Manuela Luengas Solano
Manuela Luengas is a PhD student in Latin American and Iberian Cultures. Her research explores how Latin American rivers—as contested spaces of different political and historical meanings—are expressed, occupied and represented in cinema, art and activism, with a trans-historical approach. Her interests lie at the intersection of cultural studies, anthropology, history and ecocriticism.
Prior to coming to Columbia University, she earned a B.A in Anthropology from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and an M.A in Latin American Literatures from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. She has experience working with national Archives at the Biblioteca Nacional de Colombia and has been involved in different research groups with a wide range of topics, like material and visual culture, political subjectivities and popular press during the twentieth century, and the relations between aesthetics, nature and politics in Latin America.