Football in Latin American History – panel discussion
Klaus Gallo is Associate Professor of the History Faculty at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Argentina. His current research interests focuses on politics, ideas and culture in Buenos Aires during the first half of the nineteenth century. He is author of De la Invasión al Reconocimiento. Gran Bretaña y el Río de la Plata 1806-1826, Buenos Aires, A-Z Editores, 1994, which was translated to English as Great Britain and Argentina. From Invasión to Recognition 1806-1826, Basingstoke, Palgrave, 2001; co-editor with Nancy Calvo and Roberto Di Stefano of Los Curas de la Revolución, Buenos Aires, Emecé, 2002; editor of Las Invasiones Inglesas, Buenos Aires, Eudeba, 2004; co-editor with Graciela Batticuore and Jorge Myers of Resonancias Románticas, Buenos Aires, Eudeba, 2005; author of The Struggle for an Enlightened Republic. Buenos Aires and Rivadavia, Institute for the Studies of the Americas, University of London, 2006; Bernardino Rivadavia. El primer president argentino, Buenos Aires, Edhasa, 2012. His mst recent book, Las Invasiones Argentinas. Nuestros Futbolistas en Inglaterra, was published in Buenos Aires by Planeta earlier this year.

Matthew Brown is Professor in Latin American History at the University of Bristol. He is the author of Adventuring through Spanish Colonies: Simón Bolívar, Foreign Mercenaries and the Birth of New Nations (2006), The Struggle for Power in Post-Independence Colombia and Venezuela (2012) and From Frontiers to Football: An Alternative History of Latin America since 1800 (2014). His interests in new forms of exploring Latin American history have led to the Quipu Project ( on testimonies of forced sterilization in Peru, a collaboration with the Transform Drug Policy Foundation ‘Anyone’s Child Mexico’, and the current AHRC project ‘Peace Festival: Using Creative Methodologies to Unearth Hidden Histories of Violence’ in Colombia and Peru. He is currently writing a book about the history of sport in South America between 1863 and 1930.

David Wood is Professor of Latin American Studies at The University of Sheffield, where his undergraduate and post-graduate teaching explores the relationships between cultural production and socio-political issues in the region, especially in Peru and Cuba. His research over the last decade has focussed primarily on the representation of a range of sporting practices in literary and visual cultures across the region, resulting most recently in Football and Literature in South America (Routledge, 2017), the first monograph devoted to this field. Further research in this area has led to publications on the representation of sportswomen in Peru, the cultural history of surfing in Peru, the political use of sport in the work of Antonio Skármeta and the use of football and baseball in Latin American cinema. Publications from other research areas include The Fictions of Alfredo Bryce Echenique (London: Kings’ College Hispanic Series, 2000) and De sabor nacional: el impacto de la cultura popular en el Perú (Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, 2005). David is President for 2017-19 of the Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS) and co-chair for the Sport and Society track for the Latin American Studies Association (LASA).
Date: 26 October 2017, 17:00 (Thursday, 3rd week, Michaelmas 2017)
Venue: 1 Church Walk, 1 Church Walk OX2 6LY
Venue Details: Main Seminar Room
Speakers: David Wood (Sheffield University), Klaus Gallo (Universidad di Tella, Argentina), Matthew Brown (Bristol University)
Organising department: Latin American Centre
Part of: Latin American Centre Seminars and Events
Booking required?: Not required
Audience: Members of the University only
Editor: Laura Spence