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Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies
'Colecao Mario de Andrade', Instituto de Estudos Brasileiros

Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CILAVS)

The Centre offers a unique environment in which to undertake collaborative, cross-disciplinary and comparative research on visual subjects in the Hispanic and Lusophone world, Latin America and the Caribbean. Through the organization of lectures, film screenings, workshops and conferences, the Centre aims to foster and promote innovative debates in the history and theory of visual forms, both in the specific context of the Latin American and Iberian image-world and beyond.

The Centre has been pioneering the exploration and mapping-out of visual studies. Members of staff are involved in research across a wide range of fields of expertise, from cultural geography, museum studies, native American visual forms and early modern art history and iconography to urban studies, film, photography, media and material culture studies.

Visit Latin America in Photography and Film: A Research Resource for a compilation of visual sources in the UK documenting Britain’s photographic and filmic engagement with Latin America from mid-nineteenth century to the end of World War II; and Weaving Communities of Practice for the result of an AHRC-funded project on textiles, culture and identity in the Andes, including an Andean textile search facility.


Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies, School of Arts, Birkbeck, University of London, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD