Daniel Santiago Sáenz

Daniel S. Sáenz
Graduate Student Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures, Institute for Comparative Literature and Society / Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality / The European Institute


Daniel S. Sáenz has been trained in the study of religion (BA with Great Distinction, 2016) and art history (MA, 2018) at Concordia University (Montréal, unceded Kanienkehá:ka territory), where he held a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship–Master’s and a Bourse de maîtrise en recherche from the Fonds de recherche du Québec–Société et culture.

At Columbia University (New York, territory of the Lenape People), Daniel is pursuing a Ph.D. in Latin American and Iberian Cultures, as well as graduate certificates in Comparative Literature and Society, Feminist Scholarship, European Studies, and Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Upon entry to the program in 2018, Daniel was awarded a doctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2018–2022).

Academic Statement

Daniel’s research interests focus on three areas: the relationship between artistic theory and European colonial expansion in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries; the visual culture of masculinities and dissident sexualities in the early modern circum-Atlantic world; and the history, theory, and practice of Christian art. Drawing from contextual and decolonial methodologies, Daniel’s work seeks to shed light on the role of travelling artists in the construction of artistic, religious, and gender discourses at the time of Iberian expansion.

Other interests include the legacy of Caravaggio in Europe and in the Americas, Latin American Theology of Liberation and its influence on the visual arts, Queer and Indecent Theology, and contemporary Latin American and Latinx art.


Towards a Destructive, Unmonumental, Queer Hagiography: Félix González Torres and the Spiritual-Activist Potential of Destruction.” Conexión Queer: Revista Latinoamericana y Caribeña de Teologías Queer 1 (2018): 119–144.

Curatorial Practice

I am interested in the (re)imaginning of religion and sacred (hi)stories in contemporary art. Recent curatorial projects include:

Revisiting Religion in Contemporary Art, Department of Art History’s Vitrine, Concordia University, Montréal, May-August 2017.

The Body: Religious and Sacrilegious, Z Art Space, Art Matters Festival. Montréal, March 2016.

Where I'll Be This Year:

Latin American Studies Association, Boston, MA, U.S.A., May 24th-27th, 2019.