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Core Course

Centre of Latin American Studies


Research Methods and Frameworks

Social Science Research

Friday, 12 October 2018, 13:00 - 15:00, Room 204, CLAS

Pedro Mendes Loureiro

This seminar will provide participants with an introductory understanding of what social science is, and why it matters. The discussion will hinge on the relationship between evidence, theory, analysis and finding, which is central to all rigorous and defensible research. We will discuss epistemology, or 'how we know what we know'. This means clarifying the interconnections between how to identify a problem, how to formulate a research question, how to gather data as evidence, and how to make a diligent argument as a logical extension of evidence. 

Key issues

  • Identifying social problems
  • The role of theory
  • Developing research questions
  • Gathering data and evidence
  • Relating a defensible finding

The Uses and Abuses of Theory in Cultural Studies

Friday, 16 November, 2018: 14:00 - 16:00, Room 204, ARB

Emily Baker

Carlos ReygadasIn this seminar we will discuss appropriate methodologies in Latin American Cultural Studies, the different traditions to which they belong, their history and their variation in relation to the study of literature, visual culture, film, art, gender, performance and cultural and intellectual history. The seminar will focus in particular on the use of theory in this discipline and the ways in which theory may both illuminate and obscure research, depending upon its use, applicability, relevance, and understanding. Students will share their experience with this practice and their expectations about it, while also debating its importance and possibilities. 


  • Ahmad, A, 'Literary Theory and Third World Literature: Some Contexts,' in In Theory: Classes, Nations, Literatures (London: Verso, 1992).
  • Bhabha, H. 'The Commitment to Theory,' in The Location of Culture (Routledge, 1994).
  • Young, R.C. 'Derrida in Algeria,' in Postcolonialism An Historical Introduction (Blackwell, 2001).