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

It saddens us to have to communicate to you the decision taken by the SLAS conference committee, in consultation with the SLAS committee, that SLAS2020 will be cancelled due to the ongoing Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation. 


Quite a number of travel restrictions and bans have been imposed over the past few days by different universities across Europe and the Americas, many of them lasting at least until the end of April. Given that the majority of our participants are travelling in from such countries, our prospective programme would be much reduced without their participation. While we were initially thinking of videoconferencing, there would now be a likely imbalance between online and physical participants, making many panels difficult to host and we would have also confronted the significant challenge of transforming a face-to-face event into a largely videoconference event, at relatively short notice.  Additionally, the number of cases reported in the Netherlands is on the increase and it is quite possible that universities here will begin taking measures soon. The situation becomes more complex daily and is rapidly changing. In these circumstances, the SLAS 2020 conference committee and the SLAS committee not only need to bear in mind the practicalities of running the conference, but also delegates’ health and safety and the health and safety of those around them. This decision has not been taken lightly, and we are fully aware that this will be a disappointment to you, as it is to all of us on the committee and at SLAS.

If you were due to attend the conference, please check your e-mail for details about refunds. 

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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