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Durham University

Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art

Latin American Cinema


Research, teaching and public engagement in Latin American cinemas and film cultures build on the strengths of cinema studies across different language and research areas in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures (MLAC).


Inspired by the work of Andrea Noble, who for many years researched and taught Latin American cinema, photography, cultural politics, gender and ethnography at MLAC, our current research covers a diverse range of Latin American, Caribbean and Atlantic cinema and visual culture contexts. We offer modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including Race and Gender in Latin American Cinema, Latin American Environmental Politics: Cinema and Visual Culture and Transnational Cinema, and participate in our BA in Visual Arts and Film.

Latin American cinema research at MLAC contributes to the Transnational Cinema and Ecologies and the Arts research groups and to CVAC (Centre for Visual Arts and Culture). In recent years, members of the Transnational Cinema research group have organized and participated in a range of local, national and international activities, including film festivals, programmes, seminars and conferences.

These include FICCI 57 (Cartagena de Indias International Film Festival) in Colombia; collaborations with Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle upon Tyne (funded by the AHRC OWRI research grant); Cinemateca Distrital in Bogotá; Maestría en Creación y Estudios Audiovisuales at Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín; EICTV (Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión), San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba; TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands; Program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South at Duke University; MA in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation, New York University Tisch School of the Arts; Newcastle University; and IAS (Institute of Advanced Study), IHRR (Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience) and St Chad’s College at Durham University.
Many of these activities and collaborations have been funded by AHRC OWRI, HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) GCRF (Global Challenges Research Fund); Faculty of Arts and Humanities, IHRR and MLAC at Durham University; and Matariki Network of Universities.
Please contact Dr Francisco-J. Hernández Adrián for more details: f.j.adrian@durham.ac.uk.