Ian Erickson-Kery is a Ph.D Candidate in Spanish and Portuguese at Duke University. His dissertation, tentatively titled Urbanism from Below: Design and Environment in Mexico City and São Paulo, 1968-85, examines the design practices of architects, filmmakers, and visual artists who revised the precepts of modernism in light of political and theoretical engagements with marginal or subaltern urban zones. Prior to coming to Duke, he earned his B.A. in Comparative Literature from Columbia University; worked at e-flux, a web journal and platform for contemporary art and theory located in New York; and participated in a year-long artistic research residency at Capacete, a cultural center in Rio de Janeiro. He has taught in both Spanish and Portuguese at Duke, and his pedagogical approach—applicable to courses on cinema, literature, and visual culture—lies at the junction of Latin American cultural studies and urban studies in the Global South. His research on urban environments in Latin America in the framework of the Anthropocene debate has been supported by the Henry Luce Foundation and the Kenan Institute for Ethics.
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