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Geography & Environment


Houghton Street

London WC2A 2AE


Ulises Moreno-Tabarez

PhD candidate in Human Geography & Urban Studies


Room: STC 5.05, St Clement Building, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE, UK

Ulises’s previous research focused on migratory popular culture in the Mexico/US borderlands. Interest born out of circumstance drives him to new and exciting research in China. His current research project looks at the role of official holidays on urban transformations in Beijing. The provisional title of his thesis is: Of carnivals and spectacles: Official holidays and their role on urban transformations in Beijing.

In this vein, his research interests are:

  • Temporalities: Cultural political iterations of time
  • Carnivalesque spaces and places of spectacle
  • Agency and governmentality in cityscapes
  • Psychic space: Mythistorical spatial performances and excess of materiality
  • Liminality, ritual spectacles, grotesque realism, and laughter
  • Worker mobilities: Migration and tourism


Ulises holds a B.A. and M.A. degree in Communication Studies with emphasis on performance, rhetoric, and social change from California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) (Distinction).

His experience as a Graduate Teaching Assistant included teaching public speaking, argumentation, performance as communication, and debate at CSULA. In Beijing, Ulises worked as an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) instructor employing performance and debate as pedagogical tools for language learning.

His doctoral project seeks to produce interactional and collaborative “mappings” of the ways in which cities expand and contract in relation to state-sanctioned temporalities.

Academic Supervisor



Ulises Moreno-Tabarez