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. Before you register, please consider joining SLAS to benefit not only from a significantly reduced conference fee, but also from a one-year subscription to the Bulletin of Latin American Research. For full membership information, including further benefits, visit the membership section of the website.

Registration fees

  • SLAS Members - £10.00    

  • Student (SLAS member or non-SLAS member) - £10.00    

  • Unwaged (SLAS member or non-SLAS member) - £10.00    

  • Waged non-SLAS member - £45.00

Link for registration: 

The programme will be finalised and available by mid-March.

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