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

Email: amerindian@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1334 462986/2977

Centre News

The next CAS seminar will be on Thursday 28th January 2016 from 3pm. Dr. Henry Stobart will be presenting on the topic of Heritage Fevers and Property Matters: Ethnographic Perspectives from Bolivia. All welcome!

Dr. Sabine Hyland will be giving a research presentation at the London Andean Studies Seminar on 24 February, 2016, at 6 pm. The title of her talk is “Sensory Signs: Khipus and the ‘Inka Paradox’”.

Dr. Sabine Hyland will be giving a talk as part of the MUSA One World exhibition on 16 June at 5:30. The exhibition is titled, “One World: Exploring Cultures across Continents”. South American objects from the CAS collection feature prominently in the exhibition; there are also two items (a 19th century silver shaman’s cup and a hand woven textile) Dr. Hyland's personal collection. Dr Hyland will be opening the exhibition on January 14 at 5:30; all are invited to attend. Please RSVP to Matt Sheard if you plan to attend (museumlearning@st-andrews.ac.uk).

Prof. Tristan Platt helped coordinate the international Conference on Archaeology and Ethnohistory, held in Cochabamba, Bolivia, in August 2015, with the participation of leading Andeanist scholars from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Peru, France, Germany, Japan, Switzerland and the United States.He offered a homage to the lifework of Verónica Cereceda, and gave a paper on memory, landscape and archaeology.

He also spoke at the presentation in La Paz of a collection of the late Thierry Saignes' articles, published by the French Institute of Andean Studies (Lima-Paris) and Plural Editores (La Paz).

He has been invited to give a lecture cycle in April 2016 at the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), City of Mexico.

Join us this Thursday 10th of December at 5.30pm for the latest film shown as part of the Latin American Film Club, "Los Olvidados" (1950), directed by Luis Buñuel. The film will be introduced by Social Anthropology PhD student Juan Rivera, accompanied by popcorn and followed by some discussion about the film.

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.

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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