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.


Virtual Conference hosted by CEDLA, University of Amsterdam

8 & 22 May 2020

Dear SLAS member and conference delegates


We are very pleased to announce that the programme for the SLAS2020 virtual conference is now available and open for registration. The panels will take place on Friday 8 and 22 May.


On the programme, you will notice that closed sessions (panellists only) are in italics on the schedule and that they are not on the form (as they are not open to an audience). Open sessions, both those open to SLAS2020 delegates and the public, are in regular font on the schedule, and those open to the public have a "P" behind them. Behind each time slot you find the number of open sessions to be hosted in that slot simultaneously. There will be 4 open sessions on Friday 8 May, and 12 open sessions on Friday 22 May, there will also be a total of 5 closed sessions.


To register:

  • Please fill out the Google form indicating which panels you would like to attend. This is a link to the form for the wider public ( - please feel free to share this link with your colleagues, networks and interested friends so that they might attend any of the public panels.

  • Registered conference delegates will receive a link to register for panels that are open to delegates only.

  • Please make sure you register no later than 17.00 Dutch time on the Thursday prior to the Friday sessions. You will then receive the link to the meeting on Friday morning before the session.


On behalf of the SLAS2020 Conference Committee and the SLAS Committee, Julienne Weegels and Marieke Riethof


  • 2021: Details TBC.

  • 2022: University of Bath

Future conferences will be held in University of Amsterdam, Queen's University Belfast & Swansea University.

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


Details of previous conferences are available in History.

Photo: David Wood, Walls, Cuzco, Peru