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Lecture: The Governance of Public Health in Mexico - Alberto Diaz-Cayeros (Stanford)

Start: Jan 17, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Jan 17, 2014 7:30:00 PM

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Around the world, public health interventions have dramatically changed the life chances of millions. Life expectancy has increased, and fewer children die prematurely at an early age. Deaths from infectious diseases have been reduced, as the world moves through the epidemiological transition; and the coverage of health systems has increased, making life saving interventions more accessible. However, health performance is characterized by large inequalities. Patients are often treated with little dignity, particularly when they are poor. And health systems tend to be relatively unaccountable to citizens. In fact, public health tends to be a realm of experts, where citizens have little information regarding the relative performance of their health systems, or the way in which health expenditure is used.

Lecture: Citizen Participation: Political Context and Associations. A Comparative Study of Bogota (Colombia) and Madrid (Spain)

Start: Jan 21, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Jan 21, 2014 7:00:00 PM

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Dr Lorena Vasquez (Universidad de Alcalá, Spain) - Citizen participation, understood as the direct influence of citizens upon the decision-making process, may take place via mechanisms of voluntary institutionalized participation. The use of such mechanisms has been increasing since the 1980s and is widely implemented by local governments in different cities of the world with the aim of strengthening local democracy, among other goals. This seminar will outline the results of recent research in Bogotá and Madrid and identifies critical social and political variables that help shape citizen participation with different outcomes.

Sugar, Sweat and Swag: Towards a kineto-somatic history of the plantation

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

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UCL-Institute of the Americas (UCL-IA), in collaboration with Imperial and World History Seminar of the Institute of Historical Research, gladly welcomes Ananya Kabir (KCL) to deliver this seminar.

Canadian First Nations and Issues of Obesity

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

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Professor Alan Hallsworth (University of Portsmouth) - Issues of obesity surround contemporary Canadian First Nation communities. In large part this reflects incompatibility between traditional hunter-gatherer lifestyles and more recent food provisioning practices. The former is also linked to a lack of a distinct, transportable, “cuisine”. By comparing West coast Canadian First Nation residents with recent immigrants from Korea – which does have a distinct, transportable, “cuisine” - light is shed on contemporary food-related issues. The research for this presentation was conducted in British Columbia in September 2012, with the support of the Federal Government of Canada.

IHR Latin American History Seminars: The Promise of APRA and Why it Failed: Learning from the Experience of a Town in Peru's Central Andes, 1931-1948

Start: Jan 28, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Jan 28, 2014 7:00:00 PM

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The Institute of Historical Research (IHR - University of London), with the support of UCL-Institute of the Americas, hosts Fiona Wilson (IDS/Sussex), to deliver this seminar, part of IHR's series on Latin American History. For further details, please contact the IHR directly.

UCL Americas Research Network Seminar: 'Environment and Urbanism'

Start: Jan 28, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Jan 28, 2014 7:30:00 PM

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The UCL Americas Research Network is pleased to present its third research seminar, as part of an ongoing series of seminars, taking place regularly throughout the academic year. The seminar series will provide research students at UCL working on the Americas with the opportunity to present, within an informal, interdisciplinary, and enjoyable environment, their projects to the academic community of UCL and beyond.

Refiguring Self, Nation, and ‘Foreign’ through Lottery Scamming in Jamaica

Start: Jan 29, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Jan 29, 2014 7:00:00 PM

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Jovan Scott Lewis (LSE) - Facing increasingly limited social and economic opportunity, lottery scamming in Montego Bay has become a highly controversial means by which St. James’ poor youth, through the use of communication technology, redress their restricted social mobility and create wealth, success, but more importantly create new notions of citizenship. This analysis begins with an exploration of the process of the scam and the specific communication technologies utilized. This is followed by examining the historical, socio-economic, and geopolitical rationale of the reparations framework mobilized by scammers to justify the practice. Finally, the paper discusses how the acquired wealth from scamming engenders scammers’ novel reinterpretations of their place in Jamaican society, obviating popular models of success and social mobility tied to migration, as the value of ‘foreign’ is diminished and Jamaica is re-imagined as a locus of opportunity and possibility.
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