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PiLAS ANNUAL CONFERENCE University of Liverpool 4th - 5th June 2018

PiLAS ANNUAL CONFERENCE University of Liverpool 4th - 5th June 2018

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UPDATE: Conference opens on Sunday 3rd June with documentary film screening and director’s Q&A 81 Renshaw St, Liverpool L1 2SJ

The PILAS Committee are excited to announce that the PILAS Annual Conference 2018 will open at 7pm on Sunday 3rd June with a screening of “Where do you draw the line?”, a documentary film that tells the story of an indigenous community in the Ecuadorean Amazon rainforest fighting enforced oil extraction. The film features narration and original music by Grant “Daddy G” Marshall of seminal English trip hop group Massive Attack. The film’s director, Joseph Wordsmith, and producer Cora Fern will also join us for a Q&A after the screening. This event is free to attend for PILAS Annual Conference delegates.

PILAS Annual Conference Dinner at the Pen Factory

The PILAS committee is excited to announce that this year’s PILAS Conference Dinner 2018, scheduled for the evening of Monday 4th June, will take place at the Pen Factory. This is an intimate subterranean bar and bistro situated only a short walk from the conference venue. We encourage all conference attendees to join us at the Pen Factory for what will be a relaxed and enjoyable evening of networking with your fellow Latin American-centred academic community.  The price to attend the dinner will be only £15.00 per head and the menu will comprise small bites on arrival before a buffet-style main course. There will be a cash bar. Please book your place for dinner by the 28th May to allow us to tell the Pen Factory numbers and dietary requirements for the dinner.  Click on the red ‘book now’ button for more information on the Conference dinner, to get a flavour of the menu and to reserve your place.

“Contested Narratives: Engagement with Latin America within and beyond Academia”

The Postgraduates in Latin American Studies (PILAS) Committee invites postgraduate, early career and junior academic researchers from the arts, humanities, and social sciences to present their work, engage in debate, and share their research on Latin America at our annual conference.

The broad theme of this multidisciplinary conference is how engaged scholarship, across a broad range of disciplines, can foster greater dialogue and collaboration between academia and local and international actors on issues relating to Latin America. The theme embraces all those separate strands of academic research that intertwine into a shared purpose: to produce meaningful engagement and stand in solidarity with the diverse peoples and cultures we seek to learn from and learn with, and to build connections across geographical and disciplinary borders.

These ambitions address what we as a committee feel must be the determined endeavour of academia: to look beyond its borders in order to enhance the impact of our research for those we seek to learn from. We are at a moment in which the movement of information carries news of distant events to us in an instant, in which a globalised economy surrounds us with ever more diverse cultural elements, and in which the Latin American diaspora is experiencing rapid growth throughout the world. Yet, paradoxically, we are also living through a moment of deeper insularity and separation. There is an apparent rejection, in some quarters, of some dimensions of the social and cultural exchange and the fading of borders engendered by contemprary processes of globalisation. The conference aims to explore the ways in which academic research can undertake to confront and mediate these contradictions.

The conference is free to attend and will feature engaging social activities including a film screening on the Sunday evening before the conference. At the end of Monday's panels there will be a drinks reception. The conference dinner (for which there will be a charge) is on the Monday evening. Details of how to book and pay for the dinner will be available soon. We will be sending out more information over the coming weeks to keep you up to date with the latest news from the PILAS Annual Conference 2018.

Keynote speakers & roundtable

We are excited to announce our confirmed Keynote Speakers: Dr. Jelke Boesten (Gender and Development, King’s College London), Dr. Sian Lazar (Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge) and Professor Patience Schell (Hispanic Studies, University of Aberdeen).

We are also pleased to announce our roundtable discussion, chaired by Professor Cathy McIlwaine (Transnational migration, King’s College London), which will address the concerns of the Latin American migrant community here in the United Kingdom and will involve representatives from the Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS), the Indoamerican Refugee Migrant Organisation (IRMO), and Latin American House (LAH).