A Platform on Representation, Engagement, and Community
Author: Lidia Ponce de la Vega
Dr. Lidia Ponce de la Vega (she/her) is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Humanities in the Environment and Sustainability Program at William & Mary. She received her MA and PhD in Hispanic Studies from McGill University in 2017 and 2022 respectively. Her research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of Latin American studies, ecocriticism, and digital humanities, especially regarding the epistemic (de)colonization of Latin American nature and biodiversity in digital archives. She has collaborated with the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) performing data collection analyses to identify gaps and biases in BHL’s catalogue. Lidia is currently working on a research project around the decolonization of (online) knowledge about nonhuman species that Latin American countries consider their national symbols—a decolonial critique of digital and non-digital epistemic and archival constructions of biodiversity and nation.