For details of previous LACNET events:

Details of our founding conference (2007): Latin America and the Caribbean: Writing, History & Creolization - includes video extracts from presentations


Conference details


A series of films Black in Latin America, presented by HL Gates, have been made available by PBS.

CAS Workshop:

2011. 10th May 5:00pm Film: 'La Tentacion de Potosi'. Dir. Pascale Absi. St Salvators School III. 11th May 5:00pm Lecture by Emilia Ferraro, U. of St Andrews. This will be preceded by a student workshop. Details TBA.

2011. Inaugural Lecture – Professor Lorna Milne ‘Literature and Identity in the French Caribbean’ Professor Lorna Milne, School of Modern Languages School III, St Salvator's Quadrangle, St Andrews Wednesday 9 March, 5.15pm - 6.30pm

During Winter 2010 Prof. Robert Hill (UCLA) and Prof George Mentore (Virginia) visited the University of St Andrews. They were presenting lectures as part of a series of events centred on the theme The Riddle of Place in the Caribbean and Latin America

The St Andrews Latin American and Caribbean Network (LACNET) was formed to bring together people in the University and community of St Andrews who are working on and interested in this vibrant region of the world, marked by 'pristine' Amerindian civilizations, black diasporas, Iberian and other European colonists and settlers, as well as complex processes of ethnogenesis and, today, new, swiftly changing nations that represent a constant source of cultural creativity, and to some degree a challenge and alternative to their wealthy 'Anglo-American' neighbours.

LACNET is interested in all aspects of the literature, political economy, music, art, history, popular festivities as well as the constantly innovatory patterns of thought, imagination and ritual practice, that continue to characterise Latin America and the Caribbean. LACNET provides a focus of solidarity in St Andrews with the peoples of these nations, from Sonora to Cabo de Hornos, from Lima to Haiti ... It also looks to the millions of Latin Americans and Latinos residing in other countries, whether as itinerants, exiles or migrant workers.

The network was planned in February 2007 and a formation colloquium was held in May 2007. LACNET brings together classicists, economists, historians, international relations specialists, social anthropologists, Spanish and modern linguists, and other scholars at St Andrews, in interdisciplinary dialogue and promotes links between different disciplines in the areas of both teaching and research on the region.

A founding conference was held on October 5-6 2007 on Latin America and the Caribbean: Writing, History and Identity, with funding from the Joint Initiative for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean (JISLAC), a British Academy learned society administered from the Institute for the Study of the Americas in London.

The site also provides news of activities with Latin American and Caribbean contents taking place in St Andrews.

Besides providing interdisciplinary links between the University’s different Schools and Departments, LACNET also links with the wider Latin American and Latin Americanist community through its articulation with other regional networks in Scotland and North-East England (LASNET-NES, which includes the Americas Research Group of the University of Newcastle), and the Latin Americanist and Caribbeanist Institutes, Centres and lobbies of the South.

LACNET invites new members from St Andrews and elsewhere in Scotland and North-East England to register on our mailing list by sending an e-mail to any member of LACNET (see Affiliated Staff).