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Colonial, Postcolonial and Cross-Border Cultural Studies

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This is a major area of expertise and grant-bidding activity in the School of Modern Languages in synergy with the Faculty of Arts.

The Director of the Centre for the Study of Colonial and Postcolonial Societies at Bristol is Matthew Brown in the Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American (HiPLA). Charles Burdett in the Department of Italian specialises in travel writing and related cultural questions and is the holder of an AHRC Research Fellowship for 2012. Postcolonial studies (North Africa, Indo-China) in its relation to visual culture is represented by Siobhán Shilton in the Department of French, who is developing this fresh sub-field in francophone studies supported by an AHRC Early Career Fellowship in 2012. Senior Lecturer in Russian, Rajendra Chitnis explores the response of Russian, Czech and Slovak fiction to cultural change and political liberalisation.

The historians in HiPLA form an integrated cluster. Francisco Romero Salvadó researches the history of modern Spain especially the Civil War. The research of Matthew Brown, Jo Crow and Caroline Williams centres on the Spanish Atlantic, ensuring that Bristol becomes a leading centre of Latin-American studies. Brown ranges across Latin American history, literature and culture with focus on the politics of Colombia. Crow’s interests centre on Chilean culture and intellectual life. Williams analyses colonisation in the Spanish Americas. Ivonne Flores Caballero is a Postdoctoral Fellow whose project on The Human Body, the familiar unit and the social imaginary in the work of two contemporary writers analyses the influence and development of these areas in the context of Latin American migration in the USA.

The MA in Latin American History sees the school, and HiPLA in particular, make a critical advance in postgraduate studies through its historical provision.