School of Modern Languages

Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American

Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies


Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies is a lively and dynamic section within the School of Modern Languages.

Our team of 18 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.

Undergraduate study

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 regions in 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 can spend your year abroad in one of nineteen universities across Spain, Portugal or Latin America.

You can also work as a teaching assistant either through the British Council scheme or as a volunteer in Peru and Argentina. Arranging an appropriate work placement is also an option for our students.

For more about Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies at Newcastle, see our Newsletters.

Full list of undergraduate degrees.

Postgraduate study

Our MA in Professional Translation for European Languages has become a very popular option for our graduates. We also offer research degrees (MLitt, MPhil, PhD) in all areas of our expertise.

Full list of postgraduate degrees.

Extra-curricular Activities

Each academic year we offer a vibrant set of public activities that include film screenings, art exhibits, workshops, and talks by exciting speakers from the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America.

Our teachers of Portuguese organise engaging and lively activities sponsored by the Instituto Camões.  

We are also fortunate to have a long-established partnership with the Instituto Ramón Llull with activities for the promotion of the Catalan Language. They have allowed our students to conduct study trips to Catalan-speaking regions in Spain.

The Real Translation Project runs every year for Stage 4 students. It allows our students of Spanish to engage in the translation of diverse documents that serve the community. In the past they have translated tourism brochures, human rights reports, and captions for art and photo exhibits, and subtitled a documentary.

Important cultural institutions in the North-East 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.

¡Vamos! Festival

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.

Research interests


As Modern Languages scholars we conduct research through the medium of Spanish and Portuguese from different disciplinary viewpoints: we make languages our route into understanding society, culture, politics and history. We also conduct linguistic research on the languages of the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America (including Quechua),


We have an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Iberian and Latin American cultural production and narratives (film, music, the visual arts, literature, popular culture). Our research considers situations of societal crisis and renewal, post-conflict societies, nationalism and cosmopolitanism, and post-coloniality, with particular emphasis given to issues of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, landscape, trauma and memory.


We study Iberian and Latin American recent social movements, cultural identity, education, development, indigenous issues, youth and women's movements.


We look at:

  • Spanish cultural history (20th century) and history of ideas
  • late 18th century to late 20 century Latin American political, social, and intellectual history, especially in Brazil and the 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

Linguistics and sociolinguistics

We research Spanish syntax, Spanish varieties (Latin American and Iberian Peninsula), Spanish historical linguistics and standardisation. We also research Latin American indigenous languages in relation to society and culture, using sociolinguistic and anthropological linguistic approaches.


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

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7415

Dr Fernando Da Silva Beleza Correia Pinto
Lecturer in Portuguese Studies


Lia Cacheiro Quintas
Teaching fellow in Spanish

Dr Jorge Catala-Carrasco
Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies

Telephone: Tel: (+44) 0191 208 7455

Dr Josep Cru Talaveron
Lecturer in Spanish

Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 7441

Dr Dunja Fehimovic
Lecturer in Hispanic Studies

Telephone: 0191 208 4410

Dr Fruela Fernandez
Lecturer in Spanish Translation


Dr Gustavo Guajardo
Teaching Fellow Spanish Linguistics


Barbara Guidarelli
Italian teaching fellow

Professor Jens R Hentschke
Professor of Latin American History and Politics, Dr. phil. (History), Habilitation (Political Science), FRHistS - Deputy Head of School, Director for Postgraduate Research, Degree Programme Director for Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8710

Lucy Hill
Spanish language teacher

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7475

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 Daniel Mourenza Urbina
Teaching Fellow in Hispanic Studies

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7476

Dr Patricia Oliart
Senior Lecturer in Latin American Studies

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7438

Dr Philippa Page
Lecturer in Hispanic Studies

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7476

Dr Conceicao Pereira
Lecturer in Portuguese, Co-ordinator of the Portuguese Language Centre - Camões ICL

Telephone: 01912227481

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7475

Maria Zubelzu de Brown
Teaching fellow in Spanish