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SALALM - Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials

Migrations and Connections: Latin America and Europe in the Modern World

The LIVth meeting of the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials will explore historical and contemporary connections between Europe and Latin America and will highlight European-based archives, collections, and digital projects that support and promote the study of Latin America.  The conference will be hosted in Berlin by the Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut, which is home to the largest library in the region specializing in Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal.

The SALALM conference program will focus on several major themes surrounding the varied relationships forged between Latin America and Europe in the modern, post-independence era.  One key set of topics will be the movement of peoples in both directions:  European immigration to Latin America, the experience of politically-motivated exile between both world regions, and the contemporary flows of Latin Americans to European cities and resulting emergence of new migrant communities. Equally engaging is the transmission of ideas, knowledge, and cultural practices in the independent and modern eras of Latin American history. We will explore key intersections between European and Latin American writers, artists, philosophers, scientists, and intellectuals.  How and why did such connections emerge and with what impact on the cultural, artistic and literary traditions in Latin America and Europe?  Potential topics include the avant-garde in its multiple manifestations and other significant intellectual movements of the 19th and 20th centuries.  Our program will also feature papers and presentations that analyze contemporary relations between Latin America and Europe in the context of globalization.  The historically strong bilateral ties between Latin American countries and the United States have been shifting toward more complex patterns of multilateral relationships, and new bilateral connections oriented toward Europe.  How are European and Latin American countries and peoples experiencing these shifts with respect to their economic, political, and cultural lives?  How can new patterns of relations be understood against a backdrop of centuries of European-Latin American contact?  Panels and sessions will provide opportunities to examine and consider the nature and meaning of these varied migrations and connections across a broad span of modern history.

In addition to the scholarly presentations and panels, an important purpose of the conference will be to highlight major libraries, archives and digital collections that document and enable research on Latin American Studies within European libraries and academic institutions. We will feature presentations on both traditional collections and collecting strategies along with digital projects that open access to distinctive and unique resources.  How have existing collaborations enhanced access to important scholarly collections?  What connections between scholars, librarians, and archivists in the Americas and Europe can promote access to valuable resources?  SALALM will actively encourage and welcome the participation of librarians, archivists, scholars, and information professionals based in European institutions and organizations and we look forward to a productive professional exchange.

Pamela Graham
Acting Director
Area Studies/Center for Human Rights Documentation & Research
Latin American & Iberian Studies Librarian
Columbia University
307 International Affairs, 420 W. 118th St.
New York, NY   10027
212.854.3630 / 212-854.3834 (fax)

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