LASA2023 América Latina y el Caribe: Pensar, Representar y Luchar por los Derechos

General Information

Hybrid Congress Questions

How will the LASA2023 hybrid Congress be?

The hybrid component will allow people to attend and participate in person in Vancouver, Canada, or remotely via the Internet. The Book Exhibit will also be a hybrid. More details about the hybrid component of LASA2023 will be published soon.

I will participate in LASA2023 virtually. Which video platform should I use to access the LASA sessions virtually?

All the LASA2023 virtual sessions will happen in the video conferencing system Zoom.

We recommend that you download the latest version of this platform in advance of your presentation and use the Zoom desktop client to participate. However, if you prefer to use the web version, please use the Google Chrome browser for the best experience. For detailed instructions on how to use the Zoom video conferencing platform, click here.

Who will be available to help me if something unexpected happens during my on-site or virtual presentation?

LASA2023 sessions will have a designated LASA host who will be on-site in the meeting room and will be responsible for starting the session promptly, both in virtual mode for those participating or attending virtually, and in person, for those who are in the room at the Vancouver Convention Center. At the beginning of each session, the LASA host will welcome the panelists and other virtual and in-person participants and then hand the microphone  to the session chair. If the chair is not present, the role of co-host may be assigned to the organizer. The LASA host will be available to assist both in-person and virtual participants to ensure that the session runs smoothly. In addition, remote participants can use the HELP desk at the LASA2023 Congress Hub. 

At the end of the session, one hour and 30 minutes, the co-host along with the LASA host will conclude the session and open the next one.

Who will be in charge of coordinating the Q&A during my session?

The chair, whether in-person or virtual, is responsible for ensuring that all the presenters and the discussant adhere to the agreed time limits, and for coordinating the question-and-answer session with the audience after session members have completed their presentations. To do so, the chair will be promoted to co-host at the beginning of each session.

It is suggested that the chair let the panelists and attendees know at the beginning of the session when there will be space for comments or questions. As co-hosts of the session, and to moderate the Q&A, chairs may mute or unmute attendees to allow attendees to talk. Both chairs and active participants are able to manage the raise hand feature, view all Q&A, and respond.

If the chair of the session assumes the role of co-host, the discussant’s and organizer’s tasks remain the same.

At the end of the session, one hour and 30 minutes, the co-host along with the LASA host will conclude the session and open the next one.

How can I ensure the best audio experience for the in-person and virtual audience during my presentation?

If you are participating in person, you will need to use the LASA computer and microphone available in the meeting room to ensure that both virtual and in-person participants and attendees can see and hear your presentation. Those present in Vancouver will be able to see and hear your presentation through the screen and speakers in the room, while those connected virtually will be able to see and hear your presentation through the Zoom session. If you are participating virtually, we recommend that you use headphones with built-in microphones rather than speakers and microphones built into your computer. Headphones with built-in microphones will pick up your voice better, reduce background noise and minimize echo. It is also recommended that you test your video before your session.

General Questions

When and where will the Congress be held?

The XLI International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association will be hybrid: on-site in Vancouver, Canada, and virtual, May 24–27, 2023

The main Congress venue for people who would like to attend LASA2023 in person is the West building of the Vancouver Convention Centre

Main Venue

What is the LASA2023 Congress website?

The LASA2023 website is:
This website is in Spanish and English.


What is the time zone of the LASA2023 Congress?

All sessions and events of the Congress will be conducted in accordance with the Pacific Time Zone (Vancouver Time). The films of the LASA2023 Film Festival are available to watch at any time from May 24 until May 27, 2023, on the LASA2023 Congress Hub. 

I am already registered for LASA2023. How can I confirm my registration?

If you would like to make sure you are registered for the LASA2023 Congress, look for your name in the list of registered participants


What time do the first sessions of the LASA2023 Congress start?

The first sessions of the Congress will start on Wednesday, May 24 afternoon, Vancouver, Canada time

When and where are the LASA2023 pre-conferences? 

Pre-conferences will be held on Tuesday, May 23 at the West Building of the Vancouver Convention Centre, the main site of the Congress.

Main Venue

Are there any sessions open to the public in the virtual mode?

Yes. The Welcome Ceremony, the ten Presidential Sessions and the LASA2023 Award sessions are open to the public and will be broadcast live on LASA's YouTube page. You don't need to be registered for the Congress to watch these sessions.

The Book Exhibit is also open to the public. 

Those attending or participating in person at the Congress must be accredited to enter the meeting rooms for these sessions.

When will the Welcome Ceremony be held?

The Welcome Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 24, at 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time, in Vancouver. This will be the official event to launch LASA2023 and includes the recognition of the LASA2023 Award winners.

You are cordially invited to attend the Welcome Ceremony in person or via the LASA YouTube channel. You don't need to be registered for the Congress to view the Welcome Ceremony broadcast on LASA's YouTube channel.

Does LASA2023 have a theme?

Yes, the theme is "América Latina y el Caribe: Pensar, Representar y Luchar por los Derechos".

About LASA2023

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 a paper, chair, discussant, and organizer.

However, the deadline to submit proposals and actively participate in the Congress was September 8, 2022. Currently, you are welcome to attend the Congress. Attend all LASA2023 sessions in Vancouver, Canada, or virtually, with the All Access subscription valid through May 28.

What is the cost of registering for the Hybrid Congress as an attendee and having access to all sessions of LASA2023?

To attend the Congress virtually or in person, simply renew or subscribe to All Access by selecting one of the following categories:

  • Regular
  • Independent or Unaffiliated, Adjunct or Contingent Faculty, Retired
  • Student

All Access provides access to more than 900 academic sessions, the Book Exhibit (on-demand or in-person) viewing of Film Festival films, networking, and more.


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.

I am a participant with an active role in the Congress. Where can I see the schedule, day and time, of my LASA2023 session(s)?

Regardless of your mode of participation, virtual or in person, to find out the day and time of the session(s) in which you will participate, click on Go To My Participation.

To see the entire LASA2023 Congress Program you can check the web version of the Program Book or download the LASA2023 mobile app. Both are available on the LASA2023 website.


I am a participant with an active role in the Congress, but will not travel to Vancouver. How can I virtually enter the session where I am participating actively?

Registered participants with an active role in the Congress –presenters, chairs, discussants, and organizers– will be able to enter any meeting or type of session –panel, roundtable, or workshop– through the LASA2023 Hub. The following steps will guide you to find your session.

  1. Go to the LASA2023 Hub.
  2. Press the red button “Find and Join Your Session”.
  3. You will be able to enter your session 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time by clicking “Live sessions"
  4. Once you find your session, click on "Connect to the session"

You will need to enter your LASA username and password.

Forgot your member ID and password?

I am a participant with an active role in a Presidential session in the Congress, but I will not travel to Vancouver. How can I virtually enter the Presidential session in which I am participating?

The Congress has 10 presidential sessions. Active participants –presenters, chairs, discussants, and organizers– of the presidential sessions must enter their session using the zoom link sent to their emails one hour before the session.

I am a participant with an active role in the Congress. Will I receive any reminder with the time of my session(s)?

Yes. Regardless of your mode of participation, virtual or in person, as an active participant in a LASA2023 session, you will receive one reminder email to the email address associated with your LASA account 1 hour before your session starts. This email will have the name and time and location of your session, as well as a direct link to the LASA2023 Hub, where you can find your session and connect virtually, if you have chosen to participate virtually. 

Which interactive features are available for participants and which ones for the audience in the virtual mode?

Zoom, which is accessible from all traditional computers and through mobile app, allows two types of virtual environments: Meetings and Webinars.

Panels, workshops, roundtables, books presentations, Section business meetings, the LASA business meeting and any other meeting during the LASA2023 Hybrid Congress are set up as “Meetings”.

Meetings are designed to be collaborative and interactive events. Therefore, all active participants –organizer, chair, discussant, paper presenter or presenter without a paper – will be able to unmute themselves and share their video and screen to show the content on their computer to the in-person or virtual attendees, and attendees will be able to turn on their video, raise their hands virtually, send written questions to presenters using the instant messenger, and request to speak to ask a question or join a discussion. Once an attendee has requested to participate, the co-host of the session (already assigned to the chair) can unmute that person.

The Presidential and Awardee sessions are set up as “Webinars”. Webinars are ideal for virtual lectures or events that are open to the public. In webinars, active participants can share their video, audio, and screens, and attendees have the ability to watch, listen and interact via Q&A and the chat.

If an attendee would like to ask a question or make a comment, the co-host of the session (already assigned to the chair) can unmute the attendees. Attendees can also make use of the raise hand feature to indicate that they need something from the co-host or panelists. For more information about the raise hand feature in a webinar, press here.

What are LASA's recommendations to attend virtually the LASA2023 Congress?

  • Test you video and audio before your session.
  • If possible, use a wired ethernet connection rather than a WiFi connection.
  • Close any unnecessary applications or programs that your computer is running and you are not using.
  • Choose a quiet space. Be mindful of sounds in the background, and mute your cell phone to avoid interruptions.
  • If possible, put your laptop or desktop computer on a stack of books, so that the camera is at your eye level.
  • Due to backlighting, avoid having a window or lamp behind you. Be it natural or artificial the light should always come from the front. Lighting from the back will make it difficult for participants to see your face.

I have the role of discussant in a LASA2023 session. Which are my tasks as a discussant?

The discussant, virtual or in person, should summarize key conclusions and identify issues for further discussion in the various papers presented by the session members. He or she might wish to situate the participants’ work within larger academic debates, but should not use the occasion to present a separate paper of her or his own.

I have the role of organizer in a LASA2023 session. What is the description of my role?

The organizer's tasks, virtual or in person, occur primarily before the Congress begins. The organizer was responsible for assembling the session and confirming everyone's participation, including the chair, the discussant, and the paper presenters or presenters without papers. The organizer should advise the LASA Secretariat promptly of any changes in the composition of the session.

The organizer should have communicated with session participants in advance of the Congress date to ensure that paper presenters delivered their written work to the designated discussant in a timely fashion.