Above all, CLAS is a place of gathering.
Students, faculty, staff, and visiting scholars from throughout the Americas
come here to teach, study, and expand their knowledge through our many programs and events.

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News & Announcements

CLAS has compiled a list of resources in the areas of film, audio/music, museum/exhibitions, and writing/research.

CLAS will acception nominations from UChicago faculty until June 17, 2020.

Congratulations to Salomé Aguilera Skvirsky (Cinema and Media Studies) on her new book!

Events Calendar


Contextos: On Archives, Dissertations, and All We Cannot Control

Hanna Manente Nunes, a doctoral candidate in History, discusses the role of luck and uncertainty in research.

EntreVistas: Indigenous Citizenship and Political Activism in Bolivia

Mareike Winchell (Anthropology) discusses her research in Bolivia, where she studies questions of indigeneity and governance and how histories of agrarian servitude have shaped the terms of citizenship and political inclusion in the present.

Contextos: Powers of Terror: Esotericism and the Argentine Dictatorship

Laura Colaneri, a doctoral candidate in Romance Languages and Literatures, discusses José López Rega and sinister forces in Argentine politics.

EntreVistas: Life in Academia after the LACS MA 

Sarah Osten (LACS AM'04, History PhD'10) discusses her time on campus as an MA student, her transition into the History doctoral program, and her experience navigating the job market post-graduation.

Contextos: A Language Puzzle in Panama

Carlos Cisneros, a doctoral candidate in Linguistics, reflects on the details of the Chibchan language family that piqued his interest.

Contextos: Hearing, Seeing, and Smelling 1950s Tijuana: An Exercise in Historical Imagination

Christian Rocha, a doctoral candidate in History, discusses the texture of city life around his research site, both today and in the 1950s.

Contextos: Photographs of the Castillo: Close Looking at the Art and Architecture of Chichén Itzá

Frida Plata, a student in the MA Program in the Humanities, reflects on photos of El Castillo and a visit to Chichén Itzá.

EntreVistas: Decolonizing Anthropology

Ryan Jobson, Anthropology, discusses what decolonization means within the academic sphere generally and within anthropology as a discipline.

Contextos: Romance in Absentia: A Cultural History of Puerto Rican Cinema Found and Lost

Pedro Noel Doreste, PhD Student, Cinema and Media Studies, and Dalina Aimée Perdomo, Curatorial Fellow for Diversity in the Arts, Museum of Contemporary Photography on the "recovery" of Romance Tropical.

EntreVistas: Participatory Security in Latin America

Yanilda María González, School of Social Service Administration, discusses her research on participatory security in Buenos Aires, São Paulo, and Bogotá. Full conversation here.


CLAS by the Numbers

Years—CLAS was founded in 1968
Affiliated Faculty—across the University
Events in 2018-19—lectures, conferences, film screenings and more
Latin America-focused Courses in 2018-19—offered across disciplines