Dr James Kent

Personal profile

James Clifford Kent is Associate Director, Humanities & Arts Research Instittue and Director of Hispanic Studies in the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures. His research focuses on visual cultures and he has taught at various institutions across the UK and abroad at the Universidad de la Habana, Cuba. He was appointed Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2016. He gained his PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2012 and he has curated exhibitions of his own photographic work both in the UK and Cuba. His Arts Council-funded exhibition Memories of a Lost Shark toured the UK and Cuba in 2013-14. His first monograph entitled Aesthetics and the Revolutionary City: Real and Imagined Havana was published as part of Palgrave Macmillan’s Studies of the Americas series in late 2018. In 2017, Kent was awarded funding through the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s (AHRC) flagship Open World Research Initiative (OWRI) for his project “¡Yo soy Fidel!”: Post-Castro Cuba and the Cult of Personality. The project, which will run over two years (2018-19), is fully funded by the Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies project (MEITS) based at the University of Cambridge. After the end of the Castro brothers’ near six decade-long leadership of Cuba in 2018, two years after Fidel Castro’s death, this project explores the presence of iconic revolutionary images in contemporary Cuban society and themes such as the relationship between photographic language and identity. Drawing on fieldwork and practice-led research, the accompanying exhibition This is Cuba: Documentary photography after Fidel (April–June 2019) will include images taken by world-renowned photographers such as Michael Christopher Brown and Raúl Cañibano. 

Teaching (2019-20)

ML1000 Critical Analysis for Linguists 
ML3214 Comparative dissertation 
SN2400 Advanced Spanish Translation: Skills & Practice 
SN2122 Rebels, Revolution and Representation in Latin America
SN3108 Hispanic Studies dissertation
SN3122 Horror Cinema in the Hispanic World 

Feedback & Consultation Hours (2019-20) 

Tuesday 12-1pm
Wednesday 12-1pm

Educational background 

BA London
MRes London
PhD London


Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy
Member, Latin American Studies Association
Member, Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland
Member, Centre for Visual Cultures, Royal Holloway, University of London
Member, Centre for GeoHumanities, Royal Holloway, University of London
Member, Cuba Research Forum

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