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Here below you will find a selection of videos, podcasts and blogs of some of the events recently organized or hosted by UCL-Institute of the Americas (UCL-IA).






UCL Lecturecast




Quebec in the British American Orbit 1760-1774 - Werewolves and Bishops and Wares, Oh My!

Gareth Davis (UCL History) - Conquered in 1760 and abandoned by France in 1763, the Province of Quebec entered the British Empire, and Canadiens became subjects of George III alongside their longstanding enemy, Britain's American colonists. Over the next decade, Quebec would adjust itself to a new role on a transformed continent but assessing the relationship between the new province and its British American neighbours is complicated by the silence of the existing historiography. Canadianists and British imperial historians are introspective, focusing on the relationship between Quebec and London. Americanists are uninterested until the 1774 Quebec Act looms onto their horizon. This paper explores a forgotten decade, using evidence provided by colonial newspapers, and argues that between 1764 and 1774 Quebec metamorphosed from conquered territory to continental partner. It suggests that for rebel Americans on the brink of revolution, the province was indeed a Fourteenth Colony but one which they seriously misunderstood.  More...

Starts: Nov 30, 2015 6:30:00 PM

IHR Latin American History Seminar Series: West African Warfare in Bahia and Cuba: Soldier Slaves in the Atlantic World, 1807-1844

Manuel Barcia (University of Leeds) - How a series of historical events that occurred in West Africa from the mid-1790s— including Afonja's rebellion, the Owu wars, the Fulani-led jihad, and the migrations to Egbaland—had an impact upon life in cities and plantations in western Cuba and Bahia. This presentation discusses the extent to which a series of African-led plots and armed movements that took place in western Cuba and Bahia, Brazil, between 1807 and 1844...

Starts: Dec 1, 2015 5:30:00 PM

Book launch: 'Race, Class, and the Politics of Decolonization: Jamaica Journals, 1961 and 1968' by Colin Clarke (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)

Colin Clarke (Oxford) - This book consists of two journals kept while the author was carrying out fieldwork in Jamaica. Research in Kingston and visits to rural communities in 1961 are detailed before the reader is taken into the political underworld of black racism and Marxism, where the machinations of the various political groups involved lead up to the Federal Referendum – and Jamaica’s withdrawal from the Federation of the West Indies. The 1968 journal explains the impact of independence (in 1962) and the intervening elections of 1962 and 1967 on the dissolution of the forces of black racism; and explores the beginnings of the misuse of patronage by politicians, and the deployment at election times of violence by gangs allied to the political parties. More...

Starts: Dec 2, 2015 5:30:00 PM

Seminar: On Fiction and Crime in Twentieth-Century Mexico

Pablo Piccato (Columbia) - Crime fiction was one of the most popular genres in Mexico during the middle decades of the twentieth century. Through an examination of some famous and other relatively unknown authors, this talk explores the defining condition for the genre in Mexico: the skepticism of readers and authors toward the police and the justice system. How can these stories work if the truth is always elusive and justice rarely achieved? The emergence of readers and authors during these decades was possible thanks to the strong connections between the genre and the local crime news, and the selective use of foreign narrative models. More...

Starts: Dec 4, 2015 5:30:00 PM

Seminar: Decolonizing Development: Kichwa and Tsachila women's engagement with postcolonial development

Sarah Radcliffe (Cambridge) - Drawing on extensive fieldwork in Ecuador, the seminar examines how Kichwa and Tsachila women have come to understand, critique and offer alternatives to the successive policy models in postcolonial development. Understanding indigenous women as critical theorists of development offers the change to examine how development, in its more global as well as more local formulations, has failed to engage with postcolonial intersectional hierarchies, such as those which consistenly marginalize and disempower Kichwa and Tsachila women. The paper also addresses their perspectives on sumak kawsay/Buen Vivir as it has been formulated under the 2008 Constitution. More...

Starts: Dec 9, 2015 5:30:00 PM

IHR North American History Seminar Series: Music in Antebellum American Electoral Politics

Billy Coleman (UCL) - UCL Institute of the Americas is pleased to host this seminar, part of the Institute of Historical Research North American History Series.

Starts: Dec 10, 2015 5:30:00 PM

Annual UCL Quebec Lecture: Quebec: The Silent Revolution

Professor Jocelyn Létourneau (Laval University, Quebec City) - In the 1960s Quebec witnessed the so-called Quiet Revolution – generally acknowledged as a period of spectacular transformation. In the 2000s there has been another revolution in Quebec - the Silent Revolution, a period of tranquil change that has nevertheless resulted in a transition from one era to another as profound as that ushered in by the Quiet Revolution. More...

Starts: Dec 14, 2015 6:30:00 PM

Book launch: 'The Cultural Left and the Reagan Era: US Protest and Central American Revolution' by Nick Witham (IBTauris, 2015)

Nick Witham (UCL Americas) - The Reagan era is usually seen as an era of unheralded prosperity, and as a high-watermark of Republican success. President Ronald Reagan's belief in 'Reaganomics', media-friendly sound-bites and 'can do' personality have come to define the era. However, this was also a time of domestic protest and unrest. Under Reagan the US was directly involved in the revolutions which were sweeping Central America.

Starts: Jan 14, 2016 5:30:00 PM

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