Jose Castellanos

Research and Teaching Interests

I am working on the relationship between humans and animals as mediated by war and conflict in contemporary art and literature in Colombia.


I am a PhD candidate in the Spanish program. I graduated from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá with a B.A. in Literary Studies and a minor in History. I am part of the GLOBES Certificate Program in Environment and Society, and a core member of the Notre Dame Environmental Humanities Initiative.  Before coming to Notre Dame, I worked as a literary critic and magazine editor (2013-2020), and also as a highschool teacher and curriculum coordinator for Spanish and Literature (2014-2018). 



  • «Las metamorfosis de Acteón. Una relectura de Muerte de Narciso desde las miradas animales». Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios Críticos Animales, vol. I, n.o VIII, septiembre de 2021, pp. 254-70
  • «Review of American Magnitude. Hemispheric Vision and Public Feeling in the United States, by Christa J. Olson.» A Contracorriente: una revista de estudios latinoamericanos, vol. 19, n  2, Winter 2022, pp. 288–95.
  • «La materia del mundo: sobre nuevos materialismos dialécticos y la globalidad de América Latina. Reseña de Things with a History. Transcultural Materialism and the Literatures of Extraction in Contemporary Latin America, de Héctor Hoyos.» Brújula: revista interdisciplinaria sobre estudios latinoamericanos, vol. XIII, 2020, pp. 215-20.
  • “This Country Still Misses an Authoritarian Father, As You Can See With Álvaro Uribe. An Interview with Ángela MaríaRobledo, Colombia’s Ex-Vice-Presidential Candidate”. With Sonia Ariza., October 3rd, 2018. Available here.

Conference papers

  •  “Natural witnesses of destruction: Ruins and history of dispossession in Silencios, by Juan Manuel Echavarría, and Equí y n’otru tiempu, by Ramón Lluís Bande”. Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA). Virtual congress. May 5-8, 2022
  • “Border violences and erotic/ecological resistance in the poetry of Emmy Pérez”. Congress of the Latino Studies Association (LSA).South Bend, IN. July 11-14, 2022
  • “A bestiary of the human: Animals and sovereignty-of-the-self in the testimony Even Silence Has an End, by Ingrid Betancourt”. Jornadas Andinas de Literatura Latinoamericana (JALLA) at Rafael Landívar University. Guatemala City. July 18-22, 2022
  •  “Post-humanized war: A reading essay of animals in Colombian armed conflict”.
    Backstitches, graduate conference by the Program in Hispanic & Portuguese Studies at the Department of Romance Languages, University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, PA. February 25-26, 2022
  • María and the Myths of Social Harmony: Panel with Marixa Lasso and Valeria Coronel”. Colombian National Library. Moderator. Bogotá. August 17, 2017.

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