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

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

Conference dinner venue changed - see below for details.

Conference dinner change of venue


Unfortunately, due to unforseen circumstances, we have had to change the venue for the conference dinner. Fortunately, the dinner will be at the lovely Portuguese restaurant Café Porto, 14 Rodney Street L1 2TE. The café is in Liverpool´s best preserved Georgian área and a short walk from the conference venue. Café Porto offers Mediterranean style dishes, made from locally sourced and imported Portuguese products. The price for the dinner will remain the same – £15 per person, but the menú will be different. There will be vegetarian, vegan and gluten and dairy free options. More information about the menú and details on how to book will be available shortly (booking will re-open soon). If you have already booked, we will transfer the booking across.We do encourage all conference attendees to join us at Café Porto for what will be a relaxed and enjoyable evening of networking with your fellow Latin American-centred academic community.

“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.

Conference opens on Sunday 3rd June with documentary film screening and director’s Q&A Click for details.

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).