40 years of Latin American studies

La Trobe University will celebrate an incredible milestone next month, following 40 years of Latin American studies at the Bundoora campus.

The Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) is Australia’s first and Victoria’s only academic centre dedicated to fostering research and understanding of Latin American history, sociology, politics, commerce, economics, archaeology, languages, and culture.

Director Dr Ralph Newmark said since it was established in 1976, the ILAS and its academic members have pioneered the study of Latin American society and culture in Australasia.

“Our scholars have paid particular attention to the study of Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, the Andean region (especially Colombia and Venezuela) and Chile, as well as to the comparative development of Australia and Argentina. Notable former staff include multi-award winning historian Inga Clendinnen,” Dr Newmark said.

The ILAS coordinates undergraduate courses, promotes research and postgraduate work on Latin America, and liaises with government, the diplomatic corps, the media and the Latin American community in Melbourne and across Australia.

ILAS will celebrate its 40th anniversary by hosting an international conference in Latin American Studies from 1 to 3 December, held at both the Franklin St City Campus and the Teaching and Learning Commons (TLC) on the Melbourne-Bundoora campus.

Keynote speakers include a number of very eminent international scholars:

  • Alan Knight Emeritus Professor of Latin American history at Oxford University, UK
  • Eduardo Marques Professor of Political Science, University of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Nélida Silva Co-founder Ballet Folklórico, Perú
  • Carlos Alzugaray Former Ambassador of Cuba to the European Union, political analyst

Event Details:

Thursday December 1: Focus on Cuba

La Trobe University Campus -215 Franklin St City - opposite Queen Victoria Market

Friday December 2 – Saturday December 3

TLC Building Bundoora Campus

For more information and registration click here.

Media contact Briena Barrett: 0432 566 014