Javier graduated (First Class) in Philosophy, Theology, and Education (Bachelor’s Degree) at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogota, Colombia) in 2011, receiving an award for his dissertation. After some years working as a teacher, in education management, and in social programmes, in 2018 he obtained an MA in Film and Film Cultures with Distinction at the University of Leicester. His MA dissertation was focused on the representation of class, gender, and armed conflict in Sergio Cabrera’s films from the 1990s. His PhD is funded by the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust in partnership with MINCIENCIAS (Colombia).

Beyond his studies, Javier has participated in diverse cultural platforms related to cinema. In 2019 he received the Premio de Periodismo Cultural IDARTES 2019 (Nuevos Nombres) — a renown local award in cultural journalism — for his story on a film club based in Bogota and organised by an advocacy group mainly formed by transgender women.

Javier currently co-convenes (with Dr Karol Valderrama-Burgos, University of St Andrews) Red Cu, a research network focused on Latin American queer cinema, and is the Secretary of the Queer and Trans Caucus of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. He recently published the article ‘Screening Through Silence: The Representation of Queerness in Retablo (2017)’ in the Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture journal.


Title: Queer Tropical Frames: New Represenations of Queerness in Contemporary Latin American Cinema

Javier’s research explores the convergence of queer theory, decolonial thinking, and film studies in Latin America. Situated within this relatively unexplored intersection, his thesis draws critical attention to the place of queerness in the twenty-first-century upsurge of Latin American LGBTIQ-themed cinema. In his analysis, Javier challenges the pervasive Euro-centric focus in film studies about the region adopting an overarching decolonial framework. The thesis emphasises the potential of using cultural and theoretical articulations on sexuality and gender from the region to interrogate its own queer visual culture. Acknowledging the continent and its cinema as a locus of knowledge production, Javier leverages regional models of non-normative sexualities and gender developed by thinkers from Latin America (pre- and post-queer theory). Such an endeavour does not dismiss the relevance of voices from the Global North concerning cinema and queerness. Still, it consistently engages with them against the backdrop of ideas specifically formulated within the Latin American context. This project thus seeks to disrupt the unidirectional flow of theories and concepts from the Global North to the Global South in an attempt to position Latin American (queer) cultures as an active participant in the global discourse about queerness.


Research and Teaching Fellowship, Universidad del Rosario, Colombia (2023)

Scholarship awarded by the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust in partnership with MINCIENCIAS (2020-2023)

Santander Master’s scholarship (2017-2018)

COLFUTURO scholarship (2017-2018)

Consejo Nacional de las Artes y la Cultura en Cinematografía (CNACC) award (2017)

Orden al Mérito Académico’, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (2011)



  • SPC1: Translation from and into Spanish (2024)
  • SP5: Latin American Culture and History (2023-24)
  • SP13: Contemporary Latin American Culture (2022-2024)
  • SPC1: Translation from and into Spanish (2020-21)
  • CS6: Ibero-American Cinema
  • Year Abroad Projects and Optional Dissertations on Queer and Latin American Literature and Visual Cultures

Seminar Leader

  • CS6: Global Art Cinema (2021-22) and Queer Cinema (2022-23)


  • SP5: Latin American Culture and History
  • SP13: Contemporary Latin American Culture


Jul 2023               Queer Hispanisms Now, CRASSH, University of Cambridge (co-convenor)

May 2023            Screening Series: Queer Tropical Frames, University of Cambridge, funded by SLAS and BAFTSS (organiser)

May 2023            Cuiring the Americas, University of Cambridge (collaborator)

Oct 2022             I Simposio Red Cu, Universidad del Rosario, Colombia (co-organiser)

Jul 2022               PILAS Conference, ‘Repair, Resistance, and Resilience in Latin America’, University of Cambridge (co-organiser)

Jun 2022              Queer Cultures Graduate Symposium, University of Cambridge (co-organiser)

Panels organised

Jul 2024              SLAS Conference: In/Justice in Latin America and the Caribbean, University of Amsterdam – CEDLA. ‘Cada vez que muero (2023): Travesti Resistance in Colombia’ at the panel Transformation, Translocation, and Transition: Latin American Queer Resistance.

Sep 2022             6th International Society for Intermedial Studies Conference, In Between and Across: New Directions, Mappings and Contact Zones, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. ‘From Thailand to Colombia: Medial and Geopolitical Crossings in Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Memoria (2021)’ at the panel Coming to Latin America: Crossings and Connections Between Media Practitioners and Moving Image Excavations. (Co-convened with Lawrence Alexander)

Apr 2022            SLAS Conference: Latin America in times of political mistrust and global pandemic, University of Bath. ‘Deviant Sexualities, Dissident Citizenships: A Decolonial Examination of Queer Artistic Performances During Colombia’s Social Demonstrations’ at the panel Reimagining Protest: Cultural Mediations of Social Movements in Contemporary Latin America.

Papers presented

Mar 2024             SCMS Conference, Boston, US. ‘Locuras from the South: La loca as an Ever-changing Model of Latin American Sexual and Gender Dissidence’

Oct 2023               ASAP14, The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present Conference, University of Washington, online. ‘Screening the Ineffable: (Re)Making Soundscapes of Violence in  Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Memoria (2021)’

Jul 2023               Queer Hispanisms Now, University of Cambridge. ‘Queer Memory and Resistance in Tengo miedo torero (2020)’

May 2023          Cuiring the Americas, University of Cambridge. ‘Cada vez que muero (2023): Trans Performance, Embodiment, and Resistance in Colombia’

Apr 2023            SCMS Conference, Denver, US. ‘Wandering Boxes, “Worldling Potential”: Reframing Queer Aesthetics in Retablo (2017)’

Oct 2022            Posthuman Bodies & Embodied Posthumanisms, University of Warwick. ‘Queer Bodies from the Tropics: A Posthuman Reading of The Untamed (2016)’

Jul 2022               Screen Studies Conference, University of Glasgow, online. ‘Wandering boxes: appropriation and subversion of queer aesthetic in Retablo (2017)’

Jun 2022              NECS 2022: Epistemic Media: Archive, Atlas, Network, National University of Theatre and Film, Bucharest, Romania. ‘Queer Monsters from the Global South: A Countersexual Reading of As boas maneiras (2017)’

Apr 2022            AHGBI Conference, Institute of Modern Languages Research, London. ‘“Es como si yo no existiera en este mundo”: The Depiction of Queer Subjectivity in Señorita María (2017)’

Mar 2022           SCMS Conference, online. ‘Queer Aliens: The Countersexual Potential of The Extra-Terrestrial in The Untamed (2016)’

Jul 2021              Quo Vadis?: Arts and Humanities Research in the 21st Century, UCL, London. ‘Rethinking Latin American queer cinema from a decolonial perspective’

Jun 2021            Queer Cultures Graduate Symposium, University of Cambridge. ‘New representations of queerness in Latin American cinema’

May 2021          Queer Representation: Pasts, Presents and Futures, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh. ‘Screening Through Silence: The Representation of Queerness in Retablo (2017)’

Other academic events and Public Engagement

February 2022  Selwyn College MCR, LGBTQ+ History Month Seminar Series, University of Cambridge. ‘Tropical Frames: New Approaches to Latin American Queer Cinema’

Jun 2021              GSB Seminar, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge. ‘Melorealism in Colombian cinema’ 



Special Issue, Coming to Latin America: Moving Image Encounters, Non-Latin American practitioners, Alphaville, Co-edited with Dr Lawrence Alexander (University of Oxford), (forthcoming 2025).

‘Deviant Sexualities, Dissident Citizenships: Queer Performances During El Paro (2019-2021)’, The Edinburgh Companion to Queer Reading, (forthcoming, Spring 2024).

Screening Through Silence: The Representation of Queerness in Retablo (2017)‘, Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture, Volume 8. Issue 3.

Review of Cada vez que muero‘, European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, (July-December 2022).

Review of Señorita María, la falda de la montaña’, European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, 111 (January-June 2021).

Reseña de Una  historia  comparada  del  cine latinoamericano de Paul  A.  Schroeder  Rodríguez’, Imagofagia: Revista de la Asociación Argentina de Estudios de Cine y Audiovisual, n. 22 (October 2020).

Pushing the boundaries of melodrama’, Carma: Colombian Artistic Research Magazine (2018), pp. 143-155.


Momentos “queer” en el cine colombiano’, Canaguaro: Revista de cine colombiano, n. 3 (September 2021), co-written with Karol Valderrama-Burgos.

Reseña de El río de las tumbas de Julio Luzardo (1964)’, Canaguaro: Revista de cine colombiano, n. 2 (Abril 2021).

En búsqueda del cine melorrealista en Colombia’, Canaguaro: Revista de cine colombiano, n. 1 (December 2020).

Entre la ausencia y la burla: reflexiones en torno a la representación LGBTIQ+ en el cine colombiano más taquillero’, Catálogo del 5º Festival de Cine de Jardín (August 2020), pp. 64-69.

Other activities and roles

Javier co-organises the research network on queer Latin American moving image Red Cu.

In the academic year 2021-2022 Javier was part of the committee of PILAS, the postgraduate affiliate of The Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS), and co-organised the postgraduate conference. He was also co-convenor of the Queer Cultures Seminar in the same academic year.

Javier is a member of the Society of Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), the British Association for Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS), the Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS), the European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS), the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain & Irelandand (AHGBI), and the Red de Investigadores sobre Cine Latinoamericano.

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