OCTOBER 26TH, 2017 - APRIL 15TH, 2018

Call for Renewal: 2018 CLASP Membership

It’s time to renew your CLASP Membership for 2018. Your dues contribute to a number of events and projects, most notably the CLASP Teaching Award for Junior Faculty, the CLASP Teaching Award for K-12 Educators, and especially the Americas Award for Children’s and Juvenile Literature. Over the past year we have also had sessions at various regional Latin American Studies meetings and also sponsored a booth for our members to display resources at the National Council for Social Studies, in addition to keeping all events up to date and resources on our website. Please look for the recent email from Alberto Vargas, current President of CLASP.

Some facts about CLASP Membership:

  • Membership is institutional or individual but the majority of our members are institutions that pay on a three-tiered scale according to enrollment
  • The membership year is the calendar year, January 1-December 31. (this is why we’re asking you to renew by April 15, 2018 please)
  • Membership renewal is easy – click here to visit our website and pay by credit card via PayPal. Please check to see if this an acceptable avenue of membership payment with your Accounts Payable Department first if you do not know already.
  • If you need to pay by check, please download and use the 2018 CLASP Membership Form as an invoice.
  • If you have a payment situation with PayPal or the required use of a credit card by your Accounting Department, please contact me directly.
  • IMPORTANT Please update your membership information at our Google Form

If you have questions regarding your membership, please email Valerie McGinley. If you have questions about your subscription to the CLASP Listserv <> OR access to the Resources page of the CLASP Website, please contact Liesl Picard, our Publications Chair. CLASP is a volunteer-run organization so please be patient with responses to your inquiries.

PLEASE RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP BY APRIL 15, 2018. And please share with the appropriate person in your office to approve/process the payment.

NOVEMBER 13TH, 2017 - MAY 23RD, 2018

LASA Accepted Proposals Announced

Check your inbox for your LASA panel acceptance and make sure to join us for the CLASP-sponsored panels, Business Meeting and Outreach Meeting in Barcelona. Hasta pronto!


LASA2018 / Latin American Studies in a Globalized World
XXXVI International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association

LASA President
Aldo I. Panfichi Huaman
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

Program Co-Chairs
Charles F. Walker
University of California/Davis

Marianne Braig
Lateinamerika Institut der FU Berlin

Congress Theme
Latin American studies today is experiencing a surprising dynamism. The expansion of this field defies the pessimistic projections of the 1990s about the fate of area studies in general and offers new opportunities for collaboration among scholars, practitioners, artists, and activists around the world. This can be seen in the expansion of LASA itself, which since the beginning of this century has grown from 5,000 members living primarily in the United States to nearly 12,000 members in 2016, 45 percent of whom reside outside of the United States (36 percent in Latin America and the Caribbean). And while the majority of us reside in the Americas, there are also an increasing number of Latin American studies associations and programs in Europe and Asia, most of which have their own publications and annual seminars and congresses.

Several factors explain this dynamism. Perhaps the most important is the very maturity of our field. Various generations of Latin Americanists have produced an enormous, diverse, and sophisticated body of research, with a strong commitment to interdisciplinarity and to teaching about this important part of the world. Latin American studies has produced concepts and comparative knowledge that have helped people around the world to understand processes and problematics that go well beyond this region. For example, Latin Americanists have been at the forefront of debates about the difficult relationship between democracy, development, and dependence on natural resource exports—challenges faced around the globe. Migration, immigration, and the displacement of people due to political violence, war, and economic need are also deeply rooted phenomena in our region, and pioneering work from Latin America can shed light on comparable experiences in other regions today. Needless to say, Latin American studies also has much to contribute to discussions about populism and authoritarianism in their various forms in Europe and even the United States today.

With these contributions in mind, we propose that the overarching theme of the Barcelona LASA Congress be “Latin American Studies in a Globalized World”, and that we examine both how people in other regions study and perceive Latin America and how Latin American studies contributes to the understanding of comparable processes and issues around the globe.

FEBRUARY 8TH, 2018 - MAY 31ST, 2018

Américas Award Webinar for K-12 Teachers

On Thursday, February 8, 2018, join us for a 60 minute webinar/chat to explore the diversity of Cuba with award winning author, Margarita Engle. Engle, the national Young People’s Poet Laureate will discuss her book Lion Island: Cuba’s Warrior of Words and share teaching and discussion ideas to explore the story of Antonio Chuffat, a young man of African, Chinese, and Cuban descent who becomes a champion for civil rights.

Link to webinar will be emailed to you once you register here.

Be sure to join the conversation with our webinar hashtag #2018ReadingAcrossCultures. All sessions are free and open to the public. All times listed refer to Central Standard Time (CST). Sponsored by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs, the South Asia National Outreach Consortium, the Middle East Outreach Council, and Africa Access.

For more information about the webinar series, please visit the Internationalizing Social Studies website.

View the official flyer here.

MARCH 8TH, 2018 - MARCH 11TH, 2018

Look for CLASP at the 65th Annual Conference of SECOLAS

CLASP is proud to co-sponsor the 65th conference of SECLAS at Vanderbilt University. Check out joint panels, CLASP resources and graduate student and junior faculty mentorship sessions. See you at Vandy!