“Repair, Resistance, and Resilience in Latin America”

7 - 8 July 2022

University of Cambridge, UK

In-person and online


Confirmed keynote speakers:

Prof Joanna Page (University of Cambridge) and Dr Cecilia Palmeiro (Institute for Advanced Study)


Call For Papers

Deadline: 1 April 2022


The PILAS Committee invites postgraduate students from the UK and abroad working within the field of Latin American Studies to participate in our annual conference, to be held in-person and online on the 7 and 8 of July 2022 at the University of Cambridge.


We welcome proposals for papers and pre-constituted four-person panels on this year's topic: Repair, Resistance, and Resilience. We hope this topic will inspire theoretical, methodological, historical, and political reflections that go beyond (or address) a scholarly tendency to approach Latin America as an exemplary site of conflict and corruption. Proposals might relate to the contemporary moment (i.e. the consequences of the global pandemic), or take on a broader historical perspective to consider legacies of thinking about and enacting repair, resistance and resilience in the region. Papers might focus on these terms as theoretical, psychological or political concepts, and/or discuss specific strategies that dismantle, resist, or repair the damage of corruption, the climate catastrophe, the AIDS epidemic, neoliberalism, patriarchy, and colonialism, among others. We  welcome proposals addressing, but not limited to, the following questions:


  • How can we imagine possible futures through an integration of the past that moves through and beyond conflict, oppression, colonial violence, environmental degradation?

  • How do problems of development and progress complicate attempts at repair, resistance, or resilience?

  • What strategies have been employed or are being employed to transition out of moments of upheaval, political turmoil, environmental crisis?

  • What possible futures have been imagined in the past? How does a history of resilience inform an approach to the future from our contemporary moment? 

  • What strategies for repair and recovery can we locate in the cultural, political, literary histories of Latin America?

  • When is the project of repair corrupted or co-opted?

  • How does the persistence of inequality complicate understandings of resilience as development, positivity, strength?

To submit a proposal, please follow the respective link (individual paper and panel) and fill out the form before 1 April 2022. We accept abstracts in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. The accepted proposals will be notified in early May.


Following the conference, we aim to compile papers for the publication of a special issue. More details will follow closer to the conference. 


Travel Bursaries Available


With the support of SLAS, the PILAS committee is aiming to provide some travel bursaries for postgraduate students based in the UK attending/presenting at the conference, and who might need financial support. We have limited funds, so we would like to reserve them for those students who have not been able to get financial aid from their universities/funding bodies. Please apply filling out this form according to your circumstances so we can help as many people as possible. We will contact those registered in due time.

Attendance Registration

If you would like to attend our conference, please register your free attendance here

Photo: Molly Avery. Street art in Xela (Quetzaltenango).