As part of our 25 Years of Spanish Celebrations at The University of Queensland, we are delighted to invite you to a Public Lecture titled "From Small Things": Spanish in Australian Universities and other growth metaphors, presented by Professor Alfredo Martínez-Expósito. 


Please register online by Tuesday 10 October. 


The 25th anniversary of the Spanish and Latin American Studies program at The University of Queensland presents us with a good opportunity to reflect on the historical development of the discipline in Australian universities. The discipline’s history and achievements speak to the growing importance of the Spanish language in Australia and internationally. This presentation reviews and discusses some common beliefs about the Spanish language and the study of languages more broadly. It attempts to describe the discipline’s substantial transformation from “Spanish Language and Literature” to “Spanish and Latin American Studies” and the rich opportunities it opens for students and academics in a high-performing, globally competitive tertiary education system like ours.


Professor Alfredo Martínez-Expósito is Head of the School of Languages and Linguistics at the University of Melbourne. He is the author of six books and over a hundred research papers on literature, cinema and culture from around the Spanish-speaking world. He pioneered the introduction of LGBTI authors in the Spanish curriculum and the study of Hispanic national cinemas as cultural diplomacy. He was a member of the Spanish program at the University of Queensland (1993-2011) and Honorary Consul for Spain in Queensland (2010-2011).

Program and Timings

Arrival: 6:15pm for a 6:30pm start 

Public Lecture: 6:30pm - 7:30pm 

Light Refreshments: 7:30pm - 8:30pm 


Room 360, Physiology Lecture Theatres (Building #64), The University of Queensland

A campus map is available here. Details about parking at UQ can be found here.


About 25 Years of Spanish Celebrations

This year, The School of Languages and Cultures is celebrating a significant milestone - 25 years of Spanish at The University of Queensland. To celebrate this momentous occasion, we are hosting a number of celebratory events


Physiology Lecture Theatres (#63),
The University of Queensland
St Lucia, QLD