Events

Seminar: Contrasting Liberal Nationalisms in Scotland and Quebec

Start: Jan 26, 2015 6:00:00 PM
End: Jan 26, 2015 7:30:00 PM

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Dr James Kennedy (University of Edinburgh) - What explains the differing characters of nationalisms? Drawing on research undertaken for his recent book Liberal Nationalisms, the substantive focus of James Kennedy’s presentation is on the emergence of liberal forms of nationalism in Scotland and Quebec at the beginning of the 20th century, associated with the Young Scots’ Society and the Ligue nationaliste canadienne, a loose grouping of individuals that included Olivar Asselin and Henri Bourassa. Dr Kennedy places a particular emphasis on the configuration of political rule. Not limited to empire and the state, but including civil society and the place of organized religion, he explains both the similarities and differences between the two nationalisms.

IHR Latin American History Seminar: Convict Labour in Late Colonial- and Post-Colonial Latin America (ca. 1765-1898)

Start: Jan 27, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: Jan 27, 2015 7:00:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
UCL Institute of the Americas and the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) co-convene this seminar with Christian de Vito (Leicester/IISH), part of the IHR's Latin American History Series - What were the functions of convict labour in late 18th- and 19th centuries Latin America and the Caribbean? What was the place of convict labour within the multiple (free and unfree) labour relations that characterized various Latin American and Caribbean contexts? What kind of continuities and discontinuities in punishment, labour relations and colonization can we observe between the late-colonial and the post-colonial period from the perspective of convict labour?

Book Launch: 'The Great Depression in Latin America', edited by Paulo Drinot and Alan Knight

Start: Jan 28, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: Jan 28, 2015 7:30:00 PM

The Great Depression in Latin America
Paulo Drinot (UCL-IA) and Alan Knight (Oxford) - Although Latin America weathered the Great Depression better than the United States and Europe, the global economic collapse of the 1930s had a deep and lasting impact on the region. The contributors to this book examine the consequences of the Depression in terms of the role of the state, party-political competition, and the formation of working-class and other social and political movements. Going beyond economic history, they chart the repercussions and policy responses in different countries, while noting common cross-regional trends, in particular, a mounting critique of economic orthodoxy and greater state intervention in the economic, social and cultural spheres, both trends crucial to the region's subsequent development. The book also examines how regional transformations interacted with and differed from global processes. Taken together, these essays deepen our understanding of the Great Depression as a formative experience in Latin America and provide a timely comparative perspective on the recent global economic crisis.

The Eleanor Roosevelt Annual Lecture: Prof Jeanne Theoharis on 'The Rebellious Life of Mrs Rosa Parks'

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

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(Brooklyn College, CUNY) - 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 Theoharis 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.Attendance is free of charge but registration is required.

IHR American History Seminar Series: The Underground Slave Trade? Understanding the Phenomenon of Slave Stealing

Start: Feb 5, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: Feb 5, 2015 7:00:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Laura Sandy (Keele) - 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.

IHR Latin American History Seminar:  Sixty-One Days at Sea: Fishermen, their Rafts, and Regional Identity in the Brazilian Northeast

Start: Feb 10, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: Feb 10, 2015 7:00:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
UCL Institute of the Americas and the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) co-convene this seminar with Courtney J. Campbell (IHR), part of the IHR's Latin American History Series -This presentation focuses on the ways in which Brazilians from several walks of life debated their place within their region, nation, and world when confronted with intense national and international change. I focus on the journey of four fishermen, or jangadeiros, who protested their labor conditions by traveling nearly 2,000 kilometers for 61 days from Fortaleza to Rio de Janeiro on a rustic sail-raft called a jangada. 

Seminar: 'The Ball is Round': social and economic inequalities on the amateur football field in Jamaica

Start: Feb 11, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: Feb 11, 2015 7:30:00 PM

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William Tantam (Goldsmiths, University of London) - In this presentation, William Tantam will discuss the ways in which social and economic hierarchies are embodied and enacted in Jamaica.

IHR American History Seminar Series: Privacy and Community: Urban Panning for Mental Health in the American Metropolis, c. 1940-60

Start: Feb 19, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: Feb 19, 2015 7:00:00 PM

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Ed Ramsden (QMUL) - 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.

Seminar: Imagining Dixie: a history of the American South in British popular culture

Start: Feb 26, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: Feb 26, 2015 7:30:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Christian O'Connell (Gloucestershire) - This paper focuses on the history of the presence of the American South in British popular culture. A recent flood of television documentaries such as Sir Trevor McDonald’s ‘The Mighty Mississippi’, TV chef Rick Stein’s ‘Tasting the Blues,' and the comedian Hugh Laurie’s ‘Down By the River’ (2011), are indicative of the current popular transatlantic interest in the history and culture of the South.

Panel: Public Health, Public Order and Public Morality: Historical and Methodological Perspectives on the Spatial Politics of Prostitution in London, Delhi and Lima

Start: Mar 4, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: Mar 4, 2015 7:30:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
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.

IHR American History Seminar Series: The Ideological Origins of the 20th-Century American Peace Movement

Start: Mar 5, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: Mar 5, 2015 7:00:00 PM

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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.

IHR Latin American History Seminar: Surveying Nature in Late-Colonial Central America

Start: Mar 10, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: Mar 10, 2015 7:00:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
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 ...

Sophie Brockmann is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London. She holds a PhD in History of Science from the University of Cambridge. Before coming to the ILAS, she held a postdoctoral teaching fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania and has previously been a visiting scholar at the John Carter Brown Library, the Newberry Library, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. She is currently developing the manuscript for her first monograph, provisionally entitled Surveying Nature in Central America, 1770-1840, and is also working on a second project on the history of archaeology in twentieth-century Central America.

Panel: Globalising Latin American History: A Discussion of Transnational Approaches to the History of the Region

Start: Mar 11, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: Mar 11, 2015 7:30:00 PM

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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.

Lecture: Inside the Nixon White House

Start: Mar 17, 2015 6:30:00 PM
End: Mar 17, 2015 8:00:00 PM

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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.

Open Day at UCL Institute of the Americas for Master's Degrees Prospective Students

Start: Mar 18, 2015 1:45:00 PM
End: Mar 18, 2015 6:00:00 PM

Open Day at UCL-IA March 18 2015
UCL Institute of the Americas will be holding an Open Day on Wednesday 18th March 2015 from 1.45pm to 6pm.

IHR American History Seminar Series: The Popular Historians: Writing and Reading the American Past, 1947-1980

Start: Mar 19, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: Mar 19, 2015 7:00:00 PM

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Nick Witham (Canterbury Christ Church) - 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.

IHR Latin American History Seminar: The Politics of Giving in the Viceroyalty of Rio de la Plata. Donors, Lenders, Subjects and Citizens

Start: Mar 24, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: Mar 24, 2015 7:00:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
UCL Institute of the Americas and the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) co-convene this seminar with Viviana Grieco (University of Missouri, Kansas City), part of the IHR's Latin American History Series - This paper discusses Spanish imperial state finance through the study of donativos, the donations given to the crown at times of war. Grieco argues that donativos functioned as legitimate channels through which subjects advanced multiple claims vis-à-vis their king.  Versatile but ambiguous, subjects utilized these conduits as an entry point to rights while the king administered donativo-based rewards to promote individuals and groups that best served his aims. While opportunities for bargaining emerged at critical times in the fiscal realm, their outcomes bound king and subjects together politically over the long run...

Workshop: 'No es facil': Everyday Life in Cuban Society during the Special Period

Start: Mar 25, 2015 5:00:00 PM
End: Mar 25, 2015 8:30:00 PM

No es facil: Everyday Life in Cuban Society during the Special Period
Following the nationalisation of US-owned industries and the enforcement of the trade embargo in 1960, Cuba became almost totally dependent on the USSR for financial solvency. The faltering and subsequent demise of the Soviet system into the 1990s signified the sudden loss of Cuba’s international economic trading network and the near collapse of its own economy. On 29 August 1990, the then President Fidel Castro formally announced the “Special Period in Times of Peace” in the national newspaper Granma. This signalled that the country was in dire straits and that drastic measures, even involving the opening of the economy, would be needed in order to salvage the Socialist system and maintain all the progress the revolution had hitherto achieved.

Presidential History Network Symposium: US National Security in the Early Cold War and Early Post-Cold War

Start: Mar 27, 2015 2:00:00 PM
End: Mar 27, 2015 5:00:00 PM

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UCL Institute of the Americas and the Presidential History Network are pleased to invite you to this symposium, with the participation of the following distinguished speakers:

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.The organisers welcome research that ranges both geographically and temporally, encouraging interdisciplinary conversations on national, regional and local topics and those whose focus is comparative, transnational and global. By facilitating a space for debate, this conference aims to create an ongoing platform for collaborative exchange. For more information and a detailed Call for Papers, please visit the conference page here. For further information on this conference, please contact the organising committee directly.

Conference: Chile and the Inter-american Human Rights System

Start: May 20, 2015 9:00:00 AM
End: May 20, 2015 6:00:00 PM

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This one day conference seeks to cater to an international community of human rights practitioners and researchers of the Americas from across the humanities and the social sciences by focusing on an interdisciplinary and detailed examination the most recent cases decided by the Inter American Human Rights System against the Chilean state.