Bienvenidos, Bienvenue, Bem-vindo and Welcome to the official homepage of the Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology (SLACA). The first chapter of SLACA was founded by the American Anthropological Association (AAA) in 1969 to advance the study of Latin American anthropology. In 2005, the Society’s membership officially approved the adoption of “Caribbean” to the Society’s name to reflect the connections between the Latin American and Caribbean regions.

SLACA provides a forum for discussion of current research, scholarly trends, and human rights concerns, as well as a space for interchange among scholars from and who work in Latin America and the Caribbean.


SLACA Announces Call for Whiteford Graduate Student Award in Applied and Public Anthropology

The Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology (SLACA) announces its 2018 Whiteford Graduate Student Award in Applied and Public Anthropology in honor of Michael B. Whiteford and Scott Whiteford. The award consists of US $1000 to help a graduate student attend the SLACA Spring bi-annual meeting, held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, April 11-13.

Students in graduate programs in Latin America, the Caribbean or the United States should submit papers that are a maximum length of six thousand words, including bibliography. Papers can be from any subfield of anthropology, but they must have an applied component and be based on field research carried out in Latin America, the Caribbean, or among first-generation migrants from these areas. The papers can be written in English, Spanish, French or Portuguese. The student must hold a current membership in SLACA.
The deadline is February 1, 2019 to submit papers. Submissions and questions may be directed to Mónica Salas Landa ([email protected]).

See more on the Prizes and Awards page

SLACA Announces 2018 Awards

The Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology (SLACA) is proud to award its annual book prize to Alex E. Chávez (Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame) for his book Sounds of Crossing: Music, Migration, and the Aural Poetics of Huapango Arribeño (Duke University Press), and honorable mention to Mariana Mora (CIESAS, Mexico) for her book Kuxlejal Politics: Indigenous Autonomy, Race, and Decolonizing Research in Zapatista Communities (University of Texas Press).
SLACA also awards Jennifer Cearns (University College London), the Roseberry Nash Graduate Student Award for her paper “The Mula Ring: Networks of Material Circulation and Exchange through the Cuban World,” and Werner Hertzog (Vanderbilt University) an honorable mention for his paper “The Economics of Nativist Cycle: Credit, Liquidity, and the Highland Chiapas ‘Cargo Bubble,’ 1940-1970.”
See more on the Prizes and Awards page

SLACA Spring Conference: Call for Papers & Posters

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
April 11-13, 2019
Reconstructions: Material, Political, and Theoretical Renovations

Reconstructions is an invitation to consider the ways in which anthropology has been involved in ongoing processes of building and rebuilding Latin America and the Caribbean both materially and intellectually. As the title suggests, we understand reconstruction as a form of renovation that includes the transformation of material and political landscapes, the renewal of intellectual trends and discussions, and recent engagements with old and new issues. Reconstruction also suggests that we look beyond deconstruction and reflect on how Latin America and the Caribbean are sites of constant debate on the reconstruction of their past legacies and future directions.

The Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology (SLACA) welcomes paper and poster submissions under the conference theme Reconstructions. We invite theoretical and empirical analyses that address reconstruction in Latin America and the Caribbean. We particularly encourage members to submit abstracts dealing with the reconstruction/renovation of the following: borders (materially and symbolically); national and regional identities; material landscapes impacted by climate change, natural disaster, and political mobilizations; legal and judicial systems; and racial, ethnic, class, and gender politics.

For more information or to submit abstracts please see the Conference 2019 Page

JLACA announces call for papers for Jubilee Volume 25, 2020 

Motivated and inspired by the 25th anniversary of the Journal for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, JLACA announces a call for papers for the 2020 Volume 25. We seek articles that address an array of themes, issues, and problems from an historical perspective of “the last twenty-five years.” Some authors may use this historical frame to discuss prospective possibilities of and for LAC anthropology, as well as for the Society. Authors may choose to assess the representation, or lack of treatment, of a topic in the pages of JLACA. For more information and suggested themes see the Current Call for Papers page.

SLACA members write letter to Attorney General Sessions on Asylum related to gang persecution and domestic violence

Members Timothy J. Smith and Chris Garces published a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions with grave concern over the recent Department of Justice ruling to deny asylum to those seeking refuge from gang persecution or domestic violence. See the full letter here


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