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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 UCL-Institute of the Americas (UCL-IA).






UCL Lecturecast




Seminar: Making 'Race': the work of the slave-owners

Prof Catherine Hall (UCL) - Building on the work of the Legacies of British Slave-ownership project this paper will explore the role of the slave-owners in making 'race'. The idea of 'the negro', of 'the slave' and of 'the white man' had to be constructed in the new world of the Atlantic. It was effected through a wide variety of practices - from the selling of African men and women to the making of laws, the discursive construction of racial types and the quotidian doings of the plantation. Drawing on a range of individual and familial stories this paper will argue that making 'race' was understood as vital work by the slave-owners of the British Caribbean. More...

Starts: Feb 17, 2016 5:30:00 PM

IHR North American History Seminar Series: Syndicates, Chains, and the Nationalizing of U.S. Newspapers, 1880-1930

Julia Guarneri (Cambridge) - UCL Institute of the Americas is pleased to host this seminar, part of the Institute of Historical Research North American History Series.

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

Book launch: 'Gangster Warlords: Drug Dollars, Killing Fields and the New Politics of Latin America', with author Ioan Grillo

UCL Institute of the Americas is pleased to host this talk launching Ioan Grillo's latest book, a sweeping account of the crime wars wracking Central and South American and the Caribbean, combining striking firsthand reportage with contextual analysis.

Starts: Feb 22, 2016 6:00:00 PM

Seminar: Canada, NAFTA, CETA and TPP

Professor Earl H. Fry (Brigham Young) - The seminar will look at Canada’s Political Economy within a North American and North Atlantic Framework and will cover a number of issues including recent major political and economic developments in Canada; foreign policy issues; Canada’s complex relations with the United States; Canada and NAFTA; Canada and the EU: CETA, the TPP, and indirectly the TTIP; Canadian federalism and the ‘international relations’ of provincial governments: Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia; major challenges and opportunities facing Canada in the political and economic domains; is it possible to implement a NAFTA-EU free-trade agreement? More...

Starts: Feb 22, 2016 6:00:00 PM

IHR Latin American History Seminar Series: New Considerations behind the Fiscal Failure of the First Mexican Republic, 1824-1837

Luis Jauregui (Instituto Mora, Mexico) - In the last four decades much has been written about the evolution and failure of the First Mexican Republic (1824-1835). Ever since Costeloe’s seminal political history of the period, substantial research has concentrated on the fiscal innovations and their trajectory as well as their limitations which may have contributed to the failure of this form of government... More...

Starts: Feb 23, 2016 5:30:00 PM

Latin American Political Economy Inaugural Seminar: Remittances, Political Preferences and Party Systems in Latin America

David Doyle (Oxford) - Remittances are a major source of foreign exchange for some Latin American economies and they go directly into the hands of those that receive them. This project explores the political effects of these financial transfers. It argues that remittances will affect the political preferences of those that receive them. The regular receipt of remittances will reduce economic insecurity and increase consumption. This should lead to increased support for free trade and reduced support for certain types of government transfers. Over time, this will have a significant effect on macro-level policy outcomes and possibly even party competition across Latin America. More...

Starts: Feb 24, 2016 5:30:00 PM

Roundtable: America's Global Power and its Foreign Policy Thinkers

John A. Thompson (St Catharine's College London) and David Milne (East Anglia) - To understand the contemporary state of American foreign policy, it is vital to turn to the origins of the nation’s global role in the twentieth century. This event will bring two eminent scholars of US foreign relations – John A. Thompson and David Milne – into conversation about this topic. They will discuss the conditions that allowed America to emerge as a global power before and after the Second World War, as well as the ways that significant intellectuals and policymakers, from Woodrow Wilson to Barack Obama, have understood the diplomatic process. In doing so, they will provide an engaging and dynamic discussion of the past and present of US foreign policy history. More...

Starts: Feb 25, 2016 5:30:00 PM

Film screening and discussion: 'El Diario de Agustin' ('Agustin's Newspaper')

A group of students at the University of Chile investigate how Chile's most influential newspaper El Mercurio manipulated information to hide human rights violations carried out during Pinochet's dictatorship. Agustin's Newspaper is the first film that dares to touch upon the power of El Mercurio and of Chilean media mogul Agustin Edwards, the newspaper's owner. More...

Starts: Mar 1, 2016 5:30:00 PM

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