Seminar: Race, Religion and Culture in Brazilian Social Thought: Some Highlights

Roberto Motta (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil) - Brazilian social thought (Pensamento Social Brasileiro, as the discipline is known in Brazil), has dealt, for the last 14 decades, with the study of Brazil’s historical and cultural specificity. In other words, why has Brazil not developed along lines similar to those which prevailed in Western Europe and North America?  Why are we not the United States? Racial explanations have been proposed at least since the end of the nineteenth century. Religious explanations had also been offered even earlier in the same century, in terms at times strikingly similar to some of Max Weber’s explanations in his thesis on the Protestant Ethic.  Such explanations are still very much present in recent and current Brazilian thought, albeit mainly in secularized versions. In contradistinction to the Westernizing paradigm, there is in Brazil the “Tropicalista” interpretation which simply denies the absolute validity of Western models of development.

Starts: Oct 30, 2014 6:00:00 PM

Panel Discussion: Making Sense of the US Midterm Elections

The KCL Institute of North American Studies and the UCL Institute of the Americas are delighted to announce their first collaboration, featuring post-election commentary by: Professor Philip Davies (Director, British Library Eccles Centre on North American Studies), Dr Clodagh Harrington (De Montfort University), Dr Tom Packer (Oxford University) and Dr Tim Stanley (Telegraph Media).  The speakers will also answer questions from the audience. More...

Starts: Nov 6, 2014 6:30:00 PM

Seminar: Sexual health: intersections in politics and society

Jonathan Bell (UCL-Institute of the Americas), Richard Mole (SSEES) - A cross-discplinary and cross-regional seminar on identity, class, ethnicity, and contested notions of 'community' in sexual health politics, with speakers from the UCL Institute of the Americas and the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies.

Starts: Nov 11, 2014 5:00:00 PM

IHR Latin American History Seminar Series: War and independence in Spanish America, 1810-26

Anthony MacFarlane (Warwick) - The Institute of Historical Research (IHR) and UCL-Institute of the Americas would like to invite you to attend this event, part of the IHR's Latin American History Series. For further information, registration and queries, please contact the IHR directly.

Starts: Nov 11, 2014 5:30:00 PM

Panel discussion: Violence, the State and Civil Society in Mexico

UCL Institute of the Americas and the Radical Americas Network are pleased to invite you all to this panel discussion, convened by the Radical Americas Network. Presentations and discussion will focus on themes such as drug trade, militarization of the state, rural violence, social media and human rights.  More...

Starts: Nov 12, 2014 5:30:00 PM

IHR American History Seminar Series: 'To become again our brethren': Desertion and Deceit between the Lines, 1775-1783

Jon Chandler (UCL) - 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.

Starts: Nov 13, 2014 5:30:00 PM

Seminar: Total War: Mexico and Europe 1914

Alan Knight (Oxford) - This paper, originally given as the Luis González lecture at the Colegio de México in early 2014, compares the (neglected) military dimension of the Mexican Revolution to the First World War in Europe, using the concept of 'total war' as the bridge; it defines 'total war' (in two distinct senses) and argues that, notwithstanding the dismissive comments of some historians of Mexico - for whom the armed revolution was a chaotic fiesta de balas, a 'carnival of bullets' - the revolution involved very costly mass conventional warfare. The argument, involving both demographic and military analysis, concludes that, in Mexico as in Europe, total war profoundly affected society, leaving a legacy of violence, veteran activism, and an incipient 'social pact' that underpinned the social reform and state-building of the 1920s and '30s. More...

Starts: Nov 19, 2014 5:30:00 PM

Seminar: Tea Party Activism: the politics of organization in a leaderless movement

Dr Robert Busby (Liverpool Hope) - Ever since it burst on the US political scene in 2009-10, the Tea Party movement has challenged the norms of American politics. In this talk, political scientist Robert Busby explores one of the most interesting facets of this movement - the paradox of its need for organization like any political force and its claims to be leaderless in contrast to the establishment-nature of the two main parties. 

Starts: Nov 20, 2014 5:30:00 PM