Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

Past events

Selected conferences, lectures, film screenings, exhibitions, and workshops 2017-2022.

The Cunninghame Graham Lecture  

The Cunninghame Graham Lecture was established in 1996 in honour of Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham - aka ‘Don Roberto’ (London, 1852-Buenos Aires, 1936) - politician, estanciero, and writer, who travelled extensively in Brazil, Mexico, Paraguay and Uruguay and had very strong ties to Argentina.

Delivered annually, it is jointly organised by LLC and the Office of Cultural and Scientific Affairs of the Embassy of Spain with the aim of promoting Spanish language and culture in Scotland.

Past speakers have included scholars, film makers, politicians, journalists, novelists, and figures bridging the Hispanic world and Scotland, such as the architect Enric Miralles (1955-2000) who designed the Scottish Parliament building.

The Cunninghame Graham Lecture 2022 - Poli Marichal

The Cunninghame Graham Lecture 2022 Poli Marichal

Date: 22 November 2022

Venue: Online

Speaker: Poli Marichal

Chairs: Dr Jessica Gordon-Burroughs (Lecturer in Latin American Studies and Visual Culture, University of Edinburgh) and Dr Ignacio Cartagena Núñez (Consul General of Spain in Edinburgh)

Title: La Síntesis Rota – experimentos en el ojo de la tormenta (Broken Synthesis – Experiments in the Eye of the Storm)

In brief: The Cunninghame Graham Lecture 2022 was delivered by Puerto Rican filmmaker-artist Poli Marichal and focused on Marichal's Super 8 work from the 1980s and present digital experimentations.

Find out more about the speaker and her topic

Watch or listen to the 2022 lecture on MediaHopper

Other lectures and talks

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Date: 25 August 2023

Venue: Baillie Gifford West Court

As part of: Edinburgh International Book Festival

In brief: A discussion between Hirondina Joshua, Lucía Asué Mbomío Rubio and Leïla Slimani on experiences across the continent of Africa.

French and Portuguese MA Honours student Hanno Jewell appeared at this event to interpret for Hirondina Joshua, and has translated an excerpt of her work which was read at the event. The event was chaired by human rights lawyer and Edinburgh University rector Debora Kayembe.

Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival 

Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival poster

Dates: 1 October to 4 November 2022

Venue: Various cinemas in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Stirling

In brief: A mix of in-person screenings, discussions and other events at venues across Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling that showcased the best of Spanish and Latin American cinema. Highlights included unmissable work from highly acclaimed female directors such as Icíar Bollaín and Carla Simón; directional debuts from Javier Marco and Izaskun Arandia; the festival's Schools and Family strand's screening of 'Zip and Zap and the Captain's Island', based on the comics by José Escobar Saliente; and the award-winning The Golden Dream about a group of teenagers fleeing Guatemala to pursue the American dream.

This year's festival also paid special tribute to Bigas Luna by celebrating the Iberian Portraits trilogy and the 30 year anniversary of 'Jamón Jamón', which launched the careers of Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz. The film was shown alongside 'Golden Balls' and 'The Tit and the Moon', followed by a roundtable discussion featuring Professor Santiago Fouz Hernández (Durham University) on Luna's cultural legacy and importance in Spanish cinema.

Watch the trailer for ESFF 2022 on YouTube

Browse the full 2022 programme on the ESFF website