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Sydney University Research Community for Latin America

Advancing knowledge of Latin America in Australia
We are an academic research network encouraging ideas, debate and research strategies. Our members come from history, sociology, anthropology, political sciences, gender studies, media and cultural and literary studies.

About us

We provide a dynamic forum for scholarly communication and interaction with the common goal of advancing knowledge of Latin America in Australia. 

We promote interdisciplinary research and teaching on Latin America. While we are based at the University of Sydney, we foster academic and cultural links with other Australian institutions as well as bringing students and scholars from different Latin American countries to the University.

We aim to establish links with professional and community-based organisations and institutions as a way of increasing the visibility of the University of Sydney's significant expertise in Latin American Studies.

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Our events

We offer a series of research seminars and cultural events and invite staff, students and colleagues from other universities and the general public to attend.

Check our events calendar for upcoming SURCLA seminars.


When: 22 Oct 2019, 5pm
Venue: SLC Common Room 536, Level 5, Brennan MacCallum Building A18, University of Sydney

Speaker: Danilo Ignacio de Urzedo

Over the last few decades, numerous initiatives have advanced forest landscape restoration in the Amazon, and the Brazilian government has set an ambitious target to restore 4.8 million hectares of degraded Amazonian land by 2030. A restoration network has thus emerged that connects multiple stakeholders and processes for negotiation, planning, plant material supply, and restoration actions.

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When: 24 Sept 2019, 5.30pm
Venue: SLC Common Room 536, Level 5, Brennan MacCallum Building A18, University of Sydney

Speaker: Dr Daniela Villegas (The University of Sydney)  

In a Mexican political context permeated by drug-related violence, organised crime, and violence against women and feminised bodies, young women with different class and ethnic backgrounds are using hip-hop culture to denounce the government and create consciousness in relation to feminicide in the country. This presentation focuses on the work of the female rap collective Batallones Femeninos (Women’s Battalions) which originated in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, and Mare Advertencia Lirika, from Oaxaca.

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When: 28 August 2019, 6pm
Venue: Woolley Common Room N480, John Woolley Building

Join us for an evening of poetry with Cristian Aliaga. Come and meet the poet himself and enjoy Cristian Aliaga’s reading of extracts from La causa clinica and La pasión extranjera. These poems will be read in Spanish, English translations will be available on PowerPoint.

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When: 22 August 2019, 5.30pm
Venue: Woolley Common Room N480, John Woolley Building

Speaker: Carlos Gamerro

In 1894 the first sheep farm or estancia was established in Tierra del Fuego; over the following decade they multiplied all over the island, driving out the native Selk’nam people, who until then had had little contact with Europeans. To put a stop to the state-endorsed genocide the Salesian Order established two missions in the Chilean and Argentine sides of Tierra del Fuego, but in spite of their best intentions these became virtual extermination camps. Meanwhile, Anglican missionary Thomas Bridges and his son Lucas experimented with a new model, an estancia where the native peoples could be trained in the skills needed to benefit from or at least cope with European colonization while retaining their identity and traditional practices.

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When: 30 June 2019, 5.30pm
Venue: Room 650, Social Sciences Building (A02), University of Sydney

As a special event organised with the School of Languages and Cultures, Dr Fernanda Peñaloza from the University of Sydney and Dr Sarah Walsh from Washington State University will be launching their book Mapping South-South Connections: Australia and Latin America (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).

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When: 4 June 2019, 5pm
Venue: SLC Common Room 536, Level 5, Brennan MacCallum Building, University of Sydney

Speaker: Natalia Maystorovich Chulio

This paper seeks to explore the impact of traumatic memory on survivors’ habits to protect themselves and future generations from a repetition of the past, contributing to a delay in unearthing the disappeared victims of the Spanish Civil War and dictatorship.

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When: 21 May 2019, 5pm
Venue: SLC Common Room 536, Level 5, Brennan MacCallum Building A18, University of Sydney

Speaker: Dr Alexandra García Marrugo (University of Sydney)

The 50 year+ Colombian conflict reached its most violent peak during the turn of the century (1998-2006), which coincided with peace talks with the major agents of violence: Marxist guerrillas (FARC) and right-wing paramilitaries (AUC). Previous research on the representation of crimes by each group has clearly demonstrated a pattern of highlighting guerrilla violence while concealing paramilitary responsibility in crimes against humanity. These findings shed light on social phenomena such as the popular rejection towards the peace process with Farc and indifference towards the agreement signed with the paramilitaries.

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When: 7 May 2019, 5pm
Venue: Seminar Room Level 2, Fisher Library

In this seminar we will be screening EVITA: The Documentary (2012), directed by Eduardo Montes-Bradley, with a discussion led by Dr Peter Ross (University of New South Wales).

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World Literatures and the Global South Conference

23–25 August 2019

Co-convened with the Peking University Australian Studies Centre and the World Literature Association, the School of Languages and Cultures is proud to host the third international congress of the World Literature Association.

This international conference will engage with literary production on and from the Global South in their own languages as well as in translation.

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Dr Fernanda Penaloza, Senior Lecturer in Latin American Studies
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