LAIS International Graduate Conference 2018

Dean of Social Sciences and Anthropology Professor giving the inaugural words at the LAIS International Graduate Conference 2018

Julissa Peña, Spanish Department, UCSB at the LAIS International Graduate Conference 2018 presenting her paper on "U.S. Latinx Identities Across the Americas"

Prof. Jeffrey Hoelle discussing Adrián Lerner Patrón's paper on “Staying Afloat: Urban Poverty and the Politics of History in Cold War Amazonia“ at the LAIS International Graduate Conference 2018

Raquel Rojas, Art Department, California State University-Los Angeles presenting her paper on “The Art of Femicide” at the LAIS International Graduate Conference 2018

Prof. Cristina Venegas discussing Emily Matteson's paper on "Pinochet's Last Act: Abortion Politics in Chile" at LAIS International Graduate Conference 2018

Ingrid Feeney, Anthropology Department, UCSB presenting her paper on “Clean Soil, Dirty War: Soy monoculture and specters of genocide in the Argentine Pampas” at the LAIS International Graduate Conference 2018

LAIS International Graduate Conference 2018

Thelma Patnett, LAIS, UCSB presenting her paper on “Alternate memories: the Sandinista revolutionary experience retold by Afro Nicaraguan/ Creole women” at the International Graduate Conference 2018

Welcome to Latin American and Iberian Studies

Latin American and Iberian Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara examines the people and cultures of Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries throughout the world. Such study encompasses not only Spain, Portugal, and Latin America, but also Angola, Mozambique, the Philippines, Macao, and the Chicano and Puerto Rican populations in the U.S. However, most students center their studies on Latin America.

Latin American and Iberian Studies examines the whole culture or civilization, not only throughout the humanities and fine arts, but also throughout the social sciences and history. This allows students to explore a variety of topics - in addition to Spanish and Portuguese language and literature - such as Latin American anthropology, the history of Spain and Portugal, and the political life of Latino communities.