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Recent UCL-IA Graduate Dr Verena Brähler gives interview on extortion in Guatemala

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Dr Verana Brähler, who this year was awarded her PhD by the Institute of the Americas on 'Inequality of Security: Exploring Violent Pluralism and Territory in Six Neighbourhoods in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil' gave an interview to HispanTV on extortion in  Guatemala. The interview can be found here.

Success of latest Graduate Open Day

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Graduate Open Day - November 19 - opening the stall

The UCL Joint Faculty (Arts&Humanities and Social&Historical Sciences) Graduate Open Day took place in Senate House on November 19 2014. It attracted hundreds of prospective students and visitors, and we are pleased to report that the stall of UCL-Institute of the Americas was one of the busiest during the event.

UCL-IA's Visiting Fellow Manuel Olle Sese, guest speaker at international human rights seminar in Quito

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Professor Olle will be one of the distinguished guest speakers at the international seminar Verdad, justicia y reparacion organized by the government of Ecuador and FLACSO, to take place in Quito, December 8-10, together with, amongst others, Judge Baltasar Garzon (Spain) and Dr Jorge Auat (Argentina). More information also here.

Job Advertisement - US Politics/ US Political History Lectureship

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UCL Institute of the Americas (UCL-IA) is pleased to announce that we are seeking to appoint an exceptional scholar to take up the position of Lecturer in US Political History or US Politics from September 2015. 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 as a full-time open-ended contract. The postholder will be required to carry out research, teaching and administration within the Institute, especially in the area of US History or Politics.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

UCLIA-BAAS Visiting Fellowship 2014-15

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We are very pleased to invite applications for a UCL-IA/BAAS Visiting Fellow in US Studies for academic year 2014-15, to be based at UCL-Institute of the Americas. More information here. Closing date: February 14, 2014.

New MSc in International Relations of the Americas

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The UCL Institute of the Americas is pleased to announce it is now accepting applications for the new MSc in International Relations of the Americas. This new MSc programme is uniquely focused on the international relations of the Americas in their entirety.  No other course anywhere else offers a comparable opportunity to study and research the foreign policies of this continent. The hemisphere is home to the world's most important power and a number of emergent powers.  The nation-states within it confront geopolitical, geo-economic, environmental, human rights, and international drug control issues that have global significance.  They are also engaged in a pivot away from a traditional Atlantic focus to an Asia-Pacific one that will have immense significance in shaping the power structure of the twenty-first century world.  This is a programme that will benefit anyone looking to develop a career in diplomacy, the media, think-tank research, international organizations, and commerce.

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