Katryn Evinson

Ph.D. candidate in Latin American and Iberian Cultures

Columbia University

Katryn Evinson is a Ph.D. candidate in Latin American & Iberian Cultures concentrating on nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century Spain as its issues prove relevant to more global matters beyond Spanish borders. In her research, she is drawn to questions intersecting aesthetics and politics; more specifically, debates centered on political will, community and technology in industrial and post-industrial Spain as they unfold through literature, politics, culture, theory and art.

As a Public Humanities Fellow, Katryn will engage senior citizens in Ithaca NY to explore new ways of creative coexistence with technology. In the first part of the project, she will invite them to share their stories in order to reshape our narratives about technology and old age. In the second part, in collaboration with a reuse center in Tompkins County, they will develop unusual uses of machinery through broken and obsolete devices, producing artistic pieces that challenge our ideas of instrumentality.

Prior to coming to Columbia University, Katryn completed an MPhil in Romance Studies at Cornell University with a concentration in Spanish (2017); she holds an MA from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in Aesthetics and Contemporary Art Theory (2013) with a thesis titled “Failure as an Aporia: The Politics of a Disobedient Structure.” In 2009, she received a BA degree (Licenciatura) in Humanities with a concentration in Philosophy from Universitat Pompeu Fabra de Barcelona.

Katryn’s is the 2018-19 recipient of the Fisher Center Pre-Doctoral Fellowship at Hobart & William Smith Colleges. She was appointed Graduate Research Teaching Fellow by Cornell University’s Center for Teaching Excellence (2016-17) and Mellon Urbanism Fellow for Expanded Practice Seminar from Mellon Foundation (2015-16). Her research has been recently supported by The Society for the Humanities Graduate Student Humanities Travel Research Grant (Cornell University), The Society for the Humanities Dissertation Writing Group Grant (Cornell University).