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Events

Seminar: Leadership in the Cuban Revolution - The Unseen Story

Start: May 13, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: May 13, 2015 7:30:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Antoni Kapcia (Nottingham) - Most conventional readings of the Cuban Revolution have seemed mesmerised by the personality and role of Fidel Castro, often missing a deeper political understanding of the Revolution’s underlying structures, bases of popular loyalty and ethos of participation.

Film screening and discussion: 'The Return of the Land' (Dir. D. Alarcon; Brazil, 2015; subtitled in English)

Start: May 15, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: May 15, 2015 7:30:00 PM

The Return of the Land
Bringing together testimonies from the Tupinambá people, recorded in May 2014 in the Tupinambá de Olivença Indigenous Territory in southern Bahia (Brazil) and archival images, this documentary presents the struggle of the Tupinambá people to recover their land. They have been waiting for official territorial recognition since 2004.

Seminar: Commonwealth States and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council: Cutting the Umbilical Cord

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

UCL Institute of the Americas
Harold Young (Georgia State University) - Why did so many states shedding British colonial rule nevertheless choose to retain the British Privy Council as the highest court of appeal? Drawing on examples from across 50 states of the Commonwealth, this paper explores what factors influenced the decision to retain the Privy Council at independence, and why some states subsequently opted to sever ties. Building on Dahl’s theory (1957) the paper asserts that states not only choose the final court of appeal that they most expect to be an ally but may move to change a court that undermines or seems likely to undermine policy preferences. Understanding this phenomena across the British Commonwealth may provide comparative insights into how this court is viewed by the governing coalition and what it can tell us about how states may view other extraterritorial courts such as the International Criminal Court, the International Court of Justice, the African Court of Justice and Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

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.

The Globalisation and Latin American Development (GLAD) Lecture 2015: Latin America five years after the storm: economic and social challenges

Start: May 21, 2015 5:00:00 PM
End: May 21, 2015 7:00:00 PM

Juan Carlos Moreno Brid - United Nations ECLAC Mexico
Juan Carlos Moreno Brid (United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean - ECLAC/CEPAL) - Latin America's golden years of 2003-08, marked by high growth and major reductions in poverty were abruptly cut short in 2009 by the adverse effects brought about by the international financial crisis.  Today, five years after that storm, What are the region's economic and social perspectives  and the main challenges that it faces in its far from fulfilled quest for development?

Cellos in the Amazon: How Music Changed Lives - A conversation with BBC producer Mark Rickards

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

Cellos in the Amazon - Wagner
BBC Senior Producer Mark Rickards explores how a radio programme he made changed the lives of young aspiring musicians in the Brazilian Amazon. The stories of those struggling to make music against all the odd in the rainforest touched an audience worldwide, with extraordinary consequences.

Symposium: Recasting Postwar African Diasporic Struggles in the Americas and Europe

Start: May 29, 2015 1:30:00 PM
End: May 29, 2015 5:30:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
This symposium seeks to create links between historical, regional and current struggles as they concern African descended communities in the Americas and Europe. Offering multifaceted analyses, speakers will complicate notions of race, freedom, belonging, transnationalism, desire and identities assumed and presumed in revealing portraits of African diasporic experiences.

Seminar: C.L.R. James's Intellectual Conquest of Imperial Britain

Start: Jun 3, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: Jun 3, 2015 7:30:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Christian Høgsbjerg - Together with other critical Pan-Africanist figures such as his fellow compatriot George Padmore, the Trinidadian Marxist C.L.R. James led from the front as an ideological agitator in the fight against British imperialist mythology and propaganda during the 1930s.

Seminar: Conflict, Truth and Justice: Perspectives from Latin America

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

UCL Institute of the Americas
Pablo Piccato (Columbia) and Jelke Boesten (KCL) - Since the 1980s, many Latin American societies have struggled to deal with the legacies of violence and human rights abuses in the recent past. While extensive, the scholarly literature on transitional justice and historical memory remains dominated by the Southern Cone. This event will explore these themes in two less studied cases, place contemporary debates in Mexico and Peru in historical and regional perspective, and consider future prospects for truth-telling and justice.

Seminar: Cocaine Trafficking from Latin America to Europe: Research Methods and Recent Trends

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

UCL Institute of the Americas
Damián Zaitch (Utrecht University) - For the past 15 years, several transformations have taken place at the levels of cocaine production in Latin America and subsequent export to Europe. These changes refer to the nature of drug trafficking organizations, their relation with legal structures and actors, territorial displacement, but also to the modus operandi of cocaine entrepreneurs in terms of routes and business modalities. Critical research on these developments remains fragmentary, often based on 'official' or journalistic sources, and in general difficult to do. In this contribution, I will first share my views and personal experience of conducting long-term ethnographic research on the cocaine trade in Colombia and Europe (Zaitch 2002; Zaitch 2015), stressing the value of ethnographic methods to study illegal markets in Latin America. A second part of this contribution will present the main recent trends and developments of the cocaine business in Latin America (particularly Colombia), and the shifts regarding cocaine export to European markets. 

Seminar: The Most Homophobic Place on Earth? Caribbean Myths and Realities

Start: Jun 16, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: Jun 16, 2015 7:30:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Rosamond S. King (CUNY) - In 2006, Time magazine infamously declared that the Caribbean is 'the most homophobic place on earth,' one of many similar statements. In this talk, Rosamond S. King questions the truth of this statement and analyzes its problematic origins. She will examine some of the different facets of homophobia in the Caribbean – specifically, violence, discrimination, and hatred – drawing on the research in her recent book Island Bodies: Transgressive Sexualities in the Caribbean Imagination and the work of other Caribbeanist scholars. This talk aims to depart from myth and instead discuss the realities of sexual minorities in the Caribbean region.