Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation (CEDLA)
The inter-university Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation (CEDLA) was founded in 1964 at the University of Amsterdam.In 1971 CEDLA became an inter-university institute with its activities carried out on a national scope. For information on our current activities, see Events, Research and Courses. The CEDLA Annual Report 2012 was published in December 2013.
to carry out social science research on Latin America in the disciplines of cultural anthropology, economics, history, political science, human geography and sociology
to further the effective coordination of social science research
to extend and increase knowledge about the societies and cultures of Latin America
to further scientific teaching on Latin America in the above-mentioned disciplines
to collect books, journals and other source materials relevant to the study and documentation of Latin American themes within the social science.
An important task of CEDLA is to carry out social science research on Latin America. Six disciplines, cultural anthropology, economics, history, political science, human geography and sociology make up the research programme. Each major discipline is represented by at least one member of the CEDLA academic staff.
CEDLA research focuses on the processes of change in Latin America. Research is coordinated from within one overall programme, entitled Natural and Cultural Resource Use in Contemporary Latin America.
Other Activities: CERES, CNWS, NALACS
There is considerable and continuous contact at the research level with foreign universities and research institutes specializing in Latin America. Within the Netherlands, CEDLA is associated with the national research school CERES (Research School for Resource Studies for Development, Utrecht University).
It also cooperates with the research school CNWS (Centre for Non-Western Studies, Leiden University).