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

To submit an individual paper or a proposal for a workshop, roundtable or unconference discussion, reading group discussion, interview with an author, lightning talk or digital exhibition, please use this link:

Please only link your abstract submission to a panel (symposium) if it is part of a pre-constituted panel.

To submit a pre-constituted panel please use this link:

NOTE - you can either ask panel members to submit their abstracts (using the link for individual submissions above) before you submit a panel submission and then link those submissions to your panel. After you click submit on your panel proposal a screen pops up asking if you want to attach any abstract submissions. You should then attach the relevant abstract submissions to your panel.

Alternatively, you can ask members of your panel to submit their individual proposals after you have submitted the panel proposal. After they click the submit button, they should then be able to allocate their proposal to a specific 'symposium' (pre-constituted panel). 



Deadline for submissions: 30th November 2020 (EXTENDED to Friday 18th December)

Notification of acceptance of papers: 31st January 2021

Registration: February - March 2021


We anticipate that live events will be held in the afternoon/early evening GMT, which we hope will facilitate participation for those in multiple time zones.

​We have not yet finalised details of our conference fee. It is anticipated that there will be a registration fee of no more than £50 and with lower fees for some participants (such as SLAS members and unwaged participants).

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