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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.


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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Dr Fernanda Penaloza, Senior Lecturer in Latin American Studies
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