La Selva (The Jungle), 1943. Wilfredo Lam (Cuban), 1902-1982.
LALISA (Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies Association) is open to anyone with a scholarly interest in Latin American, Latino, or Iberian studies. Founded in 2013 by faculty members from Lewis & Clark College, Reed College, the University of Puget Sound, Whitman College, and Willamette University, with support from the Northwest Five Consortium and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, LALISA aims to share research, resources, and opportunities in these areas of study and to foster productive professional relationships and exchanges both between its members and with the community at large. 


The second congress of LALISA, "Peripheral Mappings: Social and Cultural Geographies from the Underside of Modernity" will be held April 13–15, 2017 at the University of Oregon in Eugene. LALISA aspires to offer a space to reflect on topics such as tradition and identity construction, testimonial literature, visual culture, discourses on memory, and translation. The conference aims to investigate the validity and contemporary currency of the center-periphery model as a way to understand Latin American, Latino/a, and Iberian cultural productions and social formations. This interdisciplinary event will provide a framework for collaboration between the universities and colleges that make up LALISA, as well as between faculty and students.

Visit the UO conference website to learn more about the congress and register.

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LALISA III April 13-14, 2018 Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR