REF consultation
Here is the response sent by Lucy Taylor (former SLAS President) on behalf of the members during the consultation exercise. Copies of the draft documentation for panels C and D, as well as generic criteria, can be found on the HEFCE website here:

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SLAS 2015, Annual Conference

University of Aberdeen
17-18 April, 2015

Call for Panel Proposals

DEADLINE 3 October, 2014

We are now inviting proposals for panels for the 51st Annual Conference of the Society for Latin American Studies to be held at the University of Aberdeen, 17-18 April 2015.  By the time this call for papers closes, Scotland will have voted to remain part of the United Kingdom or to face the future as an independent nation.  In either case, the theme of autonomy remains pertinent not only in Scotland but also throughout Latin America.  The term has resonance for indigenous communities demanding autonomy in Chiapas and Bolivia, while universities maintain ‘autonomous’ in their names as a declaration of academic freedom. Yet at the same time, transition pacts have allowed the military a degree of autonomy in, for example, Uruguay and Chile. The topic also has social and cultural resonance, as women’s expressions of autonomy are part of shifting gender roles and figures past and present, such as José Martí and Andrés Bello, have argued for cultural autonomy.  Thus, the theme of SLAS2015 will be ‘Autonomy’ in all its broad meanings. Panels may, however, focus on any aspect of Latin American Studies, in keeping with the remit of SLAS and of its journal, the Bulletin of Latin American Research.

The conference website and panel submission system will be live in due course and this call for papers will be re-circulated at that time.  Panel submissions will be accepted until the 3rd of October 2014. The standard panel slot is 90 minutes and should normally comprise 3-4 papers, to allow time for discussion. Double panels can be accommodated but larger panels will not be accepted.  Panels may be proposed with or without the full complement of papers.  There will be an opportunity for individual paper proposals to be submitted to accepted panels later in the autumn. If you have any questions regarding SLAS2015, please contact the conference convenor, Patience Schell (

What is SLAS?

Excellent Research | Multidisciplinarity | Community
Founded in 1964 SLAS is one of the leading Latin American studies organizations in Europe, and a registered charity. We hold an annual conference and publish the Bulletin of Latin American Research (BLAR). 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. More about us...


Here are the reports from the SLAS Officers. They were presented at the AGM which took place on Friday 12th April at the SLAS Conference in Manchester.

The reports describe our activities during the past year and the highlights are set out in the bullet points below. If you have any queries or would like to get more involved in the society, contact the President, Caroline Williams or the secretary, Sarah Bowskill You can view them here.

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.

SLAS 2014, 50th Anniversary Conference

The Society for Latin American Studies held their 2014 annual conference at Birkbeck, University of London. This was the 50th SLAS conference, and the vibrant programme reflected the diversity of Latin American studies today. We welcomed approximately 350 academics to the two-day event.

The conference website which has information on everything to do with the event can be found here:


This year, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary, we had two keynote speakers:

3rd April
Professor Matthew Restall (Penn State University)
Turning Cortés and Moctezuma Upside Down

The first meeting of Cortés and Moctezuma in 1519 is famous and familiar, generally taken to be the act of surrender that the conquistador claimed it was. But what if Moctezuma did not surrender? What if the events of that day, and those that surrounded it, have been depicted in ways that created a false image of the conquistador and emperor? How might our understanding of the entire Spanish Conquest be altered if we turn upside down the stereotypes that comprise the mythical Cortés and Moctezuma? Might our assumptions about all well-known historical moments be thereby challenged?

4th April
Professor Javier Auyero (University of Texas at Austin)
'Towards a political sociology of urban marginality'