Modern Languages


Latinx Studies in the UK - Thursday 20 April and Friday 21 April, 2023

This conference provides an interdisciplinary meeting point for academic and artistic explorations of both US and British Latinidades, to inspire and facilitate dialogue around key issues and foci for Latinx Studies and identities in the UK.

The diverse programme engenders interactions between established knowledge and critical approaches from US Latinx Studies and the still-burgeoning UK field, and provides opportunities for the showcasing of current research in these areas by UK-based scholars (on both US and UK Latinx-focused topics) and Latinx creative arts in the UK.

Please see the conference programme (PDF, 488kb) for full details, and use the link below to register to join us in person or online.

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Keynote speakers

Denise Soler Cox

Denise is the US-based creator of Project Eñye, which she established with the aim of ‘transform[ing] how we think and speak about culture, identity and what it means to belong’ as US Latinxs. Denise will be presenting a keynote paper as part of the conference proceedings, and on the final day of the event will introduce a screening of her award-winning documentary Being Eñye (2016), which explores contemporary Latinx identities in the USA. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Denise.

Professor Cathy McIlwaine

Cathy is Professor of Geography at King’s College London. She has worked for several decades on issues of gender, poverty and violence in cities of the global South, and in London – here with a specific focus on the Latin American community from the perspective of livelihoods and gender-based violence. She has published widely, including 12 books and over 40 journal papers. Cathy has worked with policy-makers at the World Bank, at the Inter-American Development Bank, and at UN-Habitat; with migrant and human rights organisations in London as both collaborator and trustee (Carila Latin American Welfare Association, Latin American Women’s Rights Service, Latin Elephant and Latin America Bureau), and with artists through the “Visual and Embodied Methodologies” network at King’s.

Read the programme (PDF, 488kb)

Participation costs

These costs will cover participation in the event, entrance to screenings, lunches and refreshments for the 3 days:

  • General fee in-person: £70
  • General fee online-participation: £30
  • Concession fee (students, unemployed, international residents, artists): £50
  • Concession fee online-participation: £10
  • PG Bursaries: with thanks to the IMLR we can fund 3 postgraduate student bursaries for participation in the conference, to cover attendance fee and contribute towards travel and accommodation, up to £150 each. If you wish to apply for one of these, please include with your paper proposal a detailed breakdown of anticipated costs, details of any other funding of which you are in receipt, and a short personal statement indicating how attending this conference will benefit your academic career. Awards will be decided by a University of Leicester School of Arts academic committee.

Presentation proposals deadline has now closed.


We have opened up three of the sessions to the public and these sessions are free to attend.

Book 'We still fight in the dark – Migrants in Action performance'

Book 'Documentary film screening: Being Eñye'

Book 'Denise Soler Cox – Magical Belonging'

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