Dr María Soledad Montañez

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Dr María Soledad Montañez
Research Fellow in Community Engagement
Institute of Modern Languages Research
Institute of Modern Languages Research School of Advanced Study University of London Senate House Malet Street London WC1E 7HU
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Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Communities, Classes, Races, Cultural memory, Culture, Gender studies, Language and Literature (Spanish), Literatures in a modern language
Research keywords:
Latin American Studies; Gender; National Identity; Memory; Community Engagement;, Latin American Communities; MIgrant Communities;, ethnic minority groups
England, Europe, Scotland, South America, United Kingdom
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Originally from Uruguay, I came to Scotland to work as a Language Assistant at the University of St Andrews, where I later did a MLitt in Latin American Studies and completed my doctorate with a thesis on contemporary Uruguayan women’s writing. I was a Lecturer in Spanish and Latin American studies at the University of Stirling and have published on gendered identity in Latin American fiction and on Uruguayan cinema.

Since moving to Glasgow in 2013, I became fully engaged in community projects, bringing and translating my academic skills into the voluntary sector. Although this happened almost accidentally, working as a Trustee for a small Spanish-speaking charity in Glasgow allowed me to develop upon my academic background and move into the third sector, working at the intersection of community engagement and language. As such I developed several community activities and projects, such as The Wee Spanish Mobile Library-La Biciteca. The work done at the charity in the last few years prompted an Early Day Motion in Parliament: http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2017-19/261 

In 2017, I joined IMLR as a Research Fellow in Community Engagement, as part of the AHRC-funded project ‘Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community’. Working in partnership with Southwark Council,my project explores new tools, resources and opportunities for collaboration, participation and engagement with the Latin American organisations in Southwark. The project is based on the understanding that culture and language dynamics shape identities and ideas of community, and therefore, effective community engagement requires the participation, knowledge and expertise of the community groups and organisations working collaboratively with local authorities, researchers, and other relevant stakeholders.



Spoken Written
Portuguese Intermediate Intermediate
Spanish Fluent Fluent
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