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Summary of Inter-American Human Rights Workshop now available

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A summary of the workshop on the impact of the Inter-American Human Rights system, which took place in Mexico City in October 2014, is now available on UCL-IA's Inter-American Human Rights Network.

UCL Overseas Research Scholarships 2015/16

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UCL Overseas Research Scholarships (ORS) - Applications for 2015/16 are now open. To apply please submit an online PhD admissions application including a research proposal. Additionally, you will need to submit a GRS/ORS application form to the Institute Manager, Abi Espie at a.espie@ucl.ac.uk by 16th January 2015. Full details of the ORS scheme can be found here.

UCL Graduate Research Scholarships 2015/16

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UCL Graduate Research Scholarships (GRS) - Applications for 2015/16 are now open. To apply please submit an online PhD admissions application including a research proposal. Additionally, you will need to submit a GRS/ORS application form to the Institute Manager, Abi Espie at a.espie@ucl.ac.uk by 16th January 2015. Full details of the GRS scheme can be found here.

Wolfson Scholarships for Post-Graduate Studies in Humanities 2015/16

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Wolfson Scholarships – Postgraduate Scholarships in Humanities. Applications for 2015/16 are now open. This scheme is open to UK and EU applicants who meet the eligibility criteria. To apply please submit an online PhD admissions application including a research proposal, and also notify the Institute Manager, Abi Espie at a.espie@ucl.ac.uk that you wish to be considered, along with a letter from your potential supervisor confirming that they are willing to supervise the specific project outlined by 16th January 2015. Full details of the scheme can be found here.

UCL-IA Research Fellow Richard Follett 'White Fright' US Tour Success

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Richard Follett is Professor of American History at the University of Sussex and, for 2014-15, the British Association for American Studies-UCL Institute of the Americas Research Fellow.

Trudeau Foundation Scholarship

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The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation provides up to 15 scholarships annually to prospective and current MPhil/PhD students who carry out research in areas related to the Foundation's four themes in the social sciences and humanities:

UCL-IA's Maximilian Hoell awarded Klaus Murmann PhD Fellowship

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UCL-Institute of the Americas warmly congratulate Maximilian Hoell on the award of a Klaus Murmann PhD Fellowship. Granted by the Foundation of German Business (Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft) in accordance with criteria set by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, this prestigious fellowship supports outstanding German students in all disciplines. In making these awards, the Foundation seeks to prepare especially talented and committed young people for future leadership positions in business, politics and civil society.

UCL-IA's Par Engstrom and Peter Low at Launch Workshop to Examine IAHRS Impact

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Leading human rights scholars and practitioners met in Mexico City between 10th and 11th October to discuss the impact of the Inter American Court and Commission on human rights outcomes in the Americas. Read more on this workshop here.

UCL-IA Visiting Fellow Manuel Olle Sese Awarded Prestigious Human Rights Prize

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UCL-Institute of the Americas warmly congratulates Professor Manuel Olle Sese, currently Visiting Fellow at the Institute, on the award of the prestigious Enrique Ruano Casanova - Pro Derechos Humanos prize, conferred by the Universidad Complutense's Faculty of Laws. The award ceremony took place in Madrid on Thursday 16 October. This prize has been awarded in the past to influential contributors to the field of human rights, such as Nelson Mandela and Adolfo Suarez. Congratulations! More information on this event here.

London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP) AHRC doctoral training programme - applications for 2015/16 open on 1st December 2014

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This scheme is open to UK and EU applicants who meet the eligibility criteria. Applications close on 30th January 2015. Additionally, you must have submitted an admissions application to UCL by 16th January. Full details can be found here: http://www.lahp.ac.uk/apply-for-a-studentship/

Call for papers: 1st Postgraduate Americas Conference: Power and Change in the Americas in the Modern Era

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The UCL Americas Research Network invites doctoral students and early career researchers of the Americas (Central, South, and North America, as well as the Caribbean) from across the humanities and the social sciences to submit their proposals on the theme Power and Change in the Americas in the Modern Era, which will take place at University College London from April 30 - May 1, 2015.

UCL-IA's Dr Emily Morris appointed to the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)

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UCL-IA is glad to announce that our colleague Emily Morris will be joining the IADB’s Central American Regional Economic Advisor’s team, beginning mid-September, with special responsibility for Belize. Based in the Bank’s Washington DC headquarters, she will be responsible for financial monitoring and analysis of Belize’s economic development, supporting the IADB’s representatives within the country. She will also contribute to research design and policy discussions to help to shape the IDB’s work in the Central American region as a whole, which includes Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Congratulations!

UCL-IA launches Inter-American Human Rights Network website

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The Inter-American Human Rights Network (IAHRN), an international research project funded by the Leverhulme Trust, today launches its website on the development and impact of the regional human rights system of the Americas.

Deadline for Master's Degrees Extended

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The deadline to apply for our Master’s degrees has been extended to 31st August 2014. Details on our programmes and how to apply can be found here.

The Jeremy Bentham PhD studentship awarded

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UCL-Institute of the Americas warmly congratulate James Hillyer on the award of The Jeremy Bentham PhD Studentship. James is currently studying the MA in United States Studies: History & Politics here at UCL-IA, and his winning research topic is ‘Promoting Keynesian liberalism: Walter W. Heller and American Economic Policy, 1940-1987’. He will be supervised by Prof Iwan Morgan.

AHRC London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP) PhD studentship awarded

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UCL-Institute of the Americas is pleased to announce the award of the AHRC-funded LAHP studentship to Daniel Willis, with the research topic 'Violence, Art and Folklore: Indigenous Engagement with Sendero Luminoso in Huancavelica and Apurimac'.

Post-doctoral Fellowships at UCL-IA

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UCL-Institute of the Americas would like to inform that applications for post-doctoral fellowships are now being received. Those interested in applying should submit an expression of interest in the first instance. Deadlines for applications vary according to the various schemes available. For further details, please visit our Fellowships page.

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Juan Grigera to join UCL-IA

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UCL-IA is pleased to announce that Dr Juan Grigera has been awarded a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship of £250,000 to be held at UCL-IA, and will be joining us in October. 

Third conference of the Westminster in the Caribbean network

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Dr Kate Quinn (UCL-IA) and Prof Brian Meeks (UWI) convene the third conference of the AHRC-funded Westminster In Caribbean (WIC) network, which examines contemporary processes of political reform in the region, assessing attempts to modify, regenerate, or overhaul the Westminster model of governance in the post-independence Caribbean. It will take place on September 11-12 at the University of the West Indies, Mona. For more details on this event, please click here.

UCL-IA sponsors SLAS Keynote Speech

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On April 4, UCL-Institute of the Americas was honored to host and sponsor the second keynote speech to mark the 50th Anniversary Conference of the Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS), delivered by Professor Javier Auyero (University of Texas at Austin). You can view his lecture 'Towards a Political Sociology of Urban Marginality' here.

New UCL-IA Director Appointed

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UCL-Institute of the Americas is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Jonathan Bell as its new director. Professor Bell will take up his post on 1 September 2014. He is currently a member of the Department of History at the University of Reading, where he was head of department from 2008-09 to 2012-13. He holds a BA from Oxford University and a PhD from Cambridge University.

UCL-IA Staff Nominated to Student Choice Teaching Awards

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Congratulations to our colleagues Iwan Morgan and Per Engstrom on their nominations to the UCLU Student Choice Teaching Awards: Iwan in the category of Outstanding Researcher Development and Per in the area of Outstanding Personal Support. You can view the full list of nominations here.

Iwan Morgan's article on Ronald Reagan for BBC History Magazine

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Read Iwan's article on BBC History Magazine on ten (not widely known) facts about Ronald Reagan's life and career before, during and after his Hollywood years. Prof Iwan Morgan will be delivering the lecture 'Ronald Reagan Movie Star' as part of the UCL Festival of the Arts 2014, on May 28 at 18:30.

Verena Braehler talks to The Telegraph about violence in Rio de Janeiro

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UCL-Institute of the Americas PhD student Verena Braehler interviewed by The Telegraph on the escalation of violence in Rio de Janeiro as soccer World Cup start approaches. Read more here.

Tony McCulloch Elected President of BACS

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UCL Institute of the Americas (UCL-IA) is pleased to announce that Dr Tony McCulloch, Senior Fellow in North American Studies at the Institute, has been elected President of the British Association for Canadian Studies (BACS). His term of office runs for three years, from April 2104 to April 2017, and during this period he will be representing BACS at UK and international conferences including the annual meeting of the International Council for Canadian Studies (ICCS) in Ottawa at the end of May. In addition, the BACS Office - which will be responsible for the organisation of the 40th anniversary BACS conference to be held at the British Library in April 2015 - will be located at the UCL Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PN.

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