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Dr Elizabeth Chant

Liz ChantAssistant Professor

Email: elizabeth dot chant at warwick dot ac dot uk

Office 4.64, Faculty of Arts Building

University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL


Liz joined Hispanic Studies in 2021 after completing her PhD at University College London. She is a specialist in Latin American environmental humanities, with a focus on Argentinean and Chilean history and culture. Liz has previously been an AHRC International Placement Scheme Fellow at the Library of Congress' John W. Kluge Center, and was a Royal Historical Society Centenary Doctoral Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, in 2020-1. She is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London. Liz is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Liz is also a co-convenor of The Maius Workshop, a standing seminar for PhD and early career scholars working on Hispanic histories and cultures that offers skills training and work in progress sessions:

Research interests

Liz’s research examines how nature has been understood in the Americas as an object to be consumed, with a special focus on visual culture. Her doctoral project, ‘Demystifying Desolation: Representing Patagonian Nature, 1745-1956’, analysed conflicting cultural representations of Patagonia in order to elucidate how the trope of Patagonian desolation was both perpetuated and dismissed in the facilitation of acts of annexation, colonisation, and extraction. She is currently developing a monograph based on her thesis while also advancing a new research project that will explore domestic tourism to industrial sites in former frontier territories in Argentina, Chile, and the U.S. during the first half of the twentieth century. Her research has been supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Society for Latin American Studies, and the ARTES Iberian and Latin American Visual Culture Group.

More broadly, Liz’s research interests include the history of cartography, Latin American environmental history, the history of aesthetics and visual culture, comparative literature, and critical and cultural theory.

Administrative roles (2021-2022)

Undergraduate admissions contact for Hispanic Studies

Widening participation lead for the School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Hispanic Studies Research Seminars convenor


PhD in Spanish and Latin American Studies, University College London

MPhil in European, Latin American and Comparative Literatures and Cultures, University of Cambridge

BA in English Literature and Spanish, University of Durham