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Manuel Sánchez Cabrera

Ph.D. Candidate

At UNC since 2016
Dey Hall 301


Ph.D. Candidate, in Literatures, Languages and Cultures of the Americas

Advisor:Lawrence Grossberg

M. A., Foreign Languages and Literatures & Speech Communication at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale 2016

Research Paper: “‘Performance Interventions’ y gestos descoloniales: Calle 13 y el sistema moderno colonial.”

B.A. English as a Foreign Language,
Universidad Pedagógica Nacional Francisco Morazán Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

About Manuel

Manuel is a native of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. His scholarship and teaching use cultural studies as an intellectual and pedagogical practice of inquiry to explore and contribute to multiple conversations about the peoples and cultures (including the diaspora) of Central America. He uses memory, affect, representation, and film and documentary theories as tools to explain contemporary issues in the region and its conjunctural changes. His research reflects on the ways the diaspora —as a new site of knowledge production— can intervene in the study of Central America and warns of the risks of seeing its study as another area studies in the United States.

He has presented his research at national and local conferences (SECOLAS, EILA, LASA, NC Conference of Latin American Studies), and has over ten years of teaching experience. His service as co-director/curator of the North Carolina Latin American film festival, organized by the Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at UNC and Duke University, has helped to increase—in the Chapel Hill and Durham communities—the knowledge of contemporary Latin America. He has organized multiple events at the UNC campus, and has invited writers, filmmakers and scholars such as Honduran filmmaker Katia Lara, film historian María Lourdes Cortés, and journalist and writer Óscar Martínez.

He has worked for high school students through the Learning through Languages High School Research Symposium, for UNC students at the Go Global Orientation of the former Center for Global Initiatives at UNC. In 2018, he was invited by the Center for Global Initiatives and the Institute for the Study of the Americas to serve as mentor/teacher for the 2018 Global Take off Puerto Rico program—which main objective was to give low-income North Carolina students an opportunity to travel and experience a different culture.

Due to his formation in cultural studies, Manuel strives to let students know that any struggle to change the world—even in ways that we know we cannot control—must begin with the understanding that the world does not have to be the way it is.


ARTICLES (peer-review)

“Entre la realidad y la representación: el debate sobre Ixcanul (2015) y la minorización de la mujer.” The Latin Americanist Annals Issue [Accepted for publication, March 2024].

“Afecto y cuidado por la memoria salvadoreña: Comentarios sobre Los ofendidos (2016) de Marcela Zamora Chamorro.” Istmo. Revista Virtual de Estudios Literarios y Culturales Centroamericanos (Dossier temático: Afectos y cuidados en las literaturas y culturas centroamericanas) [under review].

BOOK CHAPTERS (peer-review)

“The Central American Migration Through Cinema: The Wretched of the Earth, Reality, and the Practices of Representation.” In Central American Migrations in the Twenty-First Century, edited by Mauricio Espinoza, Miroslava Rosales, and Ignacio Sarmiento, U of Arizona P, 2023, pp. 228-56.


“Bukele’s war against the past.” NACLA Report on the Americas. 9 Nov. 2023.

Review of Horacio Castellanos Moya: El diablo en el espejo, edited by María del Carmen Caña Jiménez, and Vinodh Venkatesh. Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, June 2018, pp. 697-99.DOI:10.1353/rvs.2018.0056.

Typical Courses Taught

UNC Romance Studies:

SPAN105 : Spanish for High Beginners (2 sections)
SPAN203: Intermediate Spanish I (9 sections)
SPAN204: Intermediate Spanish II (4 sections)
SPAN255 : Spanish Conversation (1 section)
SPAN261: Advanced Spanish in Context (7 sections)

Institute for the Study of the Americas:

LTAM390: Special Topics in Latin America: “Migrantes en el cine y las narrativas de no-ficción” (1 section)