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Lucía Pi Cholula

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International Research Training Group 'Temporalities of Future'

Dynamics of Aspiration and Anticipation

PhD Candidate

Project: "Urban Figurations in Latin America. Views of the City in the 21st Century"

Education

Since 07/2019

PhD student, International Research Training Group ‘Temporalities of Future’

Since 01/2017

PhD student, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

01/2013 – 06/2016

Master in Literature (Latin-American), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

08/2007 – 12/2012

Bachelor in Literature, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

 Work Experience

Since 08/2016

Professor in Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México

08/2015 – 01/2016

Fellow Researcher at the Graduate School “Between Spaces”, Freie Universität, Berlin.

01/2014 – 08/2014

Visiting Scholar at Centro de Historia Intelectual de América Latina, Universidad Nacional de Quilmes.

01/2015

Student Assistant in Red CLACSO de Posgrados

08/2013 – 01/2017

Researcher, “El ensayo en diálogo: ensayo, prosa de ideas, campo literario y discurso social. Hacia una lectura densa del ensayo.“

Project: "Urban Figurations in Latin America. Views of the City in the 21st Century"


Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Ottmar Ette


The inclusion of cities in literary discourse responds, in many occasions, to the need to understand and apprehend reality while facing urban expansion, acceleration of life, ecological problems, homogenization and globalization. These indeed are some of the issues that literature explores, in an eagerness to analyze the present and build meanings around it. This project seeks to study different Latin American novels where is possible to find, on one hand, the concern about the future of the city, manifested in the projection of the times to come, and in the recovery and revision of urban memory; and, on the other, the construction of new senses that allow us to think about the city both in its present and in its possibility of transcendence. If the strategies to know and understand the city have been overcome, the analyzed novels have decided to build their urban routes from memory and texts. The novels read the factual and literary history of their urban settings, and build a dialogue space that updates other images and conceptions of the world. They conceived writing as the staging of a polyphonic dialogue. Analyzing the exchanges between the texts, in order to trace a tradition that has thought and produced the cities from our latitudes in the last thirty years, allows us to glimpse the not only aesthetic but political positions of our writers, because building the city implies taking a position in front of this and grant, if not solutions, possible responses to the chaos and ruin of both the present and the future.

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