School of Modern Languages

Staff Profiles

Alba Griffin

Doctoral Student in Latin American and Iberian Studies


Framing violence in contemporary Colombian popular culture

I aim to explore how representations of violence in Colombian popular culture shape people’s political behaviour. The analysis focuses on key themes in representations of political violence across a range of media to identify what effect they have on people’s political behaviour in the context of a transition to peace.

An ethnographic approach will be employed to gauge the extent to which dominant meanings are contested, reproduced or negotiated within the signifying and lived practices of popular culture as a space in which political agency and perceptions of self and others are constructed.

In the context of the country’s potentially momentous transition to peace, I argue that social division and the meanings ascribed to representations of violence can affect the possibilities of reconciliation, social justice and radical political change. 

Research Interests

Popular Culture in Colombia; Political Behaviour; Ethnographic research methods; Discourse Analysis; Violence; Conflict and Peace; Affect.

Research Groups

Americas Research Group


Language Tutor for UG module Language Project for Students of International Business Management, School of Modern Languages, Newcastle University (October 2014 – June 2015).


Presented paper at PG conference entitled Rethinking the Americas: People, Places and Cultures (15th March 2012). Americas Research Group, Newcastle University

Academic Background

MA in Latin American and Iberian Studies, Newcastle University

BA (Hons) in Modern Languages, University of Manchester