Book reading with Montréal author Anita Anand - readings from her acclaimed collection 'Swing in the House and Other Stories' (2015)
Anita Anand will be reading three excerpts from her collection, Swing in the House and Other Stories -- from the title story, about a suffocating marriage in a cold city in 1989; from ‘The Dare’ -- in which a woman suffering from alienation in suburbia decides to stand outside her door stark naked; and from ‘Elephant Heart’ -- the author's favourite, in which she just wanted to write about a feeling that she couldn't name. More...
Starts: Feb 27, 2017 6:00:00 PM
Dr Juan Pablo Ferrero (Bath) - This talk will present a reflection on the relationship between the new social protest cycle opened in 2011 and the crisis of the left in Brazil. The new protest cycle instituted new actors and discourses that, in turn, elicited the incapacity of the left in power to rearticulate their demands. The presentation will argue that this crisis of political representation remains open after the impeachment. More...
Starts: Feb 28, 2017 6:00:00 PM
Making Foreign: Legal Identity, Social Policy and the Contours of Belonging in the Contemporary Dominican Republic
Eve Hayes de Kalaf (Aberdeen) - This paper analyses the case of the Dominican Republic (DR) where disputes over the right of native born persons of Haitian ancestry to a Dominican legal identity have become highly contested and deeply politicised in recent years. Refusing to issue birth certificates and/or confiscating documents from migrant-descended populations, the state argued it was rectifying an administrative oversight that had led to the erroneous inclusion of persons born to 'undocumented' migrants as Dominicans within the civil registry. Read the full abstract here. More...
Starts: Mar 1, 2017 5:30:00 PM
IHR North American History Seminar: Through the Looking Glass: Hawai‘i and the Problem of Race in Postwar American Culture
With Dr Sarah Miller-Davenport (University of Sheffield) - UCL Americas is pleased to collaborate in the organisation and delivery of the Institute of Historical Research North American History Seminar Series. More...
Starts: Mar 2, 2017 5:30:00 PM
IHR Latin American History Seminar: Histories of a Plague Year: Population, Health and Colonial Government
Gabriela Ramos (University of Cambridge) - Studies in Andean population history concur in considering 1720 a
watershed for determining periods of decline and growth (Dobyns 1963,
Whightman 1990). After 1720, the Spanish colonial government launched a
series of reforms aimed at improving revenue collection and
governmental efficacy, especially by conducting new, accurate population
counts. More information here.
Starts: Mar 7, 2017 5:30:00 PM
Book Launch: 'The Last Day of Oppression, and the First Day of the Same: The Politics and Economics of the New Latin American Left' by Jeffery Webber
This talk will explain the political dynamics
and conflicts underpinning the contradictory evolution of left-wing governments
and social movements in Latin America in the last two decades. Throughout the
2000s, Latin America transformed itself into the leading edge of anti-neoliberal
resistance in the world. What is left of the Pink Tide today? What are the
governments’ relationships to the explosive social movements that propelled
them to power? As China’s demand slackens for Latin American commodities, will
they continue to rely on natural resource extraction? This talk is grounded in
an analysis of trends in capitalist accumulation from 1990 to 2015, in
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Venezuela.
Starts: Mar 8, 2017 6:00:00 PM
Michael Patrick Cullinane (Roehampton), Iwan Morgan (UCL), Simon Rofe (SOAS) - This event unveils the results of a poll of 71
UK scholars specializing in American history and US politics. The survey rated
the performance of American presidents from George Washington to Barack Obama
in five categories: vision/agenda setting; domestic leadership; foreign policy
leadership; moral authority; and the positive historical significance of their
Starts: Mar 8, 2017 6:00:00 PM
Building the Modern State in Developing Countries: Understanding the Relationship between Security and Taxes with Evidence from Mexico
Gustavo Flores-Macias (Cornell) - This article provides novel micro-level evidence of the relationship between two central aspects of state capacity, taxation and the provision of law and order. Drawing on an original nationally-representative survey conducted in the context of Mexico’s war on drugs, we estimate through a novel technique the size of the fiscal sacrifice citizens are willing to make to improve public safety, and investigate the determinants of attitudes towards heavier taxation for this end. More...
Starts: Mar 9, 2017 6:15:00 PM