Tenesoya Martin De La Nuez
Instructor of Romance Studies
The research of Thenesoya V. Martín delves into topics related to islands and archipelagic studies; islands colonization and the relationship between landscape and power; rhetoric of imperial insularity in Transatlantic and Pacific territories; displacement; discourses and practices of national and peripheral identity formation; as well as of notions of provincialism, belonging, isolation, fluidity and migration. Thenesoya's interests comprise photography and film, literary and "artivism" responses in the Anthropocene, digital humanities and mapping visualizations.
Thenesoya is currently developing a research project on African and Asian literatures in Spanish that aims to make visible obliterated Spanish-speaking spaces of cultural production by establishing a dialogue between them.
She is also working on a book tentatively titled Far Away from Home. Mapping the Canary Islander Descendants in the United States. This work combines the result of five years of research and fieldwork in Louisiana with the photographic component of CISLANDERUS project. Thenesoya's work on Canarian immigration to the United States is a natural way to expand her dissertation research into new directions, including ethnography, popular history and digital humanities.
At Harvard University, her dissertation was focused on 20th Century cultural and literary production in three insular and Spanish post-colonial spaces: The Caribbean Islands of Cuba and Puerto Rico, the African islands in Equatorial Guinea, and the Canary Islands.
Research interests: Atlantic and Archipelagic Studies; (Pen)insular Spanish literature; African and Asian literature in Spanish; Caribbean Literature and "artivism"; Migration-Displacement Studies; Photography/Film Studies; Environmental Humanities; Digital Humanities.
- M.A., Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) 2010
Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants
Research Committee Grant for Faculty awarded by Vassar College (2019)
Louisiana Friends of the Cabildo Grant awarded by Louisiana Friends of the Cabildo (2018)
Dissertation Completion Grant, Faculty of Art and Science awarded by Harvard University (2017)
Cabildo de Gran Canaria and Casa Museo de Colón Funds awarded by Cabildo de Gran Canaria and Casa Museo de Colón (2016)
David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies Research Grant to Cuba awarded by David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (2016)
Graduate Scholarship Real Colegio Complutense awarded by Harvard University (2016)
The Jens Aubrey Westengard Funds awarded by Harvard University (2015)
Summer Research Grant awarded by David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (2015)
Summer Research Grant awarded by David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (2012)
Summer Research Fellowship, Real Colegio Complutense awarded by Harvard University (2010)