Eduardo Ledesma has been awarded the Conrad Humanities Professorial Scholar award beginning in AY 2019-2020 and continuing through 2023-2024. These awards are designed to recognize tenured faculty members
Eduardo Ledesma PhD.
Eduardo Ledesma was born in Barcelona (Spain) in 1972 and moved to Chicago in 1984. After a decade as a practicing Structural Engineer he became a scholar of literature, film and new media.
- 20th and 21st century Latin American (including Brazil) and Iberian literature and film. Catalan literature and film. Media and cultural studies. Modernism(s). Avant-garde and neo-avant-garde poetry. Electronic literature and new media arts (digital poetry, hypertext, blog-narratives, locative fiction, cyberculture). Documentary and experimental film. The intersection between technology and disability studies. Word and Image relations. Luso-Hispanic transatlantic connections. Intersections between engineering and culture (science and technology studies, Digital Humanities)
WORK IN PROGRESS:
Cinemas of Marginality: Experimental, Avant-Garde and Documentary Film in Ibero-America (Substantially complete. Under Advance Contract with SUNY Press).
Blind Cinema: Visually Impaired Filmmakers and Technologies of Sight (In Progress. Initial Stages).
“Cell Phone Cinema: Latin American Horror Flicks in the Postdigital Age.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos (Accepted. Forthcoming).
“Teaching Experimental Latin American Poetry: Visual, Concrete, Performative, Digital.” Teaching Contemporary Latin American Poetries. Eds. Jill S. Kuhnheim and Melanie Nicholson. MLA “Options in Teaching” Series. (Forthcoming 2018).
“How to Explain Comics to a Dead Hare: Intertextuality and Neo-surrealismin Rosana Antolí’s Graphic Novel Pareidolia (2014).” Charting Graphic Narrative in Contemporary Spain. Eds. Matthew J. Marr and Sam Amago. University ofToronto Press. (Forthcoming 2019).
See selected completed publications below.
- PhD Romance Languages and Literatures. Harvard University. 2012.
- MA Hispanic Literature. University of Illinois-Chicago. 2006.
- MS Structural Engineering. Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya. 1999.
- BS Civil Engineering. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 1995.
Distinctions / Awards
- UIUC Conrad Humanities Scholar 2019-24.
- UIUC Campus Distinguished Promotion Award 2018-19.
- UIUC Helen Corley Petit Scholar (LAS) 2018-19.
- UIUC LEAP (Lincoln Excellence for Assistant Professors) Scholar Award 2017-19.
- IPRH Prize for Research in the Humanities 2015-16.
- National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend 2019
- Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities Faculty Fellowship 2019
- Center for Advanced Study - Fellowship (Spring 2017).
- Hispanex Program Award (Spanish Ministry of Culture) 2019
- Campus Research Board Humanities Release Time Spring 2015
- Campus Research Board Book Publication Subvention Award (Spring 2016).
- Campus Research Board Research Assistant Funds (2016-17).
- Fulbright Research Grant (Spain) - 2009-10
- SPAN 468 - Impure Genres: Latin American Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Horror in Literature and Film (1900-2016) - FALL 2016
- SPAN 468 Megalópolis: Latin American Urban Culture in Literature, Film, and Other Media. - SPRING 2018
- SPAN 535 Seminar in Spanish-American Lit. (From Futurism to Facebook: Technology and Latin American Cultural Production) FALL 2014
- SPAN 572 Theory and Literary Criticism (including Latin American and Iberian Cultural Studies) FALL 2014
- SPAN 535 Seminar in Spanish-American Lit. (The Latin American and Iberian Documentary Film) - SPRING 2013, FALL 2017
- SPAN 316 Latin American Literatures II: The Latin American Short Story (Science, Technology and the Occult)
- SPAN 326 Fiction Film in Latin America (Contemporary Narratives of Globalization) - FALL 2016
- SPAN 326 Cultural Studies in the Americas II: Contemporary Luso-Hispanic Film
- SPAN 254 Introduction to Cultural Analysis
In The News
Prof. Eduardo Ledesma has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer stipend for his current book project "Blind Cinema: Visually Impaired Filmmakers and Technologies of Sight".
Prof. Eduardo Ledesma has been awarded an IPRH Faculty Fellowship for 2019-20 for his project “Blind Cinema: Visually Impaired Filmmakers and Technologies of Sight"
Prof. Eduardo Ledesma has been awarded the 2018 Campus Distinguished Promotion Award.