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Dr Axel Perez Trujillo

Assistant Professor

BA (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid - Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), PhD (University of Alberta)

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Assistant Professor in the School of Modern Languages and CulturesER236, Elvet Riverside II+44 (0) 191 33 42360


I work on the intersection between philosophy, ecology, and literature in Latin America. Drawing from research in the Environmental Humanities and Latin American Studies, I address the complex relationships between culture and nature as they are manifested in literature. My work has led me to complete research throughout the Americas: Canada, Mexico, and Brazil.

My first book project engages with the continental imaginaries of the plains in nineteenth and twentieth century literatures in Latin America, revealing the settler ecologies behind the metaphors of the plains as empty and barren lands. I have also published on monoculture and extractivist epistemologies in the Chaco region of South America, especially those surrrounding yerba mate plantations in the work of Horacio Quiroga, Augusto Roa Bastos and Rafael Barrett. Having studied under Enrique Dussel at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), I am invested in engaging with the issues raised by the Philosophy of Liberation in its commitment to a decolonial pluriversality.

My current research engages with drought narratives in the Global South.

Research interests

  • Latin American Ecocriticism
  • Philosophy of Liberation
  • Environmental Humanities
  • Brazilian Ecocriticism
  • Energy Humanities


Authored book

  • Perez Trujillo Diniz, Axel (2021). Imagining the Plains of Latin America: An Ecocritical Study. Bloomsbury.

Book review

Chapter in book

  • Perez Trujillo, Axel (2022). Exposed Insularity: Documenting an Island of Waste in Ilha das Flores by Jorge Furtado. In The Film Archipelago. Bloomsbury.
  • Perez Trujillo, Axel (2021). Fleeing Ilex Paraguariensis: Yerba Mate Plantations in Horacio Quiroga and Augusto Roa Bastos. In Literary and Cultural Production, World-Ecology and the Global Food System.

Journal Article

Other (Print)

  • Perez Trujillo, Axel (2017). Ninth [Short Story]. 7(1): 16-38.
  • Perez Trujillo, Axel (2016). The Crimson Steppe [Short Story]. 2(1): 6-9.