Network for Hispanic and Lusophone Cultural Studies

Street of houses and water reflection in Spain


The Network for Hispanic and Lusophone Cultural Studies brings together colleagues focusing on a wide range of different forms of cultural production – from literature and theatre, to popular music, cinema, photography and new media – from across the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia, and from the Golden Age to the present day.

It hosts academic conferences, symposia and workshops designed to promote research and disseminate knowledge within the University of Leeds and across the wider academic community. It also runs events such as film screenings and talks from visiting authors and artists, designed to showcase the culture of the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds to the general public. Our activities are supported through our collaboration with other research hubs within the University and through external partnerships with the Instituto Cervantes, the Instituto Camões and others.

Members of the Network publish on an extremely wide range of topics including the performance of Golden Age drama in contemporary Spain; postcolonialist readings of Goan and Macanese literature; soft power and Brazilian cinema; ideology and translation studies; issues of race in contemporary Spanish drama; discourses of Latin American-ness in digital cultural production; and issues of crime and violence, or of eco-catastrophe and protest, in Latin American literature and film. Postgraduate research currently being undertaken by members of the Network includes work on Mexican women’s travel writing and contemporary Ecuadorean and Uruguayan poetry.

The Director of the Network is Dr Thea Pitman. The Deputy Director is Dr Rebecca Jarman.

For more information please contact Dr Thea Pitman.


HLCS works in conjunction with several research centres and cultural programmes based at the University of Leeds, most notably:

  • Centre for the History of Ibero-America (CHIA)
  • Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures (CWCDC)
  • Centre for World Literatures
  • Fusão

HLCS’s activities are generously supported by the following partners and institutions at the University of Leeds:

  • School of Languages, Cultures and Societies
  • Leeds Humanities Research Institute

We are also grateful for the support of our external partners:

  • The Instituto Camões
  • The Instituto Cervantes

Past events


International conference: Conference of the AHGBI (Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland), 26-28 March 2018, led by Dr Duncan Wheeler.


Film screening and workshop: Aquarius, Q&A and workshop with director Kleber Mendonça Filho, 1-2 December, led by Prof Stephanie Dennison.

International conference: WISPS (Women in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies), 10-11 November, led by Dr Thea Pitman.

International conference: ‘Cinema, Soft Power and Geo-political Change’, 19-21 June, 2017.

Postgraduate conference: ‘Discontinuities and Resistance in Latin America’, Postgraduates in Latin American Studies (PILAS) annual conference, co-organised by Lourdes Parra Lazcano and Jesús Sanjurjo Ramos (SPLAS PGRs). Sponsored by Society for Latin American Studies and others. 26-27 June.

Seminar and workshop: ‘Waste’. Sponsored by Instituto Cervantes. 11 May 2017, led by Dr Rebecca Jarman.

International seminar: 'Can the Subaltern Speak Online?', 24 February 2017, led by Dr Thea Pitman. Sponsored by the AHRC OWRI Project: 'Cross-Language Dynamics'.

Hispanic LusophoneFilm screening: Pelo malo, Q&A with director Mariana Rondón. 22 February 2017, led by Dr Rebecca Jarman.

Workshop and film screening: 'Memory Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean', 16 Feb 2017, led by Dr Rebecca Jarman.

Film screening: Remember Acapulco Q&A with director Ludovic Bonleux, 24 January 2017. 


AHGBI Lecture by Visiting International Fellow El Chojín, 6 December 2016, led by Dr Stuart Green.

Seminar: ‘Singer-Songwriters around the World’, with Lauro Meller and Stuart Green. In conjunction with Fusão and sponsored by Instituto Camões. 26 October 2016.

Symposium: 'Ecocriticism in Times of Crisis: Nature, Capital and Culture in the Hispanic and Lusophone Worlds'. In conjunction with the Centre for the History of Ibero-America and sponsored by the Instituto Cervantes, the Instituto Camões and the Leverhulme Trust. 16-17 June, 2016.