About Dr Fernanda Peñaloza

Dr Peñaloza’s research and teaching interests include: migration, Diaspora and Latin American identities; narrative processes of modernity and knowledge paradigms; and interrelations between geopolitics, identity formations and cultural production.

Dr Fernanda Peñaloza joined the Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies after eight years living in the UK, where she completed her postgraduate studies at the University of Exeter, and then lectured in Latin American Studies at the University of Manchester for four years.

Dr Peñaloza is a Coordinator of 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.

In the last few years she has been working on a study of cultural production of Patagonia in the context of Argentine-Chilean relations. Dr Peñaloza is 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.

Additionally, together with fellow members of SURCLA Dr Vek Lewis and Dr Verónica Quinteros, Dr Peñaloza is working on a FARSS (Faculty of Arts 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.

Selected publications

  • Patagonia: Myths and Realities. Ed. Claudio Canaparo, Fernanda Peñaloza and Jason Wilson. Oxford: Peter Lang (In Press)
  • “On Skulls, Orgies, Virgins and the Making of Patagonia as a National Territory: Francisco Pascasio Moreno’s Representations of Indigenous Tribes”. Forthcoming in Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, 2009.
  • ‘Appropriating the 'Unattainable': The British Travel Experience in Patagonia’ in Informal Empire in Latin America: Culture, Commerce and Capital, Mathew Brown, ed. Bulletin of Latin American Research. 27.1: 149-172.
  • “Mapping Constructions of Blackness in Argentina”. Indiana (Ibero-Americanisches Institute, Berlin) 24: 2007, 211-234.
  • “A Sublime Journey to the Barren Plains: Lady Florence Dixie's Across Patagonia (1880)", Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, (University of Western Australia), 10: 2004, 81-97. (www.limina.arts.uwa.edu.au/).
  • "The Ethnographic Imagination and the Tehuelches", Across the Great Divide Conference: Selected Papers from the IV Symbiosis Conference, Scotland's Transatlantic Relations Project (STAR), University of Edinburgh, April 2004. (www.star.ac.uk/Archive/Publications.htm)