Accepted papers and panels have been announced

All accepted papers and panels, as well as Accommodation Grants recipients, have been announced today. Check your email inbox! If you have applied and you haven’t heard from us, send us an email to as soon as possible.

For those of you who haven’t applied, there are some budget hotels in the city centre and near campus that offer very competitive prices. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries!

Paper’s deadline extended

The deadline for papers submission has been extended to 1 April 2017. 

Please do continue to submit your abstracts for papers and panels for the PILAS Annual Conference 2017. The new single deadline for submissions (papers and panels) is the 1st April 2017. More information and submission guidelines can be found at:

More information about the keynote speakers, accommodation grants and postgraduate awards is available in our website:

If you have any queries, please send us an email to:

SLAS Harold Blakemore Prize

This prize, named for Harold Blakemore (1930-1991), commemorates a scholar described as ‘the British standard-bearer of Latin American studies for a quarter of a century’ (in an obituary by David Fox), who played a key role in the foundation of SLAS in 1964 and throughout its early period. Since 1991, the prize has been awarded to the best essay submitted each year by a postgraduate student in Latin American Studies. Its monetary value is £600, and the winner is invited by the Editors to submit his or her essay to the Bulletin of Latin American Studies (subject to the usual Editorial procedures).

The single annual deadline for submissions for the Harold Blakemore Prize is 28 February each year.

More information and submission rules.

For any queries, please e-mail:

First Postgraduate Award of JILAS (Routledge, Taylor & Francis)

With occasion of the 2017 PILAS conference at the University of Leeds paper submissions on all periods of Latin American history and cultural production with a sound historical ground are invited. The best article will be published in the Journal, the author will receive a gratis subscription to JILAS and the article will be made free-to-access. Depending on the overall quality and suitability, up to other 5 papers will be taken into consideration to be published too.

More information:

In partnership with: Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies (Routledge, Taylor & Francis).


Last chance to book your place for the PILAS event at the British Library!

Our second event of the year will take place on the 23rd January 2017. The British Library visit has traditionally been one of the most popular pre-conference events of the society, and this year we are adding an extra event afterwards, a roundtable discussion with two emerging Latin American authors, Chloe Aridjis and Carlos Fonseca Suárez.

This event is free to attend with mandatory registration. Full details and the registration form can be found on our website:

We look forward to seeing you there!

Statement on the 2016 US Presidential Election

The Committee of PILAS (Postgraduates in Latin American Studies) has unanimously endorsed the following recent statement by the MLA Executive Council on the 2016 US Presidential Election. The statement is reproduced below, and may be viewed online at:

Throughout the campaign and in the aftermath of the presidential election in the United States, sharp political lines have been drawn that pit groups and individuals against one another on the basis of national origin, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, migration status, ability, class, and other forms of identity. The Modern Language Association reaffirms in the strongest terms possible its commitment to free inquiry and academic freedom for all, unimpeded by acts of prejudice and hate. We note especially the need to offer support to those who are the most vulnerable and condemn the unjust rhetoric that targets them. We recognize that the humanities and humanistic knowledge are now more essential than ever to help guide us in these difficult times, and we pledge to maintain the MLA as an organization open to all individuals who share our commitments.

Fieldwork in Latin America Workshop

The first PILAS run event of the 2016-17 Academic year will take place on Tuesday 22nd November at the University of Sheffield.

This event is aimed at postgraduate students or young researchers who may be planning fieldwork in Latin America, and will feature sessions from experienced researchers giving practical advice, tips and information about how to make the most of research trips in Latin America, what issues to consider, and how to avoid common pitfalls.

More information and registration

PILAS’17 at Leeds!

We are pleased to announce that PILAS Annual Conference 2017 will be held in June at the University of Leeds.

More information about the conference, including the process for submitting abstracts, will be available on this website. If you would like to contact PiLAS’ Committee with questions about the 2017 Annual Conference, you can email us.