Dr Laura Lopez-Fernandez

Associate Professor. Convenor & Student Adviser (Spanish & INTLC))

Qualifications: PhD. Univ. of Kansas (Lawrence) Spanish Poetry; M.A. (2 years) Univ. of Colorado (Boulder); B.A. Spanish Philology (5 years) Univ. of Santiago, Spain; Bachelor of International Relations Univ. of Santiago, Spain.

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About Laura

After doing a BA in Spanish Philology (5 years) and a BA in International Relations (4 years) at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), I was awarded a USA postgraduate Scholarship at the University of Boulder, CO.  In 2003, I took an appointment at UC (NZ) to establish the Hispanic Studies Programme.

I conduct research on contemporary Peninsular and Latin American literature, language and society; Diaspora Studies and Hispanic Migration.

I teach a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses such as Spanish language, Spanish & Latin American cultures and literature, etc.  I have received several teaching and research awards, some of which enabled me to coordinate and publish collaborative research projects such as Experimental Cuban Poetry: A Digital Humanities project. Currently, I am coordinating a collaborative research project on Hispanic migration and I am editing a multiauthor volume Breaking genre borders: Poetic languages of the 21st century.

For more info please see my CV:



Culture; Language/Literacy/Linguistics; Latin American Literature; Spanish

Spanish & Latin American Literature. Experimental Poetry.

Research Interests

I conduct research on contemporary poetry in the Luso-Hispanic world. I study both canonical and non-canonical styles of poetry such as visual poetry, fractal poetry, sound poetry, typographic poetry, biopoetry, cybernetic poetry, etc. I also conduct research on Diaspora and Hispanic Migration.

My publications include five sole-authored books, numerous book chapters and scholarly articles in specialized journals, book reviews (by invitation), literary interviews and creative fiction. I am a member of several editorial boards and I have been the recipient of several teaching and research awards where I coordinated a range of collaborative projects on digital humanities, exile and identity in the Hispanic World, Cuban Poetry, Galician Poetry, etc.

Forthcoming Publications

Expresión y Experimentación en la poesía no discursiva en España y Cuba. CIPPCE. USC, Spain.

“Paremias xeocosmolóxicas de predicción do tempo en galego e maorí” Cadernos de Fraseoloxía Galega. University of Santiago de Compostela

Rev. of Valente Vital (Ginebra, Saboya, Paris). Claudio Rodríguez Fer (ed.) Bulletin of Spanish Studies.

Rev. of Spanish Contemporary Poetry. Hispanic Texts. Diane Cullell (ed.) Bulletin of Spanish Studies.

Recent Publications

  • Lopez-Fernandez, L. (2020). El estado de la poesía con Dana Gelinas. In Hispanic Poetry Review (Vol. 13, Iss. 1-2, pp. 1-21). USA: Department of Hispanic Studies, Texas, US.. Retrieved from Open Access version:

  • Lopez-Fernandez, L. (2019). On the margins of literary textuality: Technopoetry. Estudios de Teoria Literaria, 8(17), 202-218.

  • Lopez-Fernandez, L., & Galceran, C. M. (2019). The other poetry of Cuba. Experimentation and (self) exile. (La otra poesía de Cuba. Lo experimental y el (auto)exilio) [digital project]. Spain: Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes. Retrieved from

  • Lopez-Fernandez, L. (2019). Nuevas formas y soportes de escritura poética en Latinoamérica. Monteagvdo, 24, 161-178.

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Papers Taught


Currently, I am supervising (main supervisor) a doctoral dissertation on Cuban Cultural Studies Awaiting and change as ideological fantasy in contemporary Cuba” by Duzán Avila Castellanos. I welcome research supervisions on Hispanic Studies on topics related to culture, literature, language and societies.

In the past I coordinated and supervised internal and external research projects, and theses some of which have been awarded with honors. External supervisions include theses on Spanish and Galician Studies from the University of La Coruña, Spain; University of Castilla La Mancha (Albacete, Spain), University of Santiago de Compostela, (Spain), etc. Recent coordination of collaborative research projects that have been awarded (2017-2018) include: "A digital mapping of Experimental Poetry in the Hispanic World".

I welcome postgraduate students -doctoral and postdoctoral projects- interested in Hispanic cultural and literary studies, as well as Hispanic Migration and Diaspora.

Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: I.3.03