The California Center is hosted by University of California—Los Angeles (UCLA). Located on the premises of the Latin American Institute (Bunche Hall), the Center has two local supervisors: Efrain Kristal, Director of the Department of Comparative Literature at UCLA, and Kevin Terraciano, director of the Latin American Institute. This partnership allowed for the organization of the conference "Pathway for Cooperation and Research in the Americas" which marked the inauguration of the Center in early 2015.
Eugénie Clément, Coordinator of the California Center (2019-2022)
Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales Doctoral Student (ED 286)
During Eugénie Clément’s mandate, the central axes of the California Center are anthropology, history, studies on migration and comparative literature, with particular attention paid to Native American studies. Eugenie Clément’s research focuses on the environmental struggles present on the Navajo Nation reserve. Located in the American Southwest, the Navajo Nation straddles the states of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, in a land exploited and considered a mining area. Thus, the Navajo Nation crystallizes the fundamental issues of the Southwestern United States: problems of water access and drought, pollution, the management of environmental conflicts and racial tensions. The California Center works to develop events and collaborations on issues of territory, power structures and environmental struggles.
IdA’s supervisors in France:
- Antoine Coppolani, member of the Scientific Board of the Institut des Amériques, professor in Contemporary History at Université Paul Valéry Montpellier 3
- Sonia Lehman-Frisch, member of the Scientific Board of the Institut des Amériques, professor in Geography at Université Paris Nanterre