Latin American studies
Latin American studies critically examines the history, culture, politics, and experiences of Latin Americans in Latin America and often also elsewhere (such as Latinos/Hispanics in the United States).
Latin American studies is interdisciplinary from numerous disciplines such as sociology, history, literature, political science, geography, gender studies, and economics; Latin Americanists consider a variety of perspectives and employ diverse analytical tools in their work.
Though Latin America is a fluid (and sometimes contested) concept, with no fixed definition, Latin American studies is usually quite open and often includes or is closely associated with, for instance, Latino studies, Caribbean studies, and transatlantic studies. The Latin American Studies Association, for instance, has sections dealing with Europe and Latin America, Haiti, and Latino studies (among many others).
Latin America has been studied in one way or another ever since Columbus's "discovery" of 1492, and even before. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, scientist explorers such as Alexander von Humboldt published extensively about the region. Towards the end of the nineteenth century and at the turn of the twentieth, within the region itself writers such as José Martí and José Enrique Rodó encouraged a consciousness of regional identity. But "Latin Americanism" as a concept and an academic discipline emerges only later in the twentieth-century, and mostly in Europe and North America.
In the USA, Latin American Studies (like other area studies) was boosted by the passing of Title VI of the National Defense Education Act (NDEA) of 1958, which provided resources for Centers of Area and International Studies. In the UK, the 1965 "Parry Report" provided similar impetus for the establishment of Institutes and Centres of Latin American Studies (see Bulmer-Thomas).
- Brazilian Studies Association
- Latin American Studies Association (USA, founded 1966)
- Mid-Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies (MACLAS) (USA, founded 1979)
- Society for Irish Latin American Studies (Ireland, founded 2003)
- Bulletin of Latin American Research
- Colonial Latin American Review
- Hispanic American Historical Review
- Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies
- Journal of Latin American Studies
- Journal of Politics in Latin America (JPLA)
- Latin American Research Review
- NACLA Report on the Americas
- Problems of Latin America
- David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA
- CELA, Mexico
- Ibero-American Institute, Berlin
- Institute for the Study of the Americas, London
- Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh
- University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies
Some notable Latin Americanists
See also Category:Latin Americanists
- Richard Adams
- Manuel Alcántara
- Victor Bulmer-Thomas
- Simon Collier
- Antonio Cornejo Polar
- Ariel Dorfman
- James Dunkerley
- Arturo Escobar
- Richard Fagen
- Albert Fishlow
- Jean Franco
- Néstor García Canclini
- Federico Gil
- Roberto González Echevarría
- Lewis Hanke
- Albert O. Hirschman
- Daniel James
- John J. Johnson
- George Kubler
- Neil Larsen
- Miguel León-Portilla
- John Lynch
- Kevin Middlebrook
- Sylvia Molloy
- Alberto Moreiras
- Richard McGee Morse
- June Nash
- Guillermo O'Donnell
- Gustavo Pérez Firmat
- James Petras
- Mary Louise Pratt
- Ángel Rama
- Darcy Ribeiro
- Nelly Richard
- Riordan Roett
- William Rowe
- Beatriz Sarlo
- Donald Shaw
- Thomas Skidmore
- Doris Sommer
- Michael Taussig
- Alain Touraine
- Victor L. Urquidi
- Arturo Valenzuela
- Charles Wagley
- Henry Wells
- John Womack
- Peter Winn
- John Beverley
- Beatriz Gonzalez
- Latino/a studies
- Chicano Studies
- Latin America
- Criticism of the term Latino
- Delpar, Helen. Looking South: The Evolution of Latin Americanist Scholarship in the United States, 1850-1975 (2008) online review
- Victor Bulmer-Thomas, ed. Thirty Years of Latin American Studies in the United Kingdom 1965-1995. London: Institute of Latin American Studies, 1997.
- Latin American and Iberian Institute at the University of New Mexico
- Handbook of Latin American Studies
- Latin American Studies at the University of Texas's Latin American Network Information Center
- Latino Studies Resources
- Mid-Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies
Library Guides for Latin American Studies
- "Latin American Studies". Research Guides. Los Angeles: University of California.
- "Latin American & Caribbean Studies". LibGuides. USA: Duke University.
- "Latin American Studies". Library Guides. USA: Johns Hopkins University.
- "Latin American and Caribbean Studies". Research Guides. Coral Gables Florida: University of Miami.
- "Latin American & Caribbean Studies". Research Guides. USA: University of Michigan.
- "Latin American Studies". Research Guides. USA: New York University.
- "Latin American Studies". LibGuides. Evanston, Illinois, USA: Northwestern University Library.
- "Latin American Studies". Oxford LibGuides. Oxford, UK: University of Oxford, Bodleian Libraries.
- "Latin America, Spain and Portugal". Princeton LibGuides. USA: Princeton University Library.