Here below is a sample of our extensive calendar of events on Latin American, the United States, Canada and the Caribbean, usually held at our Institute in Central London
Panel: Public Health, Public Order and Public Morality: Historical and Methodological Perspectives on the Spatial Politics of Prostitution in London, Delhi and Lima
Julia Laite (Birkbeck), Stephen Legg (Nottingham), Paulo Drinot (UCL-Institute of the Americas) - This panel brings together scholars working on the history of
prostitution in three different cities in order to explore the convergent and
divergent experiences produced by the regulation of space and the regulation of
sexuality in the twentieth century.
Starts: Mar 4, 2015 5:30:00 PM
IHR American History Seminar Series: The Ideological Origins of the 20th-Century American Peace Movement
Mark Palen (Exeter) - The Institute of Historical Research (IHR) and UCL-Institute of the Americas would like to invite you to this event, part of the IHR's American History Series. For further information, registration and queries, please contact the IHR directly. More...
Starts: Mar 5, 2015 5:30:00 PM
Starts: Mar 9, 2015 5:30:00 PM
UCL Institute of the Americas and the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) co-convene this seminar with Sophie Brockmann (ILAS), part of the IHR's Latin American History Series - This paper explores the way in which information about nature was created in the
Audiencia of Guatemala (c. 1780-1810). I will show how geographical and
natural-historical knowledge was deeply shaped by traditional administrative
practices, but that these practices were also interpreted in new ways in this
period as administrators, priests and merchants mapped terrain, prospected for
medicinal plants, and developed new infrastructure and agricultural initiatives.
Information about landscapes and nature was drawn together for a variety of
purposes that blended utility to the state and expressions of ‘Creole
consciousness’ with economic and scholarly aims. These new practices ...
Starts: Mar 10, 2015 5:30:00 PM
Panel: Globalising Latin American History: A Discussion of Transnational Approaches to the History of the Region
Speakers: Tanya Harmer (Associate Professor of
International History, LSE); Thomas Maier (PhD student, UCL Institute of the
Americas); Juan Pablo Scarfi (Visiting Research Fellow, UCL Institute of
the Americas) -
In the last two decades there has been an influential global turn in historical
studies. Departing from nation-centered approaches, historians have begun to
devote greater attention to the history of globalisation and the movements of
people, ideas and goods across national and regional boundaries as essential
factors of historical change. The purpose of this panel is to discuss
historiographical and methodological opportunities and challenges presented by
the new field of global history, focusing on its implications for the study of
Latin America in a global perspective. Speakers will consider the globalisation
of Latin America's Cold War, the transnational history of social welfare in
twentieth-century Latin America, and the rise of hemispheric and Latin American
legal traditions of modern international law and human rights since the
outbreak of the First World War.
Starts: Mar 11, 2015 5:30:00 PM
The 2015 Richard E Neustadt Lecture on the American Presidency: John Dumbrell on 'Jimmy Carter and the USSR'
John Dumbrell (Durham) - The détente of the 1970s came to an end during Jimmy Carter's presidency (1977-81) to be followed by a renewal of Cold War confrontation between the US and the Soviet Union. Drawing on newly released records, John Dumbrell explores how Carter's presidency sought to engage with the Soviet Union in pursuit of peace but ultimately decided that a reassertion of US military power was needed to curb the Kremlin's adventurism. In this regard Carter started the military build-up that Ronald Reagan would ultimately complete in order to compel the Soviets to recognize that they could not win a new arms race. The talk will also examine how Jimmy Carter's relationship with the Soviet leaders has parallels in today's Obama-Putin relationship and whether there are any lessons to be drawn from the past. More...
Starts: Mar 12, 2015 6:00:00 PM
Marie-Laure Mallet (Sorbonne Paris IV; Visiting Fellow UCL-IA) - The demographic
diversification of the Latino population in Miami, both in terms of
generational change and national origin, calls for an investigation into
cultural and political divisions within the often-asserted but rarely
investigated “Latino community”. How do Latino immigrants from various
countries perceive each other and interact? What drives these
choices and what are the consequences for Latino life in Miami and beyond?
Starts: Mar 17, 2015 5:30:00 PM
The British Library Eccles Centre for American Studies and UCL Institute of the Americas are honored to host Deputy Assistant to President Richard Nixon, Alexander Butterfield, shares his memories of Nixon and the Watergate scandal. More...
Starts: Mar 17, 2015 6:30:00 PM