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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 or with collaboration from UCL Americas.






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Stuart Hall's Familiar Stranger

When Stuart Hall died he left a long unfinished manuscript, much of which took the form of a memoir. This has recently been published as Familiar Stranger. A Life Between Two Islands. It recreates his early emotional life, shaped as it was by his brown middle-class milieu in colonial Kingston. It tells us of his arriving in England in 1951, and of the means by which he recast his life, endeavouring all the while to free himself from the racialized, colonial imperatives which had entered his early life. He sought out a life which was other than that which he was destined to be. More...

Starts: May 3, 2017 5:30:00 PM

Book launch: Intermediation and Representation in Latin America: Actors and Roles beyond Elections

Debates on democratisation in Latin America have considered participatory democracy as a complementary approach to the shortfalls of representative democracy to overcome problems on elitism, corruption and clientelism. However, they overlook other types of political relationships that fall in between these pure extremes. The seminar will bring forward the concept of political intermediation, considered a role that requires ingeniousness and which is not designed simply to act on the best interests of the represented, but also to transform the world of those represented.

Starts: May 9, 2017 5:30:00 PM

Book launch: 'The Crisis of Multiculturalism in Latin America'

David Lehmann (Cambridge; book's editor), Véronique Boyer (EHESS Paris) and Andrew Canessa (Essex); discussant: Par Engstrom (UCL Americas) - This book presents a challenging view of the adoption and co-option of multiculturalism in Latin America from six scholars with extensive experience of grassroots movements and intellectual debates. It raises serious questions of theory, method, and interpretation for both social scientists and policymakers on the basis of cases in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, and Ecuador. Multicultural policies have enabled people to recover the land of their ancestors, administer justice in accordance with their traditions, provide recognition as full citizens of the nation, and promote affirmative action to enable them to take the place in society which is theirs by right.

Starts: May 10, 2017 5:30:00 PM

Book launch: 'The Hidden History of International Law in the Americas: Empire and Legal Networks'

Juan Pablo Scarfi (CONICET, Argentina) - International law has played a crucial role in the construction of imperial projects. Yet within the growing field of studies about the history of international law and empire, scholars have seldom considered this complicit relationship in the Americas. The Hidden History of International Law in the Americas offers the first exploration of the deployment of international law for the legitimization of U.S. ascendancy as an informal empire in Latin America. This book explores the intellectual history of a distinctive idea of American international law in the Americas, focusing principally on the evolution of the American Institute of International Law (AIIL). This organization was created by U.S. and Chilean jurists James Brown Scott and Alejandro Alvarez in Washington D.C. for the construction, development, and codification of international law across the Americas. More...

Starts: May 15, 2017 5:30:00 PM

Book launch: 'Peru: Elite Power and Political Capture'

John Crabtree (Oxford) - As a result of the liberalising reforms of the 1990s and the commodity super-cycle that followed, Peru's business elites have accumulated very substantial political power which they have deployed through a number of mechanisms to maintain an effective control over the key workings of the state. At the same time, the country's once powerful left has been marginalised as a consequence of the economic and political debacles of the 1980s; as such Peru has seen no 'pink tide' in recent years.

Starts: May 19, 2017 5:30:00 PM

City in Common: Culture and Community in Buenos Aires

James Scorer (Manchester) - Using Buenos Aires as his case study, James Scorer traces the figure and practice of 'the commons' in Argentine cultural production to explore how communities are variously shaped and contested within urban imaginaries. Exploring a diverse set of works, including literature, film, and comics, and engaging with urban theory, political philosophy, and Latin American cultural studies, he paints a portrait of a city caught between the opposing forces of commoning and fragmentation. Scorer argues that, beyond the prevailing depictions of Buenos Aires as segregated and divided, urban imaginaries can and often do offer visions of more open communities and more inclusive urban futures. Discussants: Dr Niall Geraghty (ILAS/SAS) and Dr Chandra Morrison (LSE).

Starts: May 31, 2017 5:30:00 PM

Caribbean Series: Black Pedagogues and Resistance to the Segregation of “Coloured People” in the Panama Canal Zone (1904-1954)

In 1903, the Republic of Panama signed the Hay-Bunau Varilla Treaty with the United States, an agreement to facilitate the construction of the Panama Canal. The contract stated that, in order to build, manage and protect the Canal, the United States would, perpetually, control a territory of 5 miles along each bank of the transoceanic route as if they were their ‘sovereign’. This territory came to be known as the Panama Canal Zone (PCZ). Since 1904, U.S. authorities began to organise an education system for the PCZ. Soon segregation was imposed. Schools for ‘white people’ and others for ‘people of colour’ were established. These had different budgets, quality of infrastructure, and curricula. More...

Starts: May 31, 2017 5:30:00 PM

Co-producing Brazilian prison order

Sacha Darke (University of Westminster) - Brazilian prisons are characterised by extraordinarily high levels of imprisonment, overcrowding and understaffing. Explanations for Brazilian punitivism largely reflect those that have been associated with the global export of American penal policies. Brazil is far more than an exemplary case of contemporary global punitivism, however. Read the abstract in full here.

Starts: Jun 7, 2017 5:30:00 PM

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