Junior Research Fellow
St Catharine's College
Centre of Latin American Studies
Ed King is a Junior Research Fellow at St Catharines College, University of Cambridge, specialising in Latin American Cultural Studies. His PhD thesis focused on the representation of digital technologies in literature and graphic fiction from Argentina and Brazil. His first book, Science Fiction and Digital Technologies in Argentine and Brazilian Culture (Palgrave: 2013), explores the use of science fiction in a number of texts (from the novels of Marcelo Cohen to the comic books of Lourenço Mutarelli) to trace shifts in the nature and conception of power during the postdictatorship period.
He is currently pursuing his interest in connections between technology and culture in Latin America in two research projects. The first is an examination of orientalist discourses in contemporary Latin American culture, the first output of which is a monograph entitled Virtual Orientalism in Brazilian Culture (Palgrave: Forthcoming in 2015). Through an analysis of a range of fictional texts from recent graphic fiction and comic books to the novels of Bernardo Carvalho, the book examines orientalist discourses in Brazilian culture as an expression of anxieties about the re-structuring of time and space in the digital age. A symposium on the wider topic of Orientalisms in Latin American Culture is planned for summer 2015.
The second, ongoing project explores intermediality in comic books from Latin America, focusing on intersections between graphic fiction and digital culture in the region. He welcomes contact from fellow academics working in similar fields.