Dear All,

Welcome to the SLAS e-letter of 17 October 2007.

If you have any items for the newsletter such as conferences, workshops, calls for papers or other events please mail me and I’ll include them in the e-letter. Please be aware that the letter will be circulated mid-month so please allow good time.


31 October 2007
SLAS 2008 Conference Symposia Proposals – Extension of deadline!

23 November 2007
British Academy Visiting Fellowships 2007-08 – places reserved for Latin American & Caribbean Scholars.

The scheme enables overseas postdoctoral academics to come to the UK for at least two months in order to carry out research in a British institution.The scheme is open to application by any scholar from outside the UK who has obtained a PhD after January 2002, or who is of equivalent status. Application must be made in tandem with a UK-based academic sponsor whose home institution is willing to host the visit. For visits to take place after 1 April 2008.

31 December 2007
SLAS Support for Conference and Event Organization

Call For Papers

20-23 February 2008
Regionalisms, Social Development and Borders: Connections and Disjunctures” Universidad de las Am�ricas Puebla (Mexico). Details attached.

18 & 19 January 2008
Boom Feminino Mexicano: Reading Contemporary Women’s Writing” University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

28, 29, 30 May 2008
“Literatura, arte y sociedad: Horizontes y fronteras del imaginario est�tico-cultural.” XV CONGRESO INTERNACIONAL DE LA SOCIEDAD CHILENA DE ESTUDIOS LITERARIOS (SOCHEL). Departamento de Lenguas, Literatura y Comunicaci�n, Universidad de La Frontera, Temuco, Chile. See attachment.


18 October
Borderlands: themes in teaching literatures of the Americas” Department of American and Canadian Studies, University of Birmingham Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies and the English Subject Centre. No charge. Programme attached.

22 & 23 November
“Conflict and Political Change in Contemporary Colombia and Venezuela” RILAS, University of Liverpool. Conference programme attached.


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Report on SLAS Annual Lecture

Hugh O’Shaughnessy “Are we Keeping Up with Latin America”

The Lecture took place in RILAS at the University of Liverpool with a reception afterwards at ILAS. In a positive and inspiring lecture, Hugh O’Shaughnessy argued that “there is surely no more exciting time to study Latin America” and concluded by naming it “a continent of hope”.

Hugh argued that there was much reason for optimism, saying that the day of the military is over, that there were many initiatives which sought to address the maldistribution of wealth and that the rise of indigenous political movements was beginning to overhaul society, making a start on righting the wrongs of colonisation and injustice. He pointed to new wealth being generated through high oil and commodity prices and the advent of Brazil to increasing global prominence in alliance with India.

He also observed the notable erosion of US in Latin America and discussed the development of a multipolar world, asking whether Latin America’s increasing autonomy was “the tipping point of the end of US hegemony”.

Hugh went on to decry the US actions in the Middle East, especially the invasion of Iraq, and noted Tony’ Blair’s complicity in this, implying that he had manipulated and neutered the BBC reporting on this matter.

For Latin America, prospects look to be improving, he argued, saying that although the democracies might fall short and corruption scandals might continue, the quality of political life had improved greatly since the 1970s. We should remember that corruption is as prevalent within the World Bank and Enron as in Latin American governments.

He ended by commenting that there was a great hunger from the young of Europe for knowledge about the region. He argued that we should sieze the moment and share in the transformation of the region. One key way in which we can promote Latin America and challenge Washington propaganda was to constantly raise the region to prominence in the public sphere and in the media in particular. In answer to a question from the audience “what can we do?” he exhorted people to write to the editors and TV producers demanding that they cover Latin America in their news and programmes, saying that we would be “pushing at an open door”.

With best wishes to all,
Lucy Taylor

Adran Gwleidyddiaeth Ryngwladol
Prifysgol Aberystwyth
SY23 3FE

Department of International Politics
Aberystwyth University
SY23 3FE

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