin America(co-edited with Sarah Walsh, Palgrave, 2019) is the most recent publication outcome that illustrates the line of research I’m developing.

  • 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.
  • Southern Cinemascapes”: Circulation of Latin American cinema in Australia in film festivals and other exhibitions sites,1950s-present
  • “Vanishing Savages”: Discourses of Savagery and Extinction on the indigneous peoples of Tierra del Fuego and Tasmania 1800s-present

Selected publications


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Selected Grants


  • Enhancing cultural competence and cross-cultural interdisciplinary effectiveness (Open Learning Environment - Undergraduate), Suter R, Penaloza F, Sorbera L, Pitaloka D, Moores S, DVC Education/Small Educational Innovation Grant


  • Integrating Indigenous knowledges to Higher Education Research and Teaching: An Australian-Latin America Dialogue, Penaloza F, Office of Global Engagement/IPDF Grant