The call for paper and panel proposals is closed

This year the annual Society for Latin American Studies conference will cross the water to welcome its participants in Amsterdam in April 2020. This border-crossing endeavor sets the symbolic tone for two days of in-depth discussion on connectivity in Latin American Studies, both within and across regions, disciplines, and political divides. The Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation (CEDLA) of the University of Amsterdam is delighted to invite proposals for the conference, to take place on Friday 17 April and Saturday 18 April in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.


Just like CEDLA, the Society for Latin American Studies was founded in 1964, and 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.




In line with previous conferences, SLAS2020 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:  


Mind the gap: Strengthening connections in Latin American Studies


The choice of topic comes from a need we feel to address the current climate of increasing exclusion and inequality, as well as antagonism and polarization (on a global scale), which have intensified different kinds of distances within and beyond the region. These tendencies take place in and pose challenges to various social, political, economic and cultural arenas. In the same vein, Latin American Studies in Europe also faces new and old divisions: between the UK and mainland Europe; between Northern and Southern Europe; between different academic disciplines competing over funding; and between various ways of understanding and producing knowledge. Yet connections and exchange across disciplines and between academia and society appear stronger and more pertinent than ever, and digital communication and publishing allow for easier access and collaboration. What, then, do these distances and connections produce? And how do they reshape Latin America and Latin American Studies today?


In addition to hosting traditional academic panels and a thought-provoking keynote lecture, the conference will specifically encourage other types of dialogue and interaction through innovative discussion formats.




We invite proposals for individual papers and panel sessions on diverse interpretations of the conference theme, and in relation to all areas of Latin American Studies.


Presentations will take place in sessions of 1 hour and 45 minutes, shared amongst 3-5 presenters and chaired either by a presenter or a moderator. We especially encourage pre-constituted panels and other forms of collaborative exchange (see below). Conveners of pre-constituted sessions should coordinate their session to allow time for discussion, limiting individual contributions to 15-20 minutes.

All proposals must be written in English, Spanish or Portuguese.

The call for paper and panel proposals is closed


For submissions please use the forms below. We do not accept submissions via e-mail.

By 11 November you will be informed of your acceptance and receive instructions to complete registration. For questions e-mail 



Individual papers

Presenters will be grouped into panels by the Conference Committee. Please select in the submission form the broader track your paper best fits into. Individual proposals should include:

  • A title and abstract for the presentation (max. 200 words)

  • Name, position & affiliation


Panel proposals

Conveners should submit a panel title and abstract (max. 200 words) around well-defined critical, theoretical, cultural and/or historical topics, and they should also provide for each presenter (3-5 presenters in total):

  • A title and abstract for the presentation (max. 200 words)

  • Name, position & affiliation

Practice/Policy Dialogues

We welcome pre-convened dialogue sessions between academics, activists, journalists, policy makers, and/or artists. Conveners are asked to submit a proposal that outlines the session as a whole (max. 400 words) and provide the name and role of each speaker. Dialogues may include up to 6 speakers, but please keep in mind the need to allow time for discussion.


We welcome pre-convened roundtables to discuss specific theoretical or empirical issues. Roundtables may include up to 6 speakers making short opening statements designed to generate interactions between themselves and the audience. Conveners are asked to submit a proposal that outlines the session as a whole (max. 400 words) and provide the name, position, and affiliation of each speaker.

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