CLAS is delighted to announce that three candidates in Hispanic Studies were successful in gaining AHRC funding for postgraduate study!

Elizabeth Burgess, who is currently completing her MA here in CLAS, will be continuing with us to start her PhD project in September, entitled ‘Revitalising Spain’s Regional Languages: The Case of Valencian‘, under the supervision of CLAS’s Stefania Tufi and Diana Cullell. Elizabeth’s project will focus on the reversal of language shift (RLS) and the revitalisation of Valencian. By positioning the revitalisation of Valencian in a national context, it will be possible to compare the revitalisation of Valencian with that of other regional languages.  This will enable Elizabeth to analyse why language revitalisation has had various degrees of success in Spain and also to predict the consequences of RLS for other regions whose languages do not yet have official status.

Kate Dunn, who is currently completing an MLitt in Spanish and Latin American Studies at the University of St Andrews, will be joining CLAS in September to start her PhD project entitled ‘Acts of Survival: Women Writers and Dictatorship’. Working under the supervision of CLAS’s Claire Taylor and Diana Cullell, Kate will be exploring the literary production of those who challenged state authority during the military dictatorships of Argentina and Chile. Her research will focus on poetry written by women in these countries whose citizens suffered to a great extent under the brutality of military rule. She will focus in particular on the Argentine writers Alicia Partnoy, Alicia Kozameh and Etelvina Astrada and the Chileans Marjorie Agosín, Astrid Fugellie and Elvira Hernández, women who actively opposed the authoritarian regimes.

Bethan Wiley, who is currently completing her BA in Latin American Studies here at CLAS, will be starting the MA in Modern Languages in September. Bethan’s research project will look at representations of sexuality and gender in Colombian visual culture, and aims to consider depictions of gender which challenge the heteronormative values of the country, whilst also looking at the role of visual culture as something which can reinforce gender stereotypes. The investigation will take a particular interest in the recent emergence of LGBT characters in Colombian television and film and the effect that this has on national understandings of gender and sexuality and on self-identification within the LGBT community.