BEGINNINGS

“The Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS) has its origins in 1962 when a group of university lecturers interested in the study of Latin American affairs decided to form The Latin American Group. Among the Group’s early objectives was the desire to maintain a network of contacts between university lecturers as well as to provide a permanent source of information on Latin American affairs in the UK. As part of this, The Latin American Group produced four issues of an Information Bulletin between 1962 and 1964.

 

In 1964, The Latin American Group became the Society for Latin American Studies and hence the Bulletin was thereafter entitled The Society for Latin American Studies Information Bulletin which ran until 1967 (Nos. 1-7) when the Society, in a move designed to insert its publication in a more serious academic format, dropped the word Information from the title of its publication, renaming it the Bulletin of the Society for Latin American Studies. This ran on until number 33, produced in 1981, when it was then succeeded by the Bulletin of Latin American Research (BLAR) that continues to be published to this day.“

 

Quoted from Nikki Craske and David Lehmann, 'Fifty Years of Research in Latin American Studies in the UK', Revista Europea de Estudios Latinoamericanos y del Caribe, 72 (April 2002), 73-74.

ANALYSES OF THE HISTORY OF SLAS

Anne H. Jordan (ed.), “Latin American Studies in Europe: Final Report and Working Papers of the Twenty-Third Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials [University of London, 16-21 July, 1976]” (Austin: SALALM Secretariat, 1979).
 

Peter Wade "Social Anthropology in British Latin American Studies," in Victor Bulmer-Thomas (ed.), Thirty Years of British Latin American Studies (London: Institute of Latin American Studies, 1997), 82-100

 

Nikki Craske and David Lehmann, “Fifty Years of Research in Latin American Studies in the UK”, in Revista Europea de Estudios Latinoamericanos y del Caribe, no. 72 (April 2002), 61-80.

 

Leslie Bethell, “The British Contribution to the Study of Brazil”, in Marshall C. Eakon and Paulo Roberto de Almeida (eds.), Envisioning Brazil: A Guide to Brazilian Studies in the United States, 1945-2003 (Madison: The University of Wisconsion Press, 2005), 347-374.
 

Gustavo San Roman, “The Rise of Modern Latin American Literary Studies in the UK: A Questionnaire to Practicioners,” Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 84:4-5 (2007), 447-494.

Antoni Kapcia and Linda A. Newson (eds.), Report on the State of UK-Based Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (London: ILAS, 2014).

LATIN AMERICAN GROUP

To view the original minutes of the meeting for the Latin American Group, which include lists of British publications on Ibero-America, please select from the links given below.

 

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PAST PRESIDENTS

2017-2019    David Wood, University of Sheffield

2015-2017    Jens Hentschke, Newcastle University

2013-2015    Caroline Williams, University of Bristol

2011-2013    Lucy Taylor, University of Aberystwyth

2009-2011    Nicola Miller, University College London

2007-2009    Peter Lambert, University of Bath

2005-2007    Antoni Kapcia, University of Nottingham

2003-2005    Peter Wade, University of Manchester

2001-2003    Will Fowler, University of St Andrews

1999-2001    David Lehmann, University of Cambridge

1997-1999    Sylvia Chant, Londo School of Economics

1995-1997    Peter Beardsell, University of Hull

1993-1995    Colin Clarke, University of Oxford

1991-1993    David E. Stansfield, University of Glasgow

1989-1991    Roberto Espindola, University of Bradford

1987-1989    John Fisher, University of Liverpool

1985-1987    Alan Gilbert, University College London

1983-1985    Harold Blakemore, ILAS London

1981-1983    Bryan R. Roberts, University of Manchester

1979-1981    David Fox, University of Manchester​

1977-1979    David A. Brading, University of Cambridge

1975-1977    Colin Crossley, University of Leicester

1973-1975    D. C. M. Platt, University of Oxford

1971-1973    C. T. Smith, University of Liverpool

1969-1971    Jean Franco, University of Essex

1968-1969    Jean Franco, University of Essex (ad interim)

1967-1968    Raymond Carr, University of Oxford

1965-1966    Jack Street, University of Cambridge

1964-1965    John H. Parry, University College of Swansea

PREVIOUS CONFERENCES

FOUNDING COMMITTEE

At a meeting held on 1 February 1964 at the Royal Anthropological Institute in London, it was resolved to constitute a Society for Latin American Studies.

 

CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT, 1 FEB 1964

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The first committee included the following:

 

Officers

Chairman J. H. Parry (University College of Swansea)
Vice-Chairman P. R. Odell (LSE)
Treasurer J. Franco (Queen Mary College, London)
Secretary D. K. M. Kirkpatrick (Chatham House, London)

 

Ordinary Members 

C. Veliz (Chatham House, London)
J. Street (Cambridge)
A. M. R. Carr (Oxford)
J. C. J. Metford (Bristol)
S. Clissold (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
C. A. M. Hennessy (Exeter)
J. Lynch (University College London)
A. J. Butt (Pitt-Rivers Museum, Oxford)

 

Other founding members of the Society attending this meeting:

 

H. Blakemore, D. Blelloch, E. Caracciolo, J. A. Chapman, A. H. Christie, J. P. Cole, R. U. Cooke, J. C. Crossley, J. S. Cummins, A. E. M. Deutsch, A. D. Deyermond, M. Diaz-Rey, E. Eshag, J. Halcro-Ferguson, H. E. S. Fisher, J. G. Flynn, J. H. Galloway, J. García Lora, P. Haggett, D. R. Harris, J. A. Hasson, C. A. M. Hennessy, L. F. Henriques, N. Hilton, E. J. Hobsbawm, A. Hogg, H. A. Holley, C. Huneeus, J. C. Hunt, C. A. Jones, E. J. de Kadt, V. de Lara, H. G. Martins, F. Parkinson, D. C. M. Platt, G. Pontiero, D. A. Preston, R. D. F. Pring-Mill, A. J. Pryor, W. Ross, W. J. Rowe, D. L. Shaw, F. Smieja, C. T. Smith, H. Thomas, A. Tropp, J. E. Varey, D. A. G. Waddell, D. G. Wall, G. J. Walker, Sir J. Walker, N. Warman, B. Welch.

SLAS ANNUAL LECTURES, 2004-11

 

The aim of these lectures was to present the ideas of leading public thinkers on contemporary Latin America.

2011 Glasgow - John Holloway 
'On Finding Hope on a Dark Night: the Latin American Contribution'. John Holloway’s work on the Zapatistas inspired him to write his book Change the World Without Taking Power which has itself inspired radical political action across Latin America – and indeed across the world.

 

2010 Newcastle - Enrique Dussel
'
Latin American Political Philosophy Today'. Enrique Dussel is an internationally regarded philosopher. One of the founders of the counter-discourse, ’Philosophy of Liberation', he is the author of more than 50 books.

 

2009 Swansea - Colin McEwan
‘Moctezuma: Fame, Fortune, and Misfortune’. Colin is Head of the Americas Section at the British Museum in London and has previously designed and curated a number of important exhibitions on the peoples of Patagonia and Amazonia.

 

2008 London - James Painter
‘Climate Change, Latin America and the Media’ James is a BBC reporter and has developed an impressive expertise in the fascinating field of politics and climate change in the region.

2007 Liverpool - Hugh O’Shaughnessy
‘Are we Keeping Up with Latin America?’ Journalist, co-founder of the Latin America Bureau and author of Pinochet: the Politics of Torture (LAB 1999) and (with Sue Branford) Chemical Warfare in Colombia: the Costs of Coca Fumigation (LAB 2005).

 

2006 Essex - Richard Gott
'Latin America as a White Settler Society'. Journalist and author of Cuba: a New History (Yale 2005) and Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela (Verso, 2005). Published in the Bulletin of Latin American Research Volume 26 Issue 2 pp 269-289, April 2007.

2005 Manchester - Duncan Green
‘Twenty Years of Neoliberalism: Where does Latin American go From Here?' Head of Research, Oxfam; author of Silent Revolution: the Rise and Crisis of Market Economics in Latin America (LAB 2003) and Faces of Latin America (LAB, 1997).

 

2004 London - William Robinson
'Latin America and the Crisis of Global Capitalism: Opportunities, Challenges, Hazards.' Associate Professor of Sociology, Global Studies and Iberian Studies, University of California - Santa Barbara.

2019

Leicester

Report

2010

Bristol

Report

2001

Birmingham

1992

Southampton

1983

Newcastle

1974

Southampton

1965

No records

2018

Southampton

Report

2009

Leeds

Report

2000

Hull

1991

Glasgow

1982

Sheffield

1973

Leeds

1964

No records

2017

Glasgow

Report

2008

Liverpool

Report

1999

Cambridge

1990

Oxford

1981

Birmingham

1972

Brighton

2016

Liverpool

2007

Newcastle

Report

1998

Liverpool

1989

Bradford

1980

Bristol

1971

No records

2015

Aberdeen

Report

2006

Nottingham

Report

1997

St Andrews

1988

Wall Hall,

Hatfield Poly

1979

Norwich

1970

Bristol

2014

Birkbeck

2005

Derby

1996

Leeds

1987

Cambridge

1978

Manchester

1969

Leicester

2013

Manchester

Report

2004

Leiden

1995

Swansea

1986

Liverpool

1977

York

1968

No records

2012

Sheffield

Report

2003

Manchester

1994

Liverpool

1985

Warwick

1976

Leicester

1967

No records

2011

St Andrews

Report

2002

Norwich

1993

Manchester

1984

Cambridge

1975

Swansea

1966

No records

Photo: Doris Siegel, Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, Argentina