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CEISAL - European Council for Social Research on Latin America


Who we are ?



CEISAL is an association comprised by interdisciplinary European research centers and institutes dedicated to the study of Latin America. Nowadays, CEISAL has 38 members from 17 countries. There are also two asociated members, the Professor Andrzej Dembicz Foundation, Warszawa, Poland and the Sverdlin Institute for the History and Culture of Latin America, Tel Aviv University, Israel.

CEISAL was founded in 1971 in Westphalia, as an initiative that aimed at building bridges between Western and Eastern Europe. Its main objective was to promote academic freedom and the exchange of critical thought and ideas that could contribute to the development of European Latin Americanism. 24 research and teaching institutions from 8 Western countries participated in the foundation of CEISAL along with others from Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia.

CEISAL holds annual assemblies, and the last one took place within the 8th CEISAL Conference in Salamanca, Spain. The General Assembly (with participation of all members) elected the new Directive Committee of CEISAL.

                                         Directive Comittee meeting in Helsinki 2018



Directive Committee

President: Jussi O. Pakkasvirta
Department of World Cultures, University of Helsinki
PO Box 59 (Unioninkatu 38A) 00014. Helsinki, FINLAND
Email: jussi.pakkasvirta@helsinki.fi


Vicepresident:Elda González
Spanish National Research Council
Centre for Human and Social Sciences, Institute of History
Albasanz 26-28, 28037 Madrid, SPAIN
Email: elda.gonzalez@cchs.csic.es


Treasurer: Andrés Rivarola Puntigliano
Institute of Latin American Studies, Stockholm University
SE-106 91, Stockholm, SWEDEN
Email: andres.rivarola@lai.su.se

Members of the Executive comittee:

Alberto Merler
Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, Universita degli Studi di Sassari, ITALY
Email: merler@uniss.it

Detlef Nolte

Institute of Latin American Studies, German Institue of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), GERMANY

Mercedes García Montero
Iberoamerican Institute, University of Salamanca, SPAIN
Email: mercegar@usal.es

Iordan Bãrbulescu
Institute of Latin American Studies, National School of Political Science and Public Administration, RUMANIA
Email: iordan.barbulescu@snspa.ro

Violetta Tayar
Asociación de Estudios sobre el Mundo Iberoamericano (AEMI)
Email: vtayar@mail.ru

Olivier Compagnon
Institute of Latin American Studies (IHEAL), FRANCE
Email: olivier.compagnon@gmail.com



CEISAL’s main aim is to promote knowledge on Latin America in Europe and the world through interdisciplinary research practices and events. Accordingly, the Council organizes seminars and triennial conferences and is present in numerous fora such as ICA and LASA conferences, and FLACSO activities. Through diverse networks, the Council also spreads news about its members’ activities.

Statutes (in Spanish)


Simposio CEISAL en el Instituto de Iberoamérica (Salamanca)

                            Image: Salamanca 2011


Upcoming events

The next CEISAL Conference will be held in Bucharest, Rumania, during Summer 2019. This year, CEISAL will be present in the NOLAN 2018 Conference en Oslo.

CEISAL Conferences

The 8th CEISAL Conference held in Salamanca (June 28 - July 1, 2016) gathered together 1800 specialists from 49 nationalities. The most widely represented Latin American countries were Brazil, Argentina and Mexico whilst most European participants came from Spain, France, Germany and Portugal.
The main theme of the conference “A Post-Hegemonic Era: Society, Culture and Politics in Latin America”, allowed for the organization of 124 symposia around 13 thematic subjects. During four days, presentations and debates from diverse disciplinary angles —social anthropology, political science, arts and visual culture, history, sociology, literature and international relations amongst others— gave participants the opportunity to gain knowledge on the research on Latin America conducted nowadays. In addition, the event included 47 book presentations and 10 round tables on issues like development cooperation, electoral organizations or the current situation in Brazil and Colombia.

                                       CEISAL 2016 Conference closure in Salmanca

Previous Conferences

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:

  • I Congress, Salamanca 26-28 June 1996, "Latinoamérica: Realidades y Perspectivas" [Latin America: Realities and Perspectives]
  • II Congress, Halle 4-9 September 1998, "América Latina: cruce de culturas y sociedades. La dimensión histórica y la globalización futura" [Latin America: a crossroads of cultures and societies. The historical dimension and future globalization]
  • III Congress, Amsterdam 3-6 July 2002, "Cruzando Fronteras en América Latina" [Crossing Borders in Latin America]
  • IV Congress, Bratislava 4-7 July 2004, "Desafíos sociales en América latina en el Siglo XXI" [Social Challenges in Latin America in the XXI Century]
  • V Congress, Bruselas 11-14 April 2007, "Las relaciones triangulares entre Europa y las Américas en el siglo XXI: expectativas y desafíos" [The triangular relations between Europe and the Americas in the XXI Century: Expectations and Challenges]
  • VI Congress, Toulouse 30 June-3 July 2010, "Independencia-Dependencia-Interdependencia" [Independence-Dependence, Interdependence]
  • VII Congress, Oporto 12-15 June 2013, "Porvenir, memoria y presente"[Future, memory and e present]
  • VIII Congress, Salmanca 28 June - 1 July 2016, "A Post-Hegemoic Era: Society, Culture and Politics in Latin America"


Acts of assemblies




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.

Data and information exchange

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 until 2014 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 EuropeoAnuario 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


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  • LASA
  • ReDGoB

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United Kingdom

Czech Republic





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