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Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies

Study one of the world's most widely spoken languages
Exploring the diverse, vibrant cultures across Spain and throughout the Americas.

Learn the world’s second most widely spoken language and engage with the cultures and histories of more than 400 million people. Like a Gaudi mosaic, the Spanish-speaking world comprises a multitude of unique parts that come together to form a complex and inspiring whole.

Our work integrates language teaching and cultural research to offer a comprehensive understanding of the social contexts and uses of Spanish around the world. We investigate Spanish in its spoken, written, narrative, historical and contemporary modes.

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Modern languages and cultures

Secure your global future

When you study language or linguistics with us, you will gain qualities that set you apart – unique communication skills and deep cultural awareness.

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Our research

Our research regularly crosses disciplinary boundaries into areas that include sociology, anthropology and psychology and address issues relating to nationalism, identity, gender, politics, ethnicity, social movements, and migration among others. We proudly maintain strong connections to the Spanish and Latin American communities of Australia. Our research areas include: 

  • Critical discourse analysis of media and law
  • Sociology of law and political cultures in Mexico
  • Gender and sexuality in contemporary Latin American contexts
  • Migration studies
  • Politics of identity in Latin American statecraft
  • Ethnicity and race in electoral politics
  • Fiction of contemporary Spain and its role in navigating reality
  • Themes of war, memory and trauma in Spain’s narrative
  • Identity, memory and space in Spanish women’s writings
  • Second language acquisition pedagogy
  • Spanish and Latin American literature and film
  • Islam, Europe and Spain
  • Cultural dislocation in contemporary Europe.


Our advanced exchange programs provide life-changing experiences in Spain and the Americas, where eligible students exercise their language skills and develop an understanding of cultural intricacies first hand.

  • Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile 
  • Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia 
  • Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico (multiple campus locations) 
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima, Peru
  • Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain

Our people

  • Professor Roy C Boland
  • Add Honorary Associate Professor Estela Valverde

Our events

Explore our events listed on the University's What's On calendar.

WhenThursday 11 October, 5pm

Where: SNH Lecture Theatre 4002 (Messel), Sydney Nanoscience Hub A31, University of Sydney

Come along and experience Argentinean black comedy, tasty snacks of Latin America and great company. 

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Department Chair

Dr Vek Lewis

School of Languages and Cultures

School of Languages and Cultures