We have extended the Call for Papers for those who may find the online platform more accessible. 

The final date for abstracts and panel proposals is now Monday 11th May 2020.

Please do not wait until the due date, as we will close all submissions promptly on that day.

Please see the information below to complete the process.

Before you do, have you joined AILASA or renewed your AILASA registration yet?

Join or renew now for free access to the conference and enjoy the benefits of belonging to the professional organisation throughout the year. Click on the button below for details.

AILASA Conference Online: How it works

The conference will take place on the Microsoft Teams online platform (see How To Guides tab for more details). 

The committee will organise papers into panels by theme, as with a normal conference.

Presenters will pre-record their papers and upload them to the online platform.

Panels will be released on the first and second Saturday in July, with a keynote on each day.

Participants will have access to discussion boards for papers and live Q&A for keynotes.

We will host live online workshops for HDR and ECRs, involving pre-recorded papers and live  activities hosted by leaders in the topics.

Online Panels

The papers and panels will be released on the first and second Saturdays in July.

Saturday 4th July, 2020

Papers in ‘Day 1’ will be released on the first Saturday of July (4th).  

Discussion Boards will be enabled for debate over the following week.

Saturday 11th July, 2020

Papers in 'Day 2' will be released on the second Saturday of July (11th).

Discussion Boards will be enabled for debate over the following week.

We believe that running the conference across two weeks will provide flexibility for participants, especially those who balance precarious work or carer’s responsibilities, to engage whenever is most convenient for them.

We hope that releasing papers gradually over two weeks will foster meaningful and focused engagement on Discussion Boards.



Papers will be up to 15 minutes in duration (10-15 min recommended). Presentations may be delivered in English, Spanish, or Portuguese.

All presenters will pre-record their paper and upload it to the designated conference website. Step-by-step instructions will be provided on the 'how-to guides' page.


Attendees are invited to propose panels of three presenters, or to submit requests for round table discussants. Panels should last no longer than one hour, unless previously discussed with organisers.

Proposals should be submitted as a single document as per the instructions detailed at 'Submission of Abstract' on this page.


Abstract and panel proposals should be emailed to After an initial acknowledgement, presenters will receive confirmation by Friday 15th May 2020.

Each paper should include (1) a title, (2) an abstract of 150-200 words, (3) the presenter's name and institutional affiliation.


This online conference will be free to attend for all current AILASA members.

 We ask that all attendees join AILASA in order to participate in the online conference. You can do so by following this link to the AILASA website.

For those currently not working or in precarious positions, please contact our committee to discuss options. 


A number of publications are planned as a consequence of the conference. These will include a Special Issue of the Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research.

If you would like to discuss publication outcomes, please email the Chair of the Conference Organising Committee, Robert Mason at

Detailed instructions for recording and uploading your presentations will be provided on the page 'How-to guides' 



Our understanding of the world is transformed by our vision of it. Whether the visionary individual providing hope for the future, or the historian gazing at the past, our vision connects times, places and people. As noted by Smith’s (1960) work on colonialism in the Pacific, a gaze is framed by preconceptions of others as well as thoughts of the other in general. A gaze remains an act of engagement though, as people respond, perform and contest the view of others. A vision offers a moment of disruption that departs from the present in the hope of a world made anew or a past reimagined.

The conference ‘Visions’ seeks to explore the possibilities of seeing Iberian and Latin American worlds through different eyes. It embraces the sense of unsettlement that a vision brings, while understanding the possibility and promise that can derive from that moment of exchange.

Such moments of encounter have proved transformational to Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula. They have transformed the lives of First Peoples with whom colonial powers interacted, and who continue to affirm their own cultural, economic and political possibilities. The effects of these interactions extend beyond Latin America, Portugal and Spain, and demand reflection as to the legacies of their colonial encounters in Africa, Asia and the Pacific Region.

Papers are welcome in English, Portuguese and Spanish. Papers and panels should consider the following themes within regions of Latin America, Spain, and Portugal. We also welcome consideration of the effects of Iberia and Latin America in Asia, Africa and the Pacific:


  • Performance and creative practice

  • Conflict, violent change and resistance

  • Heritage and sites of encounter

  • Interventions and knowledge across history and cultures

  • Imagining lost or alternative futures

  • Literary and filmic encounters with the other

  • Embodiment and embodied interventions

  • Social movements to affect or resist change

  • Religious and charismatic leadership

  • Language, and communication of the ‘world that might be’

  • The struggle for social justice