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Welcome to the site of the Society for Irish Latin American Studies (SILAS)!

The Society was founded on 1 July 2003 to promote the study of relations between Ireland and Latin American countries. Our range of interests includes the settlement, lives, and achievements of Irish emigrants to Latin America and their descendents, as well as the contemporary presence of Ireland in the life and culture of Latin America and the presence of Latin Americans in Ireland. The Society is also interested in the relationship, past and present, between Ireland and the Irish with Iberia, the Caribbean and Spanish-speaking North America.

We are a network of scholars and researchers who reflect several disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and we are a diverse multi-lingual community of people.
Benefits of membership with SILAS include newsletters, e-letters with updates on events, calls for papers, announcements of new publications, news on grants/fellowships and new resources, free subscription to the journal, as well as access to some databases of information on individual Irish migrants in some Latin American countries.

Join the society here.
Read the latest issue of our journal here.
Find out about our conference in Argentina (2013) here.

IMG_6010 - President Higgins official photographMichael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, kindly agreed to be Patron of SILAS. Latin America features widely in his many contributions to political, sociological and philosophical journals, and in his humanitarian interests.

Please note: SILAS is an academic website. It does not have a database for genealogy. Family tree and ancestry information can be found at ancestry.com and genealogy.com. Also, SILAS is not a service for providing information on citizenship and travel.