About Latitudes

Latitudes is the short name of the Latin American Research Platform, an independent site and association of researchers, academics and citizens based in Australia. Latitudes aims to debate, investigate and scrutinise the politics, culture and history of Latin America and connect with other Southern territories and perspectives.

We pursue the exchange of ideas and the creation of collective projects, such as the publication of books and the organisation of public and academic events. We have published the books The Feathers of Condor: State Terrorism, Exiles and Civilian Anticommunism in South America and 40 years are nothing: History and memory of the 1973 coups d’etat in Uruguay and Chile (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK). The latter publication compiled a selection from works presented at the October 2013 conference 40 years are nothing, at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia. We have also organised a series of academic debates in 2014 and 2016, and independent public events.

We welcome contributions from people in Australia and beyond who would like to collaborate, share research projects (such as The Down/South Archive), produce collective initiatives, and further the study of Latin America.

You can contact us at latitudesgroup@gmail.com or write to our individual emails: pabloleighton@gmail.com & f.lopez@UNSWalumni.com.

Fernando López & Pablo Leighton



Editors of Latitudes



He researches the concept and practices of propaganda in 20th century and current media, and specifically on the history of audio-visual culture in Chile and Latin America since the 1970s. He has taught at numerous universities in Australia, United States, Chile and Honduras, and has worked as film director, screenwriter and editor in several fiction and documentary productions (see his film work here). He co-edited with Fernando López the book 40 years are nothing: History and memory of the 1973 coups d’etat in Uruguay and Chile (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK), a selection from works presented at the October 2013 conference 40 years are nothing. Editor of The Down/South Archive, a digital historiography of the politico-cultural relations between Australia and Latin America since the 1970s. He has presented at Latitudes events in 2013, 2014 and 2015. He holds a PhD in Media and Cultural Studies from Macquarie University, Sydney, and in Latin American Studies from Universidad de Santiago de Chile. He also has a Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking from Massachusetts College of Art (Boston, USA).




Fernando is a Doctor in History from the University of New South Wales and author of the book The Feathers of Condor: TransnationalState Terrorism, Exiles and Civilian Anticommunism in South America (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK, 2016). The latter determines why the military regimes of Uruguay, Chile, Paraguay, Argentina and Bolivia agreed to formally launch Operation Condor in November 1975 and, therefore, transnationalize State terrorism. He has a Bachelor of Arts and Honours in History (BA HONS HIST) from University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia.  His Honours thesis studied the origins of the Uruguayan leftist National Liberation Movement- Tupamaros (MLN-T) and its connections with the sugarcane workers’ trade union.  His areas of research focus on contemporary Latin American History and the Cold War in Latin America. He co-edited with Pablo Leighton the book 40 years are nothing: History and memory of the 1973 coups d’etat in Uruguay and Chile (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK), a selection from works presented at the October 2013 conference 40 years are nothing. Listen to his presentations for Latitudes events in 201320142015 and 2016.