What is SLAS?
Excellent Research | Multidisciplinarity | Community
Founded in 1964 SLAS is one of the leading Latin American studies organizations in Europe, and a registered charity. We hold an annual conference 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. More about us...
SLAS ANNUAL REPORTS
Here are the reports from the SLAS Officers. They were presented at the AGM which took place on Friday 12th April at the SLAS Conference in Manchester.
The reports describe our activities during the past year and the highlights are set out in the bullet points below. If you have any queries or would like to get more involved in the society, contact the President, Caroline Williams email@example.com or the secretary, Sarah Bowskill firstname.lastname@example.org. You can view them here.
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 David Howard, Jasmine Gideon, Geoffrey Kantaris, Tony Kapcia and Lucy Taylor.
SLAS 2014, 50th Anniversary Conference
The Society for Latin American Studies held their 2014 annual conference at Birkbeck, University of London. This was the 50th SLAS conference, and the vibrant programme reflected the diversity of Latin American studies today. We welcomed approximately 350 academics to the two-day event.
The conference website which has information on everything to do with the event can be found here: http://nomadit.co.uk/slas/slas2014/
This year, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary, we had two keynote speakers:
Professor Matthew Restall (Penn State University)
“Turning Cortés and Moctezuma Upside Down”
The first meeting of Cortés and Moctezuma in 1519 is famous and familiar, generally taken to be the act of surrender that the conquistador claimed it was. But what if Moctezuma did not surrender? What if the events of that day, and those that surrounded it, have been depicted in ways that created a false image of the conquistador and emperor? How might our understanding of the entire Spanish Conquest be altered if we turn upside down the stereotypes that comprise the mythical Cortés and Moctezuma? Might our assumptions about all well-known historical moments be thereby challenged?
Professor Javier Auyero (University of Texas at Austin)
'Towards a political sociology of urban marginality'