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 final Conference Program is available here


Registration for attendance only can be purchased here.

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.

Pre-Conference Event

The main event will be preceded by the screening of documentary film 'Return to the Andes' (2019) on the evening of April 3. This screening will be accompanied by a Q&A via Skype with both the director and protagonist of the documentary. Further details of the event are available here.

Transtango Show

The Transtango: Urban Encounters show features world leading composers, musicians, filmmakers and dancers in a cutting edge performance for one night only at 9.00pm Thursday April 4 in Leicester. Click here for information about and tickets for the Transtango show.

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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