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.


2018 SLAS Annual Conference

The University of Southampton will host SLAS for its annual conference on 22-23 March 2018 at the University’s Winchester campus. The theme of the 2018 SLAS Conference is: Latin American Studies Around the World.

Conference website: http://generic.wordpress.soton.ac.uk/slas2018/

Call for submissions


We are pleased to share that we received a large number of excellent panel proposals and individual paper proposals. A plenary roundtable featuring prominent Latin Americanist scholars from across the globe and engaging directly with the conference theme has been confirmed, as well as two media exhibits. See details at the website: https://generic.wordpress.soton.ac.uk/slas2018/

The preliminary programme will be announced soon.

We are now extending the call for submissions in all disciplinary tracks to fill a few remaining slots. In particular, we encourage proposals in less-represented disciplines such as economics, health sciences, sociology, and geography.

SLAS and non-SLAS members are encouraged to submit panel and paper proposals to be discussed at the 2018 SLAS Annual Conference on 22-23 March 2018. The deadline for CFPs is 31 August 2017.

To submit papers: http://generic.wordpress.soton.ac.uk/slas2018/call-for-paperspanels/


The Bulletin of Latin American Research (BLAR) [new window] is published by Wiley-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 (blar@liverpool.ac.uk) to find out more. For further information on submitting proposals, click here. The editors are Jasmine Gideon, Geoffrey Kantaris, Patricia Oliart, Lucy Taylor, Ann Varley and Matthew Brown.

SLAS eNewsletter

Organising a conference? Running a seminar? Launching a new masters' programme? Tell us about your activities. SLAS sends out a monthly e-letter to all members, alerting them to upcoming events and news. If you would like to contribute to this e-letter, please email Christy Palmer (editor) on slasweb@live.com, providing an explanation of the event or item, details and any relevant weblinks or attachments.