The University of Leeds has been selected to host the PILAS Annual Conference on June 26 and 27, 2017. It is free to attend and will include keynote speakers, workshops and social engaging activities.
PILAS is the postgraduate affiliate of the Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS). As an organisation run by and for postgraduate students, PILAS aims to foster interaction among postgraduates working in the field of Latin American Studies at institutions of higher education throughout the United Kingdom, as well as those in Europe and the Americas.
Encouraging cross-disciplinary dialogue, our organisation welcomes those working within a range of academic disciplines, as well as those undertaking multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches.
Our goal is to establish a supportive community for postgraduate students engaged in the study of Latin America and the Caribbean, both to facilitate communication among postgraduates and to provide a forum for students to exchange experiences, seek advice, and share their research.
The theme of PILAS 2017 is “Fragility and Resistance in Latin America”.
Latin America is of the world regions in which borders are malleable yet resistant. As its nations seek to establish and assert themselves on a continental and global stage, challenging and being challenged by outside influences, historical, political, geographic and economic fragilities often appear to check this progress and development. One only has to think of Brazil, which recently hosted a truly global mega event, its citizens keen to present their best face to a watching world following years of economic progress. However, this centerstage international performance threatened to be undermined by the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff and worries over the Zika virus.
This multidisciplinary conference seeks to explore this apparently contradictory duality of Latin America from a critical perspective.
Jesús Sanjurjo, Leeds
Other student organisers
Lourdes Parra, University of Leeds Valentina Caruso, University of Sheffield Peter Watson, University of Sheffield