The Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies has a strong commitment to providing all students with a learning experience that is both informed and driven by research. All full-time academics teach in areas in which they are currently research active, and all staff are encouraged to participate in our dynamic research culture.
Core research areas in the Department span Medieval and Golden Age, Modern and Contemporary Spanish literature, art and translation, including specialist interest in the diverse languages and cultures of the Iberian Peninsula, especially Catalan and Galician. In Latin American Studies the Department has long-standing strengths in the study of Mexican and US Latino culture, and has been developing expertise in South America, especially Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.
As well as extensive work in these core fields, we have a strong commitment to inter- and cross-disciplinary initiatives in three major areas: Visual and Performance Cultures; Literary Translation and Translation Studies; Travel, Migration and Mobility Studies.
Key recent events include symposia on “The Violent Border” (2013) and “New Directions in the Performance of Violence and Trauma in the Hispanic World” (2014); conferences on “Transitions and Continuities in Contemporary Chicano/a Culture” (2011); “Invisible Borders: Rethinking Translation and Minority” (2011), “Iberia in Translation” (2013); “Travel Writing and Narratives of Mobility” (2013).
The Department organises a rich programme of diverse research seminars throughout the academic year. It also has a strong record of hosting key subject association events, such as biennual Golden Age symposia, organised by Stephen Boyd and Emeritus Professor Terence O'Reilly, the recent revival of a Postgraduate Hispanists conference in 2013, and more recently the 60th anniversary conference of the Anglo-Catalan Society.
We have a thriving postgraduate community connected to the Department, both at Masters and at PhD level. Staff members have an excellent track record in supervising a wide range of research topics. Specialist expertise includes:
Stephen Boyd: Golden Age literature, art and history; historical relations between Iberia and Ireland; translations and editions of Medieval and Golden Age texts
Dr Helena Buffery: Contemporary Hispanic theatre and performance; Catalan Studies; Iberian Studies; literary translation and Translation Studies
Professor Nuala Finnegan: Mexican and US Latino Studies; Latin American literature, film and visual arts; Gender and Women's Studies
Dr Cara Levey: Contemporary Latin American history, culture and society; in particular, Human Rights, Justice and activism and Memory Studies
Dr Martin Veiga: Modern and Contemporary Spanish narrative and poetry; Galician Studies; Travel writing and mobility.
Information on current and recent postgraduates can be found here.