Staff profile - Eugenia Demuro

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Dr Eugenia Demuro

Position: Lecturer in Spanish
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts & Education
Department: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92443861 +61 3 92443861


Biography summary

Dr Eugenia Demuro holds a BA (Sociology) and BCA Hons (I) (Creative Writing) from The University of Wollongong (2004). In 2010, she was awarded her PhD from the University of Sydney. Her dissertation focused on discussions of 'Latin American' identity in key works by the Cuban writer Alejo Carpentier and the Argentine writer Julio Cortázar. The thesis summarised and synthesised the long-running internal debates about Latin America’s political and cultural identity/ies, and showed how these debates shaped twentieth-century Latin American literature.

Currently, Dr Demuro's research examines contemporary Latin American literature through the lens of Decolonial Theory. She is also interested in looking at contemporary Latin American social movements from a decolonial perspective.

Prior to joining Deakin University to establish the Spanish Program, Dr Demuro held the position of Acting Director of the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies (ANCLAS), in the College of Arts and Social Sciences, at the Australian National University. In previous years, she has been employed as a lecturer, sessional academic, and research assistant (in Sociology, English and Spanish) at various universities in Australia (UoW, USyd, ANU).


  • Bachelor of Arts (Sociology), University of Wollongong, 2004
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney, 2010
  • Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours), University of Wollongong, 2004


Student supervision

2012-2013. Principal Honours Supervisor.

Honours Spanish Program, School of Language Studies, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU.

El Realismo Mágico y El Movimiento McOndo. Un Análisis Comparativo.  Magic Realism and the McOndo Movement: A comparative analysis.


Conferences and seminars

Selected Conferences

2013 "The invisibility of Afro-Argentines in the national imaginary of Argentina." Tepoztlán Institute / Instituto Tepoztlán: Políticas Corporales: Raza, Sexualidad, y "Performance" / Embodied Politics: Race, Sexuality & Performance. Mexico. July 24-31.

2013 "Un paradigma otro: Border Thinking and the Zapatista Movement in Mexico." (co-authored with Dr Zuleika Arashiro, ANU). “The Politics of Indigenous National and International Perspectives” Conference; International Political Science Association: Politics and Ethnicity. Macquarie University, July 10-14. 

2013 Decoloniality and Literature in Latin America: “The Lost Steps and the Critique to Western Modernity.” Public Lecture, Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies (ANCLAS), Australian National University.  May 24.

2011 "Examining ‘Latinidad’ in Latin America." Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association; Annual Conference, Surfers Paradise, Australia.  December 7-9.

2011 "Literary traditions and creative writing in a Spanish as a second language course: A case study of SPAN2004: Selected Topics II." School of Language Studies Seminar Series. Australian National University. November.

2010  “Cultural Representations of Latin America.” AILASA Conference: Independence! Two Centuries of Struggles. Australian National University,  July .

2009  “The Latin Americanist Discourse in Los Pasos Perdidos and Rayuela.” Sydney University Research Community for Latin America (SURCLA); Postgraduate Seminar. The University of Sydney. October 13, 2009.

2009  “Alejo Carpentier and the real marvellous: in search of (Latin) American ‘Authenticity.’” American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), Harvard University, USA.

2008  “Sarmiento: The Birth of the Nation State and the Birth of a National Literature: An Argentinean Case Study.” Literature and History, Australasian Association for Literature, Macquarie University, Sydney

2007  “National and Literary Perspectives: Cortázar and the Ideology of Form and Politics of Identity.” American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), Puebla, Mexico. May 2007.


Awards and prizes

2011  Australian National University Publication Subsidy

2004-2008 University Postgraduate Award, University of Sydney

2007  Postgraduate Research Support Scheme, University of Sydney

2005  James Kentley Memorial Scholarship, University of Sydney
Kathleen Margaret Karaghan Scholarship, University of Sydney
F.A Elgar and J.A Waldock Scholarship, University of Sydney
Postgraduate Research Support Scheme, University of Sydney

2003 Campus Alumni Chapter Honours Year Prize, University of Wollongong
2003 Dean’s Merit List, Faculty of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong


Research interests

Cultural Studies and Sociology
Latin American cultural theory: especially discourses and representations of Latin American identity in the 19th and 20th centuries; Modernity/Coloniality, Transculturation, Hybridity; political and cultural history of ‘modern’ Latin America (from conquest to the present).

Literary Criticism and Theory
Comparative literature: particularly the influence of the European Avant-Garde on 20th century Latin American fiction; Latin American Regionalism, Nueva Novela (New Novel) and Boom; Critical theory: Structuralism, Post-Structuralism, Marxism; the connections of literary/linguistic structures to social movements; Modernism (European, Latin American), the French Nouveau Roman.




2012 "Civilisation and Authenticity: The search for cultural uniqueness in the narrative fiction of Alejo Carpentier and Julio Cortázar." Peter Lang: “Latin American Interdisciplinary Studies” Series. Vol. 25. New York.


2013 “The Lost Steps revisited: The critique of Western modernity and the search for authenticity.” A Contracorriente – A Journal on Social History and Literature in Latin America. North Carolina State University, Vol 10, No 3 (2013)

2012 “Examining ‘Latinidad’ in Latin America: Race, ‘Latinidad’ and the decolonial option.” Critical Race and Whiteness Studies. Special Issue: Directions and Intersections. Volume 8, Number 2.

2008 “Julio Cortázar: The Poetics of Exile.” Vitalpoetics: An International Journal of Critical Literary Theory, Vol.1 No.2. Online.


2007   “Exile: José Kozer’s Stet” Review. Jacket Magazine, 34 (October, 2007).

Edited Book

2011 With Alan Wearne, Tim Cahill, and Rob Wilson. 6 am in the Universe Selected Poetry of Benjamin Frater, Grand Parade Poets Press.


2010  “Five poems” (by Alejandro Carrizo). Trans. Eugenia Demuro and Timothy Cahill, in “Golden Tongues: The Arts of Translation” Southerly Vol. 70. N. 1. 2010. Australia

2007 Modulación Modulación (Book) A. Carrizo and Lito Demuro. Trans. Eugenia Demuro and Timothy Cahill. Ediciones Cuadernos del Duende, Jujuy, Argentina

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