The Beginnings of SLAS
“The Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS) has its origins in 1962 when a group of university lecturers interested in the study of Latin American affairs decided to form The Latin American Group. Among the Group’s early objectives was the desire to maintain a network of contacts between university lecturers as well as to provide a permanent source of information on Latin American affairs in the UK. As part of this, The Latin American Group produced four issues of an Information Bulletin between 1962 and 1964.
In 1964, The Latin American Group became the Society for Latin American Studies and hence the Bulletin was thereafter entitled The Society for Latin American Studies Information Bulletin which ran until 1967 (Nos. 1-7) when the Society, in a move designed to insert its publication in a more serious academic format, dropped the word Information from the title of its publication, renaming it the Bulletin of the Society for Latin American Studies. This ran on until number 33, produced in 1981, when it was then succeeded by the Bulletin of Latin American Research (BLAR) that continues to be published to this day.“
Quoted from Nikki Craske and David Lehmann, “Fifty Years of Research in Latin American Studies in the UK”, in Revista Europea de Estudios Latinoamericanos y del Caribe, no. 72 (April 2002), 73-74.
The Latin American Group
To view the original minutes of the meeting for the Latin American Group, which include lists of British publications on Ibero-America, please select from the links given below. All of the documents linked are .PDF format.
|November 1962||Image of original | Searchable version|
|March 1963||Image of original | Searchable version|
|October 1963||Image of original | Searchable version|
|January 1964||Image of original | Searchable version|
SLAS Founding Committee
At a meeting held on 1 February 1964 at the Royal Anthropological Institute in London, it was resolved to constitute a Society for Latin American Studies.
The First Committee Included the Following Officers and Members:
Chairman J. H. Parry (University College of Swansea)
Vice-Chairman P. R. Odell (London School of Economics)
Treasurer J. Franco (Queen Mary College, London)
Secretary D. K. M. Kirkpatrick (Chatham House, London)
Ordinary Members C. Veliz (Chatham House, London)
J. Street (Cambridge)
A. M. R. Carr (Oxford)
J. C. J. Metford (Bristol)
S. Clissold (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
C. A. M. Hennessy (Exeter)
J. Lynch (University College London)
A. J. Butt (Pitt-Rivers Museum, Oxford)
Other Founding Members of the Society, Attending this Meeting:
|H. Blakemore||P. Haggett||D. A. Preston|
|D. Blelloch||D. R. Harris||R. D. F. Pring-Mill|
|E. Caracciolo||J. A. Hasson||A. J. Pryor|
|J. A. Chapman||C. A. M. Hennessy||W. Ross|
|A. H. Christie||L. F. Henriques||W. J. Rowe|
|J. P. Cole||N. Hilton||D. L. Shaw|
|R. U. Cooke||E. J. Hobsbawm||F. Smieja|
|J. C. Crossley||A. Hogg||C. T. Smith|
|J. S. Cummins||H. A. Holley||H. Thomas|
|A. E. M. Deutsch||C. Huneeus||A. Tropp|
|A. D. Deyermond||J. C. Hunt||J. E. Varey|
|M. Diaz-Rey||C. A. Jones||D. A. G. Waddell|
|E. Eshag||E. J. de Kadt||D. G. Wall|
|J. Halcro-Ferguson||V. de Lara||G. J. Walker|
|H. E. S. Fisher||H. G. Martins||Sir J. Walker|
|J. G. Flynn||F. Parkinson||N. Warman|
|J. H. Galloway||D. C. M. Platt||B. Welch|
|J. García Lora||G. Pontiero|
The Chairman’s Statement on 1st SLAS Meeting on 1st February, 1964
Analyses of the history of SLAS
- Anne H. Jordan (ed.), “Latin American Studies in Europe: Final Report and Working Papers of the Twenty-Third Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials [University of London, 16-21 July, 1976]” (Austin: SALALM Secretariat, 1979)
A most interesting analysis of the state of the art of LAS in the UK and Europe 15 years after the foundation of SLAS.
- Peter Wade "Social Anthropology in British Latin American Studies," in Victor Bulmer-Thomas (ed.), Thirty Years of British Latin American Studies (London: Institute of Latin American Studies, 1997), 82-100 See: PDF
- Nikki Craske and David Lehmann, “Fifty Years of Research in Latin American Studies in the UK”, in Revista Europea de Estudios Latinoamericanos y del Caribe, no. 72 (April 2002), 61-80. See:
- Leslie Bethell, “The British Contribution to the Study of Brazil”, in Marshall C. Eakon and Paulo Roberto de Almeida (eds.), Envisioning Brazil: A Guide to Brazilian Studies in the United States, 1945-2003 (Madison: The University of Wisconsion Press, 2005), 347-374.
- Gustavo San Roman, “The Rise of Modern Latin American Literary Studies in the UK: A Questionnaire to Practicioners,” Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 84:4-5 (2007), 447-494. See:
- Antoni Kapcia and Linda A. Newson (eds.), Report on the State of UK-Based Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (London: ILAS, 2014). See:
Past Presidents of SLAS (in descending order)
University of Aberystwyth
University College London
University of Nottingham
University of Manchester
University of St Andrews
Past Presidents before 2000
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- 1999-2001 David Lehmann, University of Cambridge
- 1997-1999 Sylvia Chant, London School of Economics
- 1995-1997 Peter Beardsell, University of Hull
- 1993-1995 Colin Clarke, University of Oxford
- 1991-1993 David E. Stansfield, University of Glasgow
- 1989-1991 Roberto Espindola, University of Bradford
- 1987-1989 John Fisher, University of Liverpool
- 1985-1987 Alan Gilbert, University College London
- 1983-1985 Harold Blakemore, ILAS London
- 1981-1983 Bryan R. Roberts, University of Manchester
- 1979-1981 David Fox, University of Manchester
- 1977-1979 David A. Brading, University of Cambridge
- 1975-1977 Colin Crossley, University of Leicester
- 1973-1975 D. C. M. Platt, University of Oxford
- 1971-1973 C. T. Smith, University of Liverpool
- 1969-1971 Jean Franco, University of Essex
- 1968-1969 Jean Franco, University of Essex (ad interim)
- 1967-1968 Raymon Carr, University of Oxford
- 1965-1966 Jack Street, University of Cambridge
- 1964-1965 John H. Parry, University College of Swansea
Past Conference Venues
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|2016 Liverpool||1998 Liverpool||1980 Bristol|
|2015 Aberdeen||1997 St Andrews||1979 Norwich|
|2014 Birkbeck London||1996 Leeds||1978 Manchester|
|2013 Manchester||1995 Swansea||1977 York|
|2012 Sheffield||1994 Liverpool||1976 Leicester|
|2011 St Andrews||1993 Manchester||1975 Swansea|
|2010 Bristol||1992 Southampton||1974 Southampton|
|2009 Leeds||1991 Glasgow||1973 Leeds|
|2008 Liverpool||1990 Oxford||1972 Brighton|
|2007 Newcastle||1989 Bradford||1971|
|2006 Nottingham||1988 Wall Hall, Hatfield Poly||1970 Bristol|
|2005 Derby||1987 Cambridge||1969 Leicester|
|2004 Leiden||1986 Liverpool||1968|
|2003 Manchester||1985 Warwick||1967|
|2002 Norwich||1984 Cambridge||1966|
|2001 Birmingham||1983 Newcastle||1965|
|2000 Hull||1982 Sheffield||1964|
|1999 Cambridge||1981 Birmingham|
Annual Lecture Series, organised by SLAS between 2004 and 2011
The aim of these lectures was to present the ideas of leading public thinkers on contemporary Latin America.
2011 Glasgow - John Holloway
'On Finding Hope on a Dark Night: the Latin American Contribution'. John Holloway’s work on the Zapatistas inspired him to write his book Change the World Without Taking Power which has itself inspired radical political action across Latin America – and indeed across the world.
2010 Newcastle - Enrique Dussel
'Latin American Political Philosophy Today'. Enrique Dussel is an internationally regarded philosopher. One of the founders of the counter-discourse, ’Philosophy of Liberation', he is the author of more than 50 books.
2009 Swansea - Colin McEwan
‘Moctezuma: Fame, Fortune, and Misfortune’. Colin is Head of the Americas Section at the British Museum in London and has previously designed and curated a number of important exhibitions on the peoples of Patagonia and Amazonia.
2008 London - James Painter
‘Climate Change, Latin America and the Media’ James is a BBC reporter and has developed an impressive expertise in the fascinating field of politics and climate change in the region.
2007 Liverpool - Hugh O’Shaughnessy
‘Are we Keeping Up with Latin America?’ Journalist, co-founder of the Latin America Bureau and author of Pinochet: the Politics of Torture (LAB 1999) and (with Sue Branford) Chemical Warfare in Colombia: the Costs of Coca Fumigation (LAB 2005).
2006 Essex - Richard Gott
'Latin America as a White Settler Society'. Journalist and author of Cuba: a New History (Yale 2005) and Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela (Verso, 2005). Published in the Bulletin of Latin American Research Volume 26 Issue 2 pp 269-289, April 2007.
2005 Manchester - Duncan Green
‘Twenty Years of Neoliberalism: Where does Latin American go From Here?' Head of Research, Oxfam; author of Silent Revolution: the Rise and Crisis of Market Economics in Latin America (LAB 2003) and Faces of Latin America (LAB, 1997).
2004 London - William Robinson
'Latin America and the Crisis of Global Capitalism: Opportunities, Challenges, Hazards.' Associate Professor of Sociology, Global Studies and Iberian Studies, University of California - Santa Barbara.