Bio


I am a Swedish Research Council postdoctoral researcher at Stockholm Resilience Center, Stockholm University and a postdoctoral scholar at the Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures, Stanford University, participating in the Focal Group materia (July 2022-July 2024). I lead the 36-month international postdoc project “Multispecies Futuring. Biocultural diversity in Latin American and Caribbean future fictions”. Multispecies Futuring deals with future-making practices involving multispecies worlds in Latin American and Caribbean future fictions from the end of the twentieth century, when biodiversity loss entered global environmental discourses, to works inspired in the present COVID 19 zoonotic pandemic. By combining feminist posthumanism, literary studies, indigenous philosophy, and environmental humanities in a transdisciplinary framework, my project investigates relations of future fictions from Latin America with the biodiversity crisis and with biocultural rights. This projects seeks to decenter Western future imagination by foregrounding diverging environmental futures. I am currently postdoc co-coordinator of the DLCL research unit materia.

Honors & Awards


  • International Postdoc Fellowship, Swedish Research Council, Sweden (Jan 2022-Dec 2024)
  • Dissertation award for outstanding scientific achievement, Högskoleföreningen Stockholm, Faculty of Humanities, Stockholm University (Dec 2020)

Professional Education


  • Ph.D. Hispanic Studies, Stockholm University, Spanish, literary studies (2020)
  • M.A. Literature- Culture- Media, Lund University, Sweden, Hispanic Studies, Literary Studies, Cultural Studies, Intermedial Studies (2014)
  • B.A. Spanish, Lund University, Sweden, Hispanic Studies (2012)
  • B.A. English, Universidad de Córdoba, Argentina, English language and literatures (2005)

Stanford Advisors


Current Research and Scholarly Interests


Environmental Humanities (Blue Humanities, Geo-Writings, Energy Humanities), Latin American Literatures and Cultures, Cultural Studies, Art Research, Multispecies Studies, Future Studies, Ecopoetry and Ecopoetics, Humanities-led Sustainability Studies

Current collaborative research:

-Cheguhem, Mauricio; Castro, Azucena; Rosa Rivero, Sofía, eds. Edited number: “Humanidades ambientales en América Latina: encuentro entre artes, literaturas y ciencias.” In Humanidades. Revista de la Universidad de Montevideo (Forthcoming, 1 edition 2023): http://revistas.um.edu.uy/index.php/revistahumanidades/announcement

-Castro, Azucena; Acosta, Santiago; Marques, Nuno, eds., edited book: “Ecopoesía, ecopoéticas y nuevas políticas ecológicas en el poema” (in progress).

Projects


  • "Multispecies Futuring: Biocultural Diversity in Latin American and Caribbean Future Fictions", Stockholm University/ Stanford University (1/1/2022 - 12/31/2024)

    Funded by the Swedish Research Council

    Location

    USA

  • Bio+Agri+Cultural Diversity Hub, Stockholm Resilience Center, Stockholm University (1/1/2022 - Present)

    In this hub, we discuss the emerging frames of biocultural diversity and agricultural biodiversity as transdisciplinary platforms to address resilience and sustainability. Biocultural and agricultural biodiversity are being used as lenses across disciplines (environmental science, environmental humanities, public health, food studies) to tackle relations between the loss of animal and plant species, cultural views on the relation between humans and the environment, traditional ecological/culinary/health knowledge, and holistic wellbeing. We propose the following agenda of hybrid meetings and events for the term aimed at creating a post-conventional space for dialogue, critical thinking, and collaborative creation

    Location

    Sweden

All Publications


  • Vernacular Sustainabilities-Multispecies Stories and Life-Death Entanglements of the Sertao Nordestino in Contemporary Brazilian Futurisms (The Film Bacurau and the Sertaopunk Comic Cangaco Overdrive) HUMANITIES-BASEL Castro, A. 2022; 11 (2)

    View details for DOI 10.3390/h11020050

    View details for Web of Science ID 000786015200001

  • Law, literature, and the arts from Latin America CUADERNOS DE LITERATURA Pulecio, M., Castro, A., Sotomayor-Miletti, A. 2022; 26
  • Black Magic: Speculative Fiction and Animism in René Rebetez’s Ancestral Futures (1960s/1970s) Castro, A. Imaginary Papers- Center for Science and the Imagination. Arizona State University. 2022 ; 11
  • Umbrales del hedor: diálogos geoculturales entre la poesía de Teresa Orbegoso y la filosofía americanista de Rodolfo Kusch Tekoporá. Revista Latinoamericana de Humanidades Ambientales y Estudios Territoriales Castro, A. 2021; 3 (1): 409-429.
  • AT THE BIOCULTURAL BORDERLAND: THE UNFOLDING OF MULTISPECIES ENCOUNTERS IN LATIN AMERICAN BIOART 452 F-REVISTA DE TEORIA DE LA LITERATURA Y LITERATURA COMPARADA Castro, A. 2019: 22-34
  • Shrieks from the Margins of the Human: Framing the Environmental Crisis in Two Contemporary Latin American Movies Ecozon@ Gómez, L., Castro, A. 2019; 10 (1): 177-195