Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
The Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies (SPLAS) is a dynamic centre for events and activities in the south of Ireland and has driven collaborative initiatives with a range of partners locally, nationally and internationally. Core research interests of staff in the Department span; Medieval and Golden Age, Modern and Contemporary Spanish literature; theatre; film; visual arts; translation, including specialist interest in the diverse languages and cultures of the Iberian Peninsula (Catalan and Galician); . In Latin American Studies the Department has long-standing strengths in the study of Mexican and US Latino/a culture and society, and has been further developing expertise in the Southern Cone, especially Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. The international impact of our work in these areas is underpinned by the research ethos of the two local-global centres for research that are housed within the Department – the Centre for Mexican Studies and the Irish Centre for Galician Studies.
Much of our work is characterised by its cross-disciplinarity, engaging in innovative dialogue with creative practitioners in order to explore new ways of understanding and intervening in an increasingly interconnected world. In particular, we have been building capacity in four major areas which dovetail with research strategy in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures: Visual and Performance Cultures; Literary Translation and Translation Studies; Travel, Migration and Mobility Studies; Human Rights, memory, justice and activism. Key recent examples of these synergies include our activities in the area of Translation Studies, in which intellectual attention to current research issues has developed hand in hand with the responsibility to disseminate culture(s) in and through translation, and collaborative work on the representation and performance of violence and trauma in the Hispanic world.