• LAMS next seminar series meeting will be held at Senate House on Saturday 24th November 2018, and will conclue with live music from Charange del Norte.  All welcome.  We ask for a contribution of £8.00 towards coffee, tea and lunch (unless giving a paper or performing).  Programme and registration available here.





    About Us

    The Latin American Music Seminar (LAMS) is a UK-based interdisciplinary forum and network for Latin American music research.  It aims to bring together scholars, students, musicians and interested members of the public to share interest, knowledge, and critical perspectives on Latin American music. Since its foundation in 2000, LAMS has met twice each year on a Saturday (usually in May and November) for a day of five presentations with discussion, always ending with live music. The seminar takes a very open and eclectic approach to Latin American Music, welcoming papers on diverse themes, genres and issues, and reflecting a multiplicity of contexts. Presenters include a mix of scholars, research students, and musicians, alongside international visitors and members of the UK Latin American community.

    In addition to our regular twice-annual seminars, LAMS also convenes periodic small-scale events often featuring live music.

    If you wish to present a paper, live performance, or to be included on the Latin American Music Seminar email list, please contact Henry Stobart at 

    The Latin American Music Seminar is generously hosted by the Institute for Latin American Studies (ILAS) and co-sponsored by the Institute of Music Research (IMR) of the School of Advanced Study, University of London. We are also especially indebted to Olga Jimenez (ILAS’ events manager) for her organizational support.

    The LAMS committee consist of:



    LAM seminars have been held twice per year since 2000. You can explore the topics discussed in each session by following the links below:


    News archive

    • LAMS is delighted to be hosting a discussion on Chilean singer-songwriter Víctor Jara's "Revolutionary Masculinities" on Wed 26 September, 5.30-730pm at Senate House.  Professor Daniel Party (Instituto de Música, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile) will explore the ways in which Jara's bisexuality shaped some of his career choices and alliances.  Further details and registration are available here.
    • Music and the State in Latin America. LAMS next seminar will be held at the Horniman Museum, Forest Hill, London on Saturday 19th November 2016, co-organised with the Royal Anthropological Institute
    • Katia Chornik will launch her new book, Alejo Carpentier: Blurring Genres (Monday 23rd November at 6.30. Instituto Cervantes, 102 Eaton Square, London SW1W 9AN). The event will include live Cuban music by Son Yambu with special guest Sue Miller, and will be followed by drinks. Reserve your seat at
      Read "When Julio Iglesias played Pinochet's prison", Katia Chornik's piece published in The Guardian on 15 May 2014
    • Before the next Latin American Music Seminar on 2nd November, the LAM team have organised two very exciting one-off events in October: Tue 22 October (5-6pm): Psychedelic Cumbia: From the Amazon to the World (Senate House) and Fri 25 October (3.30-5.30): Diego Laverde Rojas - An exploration of the Colombian-Venezuelan harp and llanera (lowland plains) music (Senate House). We very much hope that you will be able to come along!
    • One-day Conference at the University of Manchester: Musical and Other Cultural Responses to Political Violence in Latin America. 06 December, 9.30 - 6.30, University Place Building, Room 1.218