ALARA is a dynamic organization of individual scholars working in the field of Afro-Latin American Studies. A majority of the membership are college/university professors trained in Latin American studies (literature, linguistics, sociology, political science, cultural studies, communication studies, history, etc.) whose research and/or teaching interests focus on cultural production and materiality of Africa descendants in North, Central and South America, the Caribbean basin and Equatorial Guinea (West Africa).
We seek to establish Afro-Latin American studies as a field that is distinguished by being international, interdisciplinary, inter-ethnic, comparative, and collegial.
For the first time, ALARA will bring its biennial conference to the mainland United States! We will be in Houston, Texas.
We have a partnership with the University of Houston and will be hosted by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Conference dates will be from Tuesday, August 7th to Saturday, August 11th.
Call for papers will be posted in mid-November. Abstracts due in mid-February.
Notifications in mid-March. Paid registration by mid-April.
ALARA Membership is open to all those interested in African Diaspora Studies.
Membership Dues and Conference Registration Fees
The conference registration fee is US $285. The conference registration fee for students/Professors Emeriti is US $200.
For those not attending the conference, the annual membership fee for one-year is US $100.
The Publication of the Afro-Latin/American Research Association (PALARA) is now open access and is located here: