Ian Erickson-Kery is a Ph.D Candidate in Spanish and Portuguese at Duke University. His dissertation, tentatively titled Threshold Urbanisms: Aesthetics and the Politics of Planning in Mexico City and São Paulo, 1968-85, examines points of contact among designers, filmmakers, and visual artists working in peripheral urban zones in the wake of modernist planning projects. Prior to coming to Duke, he earned his B.A. in Comparative Literature from Columbia University; worked at e-flux, a web journal and platform for contemporary art and theory located in New York; and participated in a year-long artistic research residency at Capacete, a cultural center in Rio de Janeiro. He has taught in both Spanish and Portuguese at Duke, and his pedagogical approach—applicable to courses on cinema, literature, and visual culture—lies at the junction of Latin American cultural studies and urban studies in the Global South. His research on urban environments in Latin America in the framework of the Anthropocene debate has been supported by the Henry Luce Foundation and the Kenan Institute for Ethics.
He is currently a Fellow in the Visualizing Cities Lab at Duke, a collaborative between faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. His work and mentorship in the lab centers on digital, intermedial, and cross-linguistic approaches to global urban research.
A more detailed synopsis of his research can be found here.