The Sydney University Research Community for Latin America


SURCLA (Sydney University Research Community for Latin America) is an academic research network that was originally conceived by the Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies (School of Languages and Cultures), but which rapidly gained the support of members of different departments and schools across the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. SURCLA provides a dynamic forum for scholarly communication and interaction, a site of debate where members share their ideas, strategies and research experiences with the common goal of advancing knowledge of Latin America. Members of SURCLA come from the disciplines of history, sociology, anthropology, political sciences, gender, media, cultural and literary studies.

Aims and rationale
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. Although SURCLA will be based in the University of Sydney, we would like to foster academic and cultural links with other Australian institutions as well as bringing students and scholars from different Latin American countries to the University. SURCLA aims to establish links with professional and community based organisations and institutions as a means to increase the visibility of the significant expertise on Latin American Studies in Australia.

Future plans
We are working on developing a cultural agenda with a wide range of events and one main biennial international conference. In the long term we would like to offer a taught MA course in Latin American Studies. Meanwhile, we aim to become the point of reference for research students seeking PhD/MPhil/MA supervision in the field of Latin American Studies.

Current activities open to the academic and non-academic public
SURCLA hosts fortnightly seminars and documentary screenings. Head to the Department's Events page for details.