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 Caribbean 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

Thursday 9th February:

4pm seminar, CAS library

Davide Dominici, Text and Image in Teotihuacan Mural Painting

Monday 20th February:

3pm Film: ‘The Price of Memory’, Arts Lecture Theatre. https://www.therai.org.uk/film/film-sales/the-price-of-memory

5pm Talk by Charles Carnegie (Bates — title TBA), CAS library.

Other News:

Ana María Lorandi

"Con una tristeza inmensa la Sección Etnohistoria de la Universidad de Buenos Aires informa que el día de ayer, 30 de enero, falleció la Dra. Ana María Lorandi.

Ana María supo, a lo largo de su extensísima trayectoria, combinar la excelencia académica con la excelencia en gestión. En el primer aspecto debemos destacar sus estudios arqueológicos pioneros para Santiago del Estero, pero sin duda su aporte más relevante fue contribuir de manera decisiva al desarrollo de la Etnohistoria en la Argentina; en sus propias palabras un tren andando al que ella se subió entre fines de la década de 1960 y principios de la de 1970 a partir de sus contactos con John Murra y Nathan Wachtel. Con la publicación de una cantidad impresionante de artículos y libros sobre el tema, Ana María impulsó una nueva forma de estudiar y comprender la realidad social del Tucumán Colonial y porque no del sur de Bolivia, estudios que marcan caminos hasta el día de hoy.

En lo que a la gestión se refiere, Ana María integró en diversas ocasiones el Consejo Directivo de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras y dirigió el Departamento de Ciencias Antropológicas. Estuvo al frente del Instituto de Ciencias Antropológicas desde 1984 hasta 1991 dándole su fisonomía actual, y dirigió la Sección Etnohistoria desde su creación hasta el año 2014. Sin duda la Sección fue el gran amor de Ana María, desde allí no solo desarrolló el aspecto más destacado de su vida académica, también obtuvo subsidios que contribuyeron a la inserción de tesistas y becarios quienes con el tiempo conformaron y conforman sólidos equipos de trabajo.

Ana María tenía una personalidad fuerte, era intuitiva, perspicaz e inteligente. Querible y querida por todos los que la conocimos- Sin duda la vamos a extrañar.

Carlos Zanolli
Director Sección Etnohistoria
Universidad de Buenos Aires"

 

Recent CAS publications by Sabine Dedenbach-Salazar Sáenz, Tristan Platt, Paolo Fortis and George Mentore are available directly from CAS and also via the university's online shop.

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