The Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies is a focal point for world-class research into countries and cities across the region from a wide array of disciplines, including anthropology, architecture, cultural studies, development, history, linguistics, and urban studies, among others.
One of the largest such groups of Latin American and Caribbean specialists in Europe, researchers are based in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, the School of Social Sciences, and the School of Environment and Development.
If you would like to get in touch please contact one of the Centre's Co-Directors.
Ignacio Aguiló (Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies).
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 3689
Race and ethnicity in Latin America; whiteness studies; critical race theory; indigeneity; cultural studies; popular and experimental music.
Migration, inequalities, transnationalism, cities, gender, ageing, Bolivia.
Francisco Eissa-Barroso (Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies)
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 8042
Political, social and military history of the early modern Spanish world; Imperial dynamics and governance; Spanish American political culture; Early nineteenth-century Latin American politics and constitutionalism; Transatlantic migrations and circulation.
Chloe Nahum-Claudel (Social Anthropology)
Ritualized political innovation in Indigenous communities faced with colonial and postcolonial ruptures; agribusiness and hydropower frontier in Brazil and peri-urban highland Papua New Guinea.
César Vallejo and Latin American avant-gardes; Latin American poetry; Peruvian literature; Latin American literary magazines and print culture; fin-de-siecle and early 20th century intellectual history; journalism and Transatlantic literary relations, translation and cultural mediation; textual scholarship.
Twentieth-century art; ethics; twentieth-century and contemporary Spanish American and Brazilian literature; critical theory; gender studies; violence and culture; Latin American urban cultural studies.
Literature and national identity in Brazil; intertextual relationships between indigenous narratives and 20th-century literature in Brazil and Spanish America; ethnopoetics and native cultures in Brazil and South American lowlands; Brazilian popular culture; the Latin American City and its representations.
Latin American urban histories, cultures and imaginaries (especially Buenos Aires); Latin American visual culture (photography, film and comics).
Securitisation policies and pacified favelas in Rio de Janeiro; moral economy of housing, mobility, and urban gentrification; perceptions of urban landscapes and identity, migration, cognitive and physical movement.
Colombia and other Latin American countries with Black populations; ethnicity, race and racism; race and genetics; black culture and identity, urban anthropology, social geography; popular music and national identity.
Colonial and antebellum America and the Atlantic world, particularly West Indies and the American South in the eighteenth century. Social and cultural history with interests in gender, literature and material culture.
Below is a list of current and recent PhD students currently linked to research being undertaken by members of the Centre:
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
- Nicolle Alzamora: “Panama as a Point of Transit: Identity and Memory Practices”
- Dylan Bradbury: “Aural Media as a Tool for the Consolidation of Identity: Mapuche Uses of Sound for Asserting Cultural and Territorial Autonomy in Argentina’.
- Rodrigo López Martínez: ‘Fictional Avant-gardes in Latin American Literature (1973-2015)’
- Lisa Marie Simpson: 'Non-Human Animals, Violence and Power in Brazilian Literature and Film 1930 to the Present Day'
- Carole Myers: ‘Representation, Reception and Appropriation of Ideal Female Beauty: Cosmetic Erasure of Blackness in Contemporary Brazil’
- Gabriel Neiva: ‘The Literary Space of the Guianas: The topos of kanaima in fictional narratives’
- Maria Montt Strabucchi: ‘Representations of China in Contemporary Latin American Literature’
- Nicola Runciman: ‘Post-National Landscapes of the Novísimo Cine Chileno’
- Kristina Pla Fernández: ‘The Early Works of Bolaño and Vila-Matas: Alternatives to the “Cultura de la Transición”’
- Tamara de Inés Antón: ‘Female Identity, Body and Sexuality Through Literature and Translation: Contemporary Latin American Women’s Narratives’
- Maria Romero Caro: ‘Peace Education in Colombia’
- Sami Pinarbasi: ‘Pro- and Anti-slavery Activism in Early C19 Manchester’
- Katie Myerscough: Race and Reform in pre-WWII St Louis’
- Helen Kilburn: ‘Liberty, Slavery, and Property in Seventeenth-Century Maryland’
- Matthew Stallard: ‘The Socioeconomic Geography of Early C19 New Orleans’
- Patrick Massey: ‘Post-Katrina Cultural Production in New Orleans’
- Holly Schofield: ‘Sense of Place in the Aftermath of Disaster: Attachment, Identity and Dependency Among the Urban Poor in Cities of the Global South’
- Linda Sánchez Avendaño: ‘Children and the Mining Industry in Colombia’
School of Environment, Education and Development
- Maria del Pilar Bohada Rodriguez: ‘Conflict-Induced Displacement, Aspirations and “The Capacity to Aspire’
- Andreina Carrillo Espinoza: ‘Lejos Pero no Ausente: Exploring Homeland-Oriented Political Mobilisation of Venezuelan Migrants in Spain’
- Natalia Garcia Cervantes: ‘Conflict-Induced Displacement, Aspirations and “The Capacity to Aspire”’
- Eira Capelán: ‘Architectural Situatedness: Knowledge, Praxis & Counter-Hegemonic Translation’
- Chris Lyon: ‘Social Contracts and Social Justice in Brazil’
- Daniele Malerba: ‘Poverty, Cash Transfers and the Demand for Energy’
- Myriam Jacqueline Gómez Méndez: ‘The Policy-Making Process of Social Protection in Argentina: A Poverty Alleviation Case Study’
- Amanda Telias Simunovic: ‘Households’ Vulnerability to Poverty and Social Protection in Chile’
- Juan Miguel Villa: ‘Exit Conditions in Social Assistance Programmes: Evidence From Conditional Cash Transfers’
- Vicente Adrian Rivera-Garcia: ‘Vulnerability and Poverty Traps in Mexico’
- Luis Eduardo Perez Murcia: ‘Losing and Remaking Home following Conflict and Displacement in Colombia’
- María del Pilar Bohada Rodríguez: ‘Conflict-induced displacement, aspirations and “the capacity to aspire”’
School of Social Sciences
- Santiago Irribarra: ‘Can the City Be Indigenous? Studies of Mapuche Urbanity Beyond Reclaimed Spaces’
- Gabriel Marques Camargo: ‘No Quilombo Da Vovó: Racialized Disputes for the Public Space in a Post-fordist Company-Town in Brazil’
- Mariela Sanchez-Belmont Montiel: ‘The Expert State: Making Chagas Disease Manageable in Mexico’
- Sam Rumé: ‘Creating a ‘Tramway Culture’: Conflicting Mobilities and the Politics of Infrastructure in Cuenca, Ecuador’
- Marisol Verdugo Paiva: ‘Sexuality, Inequality and Imagined Futures: An Ethnography of Urban Youth in Chile’
- Juan Manuel del Nido: ‘Uber and the Taxi Industry in Buenos Aires: An Ethnography of the Post-political as a Modality of Reasoning’
- Pedro Silva Rocha Lima: ‘The ICRC in Brazil: Humanitarianism in Negotiation’
- Vicente Yanez Garrido: ‘Expulsion From the Center: Daily Experiences of Inequality in a Central Neighbourhood of Santiago, Chile’
- Laura Thurmann: ‘Female Policing: Women’s (Informal) Security Practices in Mexico’
- Natalia Valdivieso: ‘Between Religion and Extractivism: Indigenous Agencies in the Northern Ecuadorian Amazon’
- Antonia Gama da Costa: ‘Right to Remain: An Ethnographic Study on Favela Activism, Media Representation, and Urban Politics in Rio de Janeiro’
- Ana Paula Figueiredo: ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go?: The Role of Relationships in the Decision to Migrate, Stay or Return: Brazilian Migrants in London’
- María Lourdes Salazar: ‘Working In Tobacco: Migrant Labourers in Neoliberal Regimes in Mexico and the Usa’
- Chantelle Murtagh: ‘Producing Leaders: An Ethnography of an Indigenous Organisation in the Peruvian Amazon’
- Jeremy Gunson: ‘Between Neoliberal Multiculturalism and Autonomy: The Case of Totonacapan, Mexico’
- Gudrun Klein: ‘Afro-Brazilian History in Brazilian Compulsory Schooling: An Analysis of Taught Concepts of Identity and Race’
- Rodrigo Calvet: ‘The Production of Subjectivities in a Rio Favela: Urban Transformation, State Violence and the “Anthropology of Becoming”’