TORCH Academic Champion for Networks and Partnerships
María del Pilar Blanco is the TORCH Academic Champion (Networks and Partnerships). She oversees partnerships and provides support to emerging and existing interdisciplinary networks within and beyond the Humanities.
María is Associate Professor in Spanish American Literature and Fellow in Spanish at Trinity College. She is the author of Ghost-Watching American Modernity: Haunting, Landscape, and the Hemispheric Imagination (2012), co-editor, with Joanna Page, of Geopolitics, Culture, and the Scientific Imaginary in Latin America (2020), and with Esther Peeren, of The Spectralities Reader: Ghosts and Haunting in Contemporary Critical Theory (2013) and Popular Ghosts: The Haunted Spaces of Everyday Culture (2010). She is currently completing a second book project entitled Modernist Laboratories: Science and the Poetics of Progress in Fin-de-Siècle Spanish America. María received a British Academic Mid-Career Fellowship in 2017-18 and was investigator, with Joanna Page, of an AHRC International Network grant for the network Science in Text and Culture in Latin America (2013-16).