Charlotte Gleghorn

Senior Lecturer in Latin American Film Studies and Head of Section for SPLAS (Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies)

  • Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
  • Department of European Languages and Cultures
  • School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

Contact details



Room 3.18
50 George Square

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Charlotte joined the University of Edinburgh as Chancellor’s Fellow in September 2013. After studying for an undergraduate honours degree in Spanish and French at the University of Leeds, she pursued her interest in film studies and in 2005 completed an MA in World Cinemas. Her doctoral thesis, awarded from the University of Liverpool in 2009, focused on contemporary Argentine and Brazilian women’s film production.

Her research interests lie in the field of Latin American film studies, with a particular emphasis on the political work of cinema and its relationship to processes of memory. She has worked on women’s cinema from Latin America, Colombian cinema, and Indigenous and Afrodescendant filmmaking. Prior to joining Edinburgh, she worked as Postdoctoral Researcher on the European Research Council project ‘Indigeneity in the Contemporary World: Performance, Politics, Belonging’ project, hosted at Royal Holloway, University of London.

In 2017-18 she worked as Co-I on the AHRC International Network, 'Afro-Latin (in)visibility and the UN Decade: Cultural politics in motion in Nicaragua, Colombia and the UK’. Through a series of events attended by participants from Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Cuba, Colombia, San Andrés and the UK, we discussed ways to best take advantage of the opportunities afforded by the UN International Decade for Peoples of African Descent, and analysed the main challenges facing Afro-descendants, with a view to developing strategies to counter racism and discrimination, enhance visibility within national polities, and cultivate and fortify Afro-descendant media and film production. This research was subsequently awarded Follow-on Funding by the AHRC/Global Challenges Research Fund to develop media content that focuses on oral narratives of belonging between the San Andrés archipelago, the Nicaraguan Creole Caribbean coast, and mainland Colombia. This web resource, Creole Connections, is currently under development with our partners and Ben Crowe at ERA Films.

In 2018 Charlotte was awarded an AHRC Leadership Fellowship to pursue her research in Indigenous filmmaking from Latin America further. She is currently writing up the monograph based on this research, Indigenous Cinematics. You can learn more about the project at:


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Responsibilities & affiliations

Co-Head of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

Undergraduate teaching

  • SP1B unit: Colonialism and Film
  • SP2 unit: The Latin American Road Movie
  • Year 2 – Introduction to European Cinemas course (unit on Spanish cinema)
  • Spanish 4 Honours Option– Latin American Film: History, Identity, Social Justice
  • Spanish 4 - Language Paper 2
  • Portuguese 4 Honours Option– Literary translation in practice (Portuguese to English)
  • Course contributor, "Dynamics of Language and Power"

Postgraduate teaching

I supervise on the MSc programmes in Film Studies and Translation Studies.

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

I welcome enquiries from potential doctoral students who would like to pursue research on Latin American film, film authorship, gender and film; and Afrodescendant and Indigenous filmmaking.

Current PhD students supervised

Gustavo Herrera Taboada. Doctoral student (2020-). Lead Supervisor. Working title: 'Lima Iberoamericana: Hispanic aspirations, neocolonial fears and transnational possibilities in Peru’s co-productions with Spain.'

Past PhD students supervised

- Dr Martín Farías. Doctoral student (April 2015-2019). Co-supervision with Dr. Annette Davison (Music). 'The politics of film music in Chile (1939-1973)'.

- Dr Sebastián González Itier. Doctoral student (Sept 2015-2020). Co-supervision with Dr David Sorfa (Film). 'Film Festivals in Chile'.

Research summary

  • Memory and identity in Latin American film
  • Afrodescendant and Indigenous filmmaking and aesthetics
  • Landscape and film
  • Cross-cultural collaborations 

Charlotte is committed to enhancing research through public engagement and has organised a number of events related to her work. Most recently, she collaborated with the Afro-Colombian cultural association, Carabantú, in the organisation of the Primer Encuentro of Afro filmmakers and mediamakers during the annual Afrodescendant film festival,  Festival Internacional de Cine y Video Afro KUNTA KINTE. In 2013, she collaborated on the mounting of a major, free public exhibition showcasing Indigenous performance arts, held at the Bargehouse (South Bank) in London. For this event she was responsible for the curation of the film programme and collaborated with artists and other team members to secure a number of exhibits from Latin America.

Charlotte welcomes enquiries related to Latin American film and cultural production more generally.

Affiliated research centres

Project activity

Charlotte is currently working on a monograph exploring the configurations of authorship and authority in relation to Indigenous film and video production in Latin America/Abiayala.

Past project grants

AHRC Leadership Fellowship, 2018-2020.
AHRC/GCRF Follow-on Funding 2019-2020.
AHRC International Networking Grant (Co-I). 2017-18. ‘Afro-Latin (in)visibility and the UN Decade: Cultural politics in motion in Nicaragua, Colombia and the UK’.
CAHSS Knowledge Exchange and Impact Grant. 2017.

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