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Sydney University Research Community for Latin America

Advancing knowledge of Latin America in Australia
We are an academic research network encouraging ideas, debate and research strategies. Our members come from history, sociology, anthropology, political sciences, gender studies, media and cultural and literary studies.

About us

We provide a dynamic forum for scholarly communication and interaction with the common goal of advancing knowledge of Latin America in Australia. 

We promote interdisciplinary research and teaching on Latin America. While we are based at the University of Sydney, we foster academic and cultural links with other Australian institutions as well as bringing students and scholars from different Latin American countries to the University.

We are the nation's leader in Latin American Studies research*, and aim to establish links with professional and community-based organisations and institutions as a way of increasing the visibility of the University of Sydney's significant expertise in Latin American Studies.

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Our events

We offer a series of research seminars and cultural events and invite staff, students and colleagues from other universities and the general public to attend.

Check our events calendar for upcoming SURCLA seminars.

2021

When: Tuesday 25 May, 5–7.30pm
Where: Online – Register now

The Sydney University Research Community for Latin America (SURCLA), in collaboration with the Association of Iberian and Latin American Studies of Australasia (AILASA), is inviting expressions of interests for short presentations to feature in two panels for discussion surrounding the topics of “Impacts of COVID-19 on research into Latin America” and “The future of Latin American studies in Australia”.

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When: Tuesday 27 April, 6–9pm
Where: Level 2, 72 Mary Street, Surry Hills

In a special event for international students, SURCLA co-hosts the True Dreamers Tour 2021 with House to Grow. Let your voice be heard and help to improve your Australian international student experience.

Join the Sharing Seeds roundtable with a special line-up of speakers:

  • Professor Gaby Ramia, Policy and Society at the Department of Government and International Relations in the School of Social and Political Sciences and NSW Public Policy institute, The University of Sydney
  • Dr Fernanda Penaloza, Senior Lecturer in Latin American Studies, Department Chair of Spanish and Latin American Studies, The University of Sydney
  • Simon Costain, General Manager of global student recruitment agency Go Study Australia, education professional and marketing geek
  • Gabriela Salabert, Clinical Psychologist with 35 years of experience both in Australia and overseas as a psychotherapist with adults, couples and families

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2020

When: 5 Nov–3 Dec, 9–10.30am
Where: Online (Zoom) – Registration details

Dr Fernanda Penaloza co-chairs a five-part webinar series co-hosted by the ANU Centre for Mental Health Research (CMHR) and the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies (ANCLAS) as we delve into the diversity of responses to COVID-19 in six Latin American countries.

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When: 10 March 2020, 5pm
Venue: SLC Common Room 536, Level 5, Brennan MacCallum Building A18, University of Sydney

Speaker: Judith Mendoza-White

In this paper, Judith Mendoza-White looks at the challenges involved in the practice of self-translation and bilingual writing, as she writes in Spanish and English and has produced versions of most of her work in both languages.

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Past events

The emergent governance of landscape restoration in the Brazilian Amazon

When: 22 Oct 2019, 5pm
Venue: SLC Common Room 536, Level 5, Brennan MacCallum Building A18, University of Sydney

Speaker: Danilo Ignacio de Urzedo

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Feminist Activism in Mexican hip-hop culture: Mare Advertencia Lirika and Batallones Femeninos

When: 24 Sept 2019, 5.30pm
Venue: SLC Common Room 536, Level 5, Brennan MacCallum Building A18, University of Sydney

Speaker: Dr Daniela Villegas (The University of Sydney)

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Poetry night with Cristian Aliaga

When: 28 August 2019, 6pm
Venue: Woolley Common Room N480, John Woolley Building

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Carlos Gamerro: Indians, Estancieros and Missionaries in Tierra del Fuego, 1884-1922

When: 22 August 2019, 5.30pm
Venue: Woolley Common Room N480, John Woolley Building

Speaker: Carlos Gamerro

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Book Launch: Mapping South-South Connections (2019)

When: 30 June 2019, 5.30pm
Venue: Room 650, Social Sciences Building (A02), University of Sydney

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Spanish Bureaucratic Silencing of the Disappeared in Clandestine Graves

When: 4 June 2019, 5pm
Venue: SLC Common Room 536, Level 5, Brennan MacCallum Building, University of Sydney

Speaker: Natalia Maystorovich Chulio

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‘Dead of a Lesser God’: Victims’ Voice and Representation in the Colombian Press

When: 21 May 2019, 5pm
Venue: SLC Common Room 536, Level 5, Brennan MacCallum Building A18, University of Sydney

Speaker: Dr Alexandra García Marrugo (University of Sydney)

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Evita: The Documentary (2012) with discussion by Dr Peter Ross

When: 7 May 2019, 5pm
Venue: Seminar Room Level 2, Fisher Library

In this seminar we will be screening EVITA: The Documentary (2012), directed by Eduardo Montes-Bradley, with a discussion led by Dr Peter Ross (University of New South Wales).

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*The Australian Research special report 2019–2020

Contact

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Dr Fernanda Penaloza, Senior Lecturer in Latin American Studies
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