Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS) 2019 Conference

Posted by jcm22 at Jun 26, 2018 01:15 PM |
In line with previous conferences, SLAS 2019 will be an opportunity for explorations of any aspect of Latin American Studies, from any theoretical and disciplinary perspective.

The Conference Organising Committee have confirmed acceptance of panel and individual paper proposals. 'Early Bird' registration is now available.

Event details
Date Thursday 4 and Friday 5 April 2019
Location College Court, Leicester
Keynote Speaker Dr María Pía López
Organisers Dr Clara Garavelli and Dr Emma Staniland
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Grants: Information about Postgraduate and Postdoctoral SLAS Conference Bursaries and the SLAS Conference Latin American Scholar’s Grant. (these links will take you to web pages which are not managed by the University of Leicester).

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“Quién fue?” by Graciela Sacco, courtesy of Marcos and Clara Garavelli


The society was founded 55 years ago, and is one of the leading Latin American studies organisations in the world. Its annual conferences gather together scholars, journalists, artists, publishers, and intellectuals from the UK and around the world.

This year’s conference coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies at the University of Leicester, and we very much look forward to having you mark this milestone with us!

Conference theme

Politics of Identity in Latin America

In line with previous conferences, SLAS2019 will be an opportunity for explorations of any aspect of Latin American Studies, from any theoretical and disciplinary perspective. We have an optional conference theme that speakers are invited to address, which focuses on the Politics of Identity in Latin America.

This choice of topic is inspired by the vibrant waves of feminist activism that have been gaining ground across Latin America in recent years; movements which, by giving voice to women’s concerns and demanding respect of their human rights, are also making important contributions to social acceptance of difference and diversity, to improving poverty, and facilitating peace – thus emphasising the interconnectedness of all aspects of identity politics.

Our theme therefore also invites discussions not only of gender, but of matters of sexuality, race and ethnicity, disability, ideological beliefs and political affiliations; of notions of marginalisation and belonging, participation and oppression, cultural diversity and social and political agency; of distinct articulations of the individual and the national, the local and the global.

And in this current time of protest and pushes for sweeping social change, when the spirit of the long 1960s seems so clearly to be echoing throughout our own contemporary moment, our 2019 conference is a truly opportune moment for diverse intellectual engagement with all of those elements of lived experience to which the notion of ‘identity politics’ speaks in Latin America.

Keynote Speaker

We are extremely pleased to announce that our keynote speaker for the conference is the Argentine sociologist, writer and activist, Dr María Pía López, whose work with the Ni una menos movement makes her a truly fitting speaker for the conference theme.

Conference fee and registration

All rates include lunch and coffee breaks (either for one day or for the whole conference) the conference dinner on Thursday 4 April at the Art Deco venue Athena and the Transtango show.

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Early Bird registration: 7 November 2018 - 25 February 2019
SLAS Member Student /Unemployed/ Retired/Residents in Latin America Non SLAS Member Student /Unemployed/ Retired/ Residents in Latin America* SLAS Member Delegate Non SLAS Member Delegate*
Day Rate £90 £110 £120 £155
Full Conference Rate £170 £200 £220 £265
Late registration fees: 19 February 2019 - 15 March 2019
SLAS Member Student /Unemployed/ Retired/ Residents in Latin America Non SLAS Member Student /Unemployed/ Retired/ Residents in Latin America * SLAS Member Delegate Non SLAS Member Delegate*
Day Rate £100 £120 £130 £165
Full Conference Rate £190 £220 £240 £275

*Please note that it only costs £17 for students/unwaged and £32 for ordinary members to join SLAS and you can benefit not only from a discounted rate at this conference, but also:

  • Receive your free copies of the SLAS Journal Bulletin of Latin American Research (BLAR), a quarterly journal which publishes original research of current interest on Latin America
  • Your free book from the BLAR Book Series (One title published annually).
  • Receive the SLAS Newsletter which is published two times a year (in web form) and includes up-to-date information on the society's programme and details of the SLAS Annual Conference
  • 25% discount on Wiley-Blackwell books and selected Wiley-Blackwell journals.

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Further information


The conference venue also has an on-site hotel. We have secured a number of those rooms for the event, but these are very popular, so please ensure you make your reservation as soon as possible. To book contact the conference venue/ hotel directly and quote 'SLAS 2019 conference' in your booking request.

About the City of Leicester

Leicester is extremely well located for ease of travel from international airports, and from around the UK. Trains to London take just 1 hour and 7 minutes. International visitors, do note that UK train tickets are much cheaper when booked in advance! The cities of Birmingham, Nottingham and Sheffield can easily be visited on day trips from Leicester (all within 30 minutes to 1 hour's journey away), whilst other key cities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Manchester and Liverpool are all easily reached by rail within a couple of hours, too.

Our wonderfully multicultural city is made up of a series of neighbourhoods – each with its own unique style and character, together making up the diverse and distinctive charm of the city... Take a stroll down the cobbled streets of the Old Town, steeped in medieval history; explore the boutique shops of The Lanes; enjoy the river and canal-side scenery in Aylestone; hang out with the fashionable crowd in the hustle and bustle of Queens Road independent shops and eateries; take in a show at the magnificent Curve theatre at the heart of St George’s Cultural Quarter; or venture down the Golden Mile for an authentic Indian curry – the possibilities are endless! For more information, please visit:

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