The conference is the key event in our calendar, attracting 200-350 participants. It takes place during the Easter vacation in different locations each year.

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 workshops for postgraduate students at the conference 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.


CEDLA, University of Amsterdam

17 - 18 April 2020

In line with previous conferences, SLAS2020 will be an opportunity for explorations of any aspect of Latin American Studies, from any disciplinary and theoretical perspective. We have an optional conference theme that speakers are invited to address, which is: Mind the gap: Strengthening connections in Latin American Studies


The choice of topic comes from a need we feel to address the current climate of increasing exclusion and inequality, as well as antagonism and polarization (on a global scale), which have intensified different kinds of distances within and beyond the region. These tendencies take place in and pose challenges to various social, political, economic and cultural arenas. In the same vein, Latin American Studies in Europe also faces new and old divisions: between the UK and mainland Europe; between Northern and Southern Europe; between different academic disciplines competing over funding; and between various ways of understanding and producing knowledge. Yet connections and exchange across disciplines and between academia and society appear stronger and more pertinent than ever, and digital communication and publishing allow for easier access and collaboration. What, then, do these distances and connections produce? And how do they reshape Latin America and Latin American Studies today?


In addition to hosting traditional academic panels and a thought-provoking keynote lecture, the conference will specifically encourage other types of dialogue and interaction through innovative discussion formats.

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Future Conferences​

  • 2021: University of Bath

  • 2022: Queen's University Belfast

  • 2023: Swansea University

If you are interested in hosting a SLAS conference in the future, please contact the SLAS secretary

Previous Conferences

Details of previous conferences are available in History.

Photo: David Wood, Walls, Cuzco, Peru