Dr James Kent

Personal profile

James Clifford Kent is 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 earned 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 will be published as part of Palgrave Macmillan’s Studies of the Americas series in 2018. In December 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 funded by the Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies project (MEITS) based at the University of Cambridge. Drawing on fieldwork and practice-led research, the project will consider the ways that iconic Cuban images are produced and consumed in different transnational contexts, and will build on practice-led research and photographic work Kent produced in the immediate wake of Castro's death in November 2016. 


ML1204 Tales of the City: Introduction to Thematic Analysis
ML1301 Visual Arts I: Artists and their Materials
SN1002 Introduction to Translation from Spanish to English & English to Spanish
SN1010 Intensive Spanish I
SN2011 Principles and Practice of Translation from Spanish to English
SN2122 Rebels, Revolution and Representation in Latin America
SN3122 Horror Cinema in the Hispanic World

Office hours (2017-18 – T1)

Wednesday 11am-12pm
Thursday 1-2pm

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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