On 1-3 July 2024 the annual Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS) Conference will be hosted by the Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation (CEDLA) at the University of Amsterdam!

This year the annual Society for Latin American Studies conference will cross the Canal to welcome its participants in Amsterdam. This border-crossing endeavour sets the symbolic tone for three days of in-depth discussion on developments in Latin American Studies, across borders and disciplines. This year the conference will also include an additional day for postgraduates organised by PILAS (Postgraduates in Latin American Studies).

Both the SLAS conference and the PILAS day will be in person events, without online / hybrid participation.

SLAS is one of the leading Latin American Studies organizations in the world. Its annual conferences gather together scholars, journalists, artists, publishers, and intellectuals from around the world. CEDLA conducts and stimulates research on developments in Latin America and distributes the results via academic education, events and publications. CEDLA will be celebrating its 60th birthday during the conference.

Conference theme

In line with previous conferences, SLAS2024 will be an opportunity for explorations of any aspect of Latin American Studies, from any disciplinary and theoretical perspective. We have an optional conference theme that speakers are invited to address, which is:  

In/Justice in Latin America and the Caribbean

The choice of theme comes from a need we feel to address persistent inequalities and struggles, but also successes, in the search for social justice amid an ongoing climate of antagonism and polarization. As a field, Latin American Studies has always been concerned with the societal crises of our times. We invite you to address in/justices from any disciplinary, theoretical or methodological vantage point. From gendered and racialized injustices, epistemic violence to climate change and political resistance, we aim to bring together a variety of critical perspectives and practices. In addition to academic panels and a thought-provoking keynote lecture, the conference also encourages the submission of roundtables that combine academia with advocacy, activism or the arts.


In addition to the SLAS conference, postgraduate students are invited to participate in the Postgraduates in Latin American Studies (PILAS) event, hosted on 4 July 2024 at the University of Amsterdam. 

We much look forward to hearing from you soon!

SLAS 2024 is sponsored by:

Combined Academic Publishers representing Duke University Press, the University of Nebraska Press, the University of Toronto Press and the University of Texas Press