NEW! Conference & Seminar Scheme
SLAS makes available funds amounting to £4,000 annually to support seminars, conferences and other events which promise to be of high quality, to advance the objectives of the Society, and to appeal to a considerable number of its members.

All conferences and events supported must be open to all members of the Society (subject to payment of conference fees). The contribution of the Society to any conference or event must be clearly and publicly acknowledged.

For more information visit the Conference & Seminar Scheme page, here.

Postgraduate Conference Grants
SLAS makes available a total of 8 grants worth up to £500 each (£4,000 total) per year to postgraduate members to assist them to attend major conferences held outside the UK, where all other possibilities for funding have been exhausted. To be eligible, you must be: a member of SLAS; a current research student at a UK university (of any nationality); and giving a paper at the conference. Please note that funds are limited, and that SLAS can only offer a contribution towards expenses; the maximum sum available to each applicant is thus £500.

To apply please fill in the application form available here [Word]. There are TWO annual deadlines for applications: 3 October 2014 and 27 February 2015. SLAS will usually allocate £2000 in each round. Applications referring to conferences to be held within one month of the relevant deadline are ineligible and will be discarded.

Full details can be found here.

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What is SLAS?

The Society for Latin American Studies was founded in 1964 and is one of the leading Latin American studies organizations in Europe. We have around 400 members. While most are academics and PhD students, members also include diplomats, journalists, and research analysts from business and non-governmental organisations.

Excellent Research
SLAS members are united by their desire to deepen knowledge and understanding about Latin America, primarily through engaging in field research and theoretical enquiry. Many members work contributes to high RAE rankings and some have a significant influence on the subject, breaking new intellectual ground and earning an international reputation.

Latin Americanists have a natural inclination to produce multidisciplinary work, now top of the agenda for funding councils. Our journals and conferences feature work from across the social sciences and arts disciplines. This promotes the cross-fertilization of ideas, approaches and methodologies leading to innovative and perceptive research.

Some Latin Americanists work in dedicated Institutes but many of us work as individuals within disciplinary departments. SLAS links us all within a very special community distinguished by its friendliness and its habit of looking past academ

See our Constitution and Standing Order [Word] (This is going to be revised shortly).

SLAS Annual Conference

The conference is the key event in our calendar, attracting 200-350 participants. It takes place during the Easter vacation in different locations each year.

Academic panels vary widely, from economics to music via anthropology, politics, history, literature, geography and film. We have a keynote speaker and social events which in the past have included visits to galleries, film festivals and which culminate in the conference dinner with salsa dancing.

PILAS runs research workshops for postgraduate students and all panels are strongly encouraged to include at least one postgraduate speaker. Postgraduate attendance is facilitated by the conference bursary.

Funding is available to assist Latin American scholars who are presenting a paper at the SLAS conference with their travel expenses.


The SLAS 2016 Annual Conference website, with dates, applications and any other information about the conference, will be up and running soon.
For previous conferences, click here.


University of Aberdeen | 17-18 April

Annual Reports

Here are the reports from the SLAS Officers. They were presented at the AGM. The reports describe our activities during the past year. If you have more queries or would like to get more involved, contact the President or the Secretary.


The Bulletin of Latin American Research (BLAR) [new window] is published by Blackwell Publishers four times a year (January, March, June and September). All SLAS members receive BLAR as part of their subscription.

BLAR publishes original research of current interest on Latin America, the Caribbean, inter-American relations and the Latin American diaspora from all academic disciplines within the social sciences, history and cultural studies. In addition to research articles The Bulletin also publishes a substantial section of book reviews, covering publications in English, Spanish and Portuguese, both recent works and classics of the past revisited.

Details of articles in current and back issues can be accessed here [new window].

BLAR Book Series

Some of the most ground-breaking research in Latin American and Caribbean Studies emerges from multidisciplinary and collaborative endeavours which bring together people, ideas and perspectives. The BLAR Book Series provides an ideal space in which this kind of innovative research can be published. The series builds on the established international reputation of the Bulletin of Latin American Research which publishes primary research from a wide range of disciplines in Latin American Studies.

Publications in the BLAR Book Series:

If you are interested in submitting a book proposal, email the BLAR Editorial Assistant Ken Lestrange ( to find out more. For further information on submitting proposals, click here. The editors are Jasmine Gideon, Geoffrey Kantaris, Tony Kapcia, Lucy Taylor, Ann Varley and Matthew Brown.