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Dr Natasha Tanna

Dr Natasha Tanna

Research Fellow

SELCS

Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL
1st Jan 2020

Research summary

I specialise in queer, feminist, and anti-racist approaches to literary, cultural, and social analysis. My research focuses on Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain, and Catalonia. My first monograph Queer Genealogies in Transnational Barcelona (Legenda, 2019) was awarded the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland Publication Prize 2018. It centres on queer kinship, alternative communities, and migration between Barcelona and Latin America. 


I am currently preparing my second monograph, Decolonial Feminisms in Contemporary Latin American Culture. In this book, I focus on the role of collaborative cultural creation in community healing from social injustices and consider how creative research processes can challenge practices of epistemic extractivism that are closely connected with material extractivism in the region. My methodology for this research combines ethnography (from fieldwork with feminist activists in Latin America) with cultural analysis.



I am exploring creative/experimental critical writing in my research and teaching, influenced by writers such as Cristina Rivera Garza, Saidiya Hartman, Claudia Rankine and Gloria Anzaldúa.

Education

University of Cambridge
Doctorate, Spanish | 2018

Biography

I joined UCL as a Research Fellow in January 2020 with a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship. Before coming to UCL I was Lecturer in Spanish and Director of Studies in Modern and Medieval Languages at Christ’s College, University of Cambridge (2017-2019). 


I completed my PhD (2013-2017), MPhil (2009-10) and BA (2005-2009) at the University of Cambridge and have been a visiting scholar at the Universitat de Barcelona (2015). Between completing my MPhil and PhD degrees I taught at a primary school in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Catalonia (2010-2011), and worked in a number of roles across Imperial College London (2011-2013).

Publications