Since its creation in 2008, the Washington Center of the Institut des Amériques is hosted by Georgetown University. It is located in the CLAS, the Center for Latin American Studies of Georgetown University. The local faculty advisor, Miléna Santoro, is a member of the Advisory Committee of the IdA and a Professor at the French Department of Georgetown University.
Her PhD dissertation is entitled: “Indigenous women in the Americas facing violence: intersectional demands of rights to normative co-production, a fight for recognition”, under the supervision of Professor Albane Geslin (Aix-Marseille Université)
The Washington Center focuses on Indigenous Peoples in the Americas, through an interdisciplinary perspective. More specifically, a three-year program of conferences invites researchers, lawyers and activists to discuss the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, their diversities and complexities. These events aim at opening a space for dialogue in order to enhance the comprehension of these questions, while putting a great emphasis on the involvement of Indigenous scholars and activists.
IdA referent in France: Isabelle Vagnoux, member of the IdA Scientific Board, professor of American Civilization, Aix-Marseille Université.
Local faculty advisor: Miléna Santoro, professor at the French Department, with the support of Erick Langer, former local faculty advisor and professor at the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS), Georgetown University.