Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies

Contact Details

Ms Clare Szembek
(Departmental Co-ordinator)

tel 020 7679 3109;
internal extension X33109;

Dr Humberto Núñez-Faraco
(Head of Department)

tel: 020 7679 4332;
internal extension X34332;

Centre of César Vallejo Studies, UCL        

Instituto de Estudios Vallejianos (Filial Londres)

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News from the Centre

The UCL Centre of César Vallejo Studies (Instituto de Estudios Vallejianos, Filial Londres) was founded at University College London on 6 January 2003 and inaugurated at Canning House on 30 September 2003 by the then Peruvian Ambassador, Armando Lecaros-de-Cossío. The founder-director is Professor Stephen Hart.


The purpose of the Centre of César Vallejo Studies is to encourage research on the life and work of the Peruvian poet, César Vallejo (1892-1938), as well as the larger remit of Peruvian literature and culture, an example of which is the British-Academy funded project "The Evolution of a Saint: A New Biography of Santa Rosa de Lima"; for more information see below.

Santa Rosa de Lima (1586-1617)

The London Centre of César Vallejo Studies houses a new project, "The Evolution of a Saint: A New Biography of Santa Rosa de Lima", which is funded by the British Academy. Its principal aim is to provide a new biography of Santa Rosa de Lima (1586-1617) by drawing on the archives relating to Santa Rosa's beatification and canonisation held at the Secret Archive in the Vatican, in the Monasterio de Santa Rosa de Santa Maria and the Archivo Arzobispal, the latter two in Lima. For more information on this project, click here.

Research Network

The London Centre of César Vallejo Studies operates within a research network consisting of other Institutes such as the Instituto de Estudios Vallejianos, Trujillo, Peru (Director, Dr César Adolfo Alva Lescano), the Instituto de Estudios Vallejianos, Brigham Young University, Utah, USA (Director, Dra Mara Garcia), the Instituto de Estudios Vallejianos in Caracas, Venezuela (Director, Dra Graciela Torres), the Association des Amis César Vallejo, Paris (Director, Carlos Henderson), and the Cesar Vallejo Center at Hofstra University, as well as cultural institutions such as the Peruvian Embassy, the Instituto Cervantes and Poet in the City


It has funded the publication of four books:

1. Stumbling Between 46 Stars

2. Essays on Hispanic Literature and Culture in Honour of David Henn

3. Essays on Alfredo Bryce Echenique, Peruvian Literature and Culture

4. Chiaroscuro: The Life and Work of Julio Garcia-Espinosa

Film Production

The CCVS has also funded the production of five short films which trace the connections between film, poetry and Latin American culture:

1. Traspie entre 46 estrellas (for a review see Pedro Granados, 16/03/08 "Stumbling Between Several Enemies?", in  Traspié entre 46 estrellas)

2. Buscando a José Marti,

3. Chiaroscuro: The Making of El Megano

4. Sin titulo

5. Dressing Room


The Centre of César Vallejo Studies has a specialist research library on the work of César Vallejo which may be consulted by UCL students.


For further information about the Centre of César Vallejo Studies, please contact Professor Stephen M. Hart at