As part of the UCL Laws Staff Seminar series, Prof Roberto Gargarella will deliver this seminar, based on a recent publication ('Dialogic Justice in the Enforcement of Social Rights' in S. Gloppen and A. Yamin, Litigating Health Rights, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2011). More...
Starts: Mar 12, 2014 1:00:00 PM
Dr Emilio Pantojas Garcia (University of Puerto Rico) - John Urry’s book, The Tourist Gaze (1990) raised awareness about the centrality of places and experiences to the tourist trade. Since then a number of studies (Mullings, 2000; Steven, 2007; Giovanetti, 2009) have documented how places, historical narratives, and fantasies have become a key component of the Caribbean tourist sector. As tourism has become a central activity for the Caribbean economies, product diversification, development of niches and “branding”, or development of a location identity (e.g. ecotourism in Costa Rica) have become crucial to the growth of the Caribbean tourism industry. This presentation discusses how the Caribbean is rapidly becoming associated with the “sin industries”. The “iconic” images of the Caribbean of pirates with libertine mores regarding sex, gambling and smuggling, are being “reinvented”. The sun, sand and sea components of Caribbean tourism are now complemented by a “Vegas-like” offer, where sex, gambling, drugs and fantasy are the main attractions. The presentation focuses on three activities, sexual tourism, gambling, and money laundering, offering a comparative perspective with competitors in Tropical Asia. More...
Starts: Mar 12, 2014 5:30:00 PM
Thomas Glave (Warwick) -This talk will consider the possible connections between 'outlawed' ('queer') sexual and romantic desire (including interracial 'queer' sexual intimacy and secrecy), bi-national identities and cultural realities, social class, colour, and the quotidian language of Jamaican women, overheard by a male child, capable of veiling as much as it occasionally frankly discloses. Additionally, the talk will explore how, in the context of often publicly reviled and repugnant sexual practices in Jamaica, the reality of secrecy impacts upon erotic language and the (homo)erotic imagination. More...
Starts: Mar 13, 2014 5:30:00 PM
This conference, convened by Dr Peter Clegg
(University of the West of England) and David Killingray (Emeritus Professor,
Goldsmiths) is the second event to be run under the umbrella of the Westminster
in the Caribbean: History, Legacies, Challenges research network based at UCL
Institute of the Americas.
Starts: Mar 14, 2014 10:00:00 AM
Lecture: Options for further autonomy in Puerto Rico and the non-independent Caribbean: looking beyond the rhetoric
UCL-Institute of the Americas gladly hosts Dr Emilio Pantojas Garcia (University of Puerto Rico) to deliver this lecture, which acts as the keynote to the conference 'Politics in the UK Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies'. See more information on the conference here. More...
Starts: Mar 14, 2014 3:30:00 PM
Philip Peacock and Nicolas Maclean CMG - The Canada –UK Joint Declaration
of September 2011, renewed and updated in February 2014, is dedicated to
establishing 'A Stronger Partnership for the 21st Century between Britain and Canada'.
Starts: Mar 17, 2014 6:00:00 PM
Globalization and Latin American Development Annual Lecture 2014 - Joan Martinez-Alier on 'Mining Conflicts in Latin America: Drawing on Activist Knowledge'
UCL-Institute of the Americas welcomes Prof Joan Martinez-Alier (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona; Environmental Justice Organizations, Liabilities and Trade [EJOLT]) to deliver the 2014 edition of the Globalization and Latin American Development (GLAD) Annual Lecture. More...
Starts: Mar 18, 2014 5:30:00 PM
Professor Alan Dobson (St Andrews) - The Anglo-American ‘special relationship’ continues to generate discussion and controversy almost seventy years after the phrase was first made famous by Winston Churchill in his ‘Iron Curtain’ speech delivered at Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, in February 1946. In this lecture, Professor Dobson confronts the issue of just how special the ‘special relationship’ has been since the end of the Second World War and examines the main threats to Anglo-American harmony in that time. In so doing, he pays particular attention to the role of economic issues in Anglo-American relations rather than to better known diplomatic rows such as the Suez Crisis of 1956. More...
Starts: Mar 20, 2014 6:00:00 PM