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Events

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

Conflict, Truth and Justice - June 4

Pablo Piccato (Columbia), Anthony Pereira (KCL) 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 Brazil, Mexico and Peru in historical and regional perspective, and consider future prospects for truth-telling and justice.

Academic Roundtables on the Dominican Republic

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

Dominican Republic
As part of the Dominican Republic Week in the UK, UCL Institute of the Americas hosts these two roundtable discussions, organized by the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in London, with the participation of Dominican diplomats and scholars. The first roundtable discussion's topic is The New Constitution of 2010 and it will be presented by Ambassador Dr Flavio Dario Espinal and Prof Eduardo Jorge Prats. The second topic for discussion is Relaunching British-Dominican Historical Research, with Dr Frank Moya Pons.

Seminar: Prospects for the Creation of a NAFTA-EU Trade and Investment Partnership

Start: Jun 8, 2015 6:00:00 PM
End: Jun 8, 2015 7:30:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Earl H. Fry (Brigham Young University) -The North American Free Trade Area (NAFTA) has joined together Canada, Mexico, and the United States with a combined population of 475 million people and an annual GDP of 20 trillion dollars. Canada has also recently signed a free trade accord with the European Union (EU) consisting of 28 nations and 506 million people, and producing 18.5 trillion dollars in annual GDP. Mexico has had a free trade arrangement with the EU since 2000, and the United States is in negotiations with the EU to finalize a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

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. 

Film screening: 'Portraits of a Search' ('Retratos de una busqueda' Mexico, 2014)

Start: Jun 11, 2015 5:00:00 PM
End: Jun 11, 2015 7:00:00 PM

Portraits of a Search (dir.: Alicia Calderon; Mexico, 2014)
More than 20,000 people disappeared in Mexico during the horrifically violent war on drugs waged by former President Calderón. Putting a human face on the most harrowing of statistics, director Alicia Calderón follows three mothers as they search for their children who have disappeared. With their lives now completely devoted to seeking out the truth, they pursue any avenue possible, in the face of an indifferent government which considers their loved ones to be 'collateral casualties' of the drug war. Through vigils, testimonials, protests and hunger strikes, these women refuse to bow - nor turn away from the brutality that underpins the disappearances.

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.