IHR North American History Seminar Seminar Series: The Supreme Court in Reconstruction

Start: Oct 27, 2016 5:30:00 PM

Professor Orville Vernon Burton (Clemson University) - This event is part of the Institute of Historical Research series and is free to attend. More information on this series by following this link.

Beyond Tragedy: The Grenada Revolution, Remembrance, and Renewal

Start: Oct 28, 2016 5:30:00 PM
End: Oct 28, 2016 7:00:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Shalini Puri (Pittsburgh) - That amnesia about the Grenada Revolution is a problem is widely recognized.  But what is asked less often is:  What does the predominant focus on the tragic fall of the Grenada Revolution in 1983 leave out?  What do other genres of memory enable? How do they think their way out of and beyond tragedy?  While the state, law, and politics undoubtedly have a role to play in reconciliation and renewal in Grenada, the arts and the everyday practices of ordinary people offer possibilities beyond the absolutes of politics, policy, and polemics.  The author explores the arts not for agreement on the topic of the Revolution but for imaginative ways of living with disagreement that might yet aspire and contribute to an egalitarian and just society.

IHR Latin American History Seminar Series: The Party of Order and Progress: The European revolutions of 1848 and the Mexican Conservative Party

Start: Nov 1, 2016 5:30:00 PM

Ed Shawcross (UCL) - The study of conservatism has often been seen as a topic of secondary importance; historians have conventionally preferred to research groups that played a 'progressive' role in society. This is particularly the case in Mexico where the Conservative Party, founded in 1849, was caricatured by its liberal opponents as supporting a blind reaction that looked backwards to Mexico’s colonial past.

Documentary Screening: 'Amazon Voices' ('Voix d'Amazonie'; dir.: L Alamany, L Chraibi, M David; 2015; 52 mins, English subtitles)

Start: Nov 4, 2016 6:00:00 PM

Documentary Screening: 'Amazon Voices' ('Voix d'Amazonie') with post-screening discussion with director Lamia Chraibi
Alborada and UCL Americas present the UK premiere of the documentary Amazon Voices (Voix d'Amazonie), a documentary directed by Lucile Alemany, Lamia Chraibi and Margerie David, followed by a post-screening conversation with director Lamia Chraibi chaired by Pablo Navarrete, Alborada

White Cannibalism in the Slave Trade: The Curious Case of the Schooner 'Arrogante'

Start: Nov 9, 2016 5:30:00 PM
End: Nov 9, 2016 7:00:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Manuel Barcia (Leeds) - The Portuguese ship Arrogante was captured in late November 1837 by the HMS Snake, off the coast of Cape San Antonio in Cuba. At the time of her capture, the Arrogante had more than 330 Africans on board, who had all been embarked at Gallinas. All of them were liberated soon after the vessel reached Montego Bay, Jamaica, where soon after their arrival, a chilling mystery surrounding the alleged practices carried out by her captain and crew were also brought to the attention of the local authorities. Shortly after landing, the captain and crew were accused of killing an African man, cooking his flesh, and serving it to the rest of the slaves on board. Additionally, they were also accused of eating the heart and liver of the murdered man.

Brazil After the Impeachment

Start: Nov 9, 2016 6:00:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Marcelo Badaró Mattos (Universidade Federal Fluminense), Leda Paulani (Universidade de São Paulo) and Luiz Martins (Universidade de São Paulo) - What is next for Brazil after this year's impeachment of Dilma Rousseff? The president elected in 2014 was removed from office last August after the Senate found her guilty of breaking budgetary laws, while an unprecedented corruption scandal known as Lava Jato ('carwash') scandal has proven the involvement of most political parties in large-scale bribery, kickbacks, and money laundering.

IHR North American History Seminar Seminar Series: Harvests of Shame: Enduring Unfree Labour in Twentieth Century United States (1933-1960)

Start: Nov 10, 2016 5:30:00 PM

Dr Nico Pizzolato (Middlesex University London) - This event is part of the Institute of Historical Research series and is free to attend. More information on this series by following this link.

IHR Latin American History Seminar Series: Soldiers, Saints and Shamans: An Ethnohistory of Antistate Alliances in El Gran Nayar, Mexico (1926-1940)

Start: Nov 15, 2016 5:30:00 PM

Nat Morris (Warwick) - The Huichol Indians of northern Jalisco enjoy a remarkable level of cultural and political autonomy from both Mexican state and Catholic Church, and are often presented by anthropologists, New Agers and environmentalists as isolated mountain tribesmen who have preserved an ‘uncorrupted’ pre-Hispanic culture. However, the Huichols were active participants in the Mexican Revolution, and in the Catholic uprisings that wracked Mexico between 1926 and 1940.

Vigilante Mobilization and Local Order: Evidence from Mexico

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

UCL Institute of the Americas

Creative Economy in Peru: balance and perspectives

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

UCL Institute of the Americas
Andrew Senior (Andrew Senior Associates; UNESCO); Richard Naylor (BOP Consulting); Cristina Rosemberg (Technopolis) - Coined in the United Kingdom in the early nineties, the creative economy refers to the services and products protected by intellectual property rights, in which the “creative content” plays an essential role. Sectors such as the visual and performing arts, the film industry, publishing, videogames, music or in some cases gastronomy and architecture; are included. As has been demonstrated during the last decade particularly for developed countries, the creative industries play a major role in national economies and international trading, having in some cases a larger impact both in the GDP and in the creation of employment than areas such as construction, mining or agriculture. More importantly, they are crucial in the promotion of citizenship and senses of belongings. Read the complete abstract here.

The 2016 Presidential Election: A Roundtable

Start: Nov 17, 2016 5:30:00 PM
End: Nov 17, 2016 7:00:00 PM

US Presidential Elections 2016
The 2016 US presidential election process promises to be controversial and high octane right up until election day on 7 November. Just over a week after the election has taken place, Clodagh Harrington (De Montfort), Tom Packer (Oxford) and Timothy Stanley (The Telegraph) will join Professor Iwan Morgan to discuss the results and their likely impact on the American political system. The panellists will discuss not only the presidential returns themselves, but also the elections to the US Senate and House of Representatives, and will reflect on the legacy left by outgoing President Barack Obama.

High Courts and Socio-Economic Rights in Latin America

Start: Nov 24, 2016 5:30:00 PM
End: Nov 24, 2016 7:00:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Sandra Botero (Willamette University) - In recent decades, citizens in democracies of the global south have increasingly turned to courts seeking to solve political disputes and to enforce rights. Some scholars have a cautious view of the potential of courts to advance rights and view them as inconsequential or even detrimental. Others have a more optimist assessment of the role for courts in these arenas. Under what conditions can courts in developing democracies produce political and social change? More specifically, why do some rulings have a significant impact on socioeconomic rights while others have very little?

IHR North American History Seminar Seminar Series: 'Must America be Destroyed?’ Millenarianism and the Battle against Integration in the United States

Start: Nov 24, 2016 5:30:00 PM

Dr Zoe Hyman (UCL Institute of the Americas) - This event is part of the Institute of Historical Research series and is free to attend. More information on this series by following this link.

'Between Neighborhoods': Film screening and discussion

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

Between Neighborhoods
Filmmaker Seth Fein will screen and discuss his new film, Between Neighborhoods, a history of Queens (New York City) as a transnational hub for people and commerce from the 1964 New York World’s Fair until today. The film travels between present and past, art and scholarship, the world in Queens and Queens in New York City. This video diptych contests Queens' location in imperial neighborhoods expressed by Unisphere, the gargantuan stainless-steel globe that was 'theme center' of the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair (NYWF), the event's only planned permanent structure.

IHR Latin American History Seminar Series: The Export of the 'modelo chileno' to Post-socialist Countries after 1989

Start: Nov 29, 2016 5:30:00 PM

Tobias Rupprecht (Exeter) - During the transformation period in the (post-)socialist world of the late 1980s and early 1990s, reformers from Eastern Europe to Asia were looking for role models for a transition from socialist to market economies. Many took inspiration from Chile's authoritarian-capitalist path, and Chilean liberals as well as the retired Pinochet himself actively promoted it on their travels around the world in the 1990s.

Book launch: 'Reagan: American Icon' (I.B.Tauris, 2016) with author Iwan Morgan

Start: Dec 1, 2016 6:00:00 PM

Book launch: 'Reagan: American Icon' (I.B.Tauris, 2016) with author Iwan Morgan

Iwan Morgan, Ronald Reagan’s first British biographer, discusses Reagan’s life from small-town Illinois boyhood, through his Hollywood years, to his political career – first as California governor, then as national conservative spokesman, and finally as US president – in his newly published book.  Tonight’s book-launch talk focuses on the presidential years.  Morgan assesses Reagan’s presidential leadership on domestic issues, his shift from first-term Cold War hawk to second-term nuclear arms-reduction negotiator, and his revival of the ‘imperial presidency’ in the Iran-Contra operations. Whether Reagan changed America for the better or not is open to debate.  What is less in doubt, Morgan argues, is that he is the most consequential president between 1945 and the present, one whose influence continued to shape the US long after he left office.

IHR North American History Seminar Seminar Series: Envying 'Indomitable Citizenry?' American Understandings of Israeli Society during the Vietnam War

Start: Dec 8, 2016 5:30:00 PM

Dr Shaul Mitelpunkt (University of York) - This event is part of the Institute of Historical Research series and is free to attend. More information on this series by following this link.

IHR Latin American History Seminar Series: Imperial rivalries, insurgents and spies: Britain and Spain during Latin American Independence

Start: Dec 13, 2016 5:30:00 PM

Gregorio Alonso (Leeds) - The aim of this paper is to unravel some of the less well-known dimensions of British and Spanish policies towards Latin America in the 1810s and 1820s. The central role played by Latin America in the complex diplomatic, economic and political relationships between both colonial powers will be explored by focusing on the activities and schemes devised by the agents and informants working for them.