The Centre’s work is closely associated with Birkbeck’s MA/MRes Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies (Modern Languages) and with the PhD programme in Iberian and Latin American Studies. We encourage interdisciplinary postgraduate research work within our academic staff members’ areas of expertise. Contact us if interested.

Candidates in the areas of Iberian and Latin American Studies may be eligible for support with funding from the Schools and Departments housing our academic staff members:

School of Arts:

School of Arts Master’s Bursaries and Studentships:

Funding for Research PhD students:

School of Law:

School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy:

Chase Doctoral Studentship

Please visit the website ( for full details on eligibility, benefits and how to apply. You must have applied for a place to study at Birkbeck by 13 January 2020.

The Department of Cultures and Languages at Birkbeck brings together a community of scholars with shared interests in interdisciplinary topics and transnational phenomena, covering French, German, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish-speaking cultures from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Hosting the dynamic Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CILAVS), our Spanish and Latin American Studies section welcomes applications from candidates with research interests in:

  • Visuality and modernity in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Environmental humanities
  • Cinematic landscapes
  • Cultural heritage in Latin America
  • Culture and politics in urban spaces
  • Spanish Republican exile
  • State transformation from dictatorship to transition to democracy in Spain
  • Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Hispanic art history
  • Visual culture of slavery in the Iberian Empire
  • Perceptions of race and visuality in the Iberian Empire
  • Spanish sociopragmatics
  • Digital discourse analysis
  • Discursive racism/hate speech.
  • Intercultural communication 

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to Professor Luciana Martins (