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Liliana Chávez

Liliana Chávez
Image Credit: Edith Cota

International Research Training Group 'Temporalities of Future in Latin America'

Associated Postdoctoral Fellow

Project: “Displacements: Visions of the future in Latin American women’s travel and testimonial writing”

Boltzmannstr. 4
14195 Berlin


Since 07/2021

Associated Postdoctoral Fellow, International Research Training Group ‘Temporalities of Future’

08/2018 – 07/2020

Postdoctoral Researcher, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana - Azcapotzalco

10/2013 – 10/2017

PhD in Spanish, University of Cambridge

01/2008 – 01/2010

Master of Arts in Latin American Studies, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

08/2001– 07/2005

Bachelor of Arts (Licenciatura) in Hispanic Literature, Universidad de Sonora

08/2001 – 01/2001

Bachelor of Arts (Licenciatura) in Journalism, Universidad Kino


Work Experience

Since 07/2021

Researcher, International Research Training Group ‘Temporalities of Future’

08/2020 – 05/2021

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana – Azcapotzalco

08/2018 – 07/2020

Researcher, Department of Humanities, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana – Azcapotzalco

10/2014 – 12/2017

Supervisor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Cambridge

09/2011 – 05/2013

Coordinator, Spanish Writing Assessment, Centro Nacional para la Evaluación de la Educación Superior, A.C.

Project: "Displacements: Visions of the Future in Latin American Women’s Travel and Testimonial Writing”

Supervisor: PD Dr. Ingrid Simson, Freie Universität Berlin

The aim of this research is to show how nonfiction writing, particularly memoirs and testimonies, functions as a creative tool to document women’s current experiences and aspirations. Its main objective is to identify Latin American testimonial narratives documenting first-hand accounts of women authors and their travels and to develop a better understanding of the ethical and aesthetic uses of contemporary documentary discourse to represent women’s aspirations.

The project proposes a new approach to women’s testimonial writing by focusing on how travel reshapes their personal and collective aspirations. Through discourse analysis, it will thus reflect on the uses of storytelling techniques in selected travel accounts (memoirs, creative essays, chronicles) that aim to identify ideas of the future while writing about the past.

Testimonial literature committed to the representation of the marginalized “other” has a long tradition in Latin America, which began at the latest with the revolutions of the 1960s. However, little attention has been paid to first-person accounts of women, their own forms of remembering and how they represent their aspirations through writing. We seek to understand how women imagined their future in the past. To this end, it is necessary to understand literature as a cultural practice that helps to document and preserve alternative individual and collective memories.


Chávez Díaz, Liliana (2021): Viajar sola: Identidad y experiencia de viaje en autoras hispanoamericanas. Barcelona: Universitat de Barcelona

Chapters (selection)

Chávez Díaz, Liliana (2020): “Two True Stories of Survivors: Gabriel García Márquez and Rodolfo Walsh”, in Mateus Yuri Passos, Aleksandra Wiktorowska, Margarita Navarro Pérez (eds.), Literary Journalism and Latin American Wars: Revolutions, Retributions, Resignations, Nancy: Éditions PUN – Université de Lorraine, pp. 71-94.

Chávez Díaz, Liliana (2020): “Witnesses of the invisible: Telling Death Stories in Mexican New Media”, in: Lucy Bollington, Paul Merchant (eds.), The Limits of the Human in Latin American Culture, Gainesville: University of Florida Press, pp. 56-79.

Chávez Díaz, Liliana (2020): “Languages at war in Latin American women writers”, in Kate Rose (ed.), Displaced: Migration, Indigenity and Trauma, New York: Routledge, pp. 72-88.

Chávez Díaz, Liliana (2019): “To Possess is to Belong: Carlos Monsiváis’s Collection of Ephemera and Popular Culture in Mexico City”, in Ruth Iskin, Britany Salsbury (eds.), Collecting Prints, Posters and Ephemera; Perspectives in a Global World, London: Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 179-196.

Chávez Díaz, Liliana (2016): “Identidad, cuerpo y memoria en la pintura argentina de fin de siglo XX: la mirada literaria de Tomás Eloy Martínez”, in Olga Bolufé (ed.), Estudios de arte latinoamericano y caribeño, Mexico City: Universidad Iberoamericana, pp. 129-138.

Articles (selection)

Chávez Díaz, Liliana (2021): “Saltarse el programa: revolución y viaje en las memorias de tres autoras latinoamericanas”, Valenciana. Estudios de Filosofía y Letras, 27, January-June: 7-34, https://doi.org/10.15174/rv.v13i27.547

Chávez Díaz, Liliana (2019): “Compañeros de viaje: La meta(no)ficción como artificio de verosimilitud en historias sobre migración”, Lingüística y Literatura, 40: 113-140, https://doi.org/10.29344/0717621X.40.2063

Chávez Díaz, Liliana (2018): “Beyond Crónica: Journalism in Contemporary Latin American Documentary Narratives”, Textos Híbridos. Revista de Estudios sobre Crónica y Periodismo Narrativo, 6, (1): no page numbers, https://textoshibridos.uai.cl/index.php/textoshibridos/%20article/view/75

Chávez Díaz, Liliana (2016): “Recordar, registrar y reescribir: La entrevista periodística en La pasión según Trelew, de Tomás Eloy Martínez”, América. Cahiers du CRICCAL, 48 (1), no page numbers, https://doi.org/10.4000/america.1559

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