Our research is strongly oriented towards the interdisciplinary study of Latin America, complemented by linguistic and cultural expertise in relation to the Iberian Peninsula:
Languages: In addition to the major world languages Portuguese and Spanish, we offer Catalan and Quechua, key minority languages of the Hispanic world.
Culture: Spanish & Latin American popular culture in film, music and the visual arts – in particular such matters as gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, nationalism, landscape, trauma and memory.
Society: Latin American anthropology, cultural identity, education development, indigenous issues, women’s movements.
History: 19C & 20C Latin American political & intellectual history, social reforms, nation-building, postcolonialism, and neo-decolonisation.
Linguistics: Syntax & semantics in Spanish and Romance, Amerindian languages, language contact & bilingualism in Latin America.
Research in these areas benefits from collaboration with the School and also from interaction in larger Faculty groupings such as the Centre for Film and Digital Media, Americas Research Group and the Centre for Research in Linguistics & Language Sciences.
Samuel Anaya Guzmán
Dr Jorge L. Catalá Carrasco
Josep Cru Talaveron
Dr Ann Davies
Professor Jens R Hentschke
Professor Rosaleen Howard
Dr Marleny Jiménez
Dr Nuria López
Professor Ian Mackenzie
Dr Nick Morgan
Dr Patricia Oliart
Jesús Soria Nuñez
Ángela Uribe de Kellett
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 (Co supervised by Rosaleen Howard and Patricia Oliart)
Sarah Bennison: The cultural meanings of water in de Andes (Co supervised by Rosaleen Howard and Patricia Oliart)
Sarah Duggan: Social meanings of place: exploring cultural narratives and symbolic spaces of collective identity in the Chapada Diamantina, Bahia, Brazil. ( Co supervised by Nick Morgan and Patricia Oliart)
Antonia Manresa: Education policies, epistemological struggles and indigenous politics in Ecuador (Co- supervised by Rosaleen Howard and Patricia Oliart)
Ximena Córdova: Performance and identity in the Oruro Carnival in Bolivia (Supervised by Rosaleen Howard and Patricia Oliart).
Josep Cru: Indigenous Language Endangerment and Language Rights in Latin America (Supervised by Rosaleen Howard and Ian Mackenzie).
Claire Donneky: Minority languages in France and Spain (Supervised by Ian Mackenzie and Rosaleen Howard).
Erin Hill-Parks: The historical auteur: reading the films of Christopher Nolan in a postmodern era (Supervised by Ann Davies and Sarah Leahy).
Rebecca Naughten: The construction and performance of star identities in the contemporary cinemas of Spain and the United States (Supervised by Ann Davies and Bruce Babbington).
Steven Robinson: The Europeanisation of Portuguese Foreign Policy after 1974 (Co-supervised by Jens Hentschke).
SPLAS contributes actively to the SML Research Seminar Series, which features prominent U.K. and overseas scholars. In addition, the Instituto Camões-funded Centro de Língua Portuguesa has developed its own dynamic programme of Portuguese-related events.