Society for Latin American Studies Conference in Glasgow

Society for Latin American Studies Conference in Glasgow

Issued: Thu, 01 Jun 2017 15:27:00 BST

The annual conference of the Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS) took place in Glasgow in April and was organised by Dr Eamon McCarthy (Hispanic Studies) along with colleagues from the School of Social  and Political Sciences.

The conference opened with a public film screening in the Kelvin Hall at which the films Nae pasarán (dir Felipe Bustos Sierra, 15 mins) and ¿Dónde están? (dir Jan Nimmo, 5 mins) were shown, followed by a lively Q&A session.

Over 200 delegates, over one third of whom came from outside Europe, attended the conference, which included an exhibition (pictured) of works created by local artist Jan Nimmo in response to the disappearance of 43 students in Ayotzinapa, Mexico. Staff from Glasgow University Library's Special Collections also exhibited a first edition of Bartolomé de las Casas' 1552 work known as the Historia de las Indias. The keynote speaker, Professor Sonia Alvarez, who is Leonard J. Horwitz Professor of Latin American Politics and Director of the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies, University of Massachusetts (Amherst), was welcomed to Glasgow by Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University. Professor Alvarez delivered a lecture entitled '(Re)Assembling Feminisms: Perspectives from Brazil', in which she explored the evolution of her own thinking about feminist activism in Brazil and in Latin American more broadly. The full programme  is available on the conference website.


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