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Lecture: The two-speed global crisis and its impact in Latin America

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

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Oscar Ugarteche (UNAM, Mexico; Newcastle) - The global crisis started in August of 2007 and has had differentiated impacts due to a combination of negative interest rates  and expansionary monetary policies in the advanced economies. A process of triple arbitrage has been at work since then where interest rates, financial asset price and currency price differentials have impacted on short term capital flows. This has led to a heavy "tail wind" on economic growth while stagnation hit the core capitalist economies. The reverse process is now in process. 

Lunch Hour Lecture: Gender equality and women’s rights in Latin America

Start: Mar 6, 2014 1:15:00 PM
End: Mar 6, 2014 1:55:00 PM

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Prof Maxine Molyneux (UCL Institute of the Americas) delivers this lecture. Among the eight Millennium Development Goals were women’s empowerment and gender equity. This lecture, marking International Women's Day, will focus on the Latin American region, assessing the progress that has been made, and the obstacles that women still face in achieving greater equality and justice, sexual and reproductive rights and measures to tackle violence against women.

Felipe Fernandez-Armesto at UCL - Lecture: 'A Typical Latin American Country: The United States'

Start: Mar 6, 2014 6:00:00 PM

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UCL-Institute of the Americas is honored to host Prof Felipe Fernandez-Armesto to deliver this lecture on the occasion of the launch of his latest book Our America. A Hispanic History of the United States (W.W.Norton and Company, London 2014).

Seminar: Atlantic Divided: The North Atlantic Triangle and Arctic Security in 1940

Start: Mar 10, 2014 6:00:00 PM
End: Mar 10, 2014 7:30:00 PM

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Dr Dawn Berry (St Antony’s College, Oxford) - This paper examines the ways in which British failures in the early stages of the Second World War raised doubts about the ability of the Royal Navy to protect the North Atlantic. It argues that these concerns led Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King and President Franklin D Roosevelt to radically alter North American defence strategies, particularly in the Arctic, which significantly affected the governance of the region and the management of its resources during and after the war.

Lecture: Caribbean Tourism: Consumption of Places and the Growth of the Sin Industries

Start: Mar 12, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Mar 12, 2014 7:00:00 PM

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Dr Emilio Pantojas Garcia (University of Puerto Rico) - John Urry’s book, The Tourist Gaze (1990) raised awareness about the centrality of places and experiences to the tourist trade. Since then a number of studies (Mullings, 2000; Steven, 2007; Giovanetti, 2009) have documented how places, historical narratives, and fantasies have become a key component of the Caribbean tourist sector. As tourism has become a central activity for the Caribbean economies, product diversification, development of niches and “branding”, or development of a location identity (e.g. ecotourism in Costa Rica) have become crucial to the growth of the Caribbean tourism industry. This presentation discusses how the Caribbean is rapidly becoming associated with the “sin industries”. The “iconic” images of the Caribbean of pirates with libertine mores regarding sex, gambling and smuggling, are being “reinvented”. The sun, sand and sea components of Caribbean tourism are now complemented by a “Vegas-like” offer, where sex, gambling, drugs and fantasy are the main attractions. The presentation focuses on three activities, sexual tourism, gambling, and money laundering, offering a comparative perspective with competitors in Tropical Asia.

Seminar: That Jamaica: Women, Secrets, and Battyman Business

Start: Mar 13, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Mar 13, 2014 7:30:00 PM

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Thomas Glave (Warwick) -This talk will consider the possible connections between 'outlawed' ('queer') sexual and romantic desire (including interracial 'queer' sexual intimacy and secrecy), bi-national identities and cultural realities, social class, colour, and the quotidian language of Jamaican women, overheard by a male child, capable of veiling as much as it occasionally frankly discloses.  Additionally, the talk will explore how, in the context of often publicly reviled and repugnant sexual practices in Jamaica, the reality of secrecy impacts upon erotic language and the (homo)erotic imagination.

Lecture: Options for further autonomy in Puerto Rico and the non-independent Caribbean: looking beyond the rhetoric

Start: Mar 14, 2014 3:30:00 PM
End: Mar 14, 2014 5:00:00 PM

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UCL-Institute of the Americas gladly hosts Dr Emilio Pantojas Garcia (University of Puerto Rico) to deliver this lecture, which acts as the keynote to the conference 'Politics in the UK Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies'. See more information on the conference here.
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