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School of Geography

Mariana Reyes


PhD student

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 2744
Room Number: Bancroft Building, Room 2.08


Research interests

The Anthropocene, science and art museums, environmental activism, climate justice, Black and Indigenous geographies, decolonial theory.

PhD project

Decolonising futures: representations of the Anthropocene in the contemporary museum space

I combine feminist, critical race and decolonial discourse, and museum studies in order to examine the role of museums in curating Anthropocene imaginaries. My project’s primary objective is to analyse how museums and public art act as agents that promote understandings of ‘a new age of humans.’ In this respect, I critically review how museums’ philosophies and practices inform their roles in communicating scientific knowledge; and how this in turn shapes the personal positions and political engagement of their public audiences.




Academic background

  • BS Biology – Universidad de Guadalajara
  • MSc Environment, Culture and Society - University of Edinburgh



  • Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT)


Conference papers

  • ‘Contested performances of climate action: the case of the Museum of Tomorrow in Brazil’ Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference, 2021.
  • ‘About collectable figures: destabilising colonial views at London’s Crystal Palace’ with Jorge Lucero and Jazmin Ruiz. Latin American Studies Association Annual Conference, 2021.
  • ´Decolonial Anthropocene: communicating the environmental crisis from the Global South´. Conference Alterities: intervention and ecologies of care in changing worlds. Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, 2020.
  • ‘The post-human museum: curating the Anthropocene’ Conference Art in the Anthropocene. Trinity College Dublin, 2019.
  • ‘Communicating the science of a new epoch: representations of the Anthropocene in the contemporary museum space’ XVII Symposium of Mexican students and studies in the UK, University of Cambridge, 2019.
  • ‘Exhibiting the Anthropocene: decolonizing futures in the contemporary museum space’ Postgraduates in Latin American Studies Annual Conference. University of York, 2019.





Book reviews


Professional memberships

  • Society of Latin American Studies – Member
  • Conference of Latin American Geography – Member
  • Latin American Studies Association – Member
  • Museums Association – Member




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