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Modern Languages and Cultures

Favelas on a hillside in Guatemala

Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies research

Our truly global unit specialises in Latin America as well as the Iberian peninsula and our research themes cover a wide range, from visual and medieval culture to colonial history, literature and linguistics.

The vast array of political, social, economic and cultural disparity in Latin American and the Caribbean creates a focus for us to conduct impactful research in this area.

The subject area plays key roles in national and international research contexts through its publications, seminar and conference activity, and through its innovative approach to the configuration of the discipline boundaries in which it works. Our research and postgraduate teaching ranges chronologically from the Early Modern period in Spain through nineteenth-century Latin America to the present day. Some examples are our work on the modern city in Latin America, contemporary cinema in relation to Spain, political history of the early modern Spanish world, music cultures of Spain, or racial issues in contemporary Latin America.

Our publications and supervisory interests include cultural, linguistic and literary history and theory to language contact and transnational exchange.

We have expertise in Brazilian/Portuguese Studies, Film Studies, Early Modern History, Literature and Culture in Latin America, Linguistics, Sociology, and Textual Criticism.

Centres, networks and clusters

The Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) plays a large part in our research. The Centre facilitates collaboration across the Faculty of Humanities into the globally expansive nature of the region and its dialogue with other parts of the globe.

With access to rare and outstanding resources, Medieval and Early Modern Studies spans several disciplines and is look after by the John Rylands Research Institute.