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Latin American Perspectives is now online!
To view them please visit

Check out events at the Institute of Latin America Studies. See what is happening over the next few months through their website:

Resources for Research on Latin America: BL and beyond
You can download the presentation that Christine Anderson and Elizabeth Cooper gave on sources of information about Latin America in the British Library. Please go to the Resource for Research on Latin America section on this webpage.

PILAS Facebook Group
For more news and events, visit the facebook group Pilas-Postgraduates in Latin American Studies

PILAS Twitter account
For latest updates on PILAS events, follow us on Twitter! @PILAS_postgrads

The PILAS JISCMail Forum is accessible here. JISCMail allows PILAS members to post information about events, conferences, or publications which would be of interest to fellow Latin Americanist postgraduates. We encourage all PILAS members to use this fantastic resource! Further information is available in the Research Resources section of this website.

Up-Coming Events

PILAS at the British Library
96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB
23 January 2017

PILAS at the British Library has become one of the most engaging and popular pre-conference activities of our society in the last years. For this new edition, we are delighted to invite all our members and friends to a round-table discussion with the Latin American writers Chloe Aridjis and Carlos Fonseca Suárez, preceded by the traditional visit to the Library. More information and registration form:


Latin American Archives and Collections in the British Library, Senate House Library and the Northwest: Initial Expression of Interest
Manchester, The People's History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3ER
14 March 2018

PiLAS, the British Library and the University of London Senate House Library are pleased to announce a free interactive workshop on the Latin American archives and collections. In addition, we can also cover key Latin American research resources in the northwest of England.

The workshop will be held in Manchester on March 14th 2018 from 14.00 to 17.00 at the People’s History Museum (Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3ER; and will provide the opportunity for postgraduate researchers to discuss with archivists and curators how to get the most out of archives. There will be an opportunity to visit the museum and its archive in the morning..

Registration for the event will be through Eventbrite, and will open at the end of January. Meanwhile, in order to tailor the workshop to attendees' needs, we now invite you to express your interest in joining us and to let us know the aspects you would most like us to cover using the Google form: by 6pm on February 9th 2018 at the latest.

In order to encourage postgraduate researchers from across the UK to join us, a small number of bursaries will be available to help contribute towards travel costs. Priority will be given to those who cannot claim travel bursaries from other sources. You will be able to apply for a travel bursary when registering to attend.


The British Library (

The Latin American collection at the British Library is the largest in the UK and spans the 16th century to the present day, and covers Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. Researchers will find sources on European conquest and colonialism, the Catholic Church in the Americas, slavery and abolition, independence movements, and contemporary economy, politics and society, and government official publications and statistics from Latin America, and recent academic publications in the humanities from the region. Highlights include:

The Senate House Library ( : contact Laurence Byrne  - - for more details)

The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Collection cover most aspects of Latin America and the Caribbean, with an emphasis on material in the humanities and related social sciences: history, politics, economics, anthropology, sociology, gender studies, combined with literature, film and documentaries from or on Latin American and the Caribbean.

Geographically, the collection covers all the territories of Central and South America as well as the islands of the Caribbean (including the English-, Dutch- and French-speaking communities), the islands of the South Atlantic (the Falklands/Malvinas and South Georgia), the Galapagos Islands and the Antarctic territories administered by Chile and Argentina.

Of particular note is the Political Archives Collection, ninety boxes of pamphlets, posters, reports, miscellaneous journals and some ephemera, produced by political parties, pressure groups, NGOs, trade unions and governments, predominantly in Spanish and Portuguese, with some English language material. Every country in the region is represented, but there is a particularly rich collection of Chilean material.

*****Please let us know using the Google form any other archives you would like to cover, such as the People's History Museum's Chile Solidarity Campaign (1973-1991) or the Atlantic slavery archives and collections in Liverpool.*****


PILAS Annual Conference 2018

Contested Narratives: Engagement with Latin America within and beyond Academia
University of Liverpool
4 - 5 June 2018

The Postgraduates in Latin American Studies (PILAS) Committee invites postgraduate researchers and junior academics from the arts, humanities and social sciences fields to present their work, engage in debate, and share their research on Latin America.

The Conference is FREE to attend (delegates must be SLAS members) and will include keynote speakers, workshops and engaging social activities.

More details will be posted in the coming months.

New PILAS Committee (2017-18)

The new PILAS Committee is comprised of PGRs from the Universities of Liverpool and Manchester, and Liverpool John Moores University. It will be headed by President Richard Smith and Vice-president Jo Morley from University of Liverpool. For full details of your new PILAS Committee, please go to the PILAS Committee page here.

Become a Member of SLAS

Already a member of PILAS or considering to become one? Being a PILAS member is free and opens doors to networking and participating in diverse academic events with postgraduate peers for no extra cost. If you also become a member of SLAS, you can gain access to funding (conferences and fieldwork), participate in contests, receive the Bulletin of Latin American Studies (BLAR), get a new book, get a discount on SLAS's annual conference, and receive monthly newsletters about the latests books being published, and events in the UK, Europe and Latin America. Joining SLAS in only £16 per year for students, so it is an opportunity that should not be missed! For more information, visit

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