ENCUENTRO 2019. The Low Countries and Latin America from the 19th Century until Present. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Shared Histories and Sources.

8 April 2019, 13:30 to 10 April 2019, 12:30


ENCUENTRO has joined forces with the Documentation and Research Center on Religion, Culture and Society (KADOC-KU Leuven) for an international workshop from the 8th until the 10th of April.

As part of growing scholarly and public interest in transnational history, researchers historians, literary scientists, geographists and other social scientists have become increasingly interested in the Low Countries’ contacts and exchanges with Latin America. Latin Americanists increasingly adopt transnational and entangled perspectives to map contemporary relationships and shared histories between Latin America and Europe. The research field is nonetheless confronted with a discrepancy between the growing desire to analyse these historic and contemporary linkages and the apparent scarcity of sources to conduct these investigations. This three-day international workshop aims to address this debilitating obstacle and bridge the gap between scholars and the vast yet frequently unknown collections of sources documenting the multidimensional relationships between the Low Countries and Latin America from the 19th century until today.

Fifteen scholars will present novel and innovative researches into the shared histories between both regions. Presentations focus on migration, solidarity, literature and expansionism and independence. Additionally, we invite four archival institutions from Belgium and the Netherlands to reveal their rich collections on Latin America: KADOC KU Leuven, AMSAB Institute  Social History, Archives et Musée de la Littérature and the Catholic Documentation Center Nijmegen

All practical information on the workshop can be found on the official website of the workshop.

The workshop is open to the broader audience. Attendance is free but registration is required.