Current Research

Research Areas

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 Céire Broderick: Latin American literature and culture; Feminist and Decolonial studies

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

Carlos Garrido Castellano: Visual Culture; Visual Arts; Postcolonial Criticism; Caribbean Studies; Curating; Cultural Theory; Activism and Cultural Creativity; Iberian Studies. 

Dr Cara Levey: Contemporary Latin American history, culture and society; in particular, Human Rights, Justice and activism and Memory Studies

Estefanía Muñoz GómezLanguage pedagogy and acquisition, translation competence, translator training and education, non-professional translation, multilingual workplace practices

Dr Pedro Nilsson-Fernàndez: Literary spaces in post-war Catalonia; GIS; Digital Humanities in the context of Iberian minoritised languages and cultures

Dr Elisa Serra Porteiro: Theatre translation; Cultural history (drama and theatre); Iberian Studies; Galician Studies; Irish drama in Iberia: text and performance
Dr Séana Ryan: Afro-Hispanic Linguistics, Phonetics and Phonology, contemporary Spanish literature, particularly the novels of Javier Marías
Dr Martin Veiga: Modern and Contemporary Spanish narrative and poetry; Galician Studies; Travel writing and mobility.

Research in SPLAS

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, as well as 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, and Travel, Migration and Mobility Studies.

Key recent events include symposia such as:

"Ecocritical Encounters: Women and nature in Irish and Galician Cultural Production" (2017)


"Reencountering the Canon: Literary Translation and Contemporary Iberia" (2016)

New Directions in the Performance of Violence and Trauma in the Hispanic World” (2014)

The Violent Border” (2013)

And conferences on:


Iberia in Translation” (2013)

Travel Writing and Narratives of Mobility” (2013).

Transitions and Continuities in Contemporary Chicano/a Culture” (2011)

Invisible Borders: Rethinking Translation and Minority” (2011)

Furthermore, 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, and special events such as a symposium on the figure of Ramon Llull (2016), guest speakers on Latin American history (2017) and literature (2016) and collaborations with Cork City Libraries during Cork World Book Fest.

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