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Luis Martin-Cabrera

Ph.D. (University of Michigan)
M.A. (Yale University)

Associate Professor of Spanish and Latin American Cultural Studies 

Primary Office: LIT 433
Primary Phone: 822-3468
Quarterly Office Hours

Email: lmartincabrera@ucsd.edu

UCSD Hellman Fellow
Affiliated Faculty of CILAS (Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies)
Affiliated Faculty of Ethnic Studies

Professor Martin-Cabrera’s intellectual work has always revolved around the convoluted relation between culture and politics. Against the eternal eclipse of the humanities, Martín-Cabrera’s intellectual production has insisted in designating culture as a privileged terrain to interrogate politics as knowledge for and about the public and the common, and therefore as a discourse always crossed by power relations and desire.

The labor of rethinking the complex relations between culture and politics has yield different intellectual outcomes over the past years. Martin-Cabrera’s first book, Radical Justice: Spain and the Southern Cone beyond Market and State (2011) takes this task to the fields of memory studies, human rights, and transitional justice. The companion of this book is a digital oral history project called, The Spanish Civil War Memory Project . Oral history functions in Martin-Cabrera’s intellectual trajectory as the supplement of academic writing, a terrain to collect and reconstruct what was excluded from the written record and the historical archives. Accordingly, The Spanish Civil War Memory Project stores more than one hundred interviews with survivors of fascist violence in Spain.

Expanding his interest in oral history, culture and politics, Martín-Cabrera’s second book Insurgencias invisibles: resistencias y militancias en Estados Unidos ( Invisible Insurgencies: Resistances and Activism in the United States) (2015) combines oral histories of activists from the San Diego/Tijuana border with Latin American inspired chronicles of political protests about institutional racism, the privatization of the university, organized labor, LGTB movements, and the anti-war movement. Originally written in Spanish, the book was the product of series of interviews for the Spanish digital newspaper rebellion.org.   

In the past years, Martín-Cabrera’s work has evolved from its original interest in Psychoanalysis and Marxism to a more intersectional and anti-colonial analysis of cultural production. In turn, this shift reflects also a more intense dedication to the study of Latin America as a result, among other things, of his tenure as Director of UC-EAP (Education Abroad Programs) in Chile and Argentina (2013-2016).

Professor Martin-Cabrera is currently working in two research projects: The Transandean Lithium Project and a book on the formation of popular subjectivities during the last cycle of protests in Chile. Funded thru a Whiting Foundation Public Engagement Fellowship, the Transandean Lithium Project seeks to document the impact of lithium extraction in the indigenous communities of Argentina, Bolivia, and Chile where 80% of the world lithium reserves are located. The second project, tentatively titled Ritmos de La Chimba: Movimientos sociales y subjetividad popular en el Chile Actual (2006-2013) is a more conventional cultural analysis of populism and popular culture in Chile.

Radical Justice: Spain and the Southern Cone beyond Market and State. Lewisburg: Bucknell UP, August 2011. [Spanish Edition: Justicia Radical: Una interpretación psicoanalítica de las postdictaduras de España y el Cono Sur. Trad. Pablo Abufon, prólogo de Jaime Concha. Barcelona: Anthropos, 2016]

Insurgencias invisibles: Resistencias y militancias en Estados Unidos. Madrid: La Oveja Roja, 2015. [Second Edition. With a prologue by Franck Gaudichaud. Santiago de Chile: Editorial Proyección, 2016.]

Fuera de la ley: Asedios a fenómeno quinqui en la transición a la democracia. (eds.) Joaquín Florido Berrocal, Luis Martín-Cabrera, Eduardo Matos Martín y Roberto Robles Valencia. Serie Constelaciones. Granada: Comares, 2015.


Transandean Lithium Project (under construction)
• [Preview English] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyuVOANX_ps
• [Preview Spanish] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmhEQ-Pbl_Q

The Spanish Civil War Memory Project: http://libraries.ucsd.edu/speccoll/scwmemory/


"Ecribo Rap con R de Revolución: Hip-hop y subjetividades populares en el Chile Actual (2006-2013)" A Contracorriente, A Journal of Social History and Literature in Latin America, Fall 2016.  http://acontracorriente.chass.ncsu.edu/index.php/acontracorriente/article/view/1513 

"La memoria en el closet: duelo, homonormatividad y herencia paterna en el último cine de Pedro Almodóvar" Revista de ALCES XXI, núm. 0, 2012, p.p.86-131 http://www.rebelion.org/docs/149704.pdf 

"The Potentiality of the Commons: A Materialist Critique of Cognitive Capitalism from the Cyberbracer@s to the "Ley Sinde", Hispanic Review: Fall 2012, 583-605.

Los estudios culturales y la crisis financiera en el Estado Español: "Introducción" and "Contra la suspensión de la Mirada crítica: reflexiones sobre la persistencia del conflicto capital/trabajo en la cultura contemporánea española". Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, vol. 14, 2010: p.p.11-138.

"Después del final de la historia: la memoria de la militancia revolucionaria en la novelística Argentina contemporánea" Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana, 2009 (69): p.p. 305-325.

With Daniel Noemí Voinmaa. "Class Conflict, State of Exception and Radical Justice in Machuca by Andrés Wood" Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies. 16:1, March 2007, pp.63-80.

"Postcolonial Memories and Racial Violence in Flores de otro mundo." Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, 3:1, 2002, p.p.43-56

Public Engagement and Media Appearances

"La última lección de Josefina Ludmer" La Raza Cómica, December 15, 2016. http://razacomica.cl/sitio/2016/12/15/la-ultima-leccion-de-josefina-ludmer/ 

Interview with Libreria Cazarbet, el sueño igualitario."Los conflictos sociales en EEUU se han expresado más en términos raciales que de lucha de clases" October 12, 2015, http://www.nuevatribuna.es/articulo/sociedad/insurgencias-invisibles/20151012115245121171.html 

Interview with Enric Llopis "¿Con o sobre?" El Viejo topo, May 2015.

Interview with Corina Tulbure, "Las prisiones de EE.UU. son las nuevas plantaciones de esclavos", Diario Público (Spain), March 13, 2015. http://www.publico.es/internacional/martin-cabrera-prisiones-eeuu-son.html 

Radio 3 (Spanish Public Radio) Review of "Insurgencias Invisibles: Militancias y Resistencias en Estados Unidos", Coordenadas, March, 3, 2015. http://www.rtve.es/alacarta/audios/coordenadas/coordenadas-duele-siria-11-03-15/3039413/ 

"Pensando a contracorriente y con la propia cabeza". Conversations with Luis Martín-Cabrera about Theory, Politics, and Culture). Ebook edited by Salvador López Arnal with an Introduction by Clara Valverde and an Epilogue by Oriol Romaní. http://marxismocritico.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/181703.pdf 

Video Interview UNED (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Spain) "Exhumar una fosa común", August 1, 2012. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlDxpiHvH-w&feature=youtu.beç 

Interview with Isabel G. Caballero. "La Ley de Memoria Histórica es una ley de punto final, un cálculo politico", Nueva Tribuna, Spanish Newspaper, November 22, 2010 http://www.nuevatribuna.es/articulo/sociedad/-la-ley-de-memoria-historica-es-una-ley-de-punto-final-un-calculo-politico/20101122032848039080.html