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Dr Fiona Clark

Dr Fiona Clark
Dr Fiona Clark

Fiona Clark completed her PhD in Hispanic Studies at Queen’s University Belfast in 2003, focusing on the Gazeta de Literatura de México (1788-1795) and the developing role of periodical literature and science in eighteenth-century Mexico.  

In 2005 she became postdoctoral fellow in the History Department of St Patrick’s College Drumcondra, Dublin, funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences. This fellowship enabled her to undertake a new project investigating the role of an eighteenth-century Irish military physician in colonial Mexico. She is currently continuing with this research in the area of colonial Mexican medicine, with a focus on links between Ireland and Mexico.

She is Director of the Latin American Studies Forum and is also actively involved with the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies (CECS) at Queen’s University as well as international networks studying the history of science in colonial Mexico, such as, the Red de Estudios Interdisciplinarios sobre Ciencia y Tecnología (REICyT) based in the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. From 2007 -2009, she contributed to the 'Spanish American Literature: Colonial Period (1492-1800) in The Years Work in Modern Language Studies.

(Currently on Wellcome Trust and AHRC funded Research Leave - 2011-2012)


Co-edited Book:
With James Kelly, Ireland and Medicine in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth centuries (Ashgate, History of Medicine in Context series, 2010)


‘The Gazeta de Literatura de México (1788-1795): the formation of a literary-scientific periodical in late-viceregal Mexico’, Dieciocho: Hispanic Enlightenment, 28(1), 2005, 7-31.

‘Lost in Translation: The Gazeta de Literatura de México and the Epistemological Limitations of Colonial Travel Narratives’, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 75(2), 2008, 151-73.

Book Chapters

‘The Gazeta de Literatura de México and the Edge of Reason: when is a periphery not a periphery?’ in Peripheries of the Enlightenment, ed. by Richard Butterwick, Simon Davies and Gabriel Sánchez Espinosa (Oxford: Studies on Voltaire, 2008), pp. 251-64.

‘Read all about it: Science, Translation, Adaptation and Confrontation in the Gazeta de Literatura de México (1788-1795)’ in Science and Medicine in the Spanish and Portuguese Empires, ed. by Daniela Bleichmar, Paula de Vos, Kristin Huffine and Kevin Sheehan (California: Stanford University Press, 2008), pp. 147-77.

'Nothing ventured, nothing gained: The lightning rod as a conductor of Mexican enlightenment in the Gazeta de Literatura de México, 1788-1795' in Playing with Fire: the History and Cultural Meaning of the Lightning Rod, ed. by Peter Heering, Oliver Hochadel, David Rhees (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 2009), pp. 71-93.


In preparation:


Scratching below the surface:empire, authority, and venereal disease (Mexico City, 1789-1798)


Various contributions on Scientific prize links between Europe and Mexico in the Gazeta de Literatura de México for the research project: ‘ Preisfragen als Institution der Wissenschaftsgeschichte im Europa der Aufklärung’ , University of Potsdam (2003)


Fiona is currently responsible for the coordination of Spanish language teaching for Post-'A' level / 'AS' level students and also Beginners. As well as being involved in teaching language to ex-beginners and Level 2 students she offers undergraduate and postgraduate modules on early and modern Latin American literature, history, and colonial medicine. She is Senior Tutor for languages within the School and oversees empoyability and skills implementation for these areas. Current PhD supervision - eco-criticism and modern 20th and 21st century Latin American literature; Colombia and Northern Ireland - grass roots women's organisations and the development of the peace process.