Latin American Studies Research Day

Latin American Studies Research Day

Tuesday 14 November, 13:30-16:00

Seng Tee Lee Seminar Room, Senate House Library


The Library is home to an extraordinary collection of printed sources on Latin America and the Caribbean, envisaged from its inception as a national resource for study of the area and linked to the Institute of Latin American Studies. The Latin American Studies Day will provide an opportunity to explore this rich and comprehensive record of the history of the region, with particular focuses on Caribbean resources, the Latin American Pamphlets Collection and a collaborative AHRC-project in partnership with the University of Surrey, the British Library and Cambridge University Library, which will involve the creation of a ‘Cartonera’ Publishers collection at Senate House Library.

This session will be led by a team of specialist staff from Senate House Library and external academic leads. It will consist of an overview of the subject area, followed by case studies outlining current or recent research based on the collections. There will also be an opportunity to see a sample of original items from this area of the collections, and to talk to specialist library and academic staff about potential research topics the collections can support.

The research day is addressed to:

  • 3rd year undergraduates looking for MRes topics
  • Masters students seeking PhD projects
  • PhD students looking for ECR projects
  • Academic staff looking for large-scale projects for research council funding
  • Commercial digitisation partners



13:30 – 14:00     Tea, coffee and registration (Durning Lawrence Library)


14:00 – 14:05     Welcome and introduction


15:05 – 14:20     Maria Castrillo (Head of Special Collections & Engagement, SHL) and Richard Espley (Head of Modern Collections, SHL): Collections overview


14.20 – 15.05     Case Studies


Laurence Byrne (Latin American Collections Research Librarian, SHL): Latin American Political Pamphlets collection

Maria Castrillo (Head of Special Collections & Engagement, SHL): Cartonera Publishers project

William Tantam (Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study): Caribbean materials


15:05 – 15:40     Viewing of collections


15:40 – 16:00     Plenary discussion and next steps


16:00                 Close

Event details

  • 14 November 2017 13:30
  • Various Speakers
  • Free, but with limited spaces
  • Senate House Library Event


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