Lecture: Principled Agents: Human Rights and Regulatory Politics in Latin America

Start: May 4, 2016 5:30:00 PM
End: May 4, 2016 7:00:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Thomas Pegram (UCL) - Formal human rights institutions can provide powerful venues for affecting the outcome of political processes. National human rights institutions (NHRIs) have emerged across countries and at different times as central players in enhancing citizen scrutiny, participation and state human rights obligations.  However, as this study highlights, while some Latin American NHRIs have successfully advanced human rights protection, others have actively sought to undermine human rights protections. 

IHR North American History Seminar Series

Start: May 5, 2016 5:30:00 PM
End: May 5, 2016 7:00:00 PM

Margaret Jacobs (Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions, University of Cambridge) - UCL Institute of the Americas is pleased to host this seminar 'American Indian Child Removal and the Elusiveness of Reconciliation', part of the Institute of Historical Research North American History Series.

'El Acoso' at 60: Celebrating Carpentier

Start: May 5, 2016 6:00:00 PM
End: May 5, 2016 10:30:00 PM

'El Acoso', a novella by Alejo Carpentier
Alejo Carpentier (1904-1980), a Cuban novelist, essayist, and musicologist was perhaps Cuba’s most important intellectual figure of the twentieth century. El Acoso is one of the best well known of Carpentier’s literary works. All the action takes place within the forty-six minutes it takes to perform Beethoven’s third symphony, Eroica.

The Political Consequences of Latino Civic Incorporation: Americanizing Latinos, Latinoizing America

Start: May 6, 2016 5:30:00 PM
End: May 6, 2016 8:00:00 PM

IAS Institute of Advanced Studies UCL
Join the Institute of Advanced Studies and the Institute of the Americas to hear Professor Rodolfo O. de la Garza, Eaton Professor of Administrative Law and Municipal Science in the Department of Political Science and School of International and Political Affairs at Columbia University's lecture on The Political Consequences of Latino Civic Incorporation: Americanizing Latinos, Latinoizing America.

Seminar: Language rights and indigenous people in Peru: new articulations of hegemony?

Start: May 11, 2016 5:30:00 PM
End: May 11, 2016 7:00:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Rosaleen Howard (Newcastle) - Legislation and policy in support of linguistic human rights for Peru's indigenous people have gathered new momentum in the last five years. Despite repeated efforts in the last decades of the twentieth century, only now have laws been passed that officially allow indigenous languages to be spoken, and provide for use of translators and interpreters, in public service settings and other spaces of formal interaction with representatives of the state, the latter usually being monolingual speakers of Spanish.

Seminar: 'Stop Asking the Women to Workshop You': Cultures of Inequality in Higher Education

Start: May 12, 2016 5:30:00 PM
End: May 12, 2016 5:30:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Say Burgin and Kate Dossett from the University of Leeds will discuss the framing of equality and diversity issues in British Higher Education around questions of race and gender exclusion. Drawing on both national conversations around gender inequalities in the wake of reports on inequalities by the Royal Historical Society and the Runnymede Trust and our local work on inequalities in higher education we will focus on three particular problems: narratives of progress; the need to collect ever  more ‘proof’ that inequalities exist; and the framing of inequalities around individual behaviours. Analysing these narratives and the academy’s investment in them opens up space to discuss who does the work of addressing inequalities and where.

Discussion: Justice in Mexico? The ABC Tragedy of June 2009

Start: May 16, 2016 5:30:00 PM
End: May 16, 2016 7:00:00 PM

Radical Americas Network
Julio Cesar Marquez (Queretaro Human Rights Commission, Mexico) and Daniel Gershenson (social entrepreneur); chaired by Ben Smith (Warwick) - For the last several years, Mexico has become a place where inconceivable crimes without punishment are commonplace; where one can easily become immune to the prevailing corruption and impunity that corrode the very existence and well-being of its inhabitants, as well as the country’s private and public institutions.

Seminar: What Future for Caribbean-EU Relations? Some Reflections on a Challenged Partnership

Start: May 18, 2016 5:30:00 PM
End: May 18, 2016 7:00:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
HE Ambassador Dylan Vernon (Belize ambassador to the EU) - The strong traditional bi-regional ties that the Caribbean and the European Union have maintained will be severely tested in the next five years as both regions pivot to adapt to new regional and global realities. In particular, the European Union is now engaged in critical reviews of its global strategic policies that will certainly have far-reaching consequences for Caribbean-EU relations in areas of political dialogue, trade and development cooperation. I will share my critical reflections on current developments in Brussels on the future of these relations and possible implications for the Caribbean, with a specific focus on independent Caribbean states in CARICOM and CARIFORUM. The key questions I will address include: 

Seminar: Black Power and the Struggle over Public Education in Atlanta, 1960-1980

Start: May 19, 2016 5:30:00 PM
End: May 19, 2016 7:00:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Tom Davies (Sussex) - Throughout the civil rights-Black Power era and in cities across the United States, public education became an important site of political contest, as African Americans fought for control of white-dominated institutions in their communities.

Seminar and film screening: K’ixb’al (Shame). The 'recovery' of Mayan law in Guatemala

Start: May 25, 2016 5:30:00 PM
End: May 25, 2016 7:30:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Rachel Sieder (CIESAS) and Carlos Y. Flores (Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Morelos, Mexico) - Across Latin America, debates and practice around indigenous peoples’ specific forms of law provide a window on shifting relations between indigenous movements, states, and international actors. In Guatemala, the practice of indigenous law is an expression of cultural difference, a response to past and present violence, and a resource for a population denied access to justice. In the postwar period, it has become a highly contested and politicized terrain.

Seminar: Overrepresented: Asian Americans in the Age of Affirmative Action

Start: May 26, 2016 5:30:00 PM
End: May 26, 2016 7:00:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Ellen Wu (Indiana University, Bloomington) - This talk places Asian Americans at the center of the intersecting histories of race-making and policy-making in the late-twentieth century United States. Contemporaries saw Asian Americans as an 'overrepresented' (as opposed to 'underrepresented') minority in a double sense: first, as an economically privileged minority racial group that did not need new rights and programs to guarantee equal opportunity, and second, as too successful and therefore a threat to whites.

Talk, film screening and recital: Jazz, the Angry Young Man & the Moving Image

Start: May 28, 2016 6:00:00 PM
End: May 28, 2016 10:30:00 PM

Richard Burton as Jimmy Porter, In Tony Richardson’s film Look Back in Anger (1959)
This evening of talks and a film screening will cover a range of issues concerning the definition and nature of Jazz and the complexities of its moving image, from the experience of the 'Angry Young Men Movement' in Tony Richardson’s Look Back in Anger to Cuban Classical Guitar.

Lecture: Consolidating growth and development through economic integration in Central America

Start: May 31, 2016 5:30:00 PM
End: May 31, 2016 7:00:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Javier A Gutierrez (Secretariat for Central American Economic Integration - SIECA) will discuss the challenges and opportunities for Central America’s social and economic development. His talk will focus on several initiatives pursued by the region to facilitate trade, integrate into the global economy, and constitute a customs union between the countries of Central America. He will also address the challenges of mitigating the effects of climate change, channeling foreign aid and cooperation funds to where it is most needed, and closing the infrastructure gap in the region.

IHR North American History Postgraduate Seminar

Start: Jun 16, 2016 5:30:00 PM
End: Jun 16, 2016 7:00:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas is pleased to host this post-graduate seminar, part of the Institute of Historical Research North American History Series.

Lecture: From America Latina to Latin London: negotiating (in)visible geographies of international migration

Start: Jun 21, 2016 6:30:00 PM
End: Jun 21, 2016 8:30:00 PM

C McIlwaine Inaugural Lecture
Professor Cathy McIlwaine (Queen Mary University London) - Despite a long history of relations between Latin America and London through trade, diplomacy and exile, only recently have these been extensively established, primarily through flows of people. This lecture examines the nature of these geographies through exploring the processes of (in)visibilisation and the power relations that underpin them. Through interrogating the ambivalent nature of (in)visibility, the lecture highlights the importance of theorising from the global South, in foregrounding the experiences of invisible migrants, especially women, and in recognising how invisibility can reinforce exclusion, but also its utility in negotiating exit from Latin America as well as entry to and settlement in Latin London. It argues for the recognition of Latin Americans in London and the UK who have been largely invisible in public consciousness and policy, yet who contribute enormously to the functioning of the city and the nation more widely.