Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies

Contact Details

Departmental Coordinators:
Ms Alex Lopez Alvarez
Ms Clare Szembek (Mon-Wed)
tel: 020 7679 3109
ext: 33109

Head of Department:
Dr Humberto Núñez-Faraco
tel: 020 7679 4332
ext: 34332

Departmental News: Events, Publications, Seminars

Travel and Writing in the Global Renaissance

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"Travel and Writing in the Global Renaissance: Revisiting the Peregrination of Fernão Mendes Pinto (1614-2014)", is a two-day conference on literature and history organised jointly by UCL and King's. The Friday session starts at 3pm in the Haldane Room.

Memories of Change

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Memories of Change: Cinema and Culture in Portugal After the Carnation Revolution” is a two-day event at UCL (8-9 December) organised by the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin-American Studies in association with the Film Studies programme, the Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry, and the University of Coimbra, Portugal. There will be lectures by invited scholars, film screenings and a round table. This event is financially supported by the UCL Graduate School and CMII. Attendance is free and refreshments will be provided.

Prof. Stephen Hart awarded the Order of Merit

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Prof. Stephen Hart has been awarded the Order of Merit by the National University of Trujillo, Peru, at a ceremony which occurred on 24 October 2013 in recognition of his research on the life and work of the Peruvian poet, Cesar Vallejo.

From the Golden Age to comedy gold

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Alexander Samson UCL's Bright Club

Dr Alexander Samson performed at UCL's Bright Club in October.

El mayordomo de la duquesa de Amalfi

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Dr Alexander Samson gave a lecture about Lope de Vega’s El mayordomo de la duquesa de Amalfi and wrote the programme notes for the Read not Dead staged reading of the play in English translation at Shakespeare’s Globe on 14th September.

Publication of Dr Zoltán Biedermann's book

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Portuguese in Sri Lanka & South India

We're pleased to announce the publication of Dr Zoltán Biedermann's book,

The Portuguese in Sri Lanka and South India: Studies in the History of Diplomacy, Empire and Trade, 1500-1650, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2014

Graduate Student, Andra Graca's Article on Portuguese Cinema

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One of our graduate students, Andre Graca, has written an article on Portuguese cinema for a Portuguese newspaper; you can read the article here:

Valentino Gianuzzi PhD and Lectureship

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Valentino Gianuzzi passed his PhD in December 2013 and has been offered a lectureship at Manchester University starting September 2014.

Prof Stephen Hart Elected Member of the Peruvian Academy of Language

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Stephen Hart was elected a ‘miembro correspondiente’ of the Academia Peruana de la Lengua in Lima, as a result of research on the work of Peru’s national poet, César Vallejo, and particularly his literary biography of Vallejo published in English in 2013.

Chinese Translation of Prof Stephen Hart's Gabriel García Márquez Biography

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Publication of a Chinese translation of Stephen Hart's literary biography of Gabriel García Márquez (August 2014)

Prof Stephen Hart's literary biography of César Vallejo

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Publication of Spanish translation of Stephen Hart's literary biography of César Vallejo, commissioned by the Peruvian Academy of Language (July 2014)

Dr Jo Evans - UCL Santander Research Catalyst Award

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Rulfo Bunuel

Dr Jo Evans has a UCL-Santander Research Catalyst Award to conduct research in Mexico City. She will be giving talks at the Universidad Autónoma Nacional de México on 30 September 2014 and at the Casa Buñuel on the 1 October 2014. 

Contemporary Travel Writing of Latin America

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Dr Claire Lindsay’s book Contemporary Travel Writing of Latin America (Routledge) has now been issued in paperback. For more details see:

Q+A with filmmaker Marc Silver

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On Friday 20 June 2014, as part of Open City Docs Fest, Claire Lindsay hosted a Q+A with filmmaker Marc Silver at Clapham Picturehouse, following the screening of his first full length feature, Who is Dayani Cristal? The film, starring Gael García Bernal, is about undocumented migrants crossing the Mexico-US border. For more information about the film and further screenings see:

Student Choice Teaching Award Nominees

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We are delighted to announce that Dr Zoltán Biedermann and Dr Stephen Fay were  nominated in the Outstanding Teaching category of the UCLU Student Choice Teaching Award. Find more details here.

PhD Vivas

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We are delighted to announce and congratulate the following PhD candidates from the Department of Spanish & Latin American Studies on passing their Viva voce exams:

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The department of Spanish & Latin American Studies are delighted to announce the publication of Dr Guillermo Laín's monograph Proyecciones de Gabriel Miró en la narrativa del 27.

International Conference - The Future of Hispanism

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We're delighted to present The Future of Hispanism, a two day conference organised by PhD students, Mazal Oaknin and Jessica Pujol. The conference will be held in the Department of Spanish & Latin American Studies, UCL on the 29th & 30th April, 2013.

Click here for the programme.

London World Film Festival 2013 // Rimbaud and Verlaine // Gained in Translation // 6.30 - 8.00 pm Thursday 21 March 2013 // The Bloomsbury Theatre UCL

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6.30-6.35 pm Welcome from Professor Stephen Hart of UCL and Graham Henderson from Poet in the City 

Translating 'Live' Poetry: Contemporary European Poets

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 The School of European Languages, Culture and Society has teamed up with the AHRC, Poet in the City, Europe House and Bloomsbury Hotel to provide an exciting programme of events in London starting in the spring and lasting until the autumn. Seven poets from Peru, Hungary, Holland, France, Germany, the Faroe Islands and Italy, will be coming to London to read their poetry, SELCS staff and RAs will be translating their poems into English, and the poetry along with the translations will be published in a special commemorative volume. The programme is as follows:

  Gained in Translation: UCL Challenges

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This project, organised by the School of European Languages, Culture and Society and funded as part of the "Intercultural Interaction" pathway of UCL's Grand Challenges, articulates the concept of "Gained in Translation" in a number of carefully-chosen events which celebrate poetry and the arts. Drawing inspiration from Robert Frost's famous dictum ("poetry is what gets lost in translation") we have teamed up with Poet in the City and with the Cervantes Institute to produce a three-part series on "Emotions in Translation" as well as two major events on "Gained in Translation" in which we focus on how poetry is translated into film (21 March 2013), and how ideas are translated across cultures (31 May 2013). We are pleased to announce that  Professor Terry Eagleton, widely regarded as the United Kingdom's most influential living literary critic, will give the keynote at the one-day colloquium on "Gained in Translation" on 31 May 2013.

El último verano de la boyita

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On February 21, the Institute for the Study of the Americas, School of Advanced Study, University of London, will feature El ultimo verano de La Boyita [The Last Summer of la Boyita] (2000), a coming of age story directed by Julia Solomonoff and produced by Pedro Almodóvar. This will be the second of a series of groundbreaking Argentine productions that offer stimulating responses to issues of gender, race, inequality, politics, community, and the future. Dr Deborah Martin (Department of Spanish & Latin American Studies, UCL), will introduce the film.

Graduate Student Awarded Grant

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The department of Spanish and Latin American Studies is delighted to announce one of our graduate students, Kathleen Sparks, has been awarded a grant under the Yale UCL Collaborative Student Exchange Programme to study at Yale University in the Autumn Term 2012.

Alcalá Galiano Lecture Series

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Alcala Galiano Lecture 12-10-12

Does Latin America Exist? Reflections on Continental Identity in Literature and Life in the Time of the Bicentenaries

Peacemaker: The Foraker Act (1900) and the Poetry of Evaristo Ribera Chevremont

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1898 war

Professor Benigno Trigo (Vanderbilt University)


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