Luciana Martins

Luciana Martins is Professor of Latin American Visual Cultures and Co-Director of the Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies at Birkbeck, University of London. Originally trained in architecture and urban planning, she specialises in visual and material culture, historical geography and digital humanities. Since 2015 she has been working with colleagues at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and other institutions in the UK, Brazil and Germany on an interdisciplinary research programme on the biocultural collections from the Amazon and the Andes of nineteenth-century botanist Richard Spruce. As part of this research programme, she is currently Principal Investigator on the British Academy funded project ‘Digital Repatriation of Biocultural Collections: Connecting Scientific and Indigenous Communities of Knowledge in Amazonia’. She also held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship to develop her project on 'Drawing Together: The Visual Archive of Expeditionary Travel'.