General Information

Where will the Congress be held?

The XXXIX International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association will be a virtual event. Initially, the Congress was going to be a hybrid event with the in-person format held in the Vancouver Convention Center in Canada. However, the LASA Executive Council has made the difficult decision to eliminate the in-person element of the LASA2021 Congress because of the continued expansion of COVID-19 and the lack of a solution in the short term. 

When is the Congress?

The Congress will be held from May 26th – May 29th, 2021.

What is the time zone of the LASA2021 Virtual Congress?

All sessions of the Congress will be conducted in accordance with the Eastern Time Zone of the United States (New York Time).

Does LASA2021 have a theme?

Yes, the theme is "Crisis global, desigualdades y centralidad de la vida".

About LASA2021

What are the official languages of the Congress?

English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese are the official languages of LASA and its congresses.

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. 


I am interested in participating in the Congress. What participation 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 the 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, paper presenter, or presenter without paper.