These webpages introduce the interdisciplinary ethos and research framework of the Americas at Newcastle. You will find links and information about staff research interests and expertise, the range of research groups and interactions we are engaged with throughout the University, as well as one of the core nodes of this network of researchers and areas of interest, the Americas Research Group.
The group is continuously renewed by frequent visiting fellows and speakers from the Americas and organises a visiting speakers series, Americas-related conferences, a postgraduate conference and informal meetings to share research ideas, writing and findings.
Our MAs in Interdisciplinary Latin American Studies and in the History of the Americas have progressed naturally from our commitment to enhancing and leading academic interest in the region. We welcome applications from prospective postgraduate research students who wish to work in most areas of hemispheric American Studies.
Our range of interests include the provision of unique combination of quality training in the languages of the Iberian-American regions, not only Spanish and Portuguese but also lesser-taught languages like Catalán and Quechua. This is complemented by in-depth coverage of a number of thematic fields, including the creative arts (film, music, literature, dance), history, and contemporary socio-economic, political, environmental, development, and sociolinguistic studies.
Scholars based at Newcastle engage with the Americas through a comprehensive approach that explores south-south, north-north, and north-south social, economic, political, and cultural forces. Phenomena such as migration, diaspora, postcolonial development, socio-environmental transformations, and globalisation prompt us to explore connections and comparisons across the hemisphere, and across disciplines.
We recognize that the societies and cultures of Latin America, North America and the Caribbean share extensive common experiences (for instance colonialism, slavery and emancipation, consolidation of 'post-colonial' states, cultural and social mestizaje and creolisation, exploitation of and resistance by indigenous peoples), and have a long history of interaction (through, for example, migration, US dominance of the hemisphere, border zones). This is clearly linked to the ways in which many of us do transnational and comparative research, as well as single country studies, in Argentina, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela, the United States and Europe (where, among other issues, Latin American migrant communities are a focus of our interest).
Americas Research Group Convenors: Patricia Oliart and Keith Brewster