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.

In years where the annual conference takes place face-to-face, funding is available to assist Latin American scholars who are presenting a paper with their travel expenses.


12-16 April 2021

The SLAS2021 Virtual Conference will offer a wide range of academic presentations, roundtable discussions, 'meet the author' events, virtual exhibitions and networking opportunities for social science and humanities disciplines in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Registration for the conference is now closed. 

The PROGRAMME (updated 9 April) is now available by clicking here. The abstracts for presentations are also available. There are a wide range of interviews, roundtable and panels. Almost all panels will be discussion-based, with presentations recorded in advance, and available for delegates to watch from early April. Information for delegates on how to submit links to pre-recorded presentations is available by clicking here

Delegates will receive daily e-mails with zoom links for each session.

Click HERE for delegate FAQs.

Click HERE for zoom instructions for delegates and panel chairs.

Click HERE for information on how to use Gather.

Some of the interview and roundtable discussions that are part of the conference programme are open to a wider public audience and are free of charge. If you have registered to attend one of these sessions, you will receive an e-mail with joining instructions on the day of the session. 

If you have any queries, please e-mail us:


  • 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