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New Book by UCL Americas Alumnus
Publication date: 20 January 2017
UCL Americas congratulates alumnus Juan Ignacio Venegas Muggli on the recent publication of his book ¿Por que los jovenes chilenos rechazan la politica? (RiL Editores, 2016). Dr Venegas is currently an analyst at Chile's Public Prosecutor's Office as well as a lecturer at the Universidad Diego Portales. He obtained his PhD from UCL Americas in 2014.
Emily Morris Cuba Article Published by 'Foreign Affairs'
Publication date: 11 January 2017
'Cuba's Road Ahead' is the title of the article written by Dr Emily Morris (UCL Americas Honorary Research Fellow, and Country Economist at the Inter-American Development Bank) recently published by 'Foreign Affairs'. Please follow this link to read the full article.
Postgraduate student Josh Hollands wins SLSA Robert H. Zieger Prize
Publication date: 5 January 2017
Josh Hollands, Postgraduate research student at the UCL Institute of the Americas, has won the Southern Labor Studies Association’s Robert Zieger Award.
Cuba After Fidel Castro's Death: Talk at UCL Americas
Publication date: 16 December 2016
On December 13, UCL Americas students and distinguished guests had the opportunity to listen to and discuss with two leading experts on Cuba, Professors Hal Klepak (UCL Americas Visiting Fellow), and Jean Stubbs (UCL Americas Associate Fellow) talking about their reflections and assessment on Cuba after the death of its former leader Fidel Castro (November 25, 2016). This event was convened by Dr Kate Quinn, Lecturer in Caribbean History at UCL Americas. The podcast of their presentations is available here:
UCL Americas announces successful bids for research funding
Publication date: 9 December 2016
Maxine Molyneux and Par Engstrom have both been awarded funding for Global Exchange projects. Professor Molyneux’s funding is to establish a comparative oral history of Second Wave Feminism in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. Dr Engstrom’s is for the development of a collaborative project on drug policy and human rights in Latin America. We warmly congratulate them.
Professor Maxine Molyneux to serve on DFID Advisory Panel
Publication date: 8 December 2016
Maxine Molyneux, Professor of Sociology at UCL Americas, has been appointed to serve on the advisory panel of a large scale research
project on Social Accountability in Social Protection at the Department for International Development (DFID). The research will be
conducted in 5 countries and is to be carried out by Development
Call for papers: 'Borders vs Bridges' - extended to January 13 2017
Publication date: 7 December 2016
Following the success of our 1st and 2nd International Conferences, the
UCL Americas Research Network invites postgraduate students and early
career researchers working on any aspect of the Americas to participate in
our 3rd International Conference: ‘Nationalism and Transnationalism in the
Americas.’ Please consult the call in full here, and send your abstracts (between 250-300 words) together with a short biography to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Friday 13th January 2017.
UCL Americas Alumna Curates Mexico's Dia de los Muertos Exhibition at London Gallery
Publication date: 5 December 2016
Giovanna Violi (MA Caribbean and Latin American Studies, 2013-15) is the curator of Colourful Greys: Liminal Spaces Between Life and Death, Appreciation and Appropriation at the Square Gallery in London. Far
from claiming a complete rendering of all Dia de los Muertos aspects and
nuances, this exhibition is aimed at giving the viewer a snippet of what this
astonishing celebration is like as observed, experienced and thought of by
several artists, both insiders and outsiders of Mexican culture. A dialogue is
thus created between the various points of view, allowing the viewer to
appreciate the liminal space that can be found between the realities of life
and death, opposite, yet so close to each other as celebrated in Dia de los
Muertos, as well as the problematic phenomenon of cultural appropriation, often defended through claims of appreciation, that
sometimes affect the festivities. This exhibition runs between December 9 and 11, and is presented by CuratorLove and Osterly.
UCL Americas Team Produces Report on Colombian Peace Process for PBI
Publication date: 2 December 2016
UCL Americas PhD candidates Jaskiran Chohan and Ivan Lobo produced a report for Peace Brigades International UK (PBI UK), on the occasion of two separate visits of two distinguished Colombians to the UK: President Santos and renowned Colombian human rights lawyer Reinaldo Villalba from the organisation José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers' Collective (CCAJAR). UCL Americas had the honour of meeting the latter during his stay in London. To read the report please follow this link to the PBI UK's website here.
Iwan Morgan's Reagan Book Named One of Best Politics Books of 2016 by The Times
Publication date: 28 November 2016
Professor Iwan Morgan's book 'Reagan: American Icon' has been named one of the best politics books in 2016 by The Times. Read the article here - registration is required.
Success of student-led interdisciplinary event on political violence in Latin America
Publication date: 25 November 2016
Congratulations to the UCL Colombian Society, which on November 21 hosted and succesfully delivered the interdisciplinary, multi-collaboration event 'An Insider's View on Non-State Armed Actors: Political Violence, Crime and State Formation in Latin America'. Please read the executive report in full here.
Doctoral Funding Schemes Available at UCL Americas
Publication date: 22 November 2016
The UCL Institute of the
Americas is delighted to announce a range of studentships for autumn
2017 entry. Please follow this link for information.
The UCL Institute of the Americas is the UK’s leading specialist institution for the study of Latin America, the United States, the Caribbean and Canada. With a particular focus on modern and contemporary history, politics and public policy, international relations, political economy, development and the environment, the Institute is unique in its multidisciplinary provision and hemispheric scope. The Institute has a strong doctoral and post-doctoral research community, and offers specialist supervision on a wide range of themes and on all four main regions of the Americas.
Global Drug Policy, Human Rights and Public Security: Perspectives from Latin America - Report
Publication date: 18 November 2016
This report is
based on the discussions of a workshop convened by the Centro de Estudios
Legales y Sociales (CELS), UCL Institute of the Americas, and UCL's Global
Governance Institute in June 2016 to assess the outcomes of the United Nations
Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS). The event, which
brought together representatives from academia, civil
society, and government, was held under Chatham House Rule. Please follow this link for the full document.
UCL Americas Hosts Renowned Human Rights Lawyer
Publication date: 8 November 2016
UCL Americas was delighted to host Reinaldo Villalba from the renowned Colombian human rights organisation José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers' Collective (CCAJAR) and Susi Bascon from Peace Brigades International (PBI) UK on Thursday 3 November. Together with UCL Americas PhD students Jaskiran Chohan, Ivan Lobo, and Sebastian Smart, Dr Par Engstrom expressed his gratitude to Reinaldo for the invaluable opportunity to discuss with him the current state of the peace talks and the important work of CCAJAR in Colombia.
UCL Americas Dissertation Prize Winners Announced
Publication date: 26 October 2016
The UCL Institute of the Americas is very pleased to announce that the following prizes have been awarded to recently completed MA and MSc students. They recognise exceptional performance in the dissertation that acts as the capstone to all of the Institute’s degree programmes.
International Journal of the Commons Publishes UCL Americas PhD Candidate Ivan Lobo's Article on the Colombian Pacific Region
Publication date: 19 October 2016
Building upon case-based evidence this paper explores the role of
leaders in Ecomanglar, a community-based enterprise in the Black collective
territory of La Plata-Bahía Málaga in the Colombian Pacific Basin, whose
purpose is to provide eco and ethno-tourism services.
The paper proposes an analytical framework to understand the role of these
leaders based on the interaction of two dimensions: institutional transfer channels and operational capacity. It
also analyses leaders as essential ‘brokers’ to initialise and sustain
collective action. The findings challenge approaches which view collective
action as an emergent decentralised group-oriented outcome. Read the article here.
Dr. Juan Grigera Awarded ESRC Grant
Publication date: 26 September 2016
Dr. Juan Grigera (UCL Americas) has been awarded funding from the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods to develop methods for natural language processing of newspaper sources to help the building of social conflict databases. The International Visitor Exchange will allow Grigera to do research with the Global Social Protest Research Working Group (led by Prof. Beverly Silver) at the Arrighi Center for Global Studies at John Hopkins University. The project is targeted at advancing online digital and Big Data method and incorporating more advanced NLP techniques to global social history and to overcoming the geographical and historical limitations of the current social unrest datasets.
Iwan Morgan CNBC Interview on Clinton's Nomination
Publication date: 9 August 2016
Iwan Morgan, Professor of U.S. Studies at University College London's Institute of the Americas, says Hillary Clinton must convince Americans that she represents change. Watch the interview here.
UCL Americas and the EU referendum outcome
Publication date: 4 July 2016
IHR lecture series named after UCL Americas Iwan Morgan
Publication date: 6 May 2016
We would like to congratulate our colleague Professor Iwan Morgan on having a prize and an annual lecture named after him, in recognition of his contribution over many years to the study of US history in London.
Strengthening Human Rights Impact through Scholarly Research
Publication date: 7 April 2016
The Inter-American Human Rights Network (IAHRN), a research project funded by The Leverhulme Trust and hosted by UCL Institute of the Americas, will hold a discussion forum in Washington which aims to bring scholars together with practitioners and officials at the Inter-American Human Rights System. This event is