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.


2017 SLAS Annual Conference

The SLAS Conference 2017 will take place at the University of Glasgow on 6 and 7 April. The conference website, with the call for panels and papers and information on registration, can be found here.

For more information, please see the 'Annual Conference' page of this website.

2016 SLAS Annual Conference

The SLAS Annual Conference 2016 took place at the University of Liverpool on 7 - 8 April. The website, with applications and any other information about the conference, is available to view here: http://www.liv.ac.uk/slas-2016.

For more information about SLAS Annual Conferences, past and future, please go here.
The 2015 Annual Conference report [PDF] is now available!

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 Bulletin of Latin American Research (BLAR) [new window] is published by Wiley-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:

If you are interested in submitting a book proposal, email the BLAR Editorial Assistant Ken Lestrange (blar@liverpool.ac.uk) to find out more. For further information on submitting proposals, click here. The editors are Jasmine Gideon, Geoffrey Kantaris, Patricia Oliart, Lucy Taylor, Ann Varley and Matthew Brown.

SLAS eNewsletter

Organising a conference? Running a seminar? Launching a new masters' programme? Tell us about your activities. SLAS sends out a monthly e-letter to all members, alerting them to upcoming events and news. If you would like to contribute to this e-letter, please email Christy Palmer (editor) on slasweb@live.com, providing an explanation of the event or item, details and any relevant weblinks or attachments.