What is SLAS?
SLAS was founded in 1964 and is one of the leading Latin American studies organizations in Europe. We hold an annual conference in March/April, an Annual Lecture 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.
SLAS members deepen knowledge and understanding about Latin America, primarily through engaging in field research and theoretical enquiry. Our 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 agencies. 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 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 academic hierarchies to engage with the thoughts of fellow scholars, be they research students or professors.