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IHR Latin American History Seminar Series: West African Warfare in Bahia and Cuba: Soldier Slaves in the Atlantic World, 1807-1844

Start: Dec 1, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: Dec 1, 2015 7:00:00 PM

Manuel Barcia (University of Leeds) - How a series of historical events that occurred in West Africa from the mid-1790s— including Afonja's rebellion, the Owu wars, the Fulani-led jihad, and the migrations to Egbaland—had an impact upon life in cities and plantations in western Cuba and Bahia. This presentation discusses the extent to which a series of African-led plots and armed movements that took place in western Cuba and Bahia, Brazil, between 1807 and 1844...

Book launch: 'Race, Class, and the Politics of Decolonization: Jamaica Journals, 1961 and 1968' by Colin Clarke (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)

Start: Dec 2, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: Dec 2, 2015 7:00:00 PM

Race, Class, and the Politics of Decolonization: Jamaica Journals, 1961 and 1968
Colin Clarke (Oxford) - This book consists of two journals kept while the author was carrying out fieldwork in Jamaica. Research in Kingston and visits to rural communities in 1961 are detailed before the reader is taken into the political underworld of black racism and Marxism, where the machinations of the various political groups involved lead up to the Federal Referendum – and Jamaica’s withdrawal from the Federation of the West Indies. The 1968 journal explains the impact of independence (in 1962) and the intervening elections of 1962 and 1967 on the dissolution of the forces of black racism; and explores the beginnings of the misuse of patronage by politicians, and the deployment at election times of violence by gangs allied to the political parties.

Seminar: On Fiction and Crime in Twentieth-Century Mexico

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

UCL Institute of the Americas
Pablo Piccato (Columbia) - Crime fiction was one of the most popular genres in Mexico during the middle decades of the twentieth century. Through an examination of some famous and other relatively unknown authors, this talk explores the defining condition for the genre in Mexico: the skepticism of readers and authors toward the police and the justice system. How can these stories work if the truth is always elusive and justice rarely achieved? The emergence of readers and authors during these decades was possible thanks to the strong connections between the genre and the local crime news, and the selective use of foreign narrative models.

Seminar: Decolonizing Development: Kichwa and Tsachila women's engagement with postcolonial development

Start: Dec 9, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: Dec 9, 2015 7:00:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Sarah Radcliffe (Cambridge) - Drawing on extensive fieldwork in Ecuador, the seminar examines how Kichwa and Tsachila women have come to understand, critique and offer alternatives to the successive policy models in postcolonial development. Understanding indigenous women as critical theorists of development offers the change to examine how development, in its more global as well as more local formulations, has failed to engage with postcolonial intersectional hierarchies, such as those which consistenly marginalize and disempower Kichwa and Tsachila women. The paper also addresses their perspectives on sumak kawsay/Buen Vivir as it has been formulated under the 2008 Constitution.

IHR North American History Seminar Series: Music in Antebellum American Electoral Politics

Start: Dec 10, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: Dec 10, 2015 7:00:00 PM

Billy Coleman (UCL) - UCL Institute of the Americas is pleased to host this seminar, part of the Institute of Historical Research North American History Series.

Annual UCL Quebec Lecture: Quebec: The Silent Revolution

Start: Dec 14, 2015 6:30:00 PM
End: Dec 14, 2015 8:00:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Professor Jocelyn Létourneau (Laval University, Quebec City) - In the 1960s Quebec witnessed the so-called Quiet Revolution – generally acknowledged as a period of spectacular transformation. In the 2000s there has been another revolution in Quebec - the Silent Revolution, a period of tranquil change that has nevertheless resulted in a transition from one era to another as profound as that ushered in by the Quiet Revolution.

Cuba Research Network: Meet the Researchers

Start: Dec 18, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: Dec 18, 2015 7:30:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
UCL researchers are working on Cuba, and collaborating with Cuban research institutions, across a wide range of disciplines. This is an opportunity for students to learn about these diverse projects, meet the academics who lead them, and consider new ideas for potential studies and collaborations.
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