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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.

Graduate Open Day 2014

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UCL-Institute of the Americas invites all those interested in our graduate programmes to attend this event on November 19, starting at 13:00. It will take place at the University of London Senate House, Beverdige Hall and MacMillan Hall. This is an opportunity for prospective students to see what makes UCL one of the world’s top 10 universities. Visitors will have the chance to meet with Graduate Tutors, Heads of Department and other academic staff to discuss Master's and PhD programmes in the Faculties of Arts & Humanities, Social & Historical Sciences and SSEES.  Registration is highly recommended. For event programme and registration details please consult the dedicated site.

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.

Iwan Morgan Awarded BAAS Honorary Fellowship

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UCL Institute of the Americas (UCL-IA) is delighted to announce that the British Association of American Studies (BAAS) has awarded Iwan Morgan, Professor of US Studies and Commonwealth Fund Professor of American History (and presently UCL-IA acting director), as BAAS Honorary Fellow for 2014.  Iwan is the seventh holder of this annual award that was created in 2008.  The BAAS Honorary Fellowship recognizes academics who have made outstanding contributions to American Studies scholarship and teaching across the course of a distinguished career. The formal award was made on April 12 at the banquet of the BAAS annual conference held at the University of Birmingham.  Iwan also delivered the plenary address to this conference in a separate capacity as the British Library's Eccles Centre BAAS lecturer for 2014.  He spoke on: 'The Eternal Red Peril: Deficits and Debt in American History from Jefferson to Obama.'

Leverhulme Trust International Network award: The Inter-American Human Rights System: Assessing its Development and Impact

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UCL Institute of the Americas is pleased to announce the award for an international Network grant by the Leverhulme Trust (IN-2014-013) for a two-year research project entitled ‘The Inter-American Human Rights System: Assessing its Development and Impact’, to be led by UCL-IA's Dr Par Engstrom, Lecturer in Human Rights, as Principal Investigator.

Felipe Fernandez Armesto at UCL

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UCL-Institute of the Americas was honored to host Prof Felipe Fernandez-Armesto on March 6 to deliver this lecture on the occasion of the launch of his latest book Our America. A Hispanic History of the United States (W.W.Norton and Company, London 2014).

Kate Quinn's new book is out: Black Power in the Caribbean

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Black Power in the Caribbean

UCL-Institute of the Americas is pleased to announce the publication, to great acclaim, of the latest book edited by Kate Quinn, 'Black Power in the Caribbean' (Gainesville, 2014).

Graduate Bursary Support Scheme

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Graduate Support Scheme

UCL-Institute of the Americas is pleased to announce its participation in the UCL Graduate Bursary Support Scheme 2014 (also known as Graduate Support Scheme or Graduate Support Bursary). The scheme continues UCL’s tradition of making high quality education accessible. UCL was founded in 1826 to open up education in England for the first time to students of any background. It was also the first university to welcome female students on equal terms with men.

Professor Kevin Middlebrook's radio interview on the recent North American Summit

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Listen to Monocle Radio's program on the occasion of the Obama-Harper-Pena Nieto meeting held in Toluca, Mexico, on February 19, with the participation of Prof Middlebrook (ten minutes into the program).

Stuart Hall and Caribbean Studies

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The staff of UCL-Institute of the Americas are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Stuart Hall (3 February 1932 – 10 February 2014). Although his work has had a profound effect on studies of the Caribbean, Stuart Hall had reservations at being described as 'a Caribbean intellectual'. At a conference held in his honour in his native Jamaica in 2004, he confessed, 'My work has not been largely about the Caribbean. I have not been actively present in the enormously important work of trying to write the history of the Caribbean and Caribbean societies in the period of independence ... I am Caribbean in the most banal sense, in the sense that I was born here'. Yet while Hall rejected the 'naturalistic logic' implicit in the designation ('he was born here, so he must be a Caribbean intellectual'), he acknowledged that 'although in many moments of my life I have been thinking about what many people in the Caribbean would think of as other problems, other places, other dilemmas, it seems to me I have always been doing so through what I can only call the prism of my Caribbean formation'.

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