"Spanish, Portuguese Latin American Studies"
Mexican cinema’s contribution to unreality See back page for details Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies Newsletter Autumn 2007 Newsletter Autumn 2007 Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies 2007–2008 Jean Franco Research Studentship Competition The Department invites applications for a research studentship in the fields of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies. Applications are open to outstanding MPhil/PhD candidates. The studentship covers full-time College fees and living expenses according to need, up to the amount awarded by the UK research councils. In addition, the School offers a number of College Research Studentships each year. These cover either part-time home fees or part of the overseas fees for three years. Applications are by letter. Those wishing to apply should write to the Administrator outlining their research plans. If not already registered, they should apply to the MPhil/PhD programme. The deadline is 28 April 2008. See our website for details: www.bbk.ac.uk/llc/subjects/span_ lat_amer/res_mphil_phd/funding Out now: The Optic of the State by Jens Andermann Published by the University of Pittsburgh Press, The Optic of the State: Visuality and Power in Argentina and Brazil traces the production of nationalist imaginaries through the public visual representation of modern state formation in Brazil and Argentina. For further details, visit our website: www.bbk.ac.uk/cilavs/publications Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies Newsletter Autumn 2007 A new Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies The Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CILAVS) offers a unique environment in which to undertake collaborative, cross-disciplinary and comparative research on visual subjects both in the specific context of the Latin American and Iberian image-world and beyond. An exciting programme of events is planned in the Centre for the academic session 2007–2008, including its launch by Carlos Monsiváis on 29 October 2007 (see back page for details). CILAVS’ staff members are involved in research across a wide range of fields of expertise, from cultural geography, museum studies, native American visual forms, and early modern art history and iconography, to urban studies, film and media studies. The Centre is an integral part of the Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies department, which also runs a number of degree programmes. These degrees reflect the disciplinary specialisms of staff, which include literary theory, childhood studies, translation studies, applied linguistics, pragmatics, critical theory, poetics, postcolonial and subaltern studies. For further details, contact: email@example.com or visit our website: www.bbk.ac.uk/cilavs New appointments We are pleased to welcome two new lecturers to our department. Dr Luis Trindade, who joins us from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris), specialises in modern Portuguese culture, with particular interest in the relationship between literature and the cultural industries in the context of authoritarian politics and fascist ideology. Dr Francisco Prado-Vilar, who was a Cotsen Fellow at Princeton, works in the field of Spanish visual culture. He is especially interested in exploring thematic and theoretical issues across different historical periods and cultural milieux, in the imbrications between art and literature, and in the role of medieval and early modern cultures in the context of modernity. Newsletter Autumn 2007 Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies Mexican cinema’s contribution to unreality by Carlos Monsiváis The Department is pleased to announce that the opening lecture of the new Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CILAVS) Inaugural Lecture Series will be given by Carlos Monsiváis, Mexico’s leading cultural critic. 7pm, 29 October 2007, Room B04, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD. Admission is free, but places are limited. For further information, and to register, please contact Dr Luciana Martins: firstname.lastname@example.org Transtango – Urban Encounters Balanescu Quartet with Pablo Mainetti World premiere Friday 2 November 8pm at the Bloomsbury Theatre Transtango is a unique multimedia performance bringing together the acclaimed Alexander Balanescu with Pablo Mainetti, one of the most talented composers of Argentina’s new Tango generation. For further details, visit the website: www.transtango.com Box Office 020 7388 8822 Birkbeck’s department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies is among the leading UK departments in the field. In the last nationwide Research Assessment Exercise, it was awarded the highest distinction (best 5*), its research and expertise being ranked as Birkbeck, University of London world-class. School of Languages, Linguistics and Culture Birkbeck’s location offers a unique combination of some of the best London WC1H 0PD cultural resources in the UK, including libraries, art galleries, museums Tel 020 7631 6145 and cinemas. All our programmes in the department are available Fax 020 7383 3729 part-time, taught in the evenings, enabling students to continue with Email email@example.com prior daytime commitments. www.bbk.ac.uk/llc/subjects/ span_lat_amer