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Karunika Kardak


Supervisors: Prof Catherine O’Leary, Prof Gustavo San Roman

Thesis title: The Historical Novel in Post-dictatorship Uruguay (1988-2011)

Education and experience

I have graduated with a BA in English literature from St. Xavier’s College, University of Mumbai in 2013. I continued my studies with the M.Litt programme, Erasmus Mundus Masters Crossways in Cultural Narratives (2013-15), studying at the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela in Spain, University of St Andrews (home university) and Université de Perpignan in France. I returned to St Andrews to pursue a PhD on the Uruguayan historical novel. My doctoral research focuses on literature from the post-dictatorship era in Uruguay and studies issues of national identity, memory and history. I am also a member of the Cultural Memory Research Group at St Andrews.

I am a recipient of the 7th Century PhD Studentship and I am also funded by the State Government of Maharashtra, India. Moreover, I have received various travel grants for my research in Montevideo, Uruguay; namely, the Santander Research and Travel Fund, the D.J. Gifford Prize and the Society of Latin American Studies (SLAS) Postgraduate Travel Grant. 


June 2018: Summer School ‘World Literatures’.

January-May 2017: Spanish Language and Literature at sub-honours level (SP1004 and SP2002)

2016-2017: Academic Skills Project for Centre for Academic, Professional and Organisational Development (CAPOD)

Conference papers

22-26 May 2018 – ‘Bridging Latin America and Europe: Globalization and Slavery in Contemporary Uruguayan Writing’ at the Latin American Studies Association Congress (LASA), Barcelona.

6 April 2018 – ‘Breaking the Mould: Iconoclasm and Uruguayan Collective Memory in Amir Hamed's Artigas Blues Band (1994)’ at the Cultural Memory Research Group Workshop, University of St Andrews.

2-3 March 2018, ‘Afro-Uruguayans and Prosthetic Memory in Susana Cabrera’s Las esclavas del Rincón (2001)’ at the 9th Río de la Plata Workshop at the College of William and Mary, USA.

26-27 June 2017 – ‘Marginal Figures and Uruguayan Identity in No robarás las botas de los muertos (2002) by Mario Delgado Aparaín’ at the Postgraduates in Latin American Studies (PILAS) Conference, University of Leeds.

11-12 May 2017 - ‘Uruguayan National Identity in Tomás de Mattos's ¡Bernabé, Bernabé! (1988)’ at Borders vs. Bridges: Nationalism and Transnationalism in the Americas Conference, University College London.

06-07 April 2017 – ‘Cultural Memory and Identity in Mario Delgado Aparaín’s No robarás las botas de los muertos’ at the Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS) Conference 2017, University of Glasgow.

29-30 June 2016 – ‘Material Cultures and Identity: Reconstructing Uruguay's National Hero in Amir Hamed’s Artigas Blues Band (1994)’ at the Postgraduates in Latin American Studies (PILAS) Conference, University of Newcastle. 

Other activities

I have previously served as a student representative on the Postgraduate Committee of the School of Modern Languages (January-June 2017). I am currently Book Reviews Administrator for the journal, Forum for Modern Languages Studies. I also help to organise Byre World, a series of bi-weekly cultural events organised by the School of Modern Languages at the Byre Theatre in St Andrews. Byre World aims to make the study of modern languages accessible to a wide audience of both students and locals.

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