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Elizabeth Chant

RHS Centenary Fellow (6 months)

Thesis title: ‘“Horizon on Horizon”: Representing Patagonian Nature, 1774-1949’

Liz is a PhD candidate in the Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies at University College London. She works at the intersections of history and cultural studies. Her AHRC-funded research analyses the evolution of representations of Patagonia in the south of Argentina and Chile using a diverse body of material including cartography, photography, literature, and voyage accounts from the late 18th to the early 20th century. Liz’s thesis considers why and how the tropes of hostility and desolation have come to be the defining factors in non-indigenous understandings of Patagonia, and asks what we can learn from these historical processes about humanity’s relationships with the natural world.

Elizabeth's research

Prior to beginning her PhD, Liz studied at the Universities of Durham (BA) and Cambridge (MPhil). She also spent time living in Spain and in Argentine Patagonia. As part of her doctoral work, Liz has researched at archives in Spain, Argentina, Chile, and the U.S., where she was also an AHRC International Placement Scheme Fellow at the Library of Congress’ Kluge Center in 2019. She is a co-convenor of The Maius Workshop, a seminar for PhD and early career scholars working on Hispanic histories and cultures that meets several times a term:

Liz’s research interests include the history of cartography, Latin American environmental history, the history of aesthetics and visual culture, and critical and cultural theory.


(Book Review) ‘Monsters and Borders in the Early Modern Imagination, edited by Jana Byars and Hans Peter Broedel’, Journal of Early Modern History, 24 (6) (forthcoming 2020).

‘Alonso in Patagonia: Time, Space, and Landscape in Liverpool (2008) and Jauja (2014)’

ReFocus: The Films of Lisandro Alonso (ed. Michael P. Talbott), Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press (forthcoming 2020).

Review of International Society for the History of the Map, ISHMap Virtual Symposium 2020, June 12-13, 2020. H-Maps, H-Net Reviews.