Dr Cordelia Freeman
Senior Lecturer in Human Geography & Director of Postgraduate Research
Amory Building, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RJ , UK
Office hours: My term one office hours are: Please send me an email to book a slot
My term one office hours are:
Please send me an email to book a slot
I am a political geographer who joined the department as a Lecturer in April 2020. My work is broadly on borders, mobility and violence and to date has almost entirely been in Latin America. I am currently working on a Wellcome Trust and ESRC funded research project looking at abortion im/mobilities across Latin America.
Broad Research Specialisms
Reproductive justice, primarily abortion access in Latin America
Borders and border violence
The politics of representation
I would be happy to supervise appropriate projects relating to these themes. Please get in touch by email to discuss potential supervision.
Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, University of Nottingham
PhD in Human Geography, University of Nottingham
MA in Landscape & Culture (Human Geography), University of Nottingham
BA in Human Geography, University of Nottingham
I joined the department as a Lecturer in April 2020. Before that I was a Lecturer in geography at the University of Nottingham for five years and completed my PhD there before that too.
My current research covers three main areas:
1. Abortion Mobilities in Latin America
My research concerns the spatiality of reproductive health in Latin America. I am interested in the spatial dynamics of abortion access and the ways in which abortion prohibition has been resisted using different technologies. My interest in mobility and the regulation of mobility takes into account both bodies that move and medication and medical technologies that are transported. This research is funded by the Wellcome Trust and the ESRC and outputs to date include academic papers in Progress in Human Geography, Mobilities, and Gender, Place & Culture, a graphic novel on abortion in Mexico, and you can hear podcasts about my work here and here. The project website can be found here.
2. The Politics of Representation
I am interested in the politics of popular culture, the power that the representations that we consume have and what they tell us about ourselves. With this in mind I have researched the representation of the 'abortion road trip' in film and novels, the representation of abortion in 'feminist' television, border geopolitics in Latin American film, and queer sexuality in music videos.
3. Borders and Geopolitics
Questions of 'the border' and processes of bordering run through my research with a particular focus on borders in Latin America. These interests have resulted in research on historical everyday geopolitics on the Chile-Peru border, military violence on the Chile-Peru border, and reflections on borders in historical geography.
PhD Research (2012-2015)
My PhD thesis, 'Violence on the Chile-Peru Border: Arica 1925-2015' examined the history of violence in one border city, Arica in northern Chile, to understand how over the past ninety years violence has shaped and has been shaped by the Chile-Peru border. In particular I explored the following themes:
- Biopolitics and health at borders with a particular focus on HIV/AIDS and abortion
- The role of international diplomacy and law in demarcating and managing global borders, both on land and sea
- The economics of the borderlands, contrasting state and regional initiatives and management
- Military violence in the borderlands
2021-2023. ESRC New Investigator Grant. ‘Abortion Mobilities: Travel and transport for reproductive rights across Latin America’. (PI) £289,634
2019-2021. Wellcome Trust Grant. 'Abortion Border Crossings in Latin America'. (PI) £51,268
Publications by category
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External Engagement and Impact
- Será Deseada: A graphic novel about experiences of abortion in Mexico. Available in Spanish and English
- Open University podcast on crossing borders to access safe abortion
- Blog: Learning from Latin America: Feminist abortions at the margins of the law
- Podcast episode on the abortion pill misoprostol for Mobile Medical Materials
- Interview about my research on abortion in Latin America for the podcast Cuerpa Politica
- Chile: the long road to abortion reform
- What the Game of Thrones maps tell us about the struggle for power in Westeros
- Why women are dressing up as Margaret Atwood’s Handmaids
I have given invited talks about my research at institutions including UCL, LSE, Trinity College Dublin, University of Nottingham, University of Oxford, and University of Cambridge.
- 2020- Conference Officer, Latin American Geographies Working Group (of the RGS-IBG)
- 2020-2023 Committee Member, Political Geography Research Group (of the RGS-IBG)
- 2014-2020 Social Media & Website Officer, Travel Prize Co-ordinator, Development Geographies Research Group (of the RGS-IBG)
External Examiner Positions:
- 2020-2024 University of Chester, Geography and Development Programmes
- Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
- Member of the American Association of Geographers
- Member of the Society for Latin American Studies
- Member of the Latin American Studies Association
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy