About our research
The Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies (SPLAS) at King’s College London forms one of the largest concentrations of expertise in Hispanic, Lusophone and Latin American studies in the UK. Our research covers a wide range of themes, periods and areas of the world from medieval Spanish literature to Brazilian music, Modern Spanish Poetry to Latin American Visual Arts, Lusophone Atlantic and Islamic history to post-Enlightenment Spanish and Spanish American literature. Modern Languages research at King's achieved a 'power' ranking of 9th in the UK according the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which assesses the quality and quantity of research across the UK's universities.
Dissemination of our research takes a number of forms, which include: enhancing publishing and programming of the arts, shaping critical practice in musical, visual and literary culture, and influencing public policy.
Our research strengths
The backbone of our research activities is literary studies, history and contemporary society and culture, but disciplinary specialisms in drama, visual culture and music are particularly strong. Translation Studies is also one of the most distinctive and innovative features of the Department’s research culture, spanning the disciplines of fiction and poetry, drama and song and contributing significantly to the development of the theoretical field in these respective branches. You can discover more about the research interests of particular members of staff in the Department on their staff profiles.
The Department strongly supports an interdisciplinary research ethos and the MA and PhD programmes promote interdisciplinary and cross-regional collaboration in the training and supervision of graduate students. Research in SPLAS is excellently served by the acquisition in 2012 of the 50,000 volumes previously held in London’s Canning House Library.
SPLAS works in close collaboration with the King’s Brazil Institute and with the Camões Centre for Portuguese Language & Culture. We also have a long tradition of public engagement, enjoying close relationships with embassies, cultural institutes, theatres, museums and galleries.
SPLAS has recently attracted major grants both from the Arts & Humanities Research Council and from UK-based charitable foundations like the Leverhulme for collaborative projects and research positions. We are also vigorously involved in national and internationally funded research projects. You can find out more about the projects taking place in the Department on the Research Portal.