School of Languages and Area Studies


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Dr Monica Riera

  • Qualifications: BA (Hons) Spanish and Latin American Studies (University of Portsmouth), PgDip Social Research Methods (University of Portsmouth), PgCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (University of Portsmouth), MA History (University of Portsmouth), MSc Design and Social Science (London School of Economics), PhD (University of Portsmouth)
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer, American and European Studies
  • Address: Park Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 6188
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  • Department: School of Languages and Area Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


My main field of research is the city. I am interested in how cities articulate and shape human culture, and the ways in which artefacts, public rituals and spatial patterns both express and promote ways to organise society. As an extension of this, and with a particular focus on Germany and Argentina, I am interested in the ways in which society addresses traumatic historical events through urban interventions. I am also interested in literary and filmic representations of cities and metropolitan life styles and memory cultures. Currently I am working on a major monograph on contested urban spaces and the dynamics of history in Berlin.


Research Clusters

  • History, Culture and Development in the Americas
  • Memory Cultures
  • Social, Historical and Cultural Change in Europe

Discipline Areas

  • Area Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Social Theory

Current Research Projects

  • The Luminous City: Light and the Construction of London’s Urban Image and Spaces

Research profile

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