The SALSA Collective is a multi-disciplinary research community for UK based scholars interested in latinidad across the Americas.
The aim of Scholars of América Latina Studying desde Afuera (SALSA) is to bring together scholars from a variety of disciplines who explore, highlight, and challenge the complex and nuanced aspects of Latino/a culture.
The SALSA Collective provides a space, currently absent in the UK, where dialogues concerning Latino/a culture, literature, music, film, history, politics can take place. Our goal is to promote the study of latinidad outside the conventional boundaries of academic and geo-political borders. We hope to encourage the reconceptualisation of Latino/a identity by seeing it as a fluid, dynamic, and significant force.
By fostering this dialogue, we hope to see Latino/a cultural studies move from the margin to the centre. We invite people to join the collective by adding to the discussion through Twitter, our WordPress blog, and hopefully future SALSA events.
Meet the Co-jefas of The SALSA Collective: Becky and Eilidh
Becky Avila is an American Studies PhD student at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. Her research addresses the changing demographics of the United States, specifically the rise of the Spanish speaking population and the ways in which the nation’s public schools have responded. Grounded in a multidisciplinary framework, the project overall considers the ways in which public policy continues to shape the boundaries of citizenship and national identity for U.S. born Latinos in the millennial century. You can follow Becky on Twitter @
Eilidh is also an American Studies PhD student at UEA. Her current research project explores the role of women in the Mexican American family – it is a multi-disciplinary project that discusses the novels of Ana Castillo and Sandra Cisneros and through literary, social, and cultural lenses considers the changing role of women in Chicano society. Follow Eilidh on Twitter @