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.


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.

Call for Submissions to the Roseberry Nash Graduate Student Paper Prize

SLACA announces the annual Roseberry Nash Graduate Student Award Competition for 2018. Graduate students are encouraged to submit a paper which draws on relevant anthropological literature and presents data from original research in any field of Latin American and Caribbean anthropology. For information, visit the prizes page.


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