Missed one of our events?

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




Cuba: Redefining the Model

Laurence Whitehead (Oxford), Bert Hoffmann (GIGA, Hamburg), Vegard Bye (Oslo) - Socialist Cuba is undergoing profound change. As the “historic generation” of the Revolution’s leaders is preparing its departure from center stage of politics, the island is in the midst of an ambivalent process of crisis and reform. Where is Cuba heading? What impact will the economic reforms have, and how far will they go? How much change is in store for US-Cuban relations after Obama’s historic visit this year? Cuban and international authors have addressed these and other questions in a recent issue of Third World Quarterly. The editors of this special section will present its key findings and discuss the perspectives of Cuba’s quest to re-define its political, social and economic model. More...

Starts: Oct 3, 2016 5:30:00 PM

IHR Latin American History Seminar Series: Psychiatry in Context: the Problem of Degeneration in Brazil

Cristiana Fachinetti (Fiocruz) - This paper aims to analyse the circulation of the concept of degeneration in the first half of the twentieth century. More precisely, I'll discuss the appropriation of the concept by psychiatrists who were members of the Brazilian League of Mental Hygiene. For more information and registration details about this IHR event please follow this link.

Starts: Oct 4, 2016 5:30:00 PM

Variedades de capitalismo y crisis en América Latina: ¿persisten aún las diferencias entre política laboral y poder sindical?


Starts: Oct 5, 2016 5:30:00 PM

UCL Meets the Americas 2016

All postgraduate students are invited to attend the Americas Research Network's event, UCL Meets the Americas. This is an annual event which gives students an opportunity to meet others across UCL who are working on any aspect of the Americas. There will be an introduction to the research network, short presentations from societies and a drinks reception with an opportunity to network. In previous years this event has been well attended by students across UCL and beyond. More...

Starts: Oct 6, 2016 6:00:00 PM

Drug violence and human rights in Mexico

Mónica Serrano (El Colegio de Mexico) - This talk will examine the changing nature of drug-related violence in Mexico with a view to providing an analytical framework to account for the country´s human rights crisis. The presentation traces the main trends observed in drug-trafficking and drug-related violence against the backdrop of transition to democracy. More...

Starts: Oct 11, 2016 5:30:00 PM

Book launch: Transformations of Freedom in the Land of the Maroons: Creolization in the Cockpits, Jamaica

Jean Besson (Goldsmiths) - Despite outstanding histories and ethnographies on maroons (escaped slaves and their descendants), there has been little attempt to compare the cultures of modern maroons with the cultures of the descendants of emancipated slaves who are the majority of African-Americans today. There is therefore a gap in the comparative exploration of creolization (‘indigenization’ in Europe’s ‘New World’) in maroon and non-maroon derivations of African-American slave cultures. More...

Starts: Oct 12, 2016 5:30:00 PM

Canada and Australia: The Search for a New National Identity, 1890s-1970s

The UCL-IA Canadian Studies events programme for the autumn term begins with the UK launch of Jatinder Mann’s book, The Search for a New National Identity: The Rise of Multiculturalism in Canada and Australia, 1890s-1970s. This work explores the profound social, cultural, and political changes that affected the way in which Canadians and Australians defined themselves as a ‘people’ from the late nineteenth century to the 1970s.Taking as its central theme the way each country responded to the introduction of new migrants, the book asks a key historical question: why and how did multiculturalism replace Britishness as the defining idea of community for English-speaking Canada and Australia, and what does this say about their respective experiences of nationalism in the twentieth century? More...

Starts: Oct 17, 2016 6:00:00 PM

IHR Latin American History Seminar Series: Actors, Strategies and Vaccines: Smallpox Campaigns in Mexico (1920-1952)

Claudia Agostoni (UNAM) - The diffusion of the smallpox vaccine during the course of the nineteenth century, the practice of vaccination throughout the nineteenth century and most of the twentieth century, and the 1980 declaration of smallpox eradication by the World Health Organization, have outstood among the most studied topics among social historians of medicine and medical doctors in Mexico, and other nations. More...

Starts: Oct 18, 2016 5:30:00 PM

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