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AHRC-funded project turns spotlight on Latin Americans in Bristol

‘Map impressionism’, Watershed, Bristol, 30 April 13

‘Map impressionism’, Watershed, Bristol, 30 April 13

Press release issued: 24 May 2013

A University of Bristol initiative to promote knowledge and understanding of the diversity of Latin American culture within Bristol concludes this week with the launch of a website about its work over the past three months.

The website – – showcases a number of first-hand accounts from Latin Americans now living in Bristol, including a tanguero from Argentina, musicians from Brazil, Uruguay and Mexico, and a community radio presenter from Ecuador.  To listen to their stories and others, follow the link to ‘Radio Continente’.   

The website also includes details of other activities run by Bristol's Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies as part of the project which aims to strengthen cross-cultural links among Latin Americans in Bristol and stimulate a deeper awareness of Latin American culture within the city's already diverse population.

The project was supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council's Cultural Engagement Fund which helps students who have recently completed PhDs in the arts and humanities undertake three-month projects which not only support valuable collaboration between universities and cultural organisations, but also provide early career researchers with opportunities to develop a wide range of skills, particularly in relation to supporting the wider impact of arts and humanities research.

The history of travel routes between Bristol and Latin America is an underlying theme of the project which further supports the Department's general academic interests, for example, in the making of the modern world and British-Latin American relations.

In addition, researchers on the project enriched collections of Latin American travel writing, literature and history for Bristol’s cultural centres, exhibiting the findings of the project through an event at Watershed.

The project is also supported by the University of Bristol, Stanfords Travel and Maps and Bristol City Council.


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