Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Dr Lucy Bollington

Research Theme: Turbulence


Lucy Bollington specialises in Latin American film, literature and intellectual history, and her work frequently engages with political philosophy and critical theory. She also has a strong interest in comparative film and screen studies.

Within these areas, Lucy's research is particularly concerned with the politics of aesthetics and with the question of how culture is enmeshed with and aims to contest different forms of social and political conflict. She is currently editing her first monograph for publication, The Art of Necropolitics: Death and Power in Contemporary Mexican Literary and Visual Culture, which is based on her doctoral research. During her Research Fellowship, she is also commencing a second monograph on artistic and cinematic framings of island and littoral detention sites in Latin America. Her research asks how these carceral landscapes and the visual texts produced in relation to them pose fundamental conceptual challenges to the dominant frameworks used to understand (and periodise) punishment, state-building and exceptional space in the region.

Other interests include posthumanist theory and culture, ‘planetary civil war’ in global experimental art film, and framings of the body.


Prior to joining UCL, Lucy completed her AHRC-funded PhD in Latin American Cultural Studies at the University of Cambridge in 2018. Her MPhil in Latin American Studies is also from Cambridge, and she undertook her BA (Hons) degree at the University of Warwick and Columbia University.


Edited Collection

  • Forthcoming, spring/ summer 2020. The Limits of the Human in Latin American Culture, co-edited with Paul Merchant. University Press of Florida. Gainesville, Florida: University Press of Florida.

Refereed Journal Articles

  • 2018. ‘Animality, Sexuality and the Politics of Death in Mario Bellatin’s Salón de belleza’. Bulletin of Latin American Research 37(4): 479-492.
  • 2018. ‘Fabricating the Thanatopolitical Body in Rodrigo Rey Rosa’s Cárcel de árboles’. Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, 27(1): 115-133.
  • 2017. ‘“The Open Whole”: Human-Nonhuman Relationality in Carlos Reygadas’ Neo-Surrealist Post Tenebras Lux (2012)’, in Bulletin of Spanish Visual Studies 1(1),Animals in Visual Hispanism’, eds. Jo Evans and Sarah Wright, 139-160.
  • Forthcoming, 2019. ‘Death and Life through the Tourist’s Gaze: Reflections on Gianfranco Rosi’s Documentary Boatman’, in a dossier on Gianfranco Rosi’s documentary cinema, eds. John David Rhodes and Rhiannon Harries. Studies in Documentary Film. 

Refereed Book Chapters

  • Forthcoming, spring/ summer 2020. ‘Introduction’, co-authored with Paul Merchant. In Lucy Bollington and Paul Merchant (eds.). The Limits of the Human in Latin American Culture. Gainesville, Florida: University Press of Florida.
  • Forthcoming, spring/ summer 2020. ‘Displacing Drug War Violence onto Nonhuman Imaginaries: A Rereading of Juan Pablo Villalobos’ Fiesta en la madriguera. In Lucy Bollington and Paul Merchant (eds.) The Limits of the Human in Latin American Culture. Gainesville, Florida: University Press of Florida.

Professional Translations

Translated two chapters from Spanish into English for Joanna Page and María Blanco (eds), Latin America at the Vanguard: Science and its Imaginaries (University Press of Florida, forthcoming 2020):

  • Comastri, Hernán. ‘Inventions and Discoveries in Letters to Perón: Dialogue and Autonomy in the Popular Technical Imagination in Argentina in the 1940s and 1950s’.
  • Quereilhac, Soledad. ‘Modernismo, Spiritualism and Science in Argentina at the Turn of the Twentieth Century: An Analysis of National Magazines’.


Lucy has a wide range of experience teaching undergraduate and graduate students in Hispanic Studies and Film Studies. She has taught Hispanic literature, art, film and cultural history across a broad range of time periods and national contexts, from Spanish Golden Age literature to contemporary Latin American film. She has also taught European film and film theory and Spanish-English translation.

Her experience of curriculum design includes developing a graduate seminar on the topic of ‘Animals, Landscapes and Violence in Contemporary Latin American Film’ for the Latin American Studies MPhil at the University of Cambridge, and designing a second-year undergraduate module on ‘The Visual Politics of the Drug Wars’ for UCL’s Institute of the Americas.

She has also supervised and examined multiple undergraduate dissertations and MPhil theses in Hispanic Studies and Film Studies.