Latin American Studies is a vibrant and expanding area of academic activity attracting scholars from a wide range of disciplines and interests, including history, economics, politics, geography, anthropology, international relations, sociology, linguistics, literature, music, film and media studies, and environmental and digital humanities. It also actively engages with the field of 'otros saberes', alternative epistemological approaches to understanding the world. It can also be studied at the undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research levels.


Undergraduates can take a whole degree programme in Latin American Studies at one of the Institutes or Centres for Latin American Studies, or they can choose a programme with a Latin American element, often linked to American Studies programmes or Hispanic Studies departments.


Students from many different disciplinary backgrounds take up Latin American studies at Masters and PhD level. Previous academic study of the area is not usually necessary, but a lively intellect and a keen interest in the subject will help students to study Latin America at postgraduate level.



PILAS is the postgraduate affiliate of the Society for Latin American Studies. It holds its own conference and runs a session at the SLAS Conference, as well as other initiatives.


As an organisation run by and for postgraduate students, PILAS aims to foster interaction among postgraduates working in the field of Latin American Studies at institutions of higher education throughout the United Kingdom, as well as those in Europe and the Americas.


Encouraging cross-disciplinary dialogue, PILAS welcomes those working within a range of academic disciplines, as well as those undertaking multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches.

PILAS’s goal is to establish a supportive community for postgraduate students engaged in the study of Latin America and the Caribbean, both to facilitate communication among postgraduates and to provide a forum for students to exchange experiences, seek advice, and share their research.


For more information about PILAS, please click here.

All PG members of SLAS are automatically members of PILAS. Join SLAS here.

Photo: Molly Avery. Street art in Xela (Quetzaltenango).