LASA Sections

  • Asia and the Americas

    https://sections.lasaweb.org/sections/asia-americas

    The LASA Section for Asia and the Americas promotes the study of interactions and comparisons between these two regions. The long history of exchange between Asia and the Americas dates back to the sixteenth-century Manila Galleon and the nineteenth-century large-scale migrations of Asian laborers and traders to Latin America and the Caribbean. Today, China is among the top three trading partners of most countries in the region, and increasing its...

  • Bolivia

    http://www.lasabolivia.org/

    The Bolivia Section, in close collaboration with other associations and centers dedicated to Bolivian studies, aims to deepen and expand knowledge and communication among professionals, students, leaders, and communicators in different disciplines and public venues with regard to political, economic, social and cultural processes pertinent to Bolivia and its peoples, and their relations with other countries and people around the world. The Section will implement 1) a web site to...

  • Brazil

    https://sections.lasaweb.org/sections/brazil

    The mission of the Brazil Section of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is to promote Brazilian studies in an interdisciplinary manner and from a multinational perspective and to provide a space within LASA for scholars and others interested in Brazil to share knowledge and expertise. To these ends we sponsor a number of activities: a moderated listserv, the awarding of book and essay prizes. the holding of a business...

  • Central America

    https://sections.lasaweb.org/sections/central-america

    The Section seeks to promote scholarly interchange among scholars of the region through conferences and via an Internet home page; offer at least one session at each LASA Congress; offer an award for outstanding scholarly work published in the period between congresses; raise travel funds for Central Americans to attend LASA Congresses; and continue study trips to the region. ...

  • Colombia

    https://sections.lasaweb.org/sections/colombia

    La Sección Colombia LASA, Los Inmarcesibles, busca facilitar la comunicación e interacción entre académicos e intelectuales que trabajan o tienen interés sobre temas colombianos. Por medio de nuestro boletín mensual, nos encargamos de la divulgación de noticias relacionadas con el tema (convocatorias, publicaciones, declaraciones, empleos y oportunidades de diálogo). También coordinamos asuntos específicos relacionados con la organización de los congresos de LASA, tales como la organización de paneles y—con la...

  • Colonial

    https://sections.lasaweb.org/sections/colonial

    The Colonial Section of LASA seeks to be a forum where scholars of the colonial period in Latin American can come together across disciplinary boundaries to share information, exchange ideas and build relationships. The section publishes a quarterly newsletter, organizes sessions at the annual LASA congress and awards prizes for outstanding scholarship related to the colonial world....

  • Cuba

    https://sections.lasaweb.org/sections/cuba

    The activities of this Section are oriented by three broad goals: strengthening scholarly relations between the U.S. and Cuba; providing a structure for the association of scholars whose research focuses on Cuba and U.S.-Cuban relations; and facilitating the integration of Cuban scholars and scholarship on Cuba in LASA Congress programming....

  • Culture, Power and Politics

    https://sections.lasaweb.org/sections/culture-power-politics

    The Culture, Power and Politics Section promotes the study of cultural politics and – in a broad way – in/of relations of power as well as the politics and power of/in culture. It is a space for the exchange and debate among different positions, as well as for the development of collaborative relations among its members....

  • Defense, Public Security and Democracy

    https://sections.lasaweb.org/sections/defense-publicsecurity-democracy

    This Section was created at LASA2000 in Miami. Its goals are to coordinate and facilitate contact among members of LASA who are interested in all aspects of defense policy, civil-military relations and security issues in general....

  • Economics and Politics

    https://sections.lasaweb.org/sections/economics-politics

    The section is dedicated to the promotion of policy relevant dialogue as well as pure scholarship at the intersection of politics and economics, i.e. political economy. It seeks to attract members interested in any or all aspects related to theoretical and empirical debates around the role of states and markets in the development of Latin American and Caribbean nations. The section normally organizes a couple of panels during LASA Congresses...

  • Ecuadorian Studies

    http://www.ecuatorianistas.org/

    The LASA Section on Ecuador aims to facilitate a broad interdisciplinary discussion among national and foreign scholars, social movements, NGOS, and research institutes with an interest in Ecuador through the organization of panels at LASA Congresses, the establishment of electronic fora for communication, the active engagement of current social and political issues, coordination with other LASA sections, and the promotion of Ecuadorian interests within LASA....

  • Educación y Políticas Educativas en América Latina

    https://sections.lasaweb.org/sections/educacion-politicaseducativas

    Teniendo en cuenta, primero, la situación de exclusión social imperante en América Latina, donde uno de cada cinco niños abandona la escuela primaria antes de llegar a quinto grado; y segundo, que la calidad y cobertura de la educación están vinculados no sólo a la formación de recursos humanos para el desarrollo sino también con la equidad social y la ética, se ha creado esta sección cuyo objetivo es facilitar...

  • Environment

    https://sections.lasaweb.org/sections/environment

    The Environment Section brings together scholars and practitioners to exchange ideas, information, and to promote fuller understanding of the dynamics of the environment and its interaction with human society. It seeks to promote an awareness of environmental issues among the LASA membership and to introduce those concerns into the policy-making processes in the Hemisphere....

  • Ethnicity, Race, and Indigenous Peoples

    http://www.ethnicityrace.org/

    The Section on Ethnicity, Race and Indigenous Peoples promotes research, teaching and collaboration with respect to ethnicity, race, and the concerns of subaltern ethnic groups, particularly indigenous peoples, while offering a broader disciplinary terrain for exploring social, economic, political, and cultural issues. The section promotes greater participation in LASA of indigenous and Afro-descendent scholars....

  • Europe and Latin America

    https://sections.lasaweb.org/sections/europe-latinamerica

    LASA’s Europe and Latin America Section (ELAS) serves to promote, on a multi-disciplinary basis, scholarly relations between Latin Americanists from Europe and the Americas, and it fosters research on the relation and comparison of Europe and Latin America. Traditionally it sponsors two panels at each LASA congress. To become a member of ELAS, in addition to being affiliated with LASA, you should subscribe to the Section when you fill in...

  • Film Studies

    https://sections.lasaweb.org/sections/film-studies

    The Film Studies Section promotes the study of Latin American, Latino, and diasporic cinema, as well as cinema on topics related to Latin America. It also fosters cinema studies (including New Media and other audiovisual modalities) within LASA through specialized approaches as well as those that allow for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary dialogue. Its goal is to attract members that include cinema lovers, academics (faculty and students), critics, and cinema professionals...

  • Food, Agriculture, and Rural Studies

    https://sections.lasaweb.org/sections/rural-studies

    The general goals of the Rural Studies Section are to facilitate interdisciplinary and international communication and cooperation among scholars and practitioners whose work relates to any dimension of rural studies, past or present, theoretical or applied. Issues addressed include, but are not be limited to, social structure, politics, economics, geography, the environment, culture, religion, the arts, and development. In addition to sponsoring panels, sessions, or roundtables at LASA congresses, the...

  • Gender and Feminist Studies

    https://sections.lasaweb.org/sections/gender-feministstudies

    The LASA Gender and Feminist Studies Section is dedicated to promoting networking and dialogue on issues related to women and gender in Latin America and the Caribbean, incorporating different aspects of feminist studies in the social sciences and the humanities. The Section assists researchers, students, practitioners and others interested in the exchange of ideas and academic work. The LASA Gender Section makes a special invitation to new people to integrate...

  • Haiti/Dominican Republic

    https://sections.lasaweb.org/sections/haiti-dominicanrepublic

    The goals of this newly-expanded section include the sponsorship of research at LASA Congresses; the promotion of networking on comparative analyses of themes or problems common to the two countries; and the promotion of discussions around sensitive issues, including refugees and immigration, economic integration, trafficking and smuggling, and racism. Section leaders hope to promote projects of mutual benefit to scholars from, or concerned with, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and...

  • Health, Science, and Technology

    https://sections.lasaweb.org/sections/health-science-society

    Health, Science, and Technology promotes the humanistic and social scientific study of disease, health, healing practices, and medical and scientific knowledge production, examining these topics in relation to broader social, political, and cultural contexts in Latin America. We are an interdisciplinary organization including historians, anthropologists, sociologists, political scientists, and specialists in languages, literature, science studies, public health, and the natural sciences....

  • Historia Reciente y Memoria

    https://sections.lasaweb.org/sections/historia-reciente-memoria

    The central goals of the Historia Reciente y Memoria Section are to promote interdisciplinary and international dialogue and collaboration among scholars interested in analyzing the recent past of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean and the use and/or the abuse of memory of that past in the present. The Section sponsors panels and roundtables at LASA congresses, and uses the internet (including an electronic newsletter and list-serve) to...

  • International Migrations

    https://sections.lasaweb.org/sections/international-migrations

    The LASA Section on International Migrations will promote networking and dialogue related to academic work and debates on immigration from, to and within Latin America and the Caribbean among researchers, professors, students, and activists. The Section’s initial activities include a pre-conference, and will also organize awards for scholarly work among its members....

  • Labor Studies

    https://sections.lasaweb.org/sections/labor-studies

    The Labor Studies Section provides an interdisciplinary forum for members interested in labor issues throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, and the North American NAFTA countries. The Section maintains an active electronic discussion list, sponsors "special topics" panels at LASA, promotes the Latin American Labor News, and fosters communication among members on research projects, conferences, publications, and labor events throughout the Americas....

  • Latino Studies

    https://sections.lasaweb.org/sections/latino-studies

    The Latina/o Studies Section is open to all LASA members and anyone interested in promoting research, teaching and advocacy on U.S. Latina/o communities and their trans-national connections to their countries of origin. Established in 1997, The Latina/o Studies Section of LASA formalized the academic study of the interactions of various Latin American populations in the United States. Rather than focusing on the experience of a single Latina/o national constituency, the...

  • Law and Society in Latin America

    https://sections.lasaweb.org/sections/law-society

    This Section seeks to deepen ongoing international collaborations among social scientists, legal scholars, and cultural critics regarding the complex relationships that articulate law, society, and culture in Latin America. Among the themes under discussion are: forms of the state and their influence on the justice system; the historical development of legal institutions; the relationship between crime and social conflict; the actions of popular sectors before the court system; official discourses...

  • Libraries, Archives and Research

    https://sections.lasaweb.org/sections/scholarly-research-resources

    The Libraries, Archives and Research section brings together LASA members who are dedicated to promoting access to Latin American and Caribbean scholarship. This group fosters interdisciplinary dialogue around digital methodologies, preservation, targeted collecting/acquisitions, archival theory and research, and Open Access publishing. ...

  • Mass Media and Popular Culture

    https://sections.lasaweb.org/sections/mass-media-popular-culture

    This section brings together researchers interested in the cross cultural, interdisciplinary study of both emerging social practices and cultural objects produced for popular consumption, including posters, videos, comics, science fiction, ciberculture, music, etc. Researchers will have the opportunity to debate and theorize about new perspectives and insights into the social sphere from the perspective of the materiality of culture through collaborative projects and research....

  • Mexico

    https://sections.lasaweb.org/sections/mexico

    The fundamental goal of this section is to facilitate communication and interaction among members of LASA (academic researchers, students, non-academics) who study any aspect of Mexico, including the Mexican diaspora and Mexico’s relations within and beyond the Americas. The section seeks to promote activities (including the organization of panels, roundtables, and other events at LASA congresses and awarding prizes for noteworthy books, journal articles, and papers) that highlight these and...

  • Nineteenth Century

    https://sections.lasaweb.org/sections/nineteenthcentury

    The Nineteenth-Century section came into existence in 2015. We aim to bring together a cross-disciplinary group of scholars to promote new methods for understanding peoples, politics, passions, powers, and cultural production during the nineteenth century, and to share in the discovery and debate of new sources to better understand this moment in Latin American history....

  • Otros Saberes

    https://sections.lasaweb.org/sections/otrossaberes

    This section promotes collaborative, transformative research and exchange between academics and civil society knowledge producers to further social justice. This section welcomes members with commitments to: 1) research practice and dissemination that is collaborative between academy- and civil society-based knowledge producers; 2) knowledge production that is both theoretically generative and substantively oriented to advance action on pressing social problems of our times; 3) scholarship that is social justice oriented, in...

  • Perú

    https://sections.lasaweb.org/sections/peru

    The mission of the Peru Section is to increase awareness and understanding of past and present political, economic and social realities of Peru. This mission is undertaken through an interchange of data, ideas and opinions via: 1) occasional e-mail "discussions" of specific topics; 2) the periodic publication of a Section newsletter containing announcements of upcoming conferences, brief articles by Section members, book and film reviews, information on grants, etc.; 3)...

  • Political Institutions

    https://sections.lasaweb.org/sections/political-institutions

    The Political Institutions Section is dedicated to the study of the origins and effects of political parties, electoral systems, presidents, judiciaries, legislatures, the military and bureaucracies. We seek to understand how political actors – voters, elected officials, and bureaucrats – shape and are subsequently constrained by these democratic institutions. The Section seeks to develop links so that those working on similar issues can critique each other's work and collaborate on...

  • Puerto Rico

    https://sections.lasaweb.org/sections/puerto-rico

    This LASA section aspires to foster scholarly dialogue and collaboration related to Puerto Rico and Puerto Rican studies, broadly defined. It will do so by strengthening cross- and transdisciplinary exchange and cooperation on themes associated to Puerto Rico and its diaspora; it will provide a structure to foster and promote research, teaching, and advocacy within the broader LASA organization; and it will promote research and artistic activities that highlight related...

  • Sexualities Studies

    https://sections.lasaweb.org/sections/sexualities-studies

    The Section exists to promote scholarship on lesbian and gay issues in the various disciplines comprising LASA, to sponsor meetings during LASA congresses, to connect LASA membership with scholars and activists in Latin America working on lesbian and gay issues, and to bring together those interested in ending discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender people in Latin America....

  • Southern Cone Studies

    https://sections.lasaweb.org/sections/southern-cone-studies

    Bienvenida / Welcome La Sección de Estudios del Cono Sur de la Asociación de Estudios Latinoamericanos (LASA) busca promover la discusión interdisciplinaria, transnacional y global en torno a la investigación contemporánea y la producción intelectual relativa a la región. Por un lado, una veta importante de nuestro quehacer se enfoca en los estudios y debates regionales sobre Argentina, Chile y Uruguay, considerando sus múltiples intersecciones, más allá de las fronteras...

  • Student Section of LASA

    https://sections.lasaweb.org/sections/student

    Recognizing that students are an essential part of LASA and have specific needs and interests, the Student Section of LASA (SSLASA) provides a space for students to exchange experiences with one another and to contribute to the organization as a whole. At the same time, the SSLASA facilitates student’s integration into the scholarly community through activities that are aimed at professional and intellectual development. These activities include, but are not...

  • Subnational Politics and Society

    http://lasa-dsng.blogspot.com

    The Subnational Politics and Society section promotes scholarship, collaboration, and conversation on topics relating to politics at the subnational levels and between levels of government in Latin America. This includes topics such as: state (or provincial) and local politics, intergovernmental relations, federalism, decentralization, and subnational service provision and social policy. Members wishing to have news items or upcoming events listed on the website can send their news to Tyler Dickovick...

  • Venezuelan Studies

    https://sections.lasaweb.org/sections/venezuelan-studies

    The Section on Venezuelan Studies (SVS) is an official section of the Latin American Studies association. (LASA) The Section on Venezuelan Studies has two objectives: 1) to foster interdisciplinary communication and collaboration among scholars, students, and non academics whose work considers Venezuelan culture, politics, economy, ecology, social issues and other aspects of Venezuela 2) to facilitate dissemination of information on Venezuelan studies among members and non members through public events,...

  • Visual Culture Studies

    https://sections.lasaweb.org/sections/visual-culture

    The Visual Culture Studies Section seeks to foster interdisciplinary exchange by creating a platform for visual culture studies that can connect scholars from diverse fields. Recognizing the centrality of visual culture, ways of seeing and mapping, and the social-spatial relationships of visuality, this section aims to attract members that ask questions raised by the creation, circulation, recycling, consumption, and reception of visual practices, literacies, and objects....