Events

Seminar: Evo's Bolivia: Continuity and Change

Start: Oct 23, 2014 6:00:00 PM
End: Oct 23, 2014 8:00:00 PM

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Linda Farthing - When Evo Morales came to power in 2006, expectations were high that Bolivia's first indigenous president would transform the country. Based on a forthcoming book written with Ben Kohl, Farthing’s talk will examine how well Morales and his movement towards Socialism has done in achieving goals of greater equality and inclusion in South America's poorest country.

Seminar: China and Latin America: from Cyberspace to the Farm Gate

Start: Oct 27, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Oct 27, 2014 7:30:00 PM

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Adrian H. Hearn (University of Melbourne) and Ariel C. Armony (University of Miami) - China’s growing influence in Latin America is evident in the growth of bilateral trade to $240 (£143) billion in 2013, and a new wave of investment announced during Xi Jinping’s July 2014 regional tour. Alongside mining and energy, agriculture has become critical to Sino-Latin cooperation, driven by unprecedented demand for food as Chinese cities progress toward the target of one billion residents. Chinese acquisition of Latin American land for food production has proven more contentious than investment in other primary sectors, mainly because of local suspicion of Chinese state-owned enterprises. In Brazil, which provided 45 per cent of China’s 2013 soybean imports (amounting to 33 million metric tons worth $17.2 billion), President Rousseff has warned that 'inane xenophobia' may ward off Chinese investment.

Seminar: Looking back and looking forward: national identity and language attitudes amongst migrants in Montreal

Start: Oct 27, 2014 6:00:00 PM
End: Oct 27, 2014 7:30:00 PM

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Dr Ruth Kircher (Liverpool Hope University) - Quebec is Canada’s only province with a francophone majority, and French there thus faces the challenge of English not only as the global lingua franca but also as the language of upward mobility in the country at large. It is generally assumed that the future of French in Quebec will be determined in the province’s urban centre, Montreal, which is home not only to many francophones but also to significant communities of anglophones and allophones – people whose mother tongue is neither English nor French.

Seminar: The Dangers of Reclaiming Land in Colombia: the Experiences of Yomaira Mendoza and Enrique Cabezas

Start: Oct 28, 2014 6:00:00 PM
End: Oct 28, 2014 7:30:00 PM

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In 2011 the Colombian government passed the Victims and Land Restoration Law in order to grant reparations to the victims of the armed conflict and restore the land that the victims had been forcibly displaced from. In 2012, the Colombian Peace Process held in Cuba and headed by the Santos administration was initiated. In spite of the peace process, the situation remains extremely dangerous for community leaders involved in land restitution processes in Colombia. Following relentless persecution and threats, some of them have had to leave the region and the country. Two leaders who are currently living in exile - Yomaira Mendoza and Enrique Cabezas - are visiting the UK to share their experiences.

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

Start: Oct 30, 2014 6:00:00 PM
End: Oct 30, 2014 8:00:00 PM

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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.

Panel Discussion: Assessing the US Midterm Election Results

Start: Nov 6, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Nov 6, 2014 7:30:00 PM

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Featuring post-election commentary by: Professor Philip Davies (Director, British Library Eccles Centre on North American Studies) and three UCL-IA US specialists - Professor Jonathan Bell, Dr Tony McCulloch, and Professor Iwan Morgan.  The speakers will also answer questions from the audience.

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

Start: Nov 11, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Nov 11, 2014 7:00:00 PM

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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.

Seminar: Total War: Mexico and Europe 1914

Start: Nov 19, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Nov 19, 2014 7:30:00 PM

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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.

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

Start: Nov 20, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Nov 20, 2014 7:30:00 PM

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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. 

Film screening: 'They Are We' - The London Latin American Film Festival at UCL-Institute of the Americas

Start: Nov 21, 2014 3:00:00 PM
End: Nov 21, 2014 4:30:00 PM

London Latin American Film Festival 2014
They Are We (Dir. Emma Christopher, Cuba/Sierra Leona/Australia, 2014, 78 min; in Spanish with English subtitles) - In Perico, Cuba, a local group has preserved the songs and dances that, long ago, were brought aboard a slave ship by their ancestor (known only as ‘Josefa’) - More on this film here.

Film screening: 'Neruda in the Round' - The London Latin American Film Festival at UCL-Institute of the Americas

Start: Nov 21, 2014 5:00:00 PM
End: Nov 21, 2014 6:05:00 PM

London Latin American Film Festival 2014
Neruda in the Round - (Dir. Colin Hobson, UK, 2013, 59 min, colour & b/w, English subtitles. At London’s famous Roundhouse, in April 1970, the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda gave the only British recital of his ever to be filmed about this literary giant, who went on to become a Nobel Laureate. More on this film here.

IHR Latin American History Seminar Series: Anarchism in Republican Cuba: The Spanish Momentum

Start: Nov 25, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Nov 25, 2014 7:00:00 PM

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Amparo Sanchez Cobos (Universitat Jaume I) - 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.

Seminar: Haunted by Empire: William Seward and Narratives of American Imperialism

Start: Dec 4, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Dec 4, 2014 7:30:00 PM

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Dr David Sim (UCL-History) -William Seward, the US Secretary of State 1861-1869, is best remembered today for his leading role in the purchase of Alaska from Russia, a transaction much criticized at the time as a waste of public money for a frozen territory but today regarded as one of the most astute real estate deals in American history. Seward's significance extended far beyond that land purchase, however. In a political career spanning the 1840s through the 1860s, he was arguably the central figure in the development of America's nineteenth century empire in both its territorial and commercial manifestations.

IHR Latin American History Seminar Series: A Tale of Country and City: Normalistas and the Struggle for Rural Education in Twentieth-Century Mexico

Start: Dec 9, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Dec 9, 2014 7:00:00 PM

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Tanalis Padilla (Dartmouth) - 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.

Lecture: Michelle Bachelet’s presidencies: gender, politics and institutional change in Chile

Start: Dec 10, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Dec 10, 2014 7:30:00 PM

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Georgina Waylen (Manchester) - Michelle Bachelet, Chile’s first female president, was elected in 2006 with an explicit gender agenda, promising to appoint new faces (including women) and implement some positive gender change. After a period heading UN Women, she was subsequently reelected for a second term in 2013 with a decisive majority.

The Eleanor Roosevelt Annual Lecture: 'The Rebellious Life of Mrs Rosa Parks' - Prof Jeanne Theoharris (CUNY)

Start: Jan 29, 2015 6:00:00 PM
End: Jan 29, 2015 8:00:00 PM

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Prof Jeanne Theoharris (Brooklyn College, City University New York) - Rosa Parks is best known as the woman whose refusal to get off a segregated bus sparked the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott of 1955-56, a key event in the development of the Civil Rights Revolution.  However her political activism on behalf of black freedom extended well beyond this seminal act of resistance. Distinguished historian Jeanne Theoharris explores how her life was dedicated to rebellion against racism. All are welcome to attend a talk that will illuminate the black freedom struggle, the question for civil rights, and the problem of race in modern America. Venue and registration details to be updated shortly.

1st Postgraduate Americas Conference: Power and Change in the Americas in the Modern Era

Start: Apr 30, 2015 9:00:00 AM
End: May 1, 2015 6:00:00 PM

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The UCL Americas Research Network at UCL-Institute of the Americas is pleased to invite doctoral students and early career researchers of the Americas (Central, South, and North America, as well as the Caribbean) from across the humanities and the social sciences to submit proposals on the theme Power and Change in the Americas in the Modern Era. The deadline for paper submission is November 15, 2014, and the conference will take place at University College London from April 30 to May 1, 2015.