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UCL - Institut Français Partnership: call for workshop proposals

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Proposals are invited for funding for workshops between UCL and French academics, specifically focusing on research in the humanities, broadly conceived. The UCL – Institut Français du Royaume-Uni partnership in the humanities aims to encourage junior and senior scholars to establish new directions for possible research collaborations – not only in their own areas of expertise, but also across disciplines.

Job vacancy at UCL-Institute of the Americas: Teaching Fellow in Caribbean History

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The UCL Institute of the Americas (UCL-IA) is seeking to appoint an exceptional scholar to take up the position of Teaching Fellow in Caribbean History. UCL-IA is a leading multidisciplinary specialist institution for the study of Latin America, the United States, the Caribbean and Canada. The post is available for one term only (2015-16 term 2).

European Union-Latin America and Caribbean (EU-LAC) Foundation Research Projects - Call now open

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Under the Foundation's regular Open Call, researchers and consortia may apply for grants of up to 25,200€ (30,000€ gross amount) to fund research projects on topics of relevance for the relationship between the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean. Each edition of the Open Call awards one research project. The Foundation will publish the results of the selected study.

UCL-IA's Paulo Drinot awarded a British Academy Newton Mobility Grant

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The British Academy has awarded Dr Paulo Drinot of the UCL Institute of the Americas and Professor Marcos Cueto of the Fundação Oswaldo Cruz a Newton Mobility Grant for a project titled: 'Latin American Studies Journals in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries: the UK and the Brazilian Experiences'.

UCL-IA's Prof Maxine Molyneux at United Nations Human Right Conference

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Maxine Molyneux at United Nations Human Rights Conference

Professor Maxine Molyneux was invited to speak at a conference on 'Substantive Equality for Women: Connecting Human Rights and Public Policy' held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, in June. The all-day event was organized and supported by three UN agencies, UN Women, the UN’s Research Institute in Social Development (UNRISD), and the Office of the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) to discuss the issues raised in UN Women’s Progress of the World’s Women report, published earlier this year. Maxine Molyneux’s presentation was on the role of international instruments in advancing social policy and social protection with reference to Latin America.

UCL Research Catalyst Awards by Santander Universities - call now open

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The awards, sponsored by Santander Universities, aim to foster research collaboration between UCL and universities in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico, and are available to cover travel, accommodation and subsistence costs associated with focused visits to potential research collaborators, up to a maximum value of £2,500 per participant.

UCL-IA's Dr Althea Legal-Miller awarded prestigious fellowship at Library of Congress, Washington

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Althea Legal-Miller

We are delighted to report that Dr Althea Legal-Miller, Teaching Fellow in African American Civil Rights at UCL - Institute of the Americas, has been awarded one of the AHRC International Placement fellowships at the Kluge Center at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Dr Legal-Miller will take up her fellowship in 2016 for four months. Congratulations!

Newton Advanced Fellowships: 2015 Funding Call

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The British Academy is calling for Newton Advanced Fellowship applications under the Newton Fund. The Newton Fund is an initiative that aims to develop the long-term sustainable growth and welfare of partner countries through building research and innovation capacity, and forms part of the UK's Official Development Assistance commitment.

Newton Mobility Grants: 2015 Funding Call

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The British Academy is calling for applications for Newton Mobility Grants under the Newton Fund. The Newton Fund is an initiative that aims to develop the long-term sustainable growth and welfare of partner countries through building research and innovation capacity, and forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance commitment.

UCL-IA's Peter Low publishes book on Colombian Spanish

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'Colombian Spanish' by P Low

UCL-Institute of the Americas (UCL-IA) would like to warmly congratulate Peter Low on the release of his latest book 'Colombian Spanish'.

Junior Research Fellowships - UCL Institute of Advanced Studies

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The Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences, together with the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, has established a UCL Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences (UCLIAS). The UCLIAS contributes to all six of the principal themes of UCL Strategy 2034.

Success of international seminar on Chile and the Inter American Human Rights System

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UCL Institute of the Americas is pleased to report on the success of the first international seminar on Chile and the Inter-American Human Rights System, which took place on May 20 2015. The event was co-organised by UCL-IA's PhD student Juan Smart, in conjunction with fellows from other institutions. Read Juan's full report here. Congratulations to Juan and the organising committee. 

What's new at UCL-IA?

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A short update on what's going on at UCL-Institute at the Americas at the moment:

Dr Néstor Castañeda appointed to new UCL-IA Latin American Political Economy lectureship

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UCL Institute of the Americas (UCL-IA) is pleased to announce that Dr Néstor Castañeda will be joining us in September as the newly appointed Lecturer in Latin American Political Economy. He is currently a Lecturer of Governance and Policy at the University of Southampton. He gained his PhD in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh and an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas.

New modules on offer for Master's degrees for 2015/16

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We are pleased to announce our new modules for 2015-16 academic year. Please refer to this webpage: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/americas/graduate-study/masters/new_modules to find out more.

Virtual Open Day for Master's Degrees at UCL- Institute of the Americas on May 28 2015, 1-3 pm

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University College London (UCL), London's Global University and the UCL Institute of the Americas are pleased to invite you to a Virtual Open Day to provide information about the Master's programmes offered by the Institute of the Americas.

Success of 'Freedom of Expression...in Mexico...Carmen Aristegui' discussion at UCL-IA

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Freedom of expression, power and the media in Mexico

On April 21, UCL Institute of the Americas hosted, to a full house, a seminar and discussion on the topics of freedom of expression, power and the media in Mexico. Papers were presented by Ella McPherson (Cambridge) and Jose Antonio Brambila (Sheffield). The presentations and the ensuing discussion focused on the recent dismissal of famous journalist and analyst Carmen Aristegui on grounds of loss of confidence, but perceived to be a result of pressure from the Mexican government after Aristegui's team of journalists uncovered the Mexican first lady's acquisition, under unclear circumstances, of a multi-million mansion. News of this UCL-IA event reached the journalist's popular internet news channel(Spanish). A podcast of the presentations (English) is available here.

US Studies research funding success

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UCL Institute of the Americas is delighted to announce the series of successful funding bids recently awarded to some of our US Studies PhD students, current and prospective. On this occasion we'd like to congratulate:

UCL-IA Associate Fellow Elizabeth Dore radio interviews on Cuba

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Amidst expectations of an apparent relaxation in Cuba - USA relations, we bring you these timely radio interviews that Prof Elizabeth Dore gave recently to Radio Free Brighton and Share Radio, upon her return from her latest visit to Cuba:

Funding Opportunity: European Commission Individual Fellowships

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The goal of Individual Fellowships is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition at multi- or interdisciplinary level through advanced training, international and inter-sectoral mobility.

Individual Fellowships provide opportunities to acquire and transfer new knowledge and to work on research in a European context (EU Member States and Associated Countries) or outside Europe. The scheme particularly supports the return and reintegration of researchers from outside Europe who have previously worked here. It also develops or helps to restart the careers of individual researchers that show great potential, considering their experience. Applicants should contact the potential supervisor as soon as possible and no later than 1 August 2015.

UCL-IA Juan Grigera on radio program on Brazilian slavery

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Listen to UCL-IA British Academy Fellow, Dr Juan Grigera, participates in Rita Lobo's radio program 'The History of Booms, Busts and Bubbles' on Share Radio (December 2014) along with scholars Vinicius Carvalho and Roberta Mallows (King's College London) on this tragic chapter of Brazilian history.

UCL-IA Visiting Fellow Juan-Pablo Scarfi interviewed by Argentine newspaper 'Clarin'

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Dr Scarfi was interviewed on the current significant challenges faced by the idea of human rights - (document in Spanish): http://www.clarin.com/opinion/Leyes_internacionales-derechos_humanos-Declaracion_Universal-multipolaridad-Charlie_Hebdo_0_1312668778.html#

Funding opportunities for Master's degrees at UCL-Institute of the Americas

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UCL Institute of the Americas is delighted to announce these new funding opportunities for those planning to apply for a place at one of our MA and MSc degrees: the Santander Universities Scholarship Awards and the Postgraduate Support Scheme (PSS).

UCL-IA PhD student Lupita Valdez panellist at Parliament discussion on human rights in Mexico

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Lupita Valdez participated as panel member at the event organized and chaired by Jeremy Corbin MP at the Houses of Parliament on February 24. The event's purpose was to highlight the Human Rights crisis in Mexico. Other members of the panel were Cathy Jamieson MP, Professor Elvira Dominguez (from the team who was part of a Mision de Observacion Civil in Mexico last November), and Rupert Knox, former researcher for Amnesty International, amongst others. Contributions focused on enforced disappearances, torture, extrajudicial killings, violence to journalists and activists and the large omission of human rights in the agenda of the UK-MX2015 dual year. The parliamentarians present urged the public to lobby their MPs to join the cause of the new NGO launched at the meeting: JusticeMexicoNow, of which Lupita is founding member. You can follow JusticeMexicoNow at https://www.facebook.com/JusticeMexicoNow

BAAS Peter Parish Prize 2015 awarded to UCL-IA's James Hillyer

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UCL Institute of the Americas (UCL-IA) is delighted to congratulate PhD student, James Hillyer on his award of the Peter Parish Prize 2015. This prize to the value of £750 is awarded by the British Association for American Studies (BAAS) or the best research trip proposal in the field of American history. James has been invited to accept his award at the BAAS Annual Awards Dinner at Northumbria University in April. James will use the award to part fund his research trip to the US in May/June for his PhD Promoting Keynesian Liberalism: Walter W. Heller and U.S. Economic Policy, 1940 – 1987. Additionally, James also has had a book review published on US Studies Online: Rethinking the 1950s: How Anticommunism and the Cold War Made America Liberal by Jennifer A. Delton, which can be viewed here. Congratulations!

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