General Information

Where is the Congress going to be held?

The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is facing and learning, as an organization, to manage the global public crisis generated by the COVID-19 pandemic. LASA is responding to this crisis by opening a new dialog format. The current health situation demands new answers and that we positively redress adverse situations. This is a unique opportunity to try new formats and create scenarios allowing us to preserve our ties and provide new opportunities for people to meet and rethink the societies we live in, in a collective, empathetic, and supportive manner.  

Thus, it will not be possible to celebrate our LASA2020 Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, as all the people who worked so hard in the preparation of this event would have wanted. Nevertheless, the Congress will take place virtually on the same dates, May 13 to 16. 

LASA profoundly regrets the difficult situation that COVID-19 has caused all around the world and we would like to send our warmest thoughts of support and solidarity to all those who have been affected.

When is the Congress?

The Congress will be held from May 13th – May 16th, 2020.

Does LASA2020 have a theme?

Yes, the theme is "Améfrica Ladina: Vinculando Mundos y Saberes, Tejiendo Esperanzas". All related information can be found on our website at

What are the official languages of the Congress?

English, Spanish, French and Portuguese are the official languages of the Congress.

What are the program tracks of the Congress?

The program tracks are the thematic areas in which the sessions of each Congress are grouped. You must select a program track to submit your proposal. 

Which are the program tracks of LASA2020?

That information can be found on our website:

I am interested in participating in the Congress. What options do I have?

Individuals can participate in the Congress with the following roles: paper presenter, presenter without paper, chair, discussant and organizer. You are also welcome to just attend the Congress.

How many roles per person are allowed in Congress?

A participant is limited to four active roles and one paper presentation per Congress.

The role of organizer does not count towards this limit of four roles. Therefore, one person can organize as many sessions as they would like. Organizers do not have to present papers in the sessions they organize.  They may also participate in another session as a chair, discussant or paper presenter.