Latin American Studies Association

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Latin American Studies Association
Abbreviation LASA
Formation 1966
Type learned society
Headquarters Pittsburgh, United States
Website lasa.international.pitt.edu

The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is the largest association for scholars of Latin American studies. Founded in 1966,[1] it has over 6,000 members, forty-five percent of whom reside outside the United States, LASA brings together experts on Latin America from all disciplines and diverse occupational endeavors, across the globe.[2] LASA publishes an interdisciplinary scholarly journal, the Latin American Research Review.


History[edit]

LASA was founded in 1966 following a meeting sponsored by the Joint Committee on Latin American Studies (composed of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), held at the Hispanic Foundation (now the Hispanic Division) of the Library of Congress, May 7, 1966. LASA's constitution and bylaws were drafted and on May 12, 1966 it was incorporated in Washington, DC as a legal, tax exempt organization, "non-profit professional body created by scholarly area specialists to meet their particular and growing needs."[3] The incorporation of the LASA was the culmination of a long process to create such an organization after the failure of a previous attempt. In April 1958, Howard F. Cline, Director of the Hispanic Foundation of the Library of Congress (1952-71) and the ACLS organized a conference to explore the creation of a coordinating body for Latin American area studies. In 1959, the ACLS and the SSRC formed the Joint Committee on Latin American Studies, which ultimately led to the founding of LASA as an organization.[4] The Constitution and Bylaws of the Latin American Studies Association were published in the Latin American Research Review in 1966.[5] LASA's first President after its 1966 incorporation was political scientist Kalman Silvert, who published extensively on Latin American political systems and conflict.[6] LASA honors Silvert's memory with a major prize.

Mission[edit]

LASA's mission is "to foster intellectual discussion, research, and teaching on Latin America, the Caribbean, and its people throughout the Americas, promote the interests of its diverse membership, and encourage civic engagement through network building and public debate."[2]

LASA Presidents[edit]

Awards[edit]

  • Martin Diskin Dissertation Award[7]
  • Bryce Wood Book Award
  • LASA/Oxfam America Martin Diskin Memorial Lectureship
  • Premio Iberoamericano Book Award
  • LASA Media Award
  • Silvert Award

References[edit]

  1. ^ American Council of Learned Societies, Latin American Studies Association
  2. ^ a b LASA, About LASA
  3. ^ Howard F. Cline, "The Latin American Studies Association: A Summary Survey with Appendix," Latin American Research Review, Vol. 2. No. 1 (Autumn 1966), pp. 57-79.
  4. ^ Cline, ibid.
  5. ^ Howard F. Cline, "Latin American Studies Association: A Summary Survey with Appendix," Latin American Research Review, Vol. 2, No. 1 (Autumn 1966) pp. 75-79.
  6. ^ Kalman H. Silvert, obituary. New York Times, June 17, 1976, p. 38.
  7. ^ LASA, LASA Awards

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