Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies is a lively and dynamic section within the School of Modern Languages.
Our team of 15 lecturers are committed to working with you in the development of your language and academic skills.
We'll also guide you as you explore the diverse cultures and societies of Spain, Portugal and Latin America.
Language is the key to your engagement with different areas of inquiry.
Practical modules in Spanish and/or Portuguese make up a significant part of your studies. This allows you to graduate with a high level of proficiency in either or both languages.
Our teaching team also comprises academics with combined expertise in the Iberian Peninsula and most of the regions of Latin America.
Their research helps to shape the optional modules you will be studying and includes expertise in history, politics, cultural studies, film studies, anthropology, linguistics, sociolinguistics and literature.
While studying Spanish and/or Portuguese as part of your degree, your optional modules will offer in-depth understanding of aspects of contemporary culture and society in the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds.
You spend your year abroad in one of seven Spanish universities across Spain, Portugal or Latin America.
You can also work as a teaching assistant through the British Council scheme, or choose among a range of work placements.
Our MA in Translation in European Languages or our MA in Latin American Interdisciplinary Studies have become very popular options for our graduates.
We also offer research degrees (MLitt, MPhil, PhD) in all areas of our expertise.
Important cultural institutions in the region offer a wide array of activities related to the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America.
Cinemas around Newcastle frequently show films from these regions and hold language cafes afterwards. These include:
Sage Gateshead and other venues also bring Iberian and Latin American acts to the city.
The annual ¡VAMOS! Festival is a celebration of the vibrant Hispanic and Lusophone community in Newcastle and Gateshead.
Our research is strongly oriented towards the interdisciplinary study of Latin America, complemented by linguistic and cultural expertise in relation to the Iberian Peninsula.
Our research benefits from collaboration within the School and interaction in larger faculty groups such as:
- the Centre for Film and Digital Media
- the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
- the Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences
In addition to the major world languages, Portuguese and Spanish, we offer Catalan and Quechua, key minority languages of the Hispanic world.
We look at Spanish and Latin American popular culture in film, music and the visual arts. In particular, we research such matters as gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, nationalism, landscape, trauma and memory.
We study Latin American anthropology, cultural identity, education development, indigenous issues and women’s movements.
We look at:
- late 18th century to late 20 century Latin American political, social, and intellectual history, especially in Brazil and Southern Cone
- state formation and nation-building, including the philosophical debates that shaped these processes:
- social reforms, especially in education
- frontier modernisation
- sub and supra-national regionalism
We research Spanish syntax, Spanish varieties (Latin America and Iberian Peninsula), Spanish historical linguistics and standardisation.
Current postgraduate research studentsCurrent postgraduate research students
Our current postgraduate research students are:
Fernando Gonzalez Velarde
Culture, Nature and Development in a Context of Change: Discourses of Tourism and Senses of Place in Beach Towns of Northern Peru
Who are the children of Pariacaca? Exploring identity through narratives of water and landscape in Huarochirí, Peru
Social meanings of place: exploring cultural narratives and symbolic spaces of collective identity in the Chapada Diamantina, Bahia, Brazil
Education policies, epistemological struggles and indigenous politics in Ecuador
Performance and identity in the Oruro Carnival in Bolivia
Indigenous Language Endangerment and Language Rights in Latin America
Minority languages in France and Spain
Selina Patel Nascimento
Kept Indoors?: Concubines, Power, and Gender in Late Colonial Bahia, Brazil, 1750-1831
The Europeanisation of Portuguese Foreign Policy after 1974
The following members of staff work within the Iberian and Latin American Studies section in the School of Modern Languages.
StaffList: Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
Dr Jorge Catala-Carrasco
Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies
Telephone: Tel: (+44) 0191 208 7455
Professor Jens R Hentschke
Professor of Latin American History and Politics, Habil., FRHistS - Deputy Head of School, Director for Postgraduate Research, Degree Programme Director for Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, President of the Society for Latin American Studies
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8710
Professor Rosaleen Howard
Chair of Hispanic Studies
Telephone: (00 44) 0191 208 8328
Professor Ian MacKenzie
Professor of Spanish Linguistics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8337
Dr Nick Morgan
Lecturer in Latin American Studies
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7480
Dr Patricia Oliart
Lecturer in Latin American Studies
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7438
Dr Philippa Page
Lecturer in Hispanic Studies
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7476
Francina Payeras Rebassa
Lecturer in Catalan
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7412
Dr Conceicao Pereira
Lecturer in Portuguese, Co-ordinator of the Portuguese Language Centre - Camões ICL