School of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies
The Centre for Amerindian, Latin American and Caribbean Studies has existed in St Andrews under different names since before 1969, when it was formally recognised by the Court of the University as the Centre of Latin American Linguistic Studies (CLALS).
It was founded by Douglas Gifford as part of the Department of Spanish when it encouraged the teaching of Amerindian Languages and Basque. Quechua became a regular part of Spanish Honours and was taught by the experienced Quechuista Leslie Hoggarth. A collection of books and objects was created which became the basis of the Centre's Library.
Refounded by the University in 1988 as the Institute of Amerindian Studies (IAS), it continued to teach Quechua for Spanish Honours from 1988-1994 under the direction of Tristan Platt. In 1996, it became the Centre for Indigenous American Studies and Exchange (CIASE) under the direction of Joanna Overing, and was incorporated into the School of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies. Relaunched as CAS in 2006, it continues to enjoy a privileged link with the Department of Social Anthropology. Huon Wardle directed CAS from 2010-2013. Sabine Hyland is the current director of the Centre.
The School currently employs four Amerindianists and one Caribbeanist with interests in the history, languages and ethnography of South America and the Caribbean. They supervise a stimulating group of more than twenty postgraduates. The Centre has an extensive library collection part of which is housed in the Centre suite: books held in the CAS Reading Room can be consulted during opening hours or by appointment with the CAS Secretary.
Theoretical perspectives emphasise the anthropological and historical interpretation of Amerindian, Peasant, Urban and Archipelagian societies, with the learning and use of languages having an important role. Changing American societies are seen in their own terms, as well as in their relations with the rest of the world. A wide network of contacts is maintained with colleagues, popular and academic organizations and NGOs, in the Americas as well as in Scotland.
Link to the catalogue of the CAS collection held in the university's Main Library
Link to the Latin American and Caribean Network (LACNET)
For further information, please contact:
Centre for Amerindian, Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Huon Wardle has recently been involved in a BBC radio 4 documentary on Haile Selassie's visit to Jamaica in 1966.
Special funding for students from Ecuador is now available for study at the University of St Andrews. See details here: students should apply via SENESCYT.
PhD studentships available! Students are invited to apply for PhD studentships as part of a project on ethnogenesis in the Amazon region led by Dr Mark Harris. Details can be found here.
Congratulations to Moises Lino e Silva who has been appointed as a UNESCO World Social Science Fellow to study sustainable urbanisation in Quito, Ecuador.
Paolo Fortis has been appointed to a permanent lectureship at Durham University.
Congratulations to Daniela Castellanos who has taken up a permanent university post in Cali, Colombia. Likewise to Shelene Gomes who is now teaching at Awassah University in Ethiopia.
Andreza Souza Santos has won a $1000 grant for a paper to be presented at LASA in Washington in May.
Recent CAS publications by Tristan Platt, Paolo Fortis and George Mentore are available directly from CAS and also via the university's online shop.