Dr. Kim Beauchesne specializes in Latin American colonial literature and postcolonial theory, with a particular emphasis on comparative colonialism, and was the co-organizer of the UBC Postcolonial Research Cluster. Other research and teaching interests include the relationship between human rights and literature, the notion of utopia, travel literature, and the legacy of colonialism in contemporary Latin American literature and culture.
She is the author of a book titled Visión periférica: marginalidad y colonialidad en las crónicas de América Latina (siglos XVI-XVII y XX-XXI). In addition to many scholarly articles and book chapters, she has also published two co-edited volumes with Dr. Alessandra Santos—The Utopian Impulse in Latin America (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) and Performing Utopias in the Contemporary Americas (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)—as well as Asia en América Latina (2018), a special issue of the Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana co-edited with Dr. Koichi Hagimoto and Dr. Ineke Phaf-Rheinberger.
In 2019 she received a SSHRC Insight Grant for a project titled “Bridging Transatlantic and Transpacific Studies: The Keichō Embassy and its Textual Representations in the Hispanic World (17th and 21st Centuries).” This latest research, building on a previous SSHRC Standard Research Grant (2010-2014), will offer a decentered perspective on the cultural contacts between Asia, the Americas, and Europe that occurred in the early modern era and are still relevant in contemporary literatures and cultures. For more information, please click here. She was also recently awarded a SSHRC Explore Grant for her next research project on the issue of cultural decolonization in the Americas (Canada and Argentina, among other regions).