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1st Postgraduate Americas Conference: Power and Change in the Americas in the Modern Era

Start: Apr 30, 2015 1:00:00 PM
End: May 1, 2015 6:00:00 PM

The UCL Americas Research Network at UCL-Institute of the Americas is pleased to invite doctoral students and early career researchers of the Americas (Central, South, and North America, as well as the Caribbean) from across the humanities and the social sciences to submit proposals on the theme Power and Change in the Americas in the Modern Era. The deadline for paper submission is November 15, 2014, and the conference will take place at University College London from April 30 to May 1, 2015.The organisers welcome research that ranges both geographically and temporally, encouraging interdisciplinary conversations on national, regional and local topics and those whose focus is comparative, transnational and global. By facilitating a space for debate, this conference aims to create an ongoing platform for collaborative exchange.

Seminar: Leadership in the Cuban Revolution - The Unseen Story

Start: May 13, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: May 13, 2015 7:30:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Antoni Kapcia (Nottingham) - Most conventional readings of the Cuban Revolution have seemed mesmerised by the personality and role of Fidel Castro, often missing a deeper political understanding of the Revolution’s underlying structures, bases of popular loyalty and ethos of participation.

Film screening and discussion: 'The Return of the Land' (Dir. D. Alarcon; Brazil, 2015; subtitled in English)

Start: May 15, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: May 15, 2015 7:30:00 PM

The Return of the Land
Bringing together testimonies from the Tupinambá people, recorded in May 2014 in the Tupinambá de Olivença Indigenous Territory in southern Bahia (Brazil) and archival images, this documentary presents the struggle of the Tupinambá people to recover their land. They have been waiting for official territorial recognition since 2004.

Seminar: Commonwealth States and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council: Cutting the Umbilical Cord

Start: May 19, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: May 19, 2015 7:30:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Harold Young (Georgia State University) - Why did so many states shedding British colonial rule nevertheless choose to retain the British Privy Council as the highest court of appeal? Drawing on examples from across 50 states of the Commonwealth, this paper explores what factors influenced the decision to retain the Privy Council at independence, and why some states subsequently opted to sever ties. Building on Dahl’s theory (1957) the paper asserts that states not only choose the final court of appeal that they most expect to be an ally but may move to change a court that undermines or seems likely to undermine policy preferences. Understanding this phenomena across the British Commonwealth may provide comparative insights into how this court is viewed by the governing coalition and what it can tell us about how states may view other extraterritorial courts such as the International Criminal Court, the International Court of Justice, the African Court of Justice and Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

Conference: Chile and the Inter-american Human Rights System

Start: May 20, 2015 9:00:00 AM
End: May 20, 2015 6:00:00 PM

This one day conference seeks to cater to an international community of human rights practitioners and researchers of the Americas from across the humanities and the social sciences by focusing on an interdisciplinary and detailed examination the most recent cases decided by the Inter American Human Rights System against the Chilean state.

The Globalisation and Latin American Development (GLAD) Lecture 2015: Latin America five years after the storm: economic and social challenges

Start: May 21, 2015 5:00:00 PM
End: May 21, 2015 7:00:00 PM

Juan Carlos Moreno Brid - United Nations ECLAC Mexico
Juan Carlos Moreno Brid (National Autonomous University of Mexico-UNAM)- Latin America's golden years of 2003-08, marked by high growth and major reductions in poverty were abruptly cut short in 2009 by the adverse effects brought about by the international financial crisis.  Today, five years after that storm, What are the region's economic and social perspectives  and the main challenges that it faces in its far from fulfilled quest for development?

Cellos in the Amazon: How Music Changed Lives - A conversation with BBC producer Mark Rickards

Start: May 26, 2015 6:30:00 PM
End: May 26, 2015 7:30:00 PM

Cellos in the Amazon - Wagner
BBC Senior Producer Mark Rickards explores how a radio programme he made changed the lives of young aspiring musicians in the Brazilian Amazon. The stories of those struggling to make music against all the odds in the rainforest touched an audience worldwide, with extraordinary consequences.
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