Seminar: Old and New Populisms in Latin America: Lessons for Europe?

Start: Sep 4, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: Sep 4, 2015 7:00:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Omar Acha (Universidad de Buenos Aires); Samuele Mazzolini (Essex); Juan Grigera (UCL-IA) - A series of governments arising from the processes of social mobilization against neoliberalism in Latin America usually identified as a new "Pink Tide" have sparkled a renewed interest in the question of populism. Alongside a reconstruction of the conditions of capital accumulation and several changes in the role of the state and politics they have been successful in incorporating a set of demands of the social movements and conflicts. At the same time, the publication of groundbreaking theoretical perspectives on this classical issue in Latin American social sciences (such as Laclau On populist reason) has reshaped the ongoing debate since 1960s, saving the concept and practice a of ‘progressive populism’ from its  status as a pathological form of politics.

Conference: Environmental Histories of Commodities 1800-2000

Start: Sep 11, 2015 9:30:00 AM
End: Sep 11, 2015 5:00:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
This one-day conference organised jointly by the Commodities of Empire Project, Open University’s Ferguson Centre for African and Asian Studies and UCL’s Institute of the Americas will showcase state-of-the-art research on nature’s contributions to, as well as the environmental impact and consequences of, the historical production, circulation and consumption of commodities in the modern period. The collaboration will enable coverage of the main continents of the global south, enabling a broader reach than the customary ‘area studies’ conference framework, and is aimed at facilitating fruitful conversations and debates across regional academic frontiers and specialisms.

Panel discussion: Ayotzinapa One Year After

Start: Sep 22, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: Sep 22, 2015 7:30:00 PM

Demonstration in Mexico City to protest over the disappearance of 43 students at the hands of the police
On 26 September 2014, 43 students from the [teaching training college] Normal Rural Raúl Isidro Burgos (Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, Mexico) were abducted by local police. According to a highly contested official investigation, the police handed the students over to a gang of drug-traffickers who killed them, incinerated their bodies, and threw what remained into a river.

Lecture: Inequality in the Americas: An International Perspective

Start: Oct 7, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: Oct 7, 2015 7:00:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Andres Solimano (International Center for Globalization and Development, Santiago de Chile) - The presentation will provide recent empirical evidence on inequality in the US, Canada and Latin America (Gini coefficients, top 1 percent shares, top 10 percent) and discuss trends and evolution comparing the Americas with Europe, OECD and main emerging markets. The presentation will highlight the role of taxation systems, wage formation, globalization, wealth concentration and other factors including relevant features of economic elites, the  middle class and working class in the making of social inequality.