Azucena Castro

Swedish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at Stockholm Resilience Center, Stockholm University and at the Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures at Stanford University.

Current Project: Multispecies Futuring: Biocultural Diversity in Latin American and Caribbean Future Fictions. This project explores future-making practices involving multispecies worlds in Latin American and Caribbean art and literature from the end of the twentieth century to works inspired in the present COVID 19 zoonotic pandemic. Drawing on the notion of multispecies justice and combining feminist posthumanism, literary studies, indigenous philosophy, and environmental humanities, this project investigates how future fictions from Latin America address the biocultural diversity crisis brought about by deforestation and extractivism and propose new forms of biocultural rights and understandings of sustainability. The project seeks to decenter Western future imagination by foregrounding diverging environmental futures. Azucena Castro obtained her PhD at the University of Stockholm in 2020 with a dissertation on strange ecologies and postnatural poetics in Latin American poetry (Högskoleförening, Stockholm University dissertation prize). Her research and teaching interest areas include environmental and energy humanities, Latin American cultural studies, and multispecies studies (biopolitics, cosmopolitics, more-than-human anthropology). During 2021, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Geography, University of Buenos Aires, working with the “Nature, Culture, Territory” Study group, where she curated the higher seminar Non-representational geographies about art, activism, and theory facing the Capitalocene. At present, she co-coordinates the Focal group materia at Stanford University working on anthropodecentric thinking. She integrates the Intersecting Energy Cultures Working Group based at the Penn Environmental Humanities program (University of Pennsylvania) with the art-and-community-based project, No Aire, No te Vendas. Energy Sovereignty and Collective Creation in the Context of Aeolic Parks in La Guajira, addressing ancestral and embodied meanings of energy in sacrifice zones by relating engineering, cultural studies and indigenous cosmology. In 2020, she co-edited the dossier “Law, Literature and Art from Latin America” (Cuadernos de Literatura). She is the editor of a collective volume on Multispecies Futures (forthcoming, Bartlebooth), and she co-edits the forthcoming Cluster GeoSemanticsInhuman Becomings and Earthly Memories in the Global South (ASAP/J). 

A More-than-Human Humanities Research Group