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Professor Maxine Molyneux to serve on DFID Advisory Panel

Maxine Molyneux, Professor of Sociology at UCL Americas, has been appointed to serve on the advisory panel of a large scale research project on Social Accountability in Social Protection at the Department for International Development (DFID). The research will be conducted in 5 countries and is to be carried out by Development Pathways. 
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Published: Dec 8, 2016 4:08:25 PM

Call for papers: 'Borders vs Bridges' - extended to January 13 2017

Following the success of our 1st and 2nd International Conferences, the
UCL Americas Research Network invites postgraduate students and early
career researchers working on any aspect of the Americas to participate in
our 3rd International Conference: ‘Nationalism and Transnationalism in the
Americas.’ Please consult the call in full here, and send your abstracts (between 250-300 words) together with a short biography to ia.americasresnet@ucl.ac.uk by 5pm on Friday 13th January 2017. More...

Published: Dec 7, 2016 11:11:18 AM

UCL Americas Alumna Curates Mexico's Dia de los Muertos Exhibition at London Gallery

Giovanna Violi (MA Caribbean and Latin American Studies, 2013-15) is the curator of Colourful Greys: Liminal Spaces Between Life and Death, Appreciation and Appropriation at the Square Gallery in London. Far from claiming a complete rendering of all Dia de los Muertos aspects and nuances, this exhibition is aimed at giving the viewer a snippet of what this astonishing celebration is like as observed, experienced and thought of by several artists, both insiders and outsiders of Mexican culture. A dialogue is thus created between the various points of view, allowing the viewer to appreciate the liminal space that can be found between the realities of life and death, opposite, yet so close to each other as celebrated in Dia de los Muertos, as well as the problematic phenomenon of cultural appropriation, often defended through claims of appreciation, that sometimes affect the festivities. This exhibition runs between December 9 and 11, and is presented by CuratorLove and Osterly.
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Published: Dec 5, 2016 3:41:06 PM

UCL Americas Team Produces Report on Colombian Peace Process for PBI

UCL Americas PhD candidates Jaskiran Chohan and Ivan Lobo produced a report for Peace Brigades International UK (PBI UK), on the occasion of two separate visits of two distinguished Colombians to the UK: President Santos and renowned Colombian human rights lawyer Reinaldo Villalba from the organisation José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers' Collective (CCAJAR). UCL Americas had the honour of meeting the latter during his stay in London. To read the report please follow this link to the PBI UK's website here. More...

Published: Dec 2, 2016 12:36:12 PM

Iwan Morgan's Reagan Book Named One of Best Politics Books of 2016 by The Times

Professor Iwan Morgan's book 'Reagan: American Icon' has been named one of the best politics books in 2016 by The Times. Read the article here - registration is required. More...

Published: Nov 28, 2016 5:20:03 PM

Success of student-led interdisciplinary event on political violence in Latin America

Congratulations to the UCL Colombian Society, which on November 21 hosted and succesfully delivered the interdisciplinary, multi-collaboration event 'An Insider's View on Non-State Armed Actors: Political Violence, Crime and State Formation in Latin America'. Please read the executive report in full here. More...

Published: Nov 25, 2016 2:43:20 PM

Doctoral Funding Schemes Available at UCL Americas

The UCL Institute of the Americas is delighted to announce a range of studentships for autumn 2017 entry. Please follow this link for information.
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Published: Nov 22, 2016 1:10:39 PM

Global Drug Policy, Human Rights and Public Security: Perspectives from Latin America - Report

This report is based on the discussions of a workshop convened by the Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS), UCL Institute of the Americas, and UCL's Global Governance Institute in June 2016 to assess the outcomes of the United Nations Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS). The event, which brought together representatives from academia, civil society, and government, was held under Chatham House Rule. Please follow this link for the full document.
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Published: Nov 18, 2016 2:27:27 PM

UCL Americas Hosts Renowned Human Rights Lawyer

UCL Americas was delighted to host Reinaldo Villalba from the renowned Colombian human rights organisation José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers' Collective (CCAJAR) and Susi Bascon from Peace Brigades International (PBI) UK on Thursday 3 November. Together with UCL Americas PhD students Jaskiran Chohan, Ivan Lobo, and Sebastian Smart, Dr Par Engstrom expressed his gratitude to Reinaldo for the invaluable opportunity to discuss with him the current state of the peace talks and the important work of CCAJAR in Colombia. More...

Published: Nov 8, 2016 6:06:17 PM

UCL Americas Dissertation Prize Winners Announced

The UCL Institute of the Americas is very pleased to announce that the following prizes have been awarded to recently completed MA and MSc students. They recognise exceptional performance in the dissertation that acts as the capstone to all of the Institute’s degree programmes. More...

Published: Oct 26, 2016 6:35:10 PM

International Journal of the Commons Publishes UCL Americas PhD Candidate Ivan Lobo's Article on the Colombian Pacific Region

Building upon case-based evidence this paper explores the role of leaders in Ecomanglar, a community-based enterprise in the Black collective territory of La Plata-Bahía Málaga in the Colombian Pacific Basin, whose purpose is to provide eco and ethno-tourism services. The paper proposes an analytical framework to understand the role of these leaders based on the interaction of two dimensions: institutional transfer channels and operational capacity. It also analyses leaders as essential ‘brokers’ to initialise and sustain collective action. The findings challenge approaches which view collective action as an emergent decentralised group-oriented outcome. Read the article here.
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Published: Oct 19, 2016 11:36:04 AM