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.


Connect with SLACA


Call for Nominations: SLACA Student Councilor

The Student Councilor will begin in 2020 and serve three years or until termination of student status, whichever comes first. Councilors shall attend the meetings and participate in the business of the Committee, serve on such subcommittees as may be established, and take on special assignments for the Executive Committee. Self-nominations are open until February 11, 2019. For more information, consult this flyer.

SLACA Announces 2018 Awards

Book Prize winners with Mónica Salas Landa and Ronda Brulotte

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

JLACA Jubilee Volume 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.