SPLAS Research

Thea Pitman, ‘Poesía obra digital’, based on the final manuscript version of the special dossier on ‘Poesía digital latinoamericana: muestrario crítico y creativo’, ed. by Luis Correa-Díaz, AErea: Revista Hispanoamericana de Poesía, 10, 113-68 (2016), generated with - 18 January 2016.

We are an internationally renowned unit of research into a wide variety of disciplines in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, of which SPLAS forms a part, was among the UK's top ten for Modern Languages in the field. The 2014 Panel praised, in particular, our outstanding research environment, the number and diversity of events and international knowledge exchanges offered by us and the quality of our research outputs. Our research is broadly organised around thematic issues of film and visual culture, gender and sexuality, 'race' and marginalisation, regional and national identity, and translation studies. We work in an interdisciplinary basis through history, social sciences, film and digital culture, cultural studies, language and literature. We welcome postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers to join our vibrant research community and work with us in these areas.

Funded projects

SPLAS research staff are involved in a number of research projects funded by the AHRC, British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, the Welcome Trust in the UK, and a number of funders in Spain, Portugal and Latin America. Our staff pages provide further information on our funded research and collaborative projects.  Showcase of SPLAS research projects


SPLAS research staff regularly publish monographs, edited collections and articles in peer-reviewed journals.
Our staff pages list our principal publications.
You can also view highlights of SPLAS published work.

Research seminars

We organise regular research presentations, workshops and seminar series under two umbrella research and outreach initiatives:

We are also regularly involved in research series in the Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures and the Centre for Translation Studies. For more information, check the above pages or the events tab.

External partnerships

We regularly collaborate with external partners in the development of our research. Our researchers currently work with the British Council, the Brazilian Embassy in London, the Spanish rap artist El Chojin, the Leeds International Film Festival, Plan International, and many more institutions and individual artists.

Partnership Showcase: Thea Pitman’s research on (net)weaving.

Engaging with the Media

SPLAS staff regularly contribute to online and print news outlets such as the Guardian,  Huffington Post and The Conversation. You can find examples of our recent news contributions in our staff pages.

Showcase of SPLAS media engagement: Duncan Wheeler on Spanish culture