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The conference is the key event in our calendar, attracting 200-350 participants. It normally 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.


1st - 3rd July

On 1-3 July 2024 the annual Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS) Conference will be hosted by the Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation (CEDLA) at the University of Amsterdam.


This year the annual Society for Latin American Studies conference will cross the Canal to welcome its participants in Amsterdam. This border-crossing endeavour sets the symbolic tone for three days of in-depth discussion on developments in Latin American Studies, across borders and disciplines. This year the conference includes an additional day for postgraduates organised by PILAS (Postgraduates in Latin American Studies), on 4 July 2024.


SLAS is one of the leading Latin American Studies organizations in the world. Its annual conferences gather together scholars, journalists, artists, publishers, and intellectuals from around the world. CEDLA conducts and stimulates research on developments in Latin America and distributes the results via academic education, events and publications. Both CEDLA and SLAS will be celebrating their 60th anniversaries during the conference.

Please see the conference website for further details.


Future conferences are planned for Bristol (10th & 11th April 2025), Leeds (2026) and Sheffield.

If you are interested in hosting a SLAS conference in the future, please contact the SLAS secretary. This document will give you a sense of the types of questions you might want to consider about hosting a conference. 


Details of previous conferences are available in History.

Photo: David Wood, Walls, Cuzco, Peru

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