The radical Pacific: Artistic activism and experimentation on the Chilean coast

About the project or challenge area

In this project, you will explore how filmmakers, street artists and other creative practitioners on Chile's central coast, and especially in the port city of Valparaíso, have developed avant-garde responses to the inescapable and occasionally threatening presence of the Pacific Ocean in the 20th and 21st centuries. You might investigate the aesthetics and politics of creative responses to the 2010 tsunami, for instance, or explore recent artistic actions taken in response to the environmental consequences of overfishing. Mapping the history of radical cultural and political engagements with the ocean in this region will allow for a better understanding of how humanities scholars and cultural actors can respond to contemporary and future marine environmental challenges.

Why choose this opportunity?

You will have the opportunity to collaborate with the vibrant research communities in the Centre for Environmental Humanities and Migration Mobilities Bristol. You will be encouraged to undertake field research in Chile as part of the project.

About you

You’ll need to be comfortable undertaking archival research, and interview skills may be helpful. Proficiency in Spanish is also required.

How to apply

All students can apply using the button below, following the Master's by Research Admissions Statement. Please note that this is an advertised project, which means you should only complete Section A of the Masters by Research Statement Template (Office document, 68kB).

Before applying, we recommend getting in touch with the project's supervisors. If you are interested in this project and would like to learn more about the research you will be undertaking, please use the contact details on this page.

Paul Merchant Supervisor

Your supervisor for this project will be Paul Merchant, Lecturer in Latin American Film and Visual Culture in the School of Modern Languages. You can contact him at +44 117 9289772 or email

Find out more about your prospective research community

The Natural hazards and disaster risk theme is a vibrant community of researchers who integrate expertise across multiple disciplines to provide the evidence base and solutions to protect lives and livelihoods from natural hazards around the world. Find out more about the Natural hazards and disaster risk research theme.

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