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)

Link to the Rebellions, Alliances and Politics website

For further information, please contact:

Centre for Amerindian, Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Department of Social Anthropology
School of Philosophical, Anthropological & Film Studies
University of St Andrews
71 North Street
St Andrews, Fife
KY16 9AL Scotland, UK

Phone: +44 (0)1334 462986/2977

Centre News

Next CAS seminar will take place on Wednesday, the 2nd of April at 4 p.m. in the CAS Library. Dr Elke Mader, from the University of Vienna will talk about: "Tales of Power and Fear: Visions, Narratives, Rituals among the Shuar/Achuar". All welcome!

On Thursday the 13th, at 5,15 pm ( School VI, Saint Salvator's Quadrangle) he will give a conference on "The Machu Pichu solution: a new Model for Cultural Patrimony Disputes".All welcome!

Felicity Donohoe is our new CAS visitng scholar for 2014. Welcome Felicity!

The CAS is hosting a panel at the ASA conference in June.Participants will discuss several topics in relation to Tristan Platt's work.

CAS student Pablo Garcia has recently published an article on Cultural Survival!

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.

Other News:

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.

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