Institute of Latin American Studies

School of Advanced Study

University of London

Founded in 1965, the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) forms part of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study housed in Senate House, London. Between 2004 and 2013 it formed part of the Institute for the Study of the Americas.

ILAS occupies a unique position at the core of academic study of the region in the UK. Internationally recognised as a centre of excellence for research facilitation, it serves the wider community through organising academic events, providing online research resources, publishing scholarly writings and hosting visiting fellows. It possesses a world-class library dedicated to the study of Latin America and is the administrative home of the highly respected Journal of Latin American Studies.

The Institute supports scholarship across a wide range of subject fields in the humanities and cognate social sciences and actively maintains and builds ties with cultural, diplomatic and business organisations with interests in Latin America.

As an integral part of the School of Advanced Study, ILAS has a mission to foster scholarly initiatives and develop networks of Latin Americanists and Caribbeanists at a national level, as well as to promote the participation of UK scholars in the international study of Latin America.


Mark Thurner, PI, LAGLOBAL

Professor of Latin American Studies, Institute of Latin American Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, and Professor Emeritus of History and Anthropology at the University of Florida.  His most recent book is History’s Peru: The Poetics of Colonial and Postcolonial Historiography (2011).



Virginia Ghelarducci, Network Facilitator

MPhil/PhD student at the Institute of Latin American Studies. Her doctoral research focuses on the Peruvian reception and reinvention of the classical tradition in New World Natural and Moral or Anthropological History.