52nd Annual Conference of the Society for Latin American Studies 2016

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University of Liverpool, 7-8 April 2016

The Society for Latin American Studies celebrated its 50th anniversary golden jubilee in 2014.

In 2016 we also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of Liverpool’s Centre for Latin American Studies (later re-named the 'Institute of Latin American Studies'). The Institute was one of the six Parry centres for Latin American Area Studies founded in the UK in 1966.

Today, scholarship and teaching that focus on Latin American Cultural Studies are concentrated in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures with Latin American specialists also active in other departments across the University of Liverpool.


See our programme page to download a programme overview, panel timetable, keynote lecture information and an abstract book. The  programme is subject to change and will be finalised after the pre-registration deadline.

You can also find updated information about visiting Liverpool, a pre-conference walking tour on Wednesday, 7 April and suggestions for places to eat and drink.

Conference theme

The conference theme is 'Building Bridges: Repositioning Latin American Studies', reflecting the long-standing commitment of SLAS to the promotion of research on Latin America both within and beyond the many institutions of higher education now committed to Latin American Studies.

Similarly, the SLAS mission is to construct bridges of communication and intellectual exchange which identifies Latin America as a subject rather than an object of study, as was the case 50 years ago, thereby establishing a process of mutual understanding and intellectual exchange between the region, the UK and elsewhere.

Organising committee

  • Katinka Weber
  • Natalia Priego
  • Marieke Riethof
  • Niamh Thornton
  • Chris Harris.


For more information and enquiries, please contact us at slas2016@liv.ac.uk