About CAS

The CAS library

The Centre for Amerindian, Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CAS) is an interdisciplinary area studies research centre at The University of St Andrews. CAS is based in The Department of Social Anthropology and beyond the interests and expertise of our staff, we are interested in all research concerned with Latin America, the Caribbean and Amerindian societies, regardless of disciplinary outlook. We are one of the oldest research centres at The University of St Andrews, having run for 49 years since Douglas Gifford founded CAS in 1969 as the Centre for Latin American Linguistic Studies.

As the Centre nears its 50 year anniversary (in 2019), we are actively seeking opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration, networking and ongoing conversation with interested colleagues. CAS is directed by Sarah Bennison and administered by Christine Lee, a CAS-affiliated doctoral student.

We run a regular lively and welcoming series of seminars each semester with papers from invited speakers and our postgraduate students. For details about CAS events, please contact us.

CAS infrastructure and resources

The Centre has a small suite of offices encompassing a reading room, a post-graduate computer room and an administrative office. CAS houses a small library containing a teaching collection of predominantly linguistics texts in its reading room. An excellent Latin American collection is housed for CAS in the Main Library. Current opening hours for the CAS Reading Room are by appointment with the CAS secretary. CAS publishes specialist region-focused publications via its occasional paper and monograph series.

For further information, please contact:
Centre for Amerindian, Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Department of Social Anthropology
School of Philosophical, Anthropological & Film Studies
University of St Andrews
71 North Street
St Andrews, Fife
KY16 9AL Scotland, UK

Director: Dr Sarah Bennison
Email: amerindian@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1334 462986/2977