PILAS Annual Conference 2018

Contested Narratives: Engagement with Latin America within and beyond Academia
University of Liverpool
4 - 5 June 2018

The Postgraduates in Latin American Studies (PILAS) Committee invites postgraduate researchers and junior academics from the arts, humanities and social sciences fields to present their work, engage in debate, and share their research on Latin America.

The Conference is FREE to attend (delegates must be SLAS members) and will include keynote speakers, workshops and engaging social activities.

More details will be posted in the coming months.


Latin American Archives & Collections Workshop
The People's History Museum, Manchester
14 March 2018 | 10.30 - 17.00

Register now at:

PILAS, the British Library, Senate House Library and the People’s History Museum are pleased to announce that registration is open for their free interactive (bring laptops and tablets) workshop on their Latin American archives and collections. 

The workshop will be held in Manchester on March 14th 2018 from 10.30 to 17.00 at the People’s History Museum (PHM, Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3ER; and will provide the opportunity for postgraduate researchers to discuss with archivists and curators how to get the most out of archives.

In order to encourage postgraduate researchers from across the UK to join us, a small number of bursaries will be available to help contribute towards travel and lunch costs. Priority will be given to those who cannot claim travel bursaries from other sources. 

You can apply for a flat-rate travel and lunch bursary here:


The British Library (

The Latin American collection at the British Library is the largest in the UK and spans the 16th century to the present day, and covers Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. Researchers will find sources on European conquest and colonialism, the Catholic Church in the Americas, slavery and abolition, independence movements, and contemporary economy, politics and society, and government official publications and statistics from Latin America, and recent academic publications in the humanities from the region. Highlights include:

The Senate House Library ( : contact Laurence Byrne  - - for more details)

The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Collection cover most aspects of Latin America and the Caribbean, with an emphasis on material in the humanities and related social sciences: history, politics, economics, anthropology, sociology, gender studies, combined with literature, film and documentaries from or on Latin American and the Caribbean.

Geographically, the collection covers all the territories of Central and South America as well as the islands of the Caribbean (including the English-, Dutch- and French-speaking communities), the islands of the South Atlantic (the Falklands/Malvinas and South Georgia), the Galapagos Islands and the Antarctic territories administered by Chile and Argentina.

Of particular note is the Political Archives Collection, ninety boxes of pamphlets, posters, reports, miscellaneous journals and some ephemera, produced by political parties, pressure groups, NGOs, trade unions and governments, predominantly in Spanish and Portuguese, with some English language material. Every country in the region is represented, but there is a particularly rich collection of Chilean material.

*****Please let us know using the Google form any other archives you would like to cover, such as the People's History Museum's Chile Solidarity Campaign (1973-1991) or the Atlantic slavery archives and collections in Liverpool.*****


Spring Term Events

Autumn - Winter Events

PILAS@SLAS Annual Lunch Event

2015 – University of Aberdeen, 18th April.
2013 – University of Manchester. Event: Workshop on “Organising a conference”
– University of Sheffield, 20th April 2012. Event: Workshop on “Networking”
– University of St. Andrew’s, 8th April 2011. Event: Workshop on “Presentation skills”
2010 – University of Bristol, 10th April 2010. Event: Workshop on “What next? Publishing and creative uses of your research”
2009 – University of Leeds, 27th March 2009. Event: Research resources questionnaire
2008 – University of Liverpool. Event: Workshop led by Tony Kapcia

Past PILAS Conferences

See the Past Conferences section of our website.