2012-2013 PILAS Committee: Liverpool
Sarah Parry (President)
PhD. Student in Latin American Cultural Studies. University of Liverpool.
Jenny Wattrus (Secretary)
MA. Student in Latin American Studies. Lancaster University.
Rachael Boothroyd (Web Officer)
PhD. Student in Latin American Politics. University of Liverpool.
Benjamin Inman (Communication Officer)
PhD. Student in Hispanic & Latin American Cultural Studies. University of Liverpool.
This committee will be in place from 1st August 2012.
President: María Mancilla García, Secretary: Claudia Contreras Rojas, Treasurer: Patricia Espinoza, Website Editor: Gisela Robles Aguilar, Network Developer: Cintia Kulzer Sacilotto, Communications Officer:Ivan González de Alba, Social Events Officer: Carmen Contreras Romero, .Panel Organizer: Annette Idler
The 2010-2011 PILAS Committee was based at the University of Cambridge. Andrew Tillman and Catriona McAllister served as Co-Presidents with the following committee members: Lucy Bell (Secretary), Stella Krepp (Treasurer), Katy Critchfield and Joey Whitfield (Social Events), and Juan Pablo Scarfi (Keynote Organiser). Cara Levey of the University of Leeds undertook the advisory role of Past President. An outline of the year’s events can be found in the 2010-2011 Annual Report.
The 2009-2010 PILAS Committee was based at the University of Manchester, and also included members from other universities in the region. In December, after the resignation of the elected President due to unforeseen personal circumstances, Cara Levey (Secretary, University of Leeds) and Chandra Morrison (Past President, University of Cambridge) acted as Co-Presidents for the remainder of the academic year. Susanne Hofmann and Ainhoa Montoya served as Conference Coordinators at the University of Manchester, leading the Manchester team which included Rachel Wilde (Treasurer); Logistics Team: Carolina Corral, Kirsten Howarth, Pablo Jaramillo, Siobhan McGrath, Jessica Pineda Zumarán, Germán C. Prieto, Giulia Sirigu; Programme Management: Ania Kowalczyk, Robin de la Motte; Social Events: Félix Aponte González, Alex Flynn, George Oliveira Bentley, Patrick O’Shea, Hugo Romero, Jacqueline Romo, María Ximena Sanclemente. A review of the year’s events is outlined in the 2009-2010 Annual Report.
The 2008-2009 PILAS Committee was based at the University of Cambridge, and comprised of the following members: Chandra Morrison (President), Jordana Blejmar (Secretary), Matthew Butler (Conference Secretary), Stefanie Gänger, Carrie Gibson, Natalie Krol, and Joanna McGarry. All committee members were PhD students in either the Centre of Latin American Studies (CLAS) or the Department of History. The year’s PILAS activities are summarised in the 2008-2009 Annual Report.
The 2006-2007 PILAS Committee was based at the University of Liverpool, and consisted of the following members: Daniel Huerta Conde (President), Violeta Mayer (Secretary), Heinrich Kramarski, Gregorio Perez, Helen Porter, and Katinka Weber.
Long-Term Development Initiatives
Each year, the PILAS Committee undertakes at least one long-term development initiative, so as to continue improving PILAS as a useful resource for our postgraduate community! Below are some of the projects carried out by past Committees:
2010-11 – Introduced a third annual event for PILAS members, PILAS @ The British Library, to provide further information about research resources and an additional opportunity for PILAS members to meet. Wrote ‘The Rough Guide to PILAS’, a detailed document about the running of PILAS for future committees, to improve continuity from year to year. Set up the PILAS twitter account.
2009-2010 – Expanded the website content, including the addition of downloadable ‘Research Resources’ documents accessible via the website; and reinitiated the use of the PILAS JISCMail forum, in efforts to improve networking and dissemination of information among postgraduates.
2008-2009 – Developed the permanent website and email account, in an effort to create a stable base for PILAS as an institution and to maintain continuity between committees.