Spanish and Latin-American rhythms and women’s history at Swansea University

Music and women’s history will mingle at a cultural event organized by the Centre for the Comparative Study of the Americas (CECSAM) at Swansea University.

Professor Catherine Davies from the University of Nottingham will open the 2013/14 CECSAM Research Seminar Series, while Professor Gareth Walters and Dr Flavio Sanza from Swansea University will host a Hispanic musical afternoon.

Prof. Davies will speak on  ‘Contemporary Historical Fiction on Spanish-American Independence: Writing Women into History’. She specializes in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Spanish and Spanish American literature and cultural history, and her research includes studies of the literary and cultural production of Spanish, Cuban and Spanish American women authors. She has also published on abolitionism in Cuba and Spain.

Dr Sanza will speak on the influence of Spanish and Latin-American music in world music. Prof. Walters will play on the piano a selection of Spanish and Latin-American classical music pieces from well-known composers such as Isaac Albéniz, Manuel de Falla, António Carlos Jobim and Astor Piazzolla. Dr Sanza is a great fan of Spanish flamenco music and an amateur player of the Spanish guitar. Prof. Walters has published on various aspects of Spanish music, notably on Manuel de Falla and Lorca.

Launched in early 2010 and based in the College of Arts and Humanities, CECSAM engages with people and organizations at Swansea University, Wales and beyond with research or teaching interests in any discipline dealing with the Americas. It organizes monthly research seminars open to all members of the community, as well as other cultural events.

Date: Friday, 8th November 2013

Time: 2.00pm – 5:30pm

Venue: SURF Seminar Room, Fulton House, Swansea University

Admission is free and all are welcome

For more information please contact Dr Rocío Pérez-Tattam, Swansea University. Email:

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