Postgraduate Research in Spanish and Latin American Studies

With the addition of Senior Lecturer Dr Anne Walsh to the academic team, the Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies is one of the fastest growing and dynamic departments in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Members of the department have research and teaching interests with particular strengths in contemporary cultural studies that cross disciplinary boundaries and reach into areas such as gender studies, nationalism, migration, film, and literature. The broad area in which research is conducted is the contemporary culture of Spain and Latin America.

One of our most recent developments is the creation of Sydney University Research Community for Latin America (SURCLA), an academic research network that was originally conceived by the department, but which rapidly gained the support of members of different departments and schools across the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The main aim of SURCLA is to promote interdisciplinary research and teaching on Latin America as well as establishing the University of Sydney as the leading institution in Australia for the study of Latin America. Students who enrol in our postgraduate programme can benefit from SURCLA as it provides a forum for scholarly communication and interaction, a site of debate where members share their ideas, strategies and research experiences.

A series of research seminars is a regular feature of the department’s unique calendar of activities. Students attend regular research seminars as well as cultural events hosted by the department and SURCLA, and at times jointly organised with other Universities and institutions such as the Sydney Latin American Film Festival.

Specific research projects being undertaken by members of the department include the representation of transgender subjectivities in contemporary Latin American literature and film; the city as the prime site of the emergence in Latin America of new subjectivities, in the context of neoliberalism, local and global conflict and contestation; cultural policy and national identity in Catalonia 1980-2003; the work of the author Jesús Moncada; Latin American migrants in Australia, and Argentine-Chilean relations.

To find out more, visit the Department of Spanish and Latin American website.

Spanish and Latin American Studies postgraduate research programs

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Chair of Department

Anne Walsh
Phone Number +61 2 9351 6819
Web Staff Page
Address Room 717
A18 - Brennan MacCallum
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Postgraduate Research Coordinator

Beatriz Carbajal