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Research in Hispanic Studies

Our approach to Hispanic Studies emphasises a boundary-crossing, transnational vision of the networks of cultural history, memory, literature and identity that crisscross the Hispanic world – from Europe to the Caribbean, the Americas, Africa and the Pacific. We have particular strengths in:

  • The cultural histories of Iberia (Spain, Portugal, Galicia), the Hispanic Atlantic and the Caribbean from the Renaissance to the present.
  • Connections and encounters between Hispanic, Lusophone, Anglophone and Francophone cultures.
  • Mobility (travel, migration, exile), memory and identity across the Hispanic world.
  • Spanish and Latin American film and sound cultures

REF 2014 Research Excellence Framework

79.7% of our work was ranked in the highest categories of 4* or 3*, meaning our research outputs were ranked 5th in the UK.

Our research

Dr Michela Coletta's monograph Decadent Modernity: Civilisation and ‘Latinidad’ in Spanish America, 1880-1920 is forthcoming with LUP. She is co-editor of the volume Provincialising Nature: Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Politics of the Environment in Latin America, published by ILAS Book Series in 2016.

Dr Kirsty Hooper co-ordinates the Hispanic Liverpool Project, investigating Liverpool's role as a hub connecting the 19th-century Anglophone and Luso-Hispanic worlds. She is PI of the AHRC-funded project, Imperial Entanglements: Transoceanic Basque Networks in British and Spanish Colonialism and their Legacy (July 2016 - June 2019).

Professor Alison Ribeiro de Menezes has just published Embodying Memory in Contemporary Spain, which examines the emergence of memory discourse in Spain since the Millennium.

Dr Clemencia Rodas-Pérez is working on the project Bridging the gap between expert and lay speakers in Medical communication in Spanish.

Dr Fabienne Viala has just published The Post-Columbus Syndrome, which explores Caribbean responses to the 500th anniversary of Columbus reaching the New World.

Dr Leticia Villamediana-González is writing a monograph on anglomania and anglophobia in the Spanish press and their contribution to Spain's programme of Enlightenment reform, and co-editing a volume entitled The Configuration of the Spanish Public Sphere: From the Enlightenment to the indignados.