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.
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
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:
- Set the agenda for new interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary research on Latin American and the Caribbean.
- Combine current critical theory with original empirical research.
- Lead the field of innovative edited or multi-authored publications on pan-Latin America and Caribbean research.
If you are interested in submitting a book proposal, email the BLAR Editorial Assistant Ken Lestrange (email@example.com) 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.