STANDING CONFERENCE OF
LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES IN THE UK
The Standing Conference was established in 1966 to coordinate the development of Latin American Studies in the UK.
The mission of the Standing Conference is to provide a forum for collaboration between member institutions on issues of strategic importance to the field of Latin American Studies, and on their behalf to represent it to outside bodies, including research councils and government policymakers.
Membership, Chair and Steering Committee
Membership of the Standing Conference is open to one representative of any UK institution where teaching and/or research on Latin America is undertaken by five or more scholars, in one or more departments or disciplines. Applications for membership should be sent to the Chair of the Standing Conference; formal approval will be by majority vote held either virtually or at the next scheduled meeting.
Ex-officio membership will be granted to the elected representatives of a limited number of other relevant societies and special interest groups associated with teaching and/or research on Latin America at UK institutions. These include: the President of the Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS), the President of the Society for Caribbean Studies (SCS), The President of the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland (AHGBI), the President of Association of British and Irish Lusitanists (ABIL), the Chair of the Latin American Geographies Research Group of the RGS (LAGRG), a representative from UK Latin American Historians Network (UKLAH), the President of the United Kingdom Council for Area Studies Associations (UKCASA), and the President of Women in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies (WISPS).
The elected representatives of any groups who believe they should have representation as ex-officio members should contact the Chair of the Standing Conference. Formal approval will be by majority vote held either virtually or at the next scheduled meeting.
The Standing Conference is chaired by the Past President of SLAS for a two-year term, or, in his or her place, the current Vice-President. The Chair is advised by a Steering Committee elected by the members of the Standing Conference by majority vote held either virtually or at the next scheduled meeting. The Steering Committee comprises three representatives, each undertaking the role for a three-year term, with staggered start dates to ensure continuity.
Changes to the constitution will be discussed with members, either at scheduled meetings or by virtual means and will be approved by majority vote.
Meetings of the Standing Conference normally take place once a year, in the autumn, and are held online. All members are eligible to vote. Where a binding decision requires a vote of members, this will be on the basis of a majority of those present.
Agendas will be circulated to members in advance, as will summary notes of discussions and actions agreed at the previous meeting.
Chair Standing Conference (2023-25)
Thea Pitman, Past President of the Society for Latin American Studies, University of Leeds
Thea Pitman, Past President of SLAS (University of Leeds)
Peter Baker (University of Stirling; 2021-24)
David Doyle (University of Oxford; 2021-24)
Soledad Garcia Ferrari (University of Edinburgh; 2022-25)
SLAS: Marieke Riethof
SCS: Kesewa John
AHGBI: Catherine Boyle
ABIL: Carmen Ramos Villar
LAGGR: Sam Halvorsen
UKCASA: Nick Selby
UKLAH: Anna Grimaldi
WISPS: Alison Ribeiro de Menezes
JOINING THE STANDING CONFERENCE
Applications for membership should be sent to the Chair of the Standing Conference; formal approval will be by majority vote held either virtually or at the next scheduled meeting.
Please contact Thea Pitman - email@example.com
APPROVED MEMBER INSTITUTIONS AND REPRESENTATIVES
Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, IMLR: Ainhoa Montoya
Institute of the Americas, UCL: Katherine Saunders-Hastings
Kings College, UoL: Eleonora Natale
Newcastle University: Patricia Oliart & Nick Morgan
QMUL: Sam Halvorsen & Rachel Randall
University of Aberdeen: Margaret Bolton
University of Bristol: Jo Crow
University of Cambridge: Felipe Hernández
University of Edinburgh: Soledad García Ferrari and Julie Cupples
University of Exeter: Katie Brown
University of Glasgow: Mo Hume
University of Leeds: Rebecca Jarman & Anna Grimaldi
University of Liverpool: Niamh Thornton and Marieke Riethof
University of Manchester: Peter Wade and Ignacio Aguiló
University of Oxford: Eduardo Posada Carbó and David Doyle
University of Reading: Claudia Murray and Cherilyn Elston
University of Sheffield: Lauren Rea
University of Stirling: Peter Baker and Eamon McCarthy
University of Swansea: Geraldine Lublin
University of Warwick: Benjamin Smith
University of Westminster: Liz Harvey-Kattou
Photo: Molly Avery. Street art in Xela (Quetzaltenango).