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Research in Spanish and Latin American Studies – University of Reading

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Research in Spanish and Latin American Studies

 As a new subject to the University of Reading, the research of the Spanish and Latin American Studies strand of the Department of Modern Languages and European Studies is essentially multi-disciplinary.  It covers not only the cultural production of the Iberian Peninsula but also Latin American and Caribbean nations and their sociocultural realities, with research areas that encompass literary analysis as well as cultural studies approaches.  Spanish and Latin American Studies at Reading is also founding links with colleagues in other departments and subject areas at the University, including the Henley Business School via LACRUS (Latin American and Caribbean Rural and Urban Studies Group).   

Staff research interests

The main areas of staff research activity are given below.  These are also the main areas in which we provide postgraduate research supervision:

Publishing and literary culture

Modern and contemporary Spanish and Latin American literature

Nineteenth-century Spanish and Latin American literature and intellectual history

Spanish and Latin American cinema

Identity narratives and nation building in Latin America

 Self-writing from Latin America

 Staff research activities and collaborations

 Dr Parvathi Kumaraswami

Dr Par Kumaraswami is Principal Investigator for the Leverhulme Trust Research Project Co-I Professor Antoni Kapcia, University of Nottingham), ‘Beyond Havana, beyond the nation? Peripheral identities and literary culture in Cuba’ (2014-2017): https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/awards-made/awards-focus/beyond-havana-beyond-nation-peripheral-identities-and-literary-culture-cuba. She is a founding member of the Cuba Research Forum, now based at the University of Nottingham. She works closely with Cuban research and policy institutions, such as the Instituto Cubano del Libro and the Instituto Cubano de Investigación Cultural Juan Marinello and is regularly invited to guest lecture in the UK and Cuba. She is a member of the University of Reading’s Migration, Identity and Conflict research cluster.

 

Dr Marta Simo Comas

Dr Marta Simó-Comas is a member of the international network ‘Prácticas culturales y esfera pública: editoras españolas y latinoamericanas contemporáneas / Cultural Practice and Public Sphere: Contemporary Spanish and Latin American Female Publishers’, funded by Spain’s Ministry of Education and Culture. She is a contributor to the EDI-RED database of Ibero-American Editors and Publishers, Centuries XIX-XXI Portal: http://www.cervantesvirtual.com/portales/editores_editoriales_iberoamericanos_en/ and has established active research links with the University of Alcalá (Spain).    She is a member of the University of Reading’s Migration, Identity and Conflict research cluster.

 

Dr Catriona McAllister

Dr Catriona McAllister is currently contributing to the preparation of an edited volume on the Falklands/Malvinas conflict in collaboration with scholars from Europe and Latin America. She has on-going research links with the University of Salamanca and is a member of the University of Reading’s Migration, Identity and Conflict research cluster.

 

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