Congratulations to Professors Carolyn Fornoff and Vincent Cervantes for receiving Humanities Release Time Awards for AY 2020-21. Nicely done Carolyn and Vincent!
- 20th and 21st-Century Latin American Literature and Film, with a focus on Mexico and Central America
- Environmental Humanities: Posthumanism, Ecocriticism, and Animal Studies
- Critical Theories of Race, Gender, and Disability
Carolyn Fornoff's research engages Mexican and Central American culture through the lens of ecocriticism. It explores how artists and writers portray the intersection between environmental and social justice through representational modes that range from speculative fiction to the documentary.
Fornoff's in-process monograph, Uncertain Futures: Environmental Change in Mexico and Central America, considers contemporary representations of anthropogenic environmental change. It asks how we anticipate and adapt to environmental transformations that are both underway and yet to come. It argues that the unpredictability of environmental rupture (and its corollaries, like drought and extinction) have put the future into doubt, prompting writers and artists to reimagine ways of living on a planet governed by different climatic rules.
As part of broader research in the environmental humanities, Fornoff is co-editing two collections:
Timescales: Ecological Temporalities Across Disciplines, co-edited with Bethany Wiggin and Patricia Kim, brings together interdisciplinary research on the question of time in the Anthropocene. Timescales is currently under production with University of Minnesota Press.
Pushing Past the Human in Latin American Cinema, co-edited with Gisela Heffes, theorizes the rich cinematic production coming out of Latin America that attends to environmental questions. This volume is currently under review by SUNY Press.
- Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania
- M.A. University of Pennsylvania
- B.A. Rice University
- SPAN 326: Beyond the Human: Animals in Latin American Culture
- SPAN 468: Latin American Natures
- SPAN 326 (Spring 2020): Mexican Cinema
- SPAN 467 (Spring 2020): Romance & Race in 19th century Latin America
In The News
Two faculty members have been recognized at the National Level by the MLA by winning their elections:
Prof. Fornoff has received a competitive Research Board Book Subvention grant for her co-edited book, Timescales: Ecological Temporalities Across Disciplines which will be forthcoming with the prestigious University of Minnesota Press.