Dear Members,

Welcome to the SLAS e-letter 18 September 2007. Now that most academics are ‘back’ I wanted to alert you to some upcoming deadlines and events.


30 September 2007
Postgraduate Conference Grant

15 October 2007
SLAS 2008 Conference Symposia Proposals

31 December 2007
SLAS Support for Conference and Event Organization


4-5 October
NALACS Conference 2007 “POLITICAL PARTIES AND DEMOCRACY IN LATIN AMERICA: CRISIS OR RENEWAL?” Utrecht, Netherlands. Paper sessions address changing political geographies, innovation in political parties, and politics and citizenship at the local level. Check the NALACS and NIMD websites ( and for the detailed program. Conference participation is free; please register with

10 October
International Institute for the Study of Cuba Launch Seminar “Fidel Castro: Life and legacy” Ignacio Ramonet (editor of Le Monde Diplomatique and co-author with Fidel Castro of My Life).

12 October
SLAS Annual Lecture Hugh O'Shaughnessy: "Are we keeping up with Latin America?" University of Liverpool.
Details of the lecture at:

18 October
Conference, University of Birmingham “Borderlands: themes in teaching literatures of the Americas” Department of American and Canadian Studies. No charge. Register online at

Research Resources:

We have been alerted to the following research resources on the web:

  1. Americas Quarterly: claims it is “a wonderful resource for in-depth policy analysis of the Americas” see what you think at
  2. Infolatam: describes itself as “a portal that offers every day the most important news of the Latin American countries”. See

Best wishes to all SLAS members for the new semester and the coming academic year.

Lucy Taylor

Adran Gwleidyddiaeth Ryngwladol
Prifysgol Aberystwyth
SY23 3FE

Department of International Politics
Aberystwyth University
SY23 3FE

01970 622 701