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Our aims:

AILASA was established in 1993 with several aims, including:

To promote research into and the teaching of Iberian and Latin American Studies in Australasia;

  • to promote the professional development of its members;

  • to promote public awareness of and interest in the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America;

  • to stimulate and encourage interchange between Australasia and the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America; and

  • to coordinate and rationalise available resources among member institutions through the interchange of students, teachers and resources.

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Dr. Fabricio Tocco is an Argentine-Brazilian researcher and educator. He is a Lecturer in Spanish Studies and the Convenor of Spanish and of Portuguese in the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics, at the ANU. His research deals with the intersections of contemporary literature, film and history, especially on how genre fiction inform and is informed by literary and political theory in Latin American studies. His first book, Latin American Detectives Against Power (Lexington, 2022), was awarded the International Crime Fiction Association Book Prize 2022. His second book, Precarious Secrets. A History of the Political Thriller in Latin America, will be published by University of Texas Press.

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Dr Thomas Nulley-Valdés is a Lecturer in Spanish Studies in the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics, at the ANU. Thomas is an emerging scholar of World Literature with a focus on Spanish and Latin American literatures of the 20th and 21st Centuries. His first book, McOndo Revisited, was published with Lexington in 2023. He is currently preparing an edited volume with Juan Poblete (UC Santa Cruz) titled Chilean Literature as World Literature: 1990-2025.

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Dr karo moret miranda is an Afro-Cuban historian, an early research academic and a Lecturer in History at the ANU, specialising in African studies and African diaspora studies, focusing on race, religion, and gender issues. She is also interested in the influence and borrowings of African and Afro-Caribbean culture on Western thought and culture, and vice versa. She is interested in establishing conversations between text and image about the body, detecting the synaesthesia between how the body is represented and how it is narrated/called/described. In addition to publishing articles and academic chapters as well as working on her thesis book, she continues to collaborate with European institutions and museums.

Membership Secretary:

Dr Manuel Delicado Cantero​​​ is a Senior Lecturer of Spanish and Hispanic Linguistics, at the ANU. He is the author of Prepositional Clauses in Spanish: A Diachronic and Comparative Syntactic Study, (De Gruyter, 2013) and Noun-Based Constructions in the History of Portuguese and Spanish (co-authored with Patricia Amaral, published by Oxford University Press, 2021)

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HDR Representative:

Jéssica Andrade Tolentino is a PhD Candidate, at the ANU. She holds a Master’s degree in Children’s Literature, Media and Culture from the University of Glasgow. In 2019, she coedited the book Literatura Infantil: Campo, Materialidade e Produção (Moinhos). She is cofounder of "Colectivo La Lucila," an interdisciplinary group dedicated to the study of children’s literature and media in Latin America.

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Undergraduate Representative and Social Media Officer:

Marcos Penteado is an undergraduate student, at the ANU.

Past Presidents 2020 - 2024

Associate Professor Robert Mason

Robert Mason is the former  President of AILASA, and a public historian and museum studies scholar interested in the history of coloniality and mobility in Australia and the Asia-Pacific. His research explores intercultural memory and heritage in the entangled Spanish, Portuguese, and British histories of Australia, Asia and the Americas. Robert is the author of more than 40 journal articles and book chapters, four edited collections and a monograph. Robert has supervised more than 20 HDR candidates to completion. Recently, he was the 2019 Mendel Fellow in Latin American History at the University of Indiana Bloomington. He is Co-Chair of the Australian chapter of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies. 

Associate Professor Stewart King

Stewart King FAHA is a scholar of Spanish and Catalan Studies at Monash University, an elected fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities, and a past-President of AILASA. He is the author of Escribir la catalanidad (Tamesis, 2005), Murder in the Multinational State: Crime Fiction from Spain (Routledge, 2019) and editor or co-editor of The Space of Culture: Critical Readings in Hispanic Studies (Delaware UP, 2004), La cultura catalana de expresión castellana (Reichenberger, 2005), Memories for the Future: Debating the Past in Contemporary Spain (Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 94.8, 2017), Criminal Moves: Modes of Mobility in Crime Fiction (Liverpool UP, 2019); The Routledge Companion to Crime Fiction (Routledge, 2020), winner of the International Crime Fiction Association Book Prize 2020; and The Cambridge Companion to World Crime Fiction (Cambridge UP, 2022).

How AILASA is governed

AILASA holds a Biennial General Meeting at which members participate in setting policy and regulations. In between meetings, the organization is run by the Executive Committee (the President, Secretary and Treasurer), elected by full members of AILASA for a two-year term. See also the AILASA Constitution as amended on 12 August 1999).

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