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

Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival 

Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival 2021

Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival 2021 banner

Dates: 1 to 17 October 2021

Venue: In person (1 to 14 October) at Filmhouse and the French Institute in Edinburgh; Online (14 to 17 October) via INDY On Demand

In brief: A hybrid mix of in-person and online screenings of feature films, documentaries and short films, discussions and other events. Highlights from the eight edition of ESFF include a number of directorial debuts by Bernabé Rico, María Pérez, and Guillermo Benet, and the opening film The Hive (Mireia Gabilondo), drawing particular attention to Basque cinema alongside David López's Ane is Missing. The programme also featured Catalan and Latin-American cinema, an online short film showcase, and special screenings for students and young people. The festival paid tribute to Luis García Berlanga by celebrating his centenary and showcasing his film The Executioner from 1963, followed by a roundtable discussion on Berlanga’s cultural legacy.

Watch the trailer for ESFF 2021 on Media Hopper

Find the full 2021 programme on the ESFF website