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PiLAS LogoContested Narratives: Engagement with Latin America within and beyond Academia

Our two day annual conference is a great opportunity for postgraduate, early career and junior academic researchers from the arts, humanities, and social sciences to present their work, engage in debate, and share their research on Latin America.

We are excited to announce our confirmed Keynote Speakers: Dr. Jelke Boesten (Gender and Development, King’s College London) and Dr. Sian Lazar (Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge).

We are also pleased to announce our roundtable discussion, chaired by Professor Cathy McIlwaine (Transnational migration, King’s College London), which will address the concerns of the Latin American migrant community here in the United Kingdom and will involve representatives from the Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS), the Indoamerican Refugee Migrant Organisation (IRMO) and Latin American House.

The conference, part sponsored by the Society of Latin American Studies, the North West Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership and the University of Liverpool, is free to attend and will feature engaging social activities including a wine reception. An optional conference dinner can be booked at an additional charge (details to be announced). .

The themes of this year’s conference will be wide-ranging. Our principle focus this year is on having an engaged scholarship, across a broad range of disciplines. This emphasises the importance of dialogue and collaboration between academia and local and international civil society groups and organisations, on issues relating to Latin America.

The theme embraces all those separate strands of academic research that intertwine into a shared purpose: to produce meaningful engagement and to stand in solidarity with the diverse peoples and cultures we seek to learn from and learn with.

As a committee we feel that academia must look beyond its borders in order to enhance the impact of our research. We are at a moment in which the movement of information carries news of distant events to us in an instant, in which a globalised economy surrounds us with ever more diverse cultural elements, and in which the Latin American diaspora is experiencing rapid growth throughout the world. Yet, paradoxically, we are also living through a moment of deeper insularity and separation. There is an apparent rejection, in some quarters, of some dimensions of the social and cultural exchange and the fading of borders engendered by contemprary processes of globalisation. The conference aims to explore the ways in which academic research can undertake to confront and mediate these contradictions.

Call for papers

We welcome paper and panel proposals on a diverse range of topics and from different disciplines. To submit a paper or panel proposal, go to pilasconference.com .

Visit our conference website now to find all the information you need on travel and accommodation in Liverpool, our Keynote Speakers and Roundtable participants and you can also view a draft schedule including timings for panels, keynote lectures, roundtable discussion and social events taking place.

We will be sending out more information over the coming months to keep you up to date with the latest news from the PILAS Annual Conference 2018.

We look forward to seeing you in Liverpool on 4th and 5th June.

The PILAS Committee



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