The Colonial American Studies Organization (CASO) has as its purpose to provide a forum for intellectual exchange on all matters pertinent to the advancement of the interdisciplinary study of the colonial Americas.
The organization seeks to open a world-wide space, both physical and virtual, for intellectual and scholarly interaction. For this purpose, the organization will organize and international conference to be held every two years, and will provide, on a permanent basis, a web-site that offers a number of resources and services. Primary among these resources and services are a cyber library of primary texts, a bibliographical database, a periodic cyber seminar, a bulletin board, and hyperlinks to relevant sites.
The organization encourages the international participation by students and scholars in a broad range of disciplines, including, but not limited to, literary studies, history, philosophy, anthropology, archaeology, art history, theology, linguistics, and cultural and gender studies.
The organization includes a areas of interest all geographical and cultural areas of the Americas in their different and varied colonial experiences.
By these means, CASO seeks: 1. to meet the need to access and disseminate an increasing body of primary sources, as well as current and future research being carried out world-wide in this complex field; 2. to offer a forum for communication and dialogue among colonial scholars in different countries; 3. to promote the development of future scholars in the field.
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