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Seminar: Interrogating Race and Achievement: Racialised Facilitative Capital and the Underachievement of Afro-Trinidadian Boys

Start: Oct 1, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Oct 1, 2014 7:30:00 PM

Ravi Rampersad - In Trinidad, dominant discourses on race and education often simplistically labels Afro-Trinidadian boys as the lowest academic achievers.  This underachievement is viewed as pathological and linked to deficient cultural values and single female-headed homes. To interrogate this dynamic, this paper employs a theoretical model that takes into account the nuances of the intersecting trajectories of race, social class and gender in Trinidad. It explores the nature and operation of 'racialised facilitative capital' (RFT) in two Trinidadian state primary schools; one highly acclaimed as a centre of excellence and the other stereotyped as a typical failing urban school. The research emphasises the role of RFC where the 'right' capital can be the difference between social advancement and social stagnation.  It also points to the salience of RFC as a model in examining intersecting issues of race, social class and gender in postcolonial societies such as Trinidad.

Seminar: A New Path for Mexico? Interim Assessments of the Peña Nieto Administration And Recent Constitutional Reforms

Start: Oct 8, 2014 1:30:00 PM
End: Oct 8, 2014 3:30:00 PM

UCL- Institute of the Americas in collaboration with El Colegio de México is pleased to host this roundtable discussion that will examine major recent reforms in Mexico concerning energy policy, education, fiscal matters, and security policy. Speakers will also assess the implications of the reform process for the administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto and the future directions in Mexican politics.

Book Launch: 'Argentina since the 2001 Crisis: Recovering the Past, Reclaiming the Future'

Start: Oct 8, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Oct 8, 2014 7:30:00 PM

UCL-Institute of the Americas is pleased to host the launch of Argentina since the 2001 Crisis: Recovering the Past, Reclaiming the Future (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) edited by Cara Levey, Daniel Ozarow and Christopher Wylde

Seminar: Evo's Bolivia: Continuity and Change

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

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

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: 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

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.
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