Dr Laura Lopez-Fernandez

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 Bachelor in International Relations at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), I was awarded a prestigious US scholarship for international postgraduate students at the University of Boulder, CO.  I moved to New Zealand in 2003 where I had the opportunity to establish the Spanish Studies Programme at the University of Canterbury, and currently, I work at the University of Waikato.

I conduct individual research and collaborative research projects on contemporary Peninsular and Latin American literature, language and society. My fields of research include experimental poetry (Concrete, Visual, Sound, Fractal, Hypermedia); Galician studies; Spanish for Academic Purposes. Other research activities include publishing and editing scholarly books, reviewing journal articles, co-organizing international conferences, etc.

I teach a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses such as Spanish language, Spanish & Latin American culture and literature, etc.  I have received several research awards, some of which enabled me to coordinate and publish collaborative research projects such as Experimental Cuban Poetry (Poesía experimental cubana): A digital humanities project. One of my current projects is compiling and editing a multiauthor volume Breaking genre borders: Poetic languages of the 21st century.

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Papers Taught

Research Supervised

I supervised theses on Spanish, Cuban and Galician Studies from the University of La Coruña, Spain; University of Castilla La Mancha (Albacete, Spain), University of Santiago de Compostela, (Spain), etc.

In 2017-2018 I supervised two research assistants: "A digital mapping of Experimental Poetry in the Hispanic World" from a Contestable Research Grant, and "A comparative lexicographic project on Māori, Galician, Spanish and English" from a Summer Research Scholarship.

I welcome postgraduate students -doctoral and postdoctoral projects- interested in Spanish and Latin American Studies as well as Galician studies. Other projects can also be reviewed for supervision.

Research Interests

My main field of research is Experimental and Intermedia poetry in the Luso-Hispanic world. The study of representative genres in this field includes non-canonical styles such as visual poetry, fractal poetry, sound poetry, installations, typographic poetry, biopoetry, cybernetic poetry, etc.  This field of studies asks for a redefinition of poetry in the 21st century and for a review of the literary canon and its historiography. I also conduct research in Galician Studies and Spanish L2.

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

Some of my publications include five sole-authored books, book chapters and articles in specialized journals. Recent books include Expresión y Experimentación en la poesía no discursiva en España y Cuba (in press); Poesía Visual y Experimental: Estudios Críticos (2014) and Form and Perception in Visual Poetry (2008). In the area of digital humanities, I have launched and coordinated the Julio Campal Experimental Poetry Collection (US), the intl. journal Experimental Poetics and Aesthetics (NZ), and the book of essays Exile and Identity in the Hispanic world among others. Recent contributions to international literary projects include Historia Crítica de la poesía mexicana (F.C.E. & CONACULTA Mex. 2015),  and La poesía actual en el espacio público (Edit. Orbis Tertius, 2015). I am a member of several editorial boards and I have been the recipient of several teaching and research awards.

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). Cuba experimental. Chasqui-Revista de Literatura Latinoamericana, 48(1), 16-36.

  • Lopez-Fernandez, L., & Galceran, C. M. (2019). Experimental Cuban Poetry (Poesía experimental cubana): A digital humanities project. University of Waikato. Retrieved from

  • Lopez-Fernandez, L. (2019). Technopoetry, Transgression and Testimony. In 8th International Conference on Human Science. Conference held at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (UAM, Spain).

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

Spanish & Latin American Literature. Experimental Poetry.

Contact Details

Room: I.3.03