Latin American Studies Council of Asia and Oceania (CELAO)  

The Latin American Studies Council of Asia and Oceania or in Spanish Consejo de Estudios Latinoamericanos de Asia y de Oceanía (CELAO) was established in Osaka, Japan in 2003 to serve as a forum for multidisciplinary research on Latin America and to promote cooperation with similar organizations devoted to Latin American studies in the Asia and Oceania region. It was established at the 11th General Assembly of FIEALC*, hosted by the National Museum of Ethnology and Osaka University in 2003.

The members are China, South Korea, India, Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, and Japan.  
*FIEALC (Federación Internacional de Estudios de América Latina y el Caribe) is the international organization, composed of more than 100 academic institutions both inside and outside of Latin America. The head office is at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.  

 The Preceding Conferences  

The Conferences of CELAO have already been held 5 times. From the 3rd Conference in India, there were established central themes.  

The 1st Conference: July 14-16, 2005, at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia 

The 2nd Conference: June 21-23, 2007, at the Convention Center COEX in Seoul, South Korea 

The 3rd Conference: December 3-5, 2008, at Indira Gandhi National Open University
The central theme: “Contemporary Latin America and the Caribbean” 

The 4th Conference: November 22-24, 2010, at the University of Guadalajara in Mexico 
The central theme: “Sociedad, Estado y Mercados ante la Crisis Global en América Latina: miradas desde Asía-Pacífico”

The 5th Conference: October 9-11, 2012, at the University of Asia and the Pacific in Manila, Philippine 
      The central theme: “Strengthening Exchanges across the Pacific”  

The 6th Conference:  September 16 – 18, 2014, at Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan 
The central theme: "Rethinking the Tradition and Modernity in Latin America" 

The 7th Conference: December 7 – 9, 2016, at Victoria University of Wellington,  New Zealand 
The central theme: "Our Shared Ocean – Navigating the Links between Latin America, Asia  and the Pacific" 

The 8th Conference of CELAO is to be held in Macau in 2018.