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About NALACS

Nalacs is the Netherlands Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, an association for everyone in the Netherlands who is interested in Latin America and Caribbean. Its mission is to promote insight and debate on issues related to the region in the Netherlands.

What is NALACS?

NALACS began to operate under this name in 1996. Nalacs is a membership organization and was formed by a group of academics with different disciplinary backgrounds doing research on Latin America and the Caribbean. Originally, Nalacs was an association by and for academics, but it has broadened to include individuals working on the region within additional professional fields, such as journalism and development practice.

Members & Membership

Its members include senior researchers, PhD candidates and students, as well as journalists and NGO staff. Nalacs also has a network function, connecting Latin Americanists and Caribbeanists in the Netherlands to each other and to colleagues in surrounding countries. A Nalacs membership includes a subscription to the European Review of Latin American Studies.

What does NALACS do?

Nalacs organizes lectures, seminars and conferences on social, political and cultural developments in Latin America and the Caribbean, often in cooperation with other Dutch institutions. Nalacs events focus on urgent or otherwise topical issues and offer a forum to experts based in the Netherlands and abroad.

Nalacs has the following objectives

  1. To contribute from a multi-disciplinary perspective to knowledge, understanding and debates about Latin America and the Caribbean, through activities including the organization of academic events.
  2. To stimulate contacts between individuals, universities and organizations with an interest in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  3. To further the interests of Latin American and Caribbean studies vis-à-vis academic and social institutions and funding agencies.

Our board

Eva Schmitz
Chair
Ria Hulsman
Treasury & Administration
Agustina Solera
Secretariat
Mirtha Lorena del Castillo
NALACS/OLA & Thesis Award
Fabio de Castro
Events
Débora Póvoa
Newsletter & Communication