Trinity Hall

Joanna Page


I graduated with a First Class with Distinction in Spanish and French (BA) at Cambridge in 2019, for which I was awarded the Mrs Claude Beddington Modern Languages Prize. Following this, I completed an MPhil at the Centre of Latin American Studies, supported by a Baillie Gifford Cambridge UK Masters Scholarship, achieving a Pass with Distinction. My PhD is funded by a Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship in the Humanities. In 2021–2022 I was the President of PILAS (Postgraduates in Latin American Studies), the postgraduate affiliate of the Society for Latin American Studies.


In my doctoral research, I examine how popular cinema in Argentina has represented and engaged with imprisonment and processes of criminal justice throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. In doing so, I show how images of prison have constructed, moulded, and at times challenged hegemonic perceptions of modernity, criminality, punishment, and justice at different moments of Argentine history. My approach is interdisciplinary, drawing on insights from film studies, cultural studies, criminology, and cultural history.

In my next project, I will explore how contemporary documentary film from Latin America takes part in and responds to processes of ‘judicialisation’. I plan to engage with Law and Film Studies to examine how recent filmic production situates itself in relation to the increasing influence of legal institutions and sensibilities in social struggles across the region.

Selected Publications

  • “Pedagogy Behind and Beyond Bars: Critical Perspectives on Prison Education in Contemporary Documentary Film from Argentina”, Latin American Research Review, 57:4 (2022), pp. 903–921.
  • “Writing Between Evasion and Escape: Escapism and Prison Writing in Reinaldo Arenas’s Arturo, la estrella más brillante”, Modern Language Review, 117:4 (2022), pp. 607–623.

Selected Conference Papers

  • “Resistance Through and Beyond Human Rights in Contemporary Argentine Prison Films”, in the panel “Creative Cultures of Resistance to Repression and Imprisonment in Latin America”. Society for Latin American Studies Conference, Queen’s University Belfast. March 29-31, 2023.
  • Making Space for Justice: Carceral, Domestic and Urban Space in Mid-Century Argentine Cinema”, panel chair, “Cines argentinos: otras lecturas”. Latin American Studies Association Conference (online). May 5-8, 2022.
  • “#NoLosLiberen: Fictional Framings of Prison Life and Mistrust of Prison Protest’, in the panel “Reimagining Protest: Cultural Mediations of Social Movements in Contemporary Latin America”, co-organised with Javier Pérez-Osorio. Society of Latin American Studies Conference, Bath. April 21-22, 2022.

Selected Scholarships/Prizes

  • Latin American Studies Association Film Studies Section Best Graduate Student Essay Award (2022)
  • Nominee, Cambridge Student Union Student-Led Teaching Award (2022)
  • Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship in the Humanities (2020–2023)
  • Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership (declined)
  • Baillie Gifford Cambridge UK Masters Studentship (2019–2020)
  • Mrs Claude Beddington Modern Languages Prize (University of Cambridge, 2019)
  • Joshua King Prize (Queens’ College, 2019)


  • Supervisor:
    • SP1: Introduction to the Language, Literatures and Cultures of the Spanish-speaking World
    • SPB2: Translation from Spanish
    • SP5: Latin American Culture and History
    • SP13: Contemporary Latin American Culture
    • SPC1: Translation from and into Spanish (2020-21)
    • IL1: Ibero-American Cinema
    • Year Abroad Projects and Optional Dissertations. I am happy to hear from potential supervisees.
  • Seminar leader
    • SP5: Latin American Culture and History
    • IL1: Ibero-American Cinema
  • Lecturer
    • IL1: Ibero-American Cinema

Selected Organised Events

  • Co-convenor, Cambridge Hispanic and Lusophone Research Seminars (2022–2023)
  • Conference organising committee, XVIII Congreso Internacional ALEPH, “Formas de pensar el cuerpo en las culturas hispánicas”, August 22 – 24, 2022
  • Conference organising committee, 2022 PILAS Conference, “Repair, Resistance, and Resilience in Latin America”, July 7-8, 2022
  • Trinity Hall McMenemy seminar series (2021–2022)

Research interests

  • Cultural representations of crime and criminal justice
  • Popular culture
  • Modernity theory
  • Emotion and affect theory
  • Spatial theory
  • Early cinema
  • Documentary film
  • Prison writing


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