a chalkboard with the question hablas espanol? do you speak Spanish? written in Spanish, a pot with pencils and the flag of Spain, on a wooden desk

Academics at Edge Hill University are launching a new Spanish and Latin American Studies Research Group in a bid to become a leading voice on all aspects of its culture. 

Guest speaker Paraguayan Ambassador Genaro Vicente Pappalardo Ayala, a highly experienced diplomat, will officially launch the group on 12 October at 6pm. 

He will share his knowledge and experience with the group, which stems from serving as the Ambassador of Paraguay to the UK and India, as well as his time working in embassies around the world and the United Nations. 

The event will bring together academics, students and members of the public for a series of talks and discussions about the rich history of Spain and Latin America, as well as its present political and economic landscape and the huge potential for future growth in the region. 

The idea behind setting up the new, multi-disciplinary research group is to bring together academics and postgraduates not only from Edge Hill University but also from other universities in the region, who are focusing their research on the country’s culture, history, people, politics and geography. 

Graduate Teaching Assistant and leader of the research group, Katia Adimora, said: “I’m really excited to be launching the Spanish and Latin American Studies Research Group. It will unite a lot of different research strands at Edge Hill and other North West Universities. Over time we hope to grow to become a key voice in research about Spain and Latin America.

“Anyone with an interest in the Spanish speaking world is welcome at the launch event. I hope everyone comes away with new insights into the history and everyday life of Spain and Latin America.” 

Also speaking at the event will be Chilean born volcanologist Dr Joaquín Cortés from Edge Hill’s Geography Department, who will talk about colonialism in Latin America and how the Spanish came to hold power in much of the region. He will also touch on his own personal experiences of growing up in Chile.  

Dr Cortés’ talk will be followed by Professor of Historical Linguistics and Language Anthony Grant, who will share with his knowledge about how speakers of different languages interact throughout Latin America where the main language, Spanish, coexists with Portuguese and roughly 350 other indigenous languages.  

After each presentation there will be a question and answer session with the Ambassador, Dr Cortés and Professor Grant.   

The event has been organised with support from the Institute for Social Responsibility (ISR). Attendance is free but please click here to register your place.  

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