The European Council for Social Research in Latin America (CEISAL) was founded in Rheda Castle, Westphalia on April 16th 1971, as an initiative to improve relations between Western and Eastern Europe. The intention was to create an area for academic freedom and critical exchange between the two regions aiming to develop the European Americanism. 24 researching and teaching institutions participated in the founding act from 8 countries of Western Europe as well as Poland and Hungary and, Czechoslovakia. We currently have fifty-one institutes, specialized centers in Latin American studies and national associations, representing 19 European countries.
The CEISAL main organisms are the General Assembly, composed by the institutes / associations members and the Executive Committee, elected by the General Assembly with a maximum of nine members (see link Authorities). Both organisms meet annually. The meetings of the past years took place in Moscow (2001), Amsterdam (2002), Toulouse(2003), Bratislava (2004), Vienna (2005), Belgrade (2006), Brussels (2007) and Warsaw (2008).
One of the main objectives of the current presidency is to give to CEISAl more visibility and an active participation in the international scientific sphere. The recent signs of a CEISAL pro-active politics, are the following commitments: The recent signs of a CEISAL pro-active politics, are the following commitments: in 2007, CEISAL sponsored and organized a panel on a European Latin American Topics cooperation in teaching and research topics, for the event of the 50th Anniversary of FLACSO in Quito, Ecuador. CEISAL held in 2008, a workshop entitled "La situación de los estudios regionales (area studies) en Europa" [The situation of area studies in Europe], in the IHEAL, Paris (cf. article Los estudios latinoamericanistas en Europa: legados históricos, situación actual y perspectivas by Klaus Bodemer). In May 2008, CEISAL took part in the celebrations of the Warsaw CESLA 20th anniversary. During this event, with CESLA sponsorship, was celebrated the General Assembly and the meeting of the Executive committee. Important decisions were taken, such as the CEISAL participation in the congress of Latin American Studies Association (LASA) in June 2009 in Rio de Janeiro and the International Congress of Americanists (ICA) during the same month in Mexico City. In august 2008 CEISAL participated in the Latin American Political Science Association congress (ALACIP), held in San Jose, Costa Rica, with a panel entitled "La investigación politológica sobre América Latina en Europa - balance y perspectivas" [The research on political science on Latin America in Europe, results and perspectives]. The reports were presented on Spain, Germany, UK and USA. In june 2009, CEISAL organized a panel on Latin American studies in Europe in the congress of Latin American Studies Association (LASA) in Rio de Janeiro.
The European Council for Social Research in Latin America (CEISAL) was founded in Rheda Castle, Westphalia on April 16th 1971, as an initiative to improve relations between Western and Eastern Europe. The intention was to create an area for academic freedom and critical exchange between the two regions aiming to develop the European Americanism. 24 researching and teaching institutions participated in the founding act from 8 countries of Western Europe as well as Poland and Hungary and, Czechoslovakia. The main actor of this adventure was the intellectual and academician Hanns-Albert Steger, renowned sociologist at the University Erlangen-Nuremberg, who presided CEISAl during 24 years. (The) statutes were officially registered by the Austrian State in 1980 and the juridical headquarter is today in the Austrian Institute of Latin America in Vienna. The UNESCO recognized CEISAL in 1984 and gave in 1997, the official NGO status in operational relations with the UNESCO. The statutes were modified in 1998 and 2002 to adapt the Council to deeper changing times and more flexibility, efficiency and transparency of the organism. We currently have fifty-one institutes, specialized centers in Latin American studies and national associations, representing 19 European countries.
The first chairman of CEISAL, Hanns-Albert Steger, was in charge from 1971 to 1995.His follower was Gaignard Romain, a geographer at the University of Toulouse, who led CEISAL between 1995 and 2001. The third president was Andrzej Dembicz, a geographer at the University of Warsaw, from 2001 to 2007. The fourth president was Klaus Bodemer, the Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) - Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS), who was elected in August 2007 in Berlin, representing the German Research on Latin America (Adlaf), for three years. The fifth president was Miguel Carrera Troyano (Instituto de Iberoamérica de la Universidad de Salamanca). In 2013, Carlos Quenan was elected president of CEISAL and Detlef Nolte, vice-chairman.
Image: June, 2014
Departamento de Culturas Mundiales, Universidad de Helsinki
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Consejo Superior de Investigaciones scientificas (CSIC)
Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales, Instituto de Historia
Albasanz 26-28, 28037 Madrid, ESPAÑA
Andrés Rivarola Puntigliano
Instituto de Estudios Latinoamericanos, Universidad de Estocolmo.
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Facultad de Letras y Filosofía, Universita degli Studi di Sassari, ITALIA
Instituto de Estudios Latinoamericanos, Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), ALEMANIA
Mercedes García Montero
Instituto de Iberoamérica, Universidad de Salamanca
Instituto de Estudios Latinoamericanos, Escuela Nacional de Estudios Políticos y Administrativos, RUMANIA
Instituto de Latinoamérica de la Academia de Ciencias, RUSIA
Institute des Hautes Etudes de l’Amérique Latine, Francia
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CEISAL main events are its international conferences that took place between 1996 and 2007 every two years (in exception of 2000) and since 2007 every three years. These conferences offered a place to all European Latinamericanists and created a new dynamic of academic exchanges in a wide range of disciplines and countries. Each conference had an explicit topic:
The third central idea of our common policy is the diffusion of the information through the documentary activity of the European Network for Information and Documentation on LatinAmerica (REDIAL), through Latin America European Portal, the electronic bulletin "Puentes para un diálogo. Europa-América Latina", the IguAnalista blog and the scientific e-journal "Anuario Americanista Europeo".
Anuario Americanista Europeo Nº. 10: "Brasil: ¿se puede ser una potencia mundial sin bombas atómicas ni premios Nobel?", ed. por REDIAL-CEISAL, Ed. Electrónica, 2012.
Anuario Americanista Europeo Nº. 9: "Identidades movedizas", ed. por REDIAL-CEISAL, Ed. Electrónica, 2011.
Anuario Americanista Europeo N°.8: "Los estudios latinoamericanos en Europa", ed. por REDIAL-CEISAL, Ed. Electrónica, 2010.
Anuario Americanista Europeo N°.6-7: "Las nuevas figuras del mundo rural latinoamericano", ed. por REDIAL-CEISAL, Ed. Electrónica, 2009.
Anuario Americanista Europeo N°.4-5: "El fraude monetario en los espacios atlánticos (Siglos XV a XXI) / Canarias y América", ed. por REDIAL-CEISAL, París 2007.
Anuario Americanista Europeo N°.3: "La migración transatlántica. Fuentes, fondos y colecciones", ed. por REDIAL-CEISAL, París 2005
Anuario Americanista Europeo N°.2: "Estudios europeos. Colecciones especiales", ed. por REDIAL-CEISAL, París 2004
Anuario Americanista Europeo N°.1: "Escribir la Ciudad. Miradas cruzadas", ed. por REDIAL-CEISAL, París 2003