The Norwegian Association of Latin American Studies (NALAS) is an interdisciplinary professional organization made up of Latin America-researchers and experts based in Norway. Our main goal is to disseminate knowledge about the region and strengthen both research and the public debate on Latin America in Norway.
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Watch the video and read the letter from our president Kari Salkjelsvik.

We are approaching the Spanish-Language Filipino Cultural Production and other East-West Cultural Exchange, at UiO, on June 7th. 

Even though it is hard to choose from such a delightful program, we'd like to direct your attention towards one particular event, Mario Bellati's talk "Buscando la tercera escritura perdida".   

Time and place: June 7, 2022–June 8, 2022,  Sophus Bugges Hus - Blindern Campus - University of Oslo Add to calendar

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Christian Krohn-Hansen launches his new book Jobless Growth in the Dominican Republic: Disorganization, Precarity, and Livelihoods.


Time and place: June 2nd, 2022, 17:00–18:30,  Litteraturhuset, Oslo Legg til i kalender

The event will be streamed. To join the live stream event go the Department's YouTube-channel.

This book employs thick ethnography in the Dominican Republic to explore the more general challenges that the phenomena of jobless growth and «no wage labour futures» raise for political-economic analysis.

Christian Krohn-Hansen (Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo) will discuss the book with Susana Narotzky (Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Barcelona) and Elisabeth Schober (Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo). Rune Flikke (Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo) will chair the event.

About the book

The Dominican Republic has posted impressive economic growth rates over the past thirty years. Despite this, the generation of new, good jobs has been remakably weak. How have ordinary and poor Dominicans worked and lived in the shadow of the country’s conspicuous growth rates? This book considers this question through an ethnographic exploration of the popular economy in the Dominican capital. Focusing on the city’s precarious small businesses, including furniture manufacturers, food stalls, street-corner stores, and savings and credit cooperatives, Krohn-Hansen shows how people make a living, tackle market shifts, and the factors that characterize their relationship to the state and pervasive corruption.

Empirically grounded, this book examines the condition of the urban masses in Santo Domingo, offering an original and captivating contribution to the scholarship on popular economic practices, urban changes, and today’s Latin America and the Caribbean.

This book is published by Stanford University Press and can be purchased here: Jobless Growth in the Dominican Republic: Disorganization, Precarity, and Livelihoods | Christian Krohn-Hansen (

NALAS-Webinar: Crossroads between Latin America and Asia

Another highly interesting webinar is coming up! 

Date: 29.04.22 - 9:00 am New York, 3:00 pm Oslo

Zoom Meeting ID: 678 8480 5804 

The study of transpacific cultural relations has become a field of research that challenges current paradigms on Latin America and theoretical models centred on Western modernity.

Laura J. Torres-Rodríguez and Araceli Tinajero, two renowned researchers in this field, will present the main hypotheses of their most recent books: Orientaciones transpacíficas: la modernidad mexicana y el espectro de Asia (2019) and A Cultural History of Spanish Speakers in Japan (2021).

Moderator: Ana María Ramírez (UiO)

How to draft a constitution in the XXI century? The Chilean Constitutional Convention

Date: 28.03.22 - 3:00 pm (CET)

Language: English

During the last years, Chile has experienced an intense period of social unrest that culminated in the approval of a Constitutional Convention, which started to work on July 2021. In this webinar, we assembled a panel of leading Chilean scholars to talk about the ongoing debates in the convention and what we can expect from it.


  • Gabriel Negretto is an Associated Professor of Political Science at the Pontificial Catholic University of Chile. He is an expert in comparative constitutional studies with an emphasis in Latin America.

  • Verónica Undurraga is an Associate Professor of Law at Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez. She is an expert in constitutional law, human rights and gender issues with emphasis on reproductive rights.

  • Jorge Contesse is an Associate Professor of Law at Rutgers University. He is an expert in international human rights and comparative constitutional law with an emphasis on Latin America and the inter-American human rights system.
Moderator: Leiv Marsteintredet, professor at the Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen. 

Please register to receive the link for the event here.

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 The NALAS Conference 2021 is just a couple of days away and now you can check our final program. Register to get access to the links for the virtual rooms. Remember that participants based in Latin America are exempted from the conference fee!

You can check the full program here.

Check also our Conference webpage to know more about our speakers and practical information!

Contact us. Please send us information about events and publications which would be of interest to NALAS members.