CALL FOR PAPERS: New Poetics of Disappearance: Narrative, Violence and Memory

Monday 11 November 2013
A conference will be held on the 16th and 17th June 2014, gathering together academics and writers working on memory issues in Latin America, the United States and Europe. The conference will explore the way in which literature has addressed the ‘disappeared’ from the 1970s and 1980s to the present.

ILAS Fellow in the Field

Thursday 7 November 2013
Malayna Raftopoulos, a Stipendiary Fellow at the Institute for Latin American Studies, has traversed the globe to present her research at the  Universidad Nacional Toribio Rodríguez de Mendoza de Amazonas  in Chachapoyas, Peru. On November 15th she will give her presentation, titled 'Examining the principles of sustainable tourism development: a case study of Cocachimba.' Watch this space - links to Malayna's blog about her fieldwork in Peru are coming soon. 

GRANT: PhD at the British Library on Latin America

Monday 4 November 2013
The British Library has just opened its call for proposals from HEI for PhD CDP 2014-2015, including a Latin American project. More information on the project and the application process can be found h ere. Queries should be directed to Dr. Elizabeth Cooper (Curator, Latin American Studies, Scholarship and Collections) at 

University of Lisbon Call for Papers

Wednesday 30 October 2013
The University of Lisbon has put out a call for papers addressing the experience of happiness in a chosen society and era, as understood from an historically-based intersdisciplinary perspective.  Click here to find out more . Click here to register.

British Council Call for Applications

Tuesday 22 October 2013
British Researcher Links grants are available for early-career researchers who need to spend three months abroad. Travel to the following countries is eligible: Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Morocco, Egypt, Qatar, South Africa, Nigeria, Russia, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea, United States, Vietnam and Bangladesh. Researchers from these countries are also eligible to apply to fund travel to the UK. The call opened on 15 October and applications close on 24 November.

Business & Opportunity in Latin America: The Canning Conference

Monday 14 October 2013
This Wednesday, 16th of October, the Lord Mayor of London, Roger Gifford, and Foreign & Commonwealth Office Minister of State, Hugo Swire will deliver their assessments on business and opportunity in Latin America. Regional experts will provide delegates with updates on Latin America’s economic, political and regional developments. Delegates will hear The Lord Mayor’s feed-back on his recent business visit to Latin America and his impressions on how to win business in the region.

Forthcoming Latin American Music Seminar hosted by ILAS

Monday 7 October 2013
Save the date in your calendar for the upcoming session of The Latin American Music Seminar (LAMS) on 2nd November 2013. LAMS is a UK-based interdisciplinary forum for Latin American music research, which aims to bring together scholars, students, musicians and members of the public to share interest, knowledge, and critical perspectives on Latin American music. The day will consist of a series of presentations and discussions, culminating in a live music show.

CALL FOR PAPERS – the impact of race on music

Tuesday 10 September 2013
The Race in the Americas (RITA) group seeks papers from postgraduate students and established academics on the theme of race and music. Submissions on all forms of music are welcome but we are particularly interested in submissions dealing with the blues, jazz, hip-hop, avant garde music, reggae/ska, reggaeton, calypso, dancehall, gospel, and all forms of African and Latin American music.  The papers will be presented at the second annual RITA conference, which will take place in Manchester, 15th/16th April 2014. DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS:  Monday 30th September 2013.

Important Announcement Regarding Changes to the Institute for the Study of the Americas

Monday 22 July 2013
With effect from 1 August 2013, the Institute for the Study of the Americas will change to focus solely on Latin America and the Caribbean, and will cease to support the study of North America. As a result, the Institute will be changing its name to the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS). The Institute is in the process of informing a wide range of its stakeholders about these changes and their implications. For more information, please read an open letter from Professor Linda Newson, the Director of the Institute .