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Share your research to be part of the Society for Latin American Studies Annual Conference 2022

Submit an abstract, panel proposal or workshop initiative to be part of the SLAS ‘Latin America in times of political mistrust and global pandemic’ conference.

Latin America in times of political mistrust and global pandemic

This year's two-day conference will take place on 21 and 22 April 2022. The closing date for research proposal submissions is 30 September 2021.

The 2022 Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS) annual conference, ‘Latin America in times of political mistrust and global pandemic’, will explore political and societal issues in the region, and how they have been influenced by the events of the last 18-24 months.

This year's event will take place at the University of Bath campus. There will be blended options to attend, allowing people from across the world to participate online.


The global COVID-19 pandemic has affected Latin America particularly acutely, exacerbating existing inequalities, while adding new ones, marked by territory, gender and labour. Intensified by Jair Bolsonaro’s denialist behaviour, and a causal factor in Cuba’s recent uprising, the effects of the pandemic have been far reaching in socio-political, health and economic terms. In the political realm, the region has witnessed protests in Colombia, elections in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru, and landmark moments for women's rights as Argentina legalised abortion and Chile secured gender parity in its historic constituent assembly, led by Mapuche leader and academic, Elisa Loncón. The rewriting of the 1980 Constitution presents an important moment in the potential disruption of neoliberalism in the region.

As the political scenario erupts, to what extent has this impacted upon cultural production as art and politics collide on the street and in the digital sphere? In what ways do the intersections of old and new debates around environmental protection vs environmental development, gender and sexuality vs religion, eurocentrism and plurinationality, emerge in filmic, literary and artistic production and social action in the region?

When thinking about Latin American Studies, how has the pandemic forced us to reconfigure our methodological approaches to research? In a global context of increasing discourse and action around decolonisation, what are the contributions and tensions that emerge within the discipline?

We aim to explore the multiple facets of contemporary and historic socio-political dynamics, how these are reflected within cultural and literary production, and examine the potential futures for Latin American Studies.

Your research proposal

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What your research should cover

This is an intersectional and interdisciplinary conference. We welcome submissions from all areas of humanities and social sciences, including:

  • anthropology
  • cultural studies
  • education
  • environmental studies
  • history
  • human geography
  • political economy
  • political science
  • social and public policy
  • sociology

In line with previous conferences, SLAS 2022 will be an opportunity for the exploration of any aspect of Latin American studies, from any disciplinary or theoretical perspective.

What to submit

An abstract and/or panel proposal and/or alternative session (workshop, Q&A, roundtable discussion) initiative.

What your research will contribute to

If your research is chosen, it will contribute to discussions and sessions during the conference. It could also influence the focus of group workshops and activities.


Only the conference co-organisers, Dr Juan Ferrero and Dr Penny Miles and relevant Bath administrative staff will have access to the personal information you provide. All records will be treated as confidential, including personal contact details.

Submit your proposal

Please use the relevant section below to submit your proposal.

Submissions for a 20-minute paper

Panel proposals

Alternative sessions

Workshops, roundtable discussions, Q&As, etc.

A selection of handmade flags of countries from across Latin America.

Contact us

If you have any questions about submitting your research, or about the conference, please contact us.