Institute of the Americas
Research projects and networks
British Academics for a Colombia under Peace (BACUP)
British Academics for a Colombia under Peace (BACUP) The BACUP network is open to all academics in the UK from any discipline who have an interest in Colombia. As a network of scholars, BACUP understands its role as building a group of critical friends to this peace process, contributing deeper understanding of the diverse historical roots of armed conflict and violence as well as looking forward to what a Colombia ‘under peace’ might look like. For further information please contact any BACUP member here.
British Network on Latin American Politics
The British Network on Latin American Politics promotes debates and exchanges on contemporary Latin American politics, public policy and international affairs. It also facilitates collaboration among university-based researchers at a number of universities, including King’s College London, London School of Economics and Political Science, University College London, University of Bradford, University of Oxford, University of Sheffield and others. The co-convenors of the Network are Kevin J. Middlebrook and Laurence Whitehead (Nuffield College, Oxford).
Postgraduate students located in discipline-based departments often find they are the sole scholar within their department working on the Caribbean. The Caribbean Postgraduate Network seeks to bring together students who share a common interest in the Caribbean to share their work with regional specialists in a friendly and informal setting. The network holds an annual workshop combining postgraduate papers with research training geared to the particularities of undertaking research on and in the Caribbean. The network is open to any postgraduate students from academic institutions around the world who are researching any aspect of the wider Caribbean and its diasporas.
Crises of Capitalism in the Americas Research Network
The Crises of Capitalism in the Americas Research Network (COCARN) was launched at an inaugural event held on 20 June 2011. By bringing together with extensive expertise in the history of the region, COCARN provides an institutional and intellectual framework, to enable the development of collaborative research and research facilitation initiatives that enhance our understanding of key crises in the history of capitalism in the Americas and their impact on the region’s economies and societies, open new avenues for inter and multidisciplinary research on the history of capitalism that frame the American experience in a broader global context, and help shape current debates on the causes, nature, and consequences of the current global crisis.
A five-year British Academy-funded network which supports seminars around the UK, as well as the development of web resources to promote academic expertise and library resources. The project will end in March 2012. Follow the link for more details.
This project is working to construct an annotated digital library on liberalism in the Americas, including the key texts that shaped liberal thought and praxis in the region since the late eighteenth century. We are also working to identify and include selected archival materials--political pamphlets, judicial records, and political ephemera--to facilitate explorations of liberalism’s broader social history.
The London Transitional Justice Network (LTJN) is an inter-university and interdisciplinary network of scholars, practitioners and policymakers from the wider London area (and beyond) who have research interests in the politics, policies and processes of transitional justice. For further information please contact the LTJN co-chair Dr Par Engstrom (email@example.com).
The purpose of this research project is to strengthen the capacity of NHRIs in Latin America -Defensorías del Pueblo, Procuradurías y Comisiones de los Derechos Humanos – to engage with the Universal Periodic Review at the UN Human Rights Council to promote State implementation of international torture prevention standards (CAT and OP-CAT). For further information please contact the project co-convenor Dr Par Engstrom (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Social Policy in Latin America
A network of academics from the Institute, the University of Oxford and the University of Costa Rica. The network has hosted conferences and produces publications, including a special issue of the Economy and Society journal on Latin American Capitalism: Economic and Social Policy in Transition, Volume 38, No 1, February 2009.
A network of representatives of university departments of Latin American studies in the UK which plays an advocacy role for the study of the region. Meetings are held twice a year. The link above is to the constitution of the Standing Conference.
A curious and dynamic group of research students striving to:
Build an awareness and active engagement for all research students across UCL that work on the Americas (North-, Central-, South America, the Caribbean).
UCL-IA and Eccles Centre US Studies network
UCL-IA has a longstanding collaboration with the British Library's Eccles Centre for North American Studies to co-organize an annual conference on a US Studies topic. This facilitates the research of UK Americanists and enables them to interact with US specialists in their field. Each annual conference has produced a volume coedited by Professor Morgan and Professor Philip Davies, director of the Eccles Centre.
US History network
UCL-IA is involved in a number of networks that promote research in US history. It engages with colleagues from other universities in London and the South East in the US History seminar hosted by the Institute of Historical Research but organized by a group of convenors, among them Professor Iwan Morgan. UCL-IA is also engaged with the Historians of the Twentieth Century United States (HOTCUS), whose executive committee Professor Morgan chaired from 2007 to 2013.
The mission of UCL-IA’s American Presidency Centre is to participate in the ongoing debate about the presidency and its role in both American and world politics. It will not only engage in research and teaching on the presidency but also promote and facilitate scholarly research through hosting seminars and conferences on issues pertaining to this crucial institution. And it will do so in a multi-disciplinary framework that recognizes the importance of political, historical and cultural study of the presidency. Finally, it will engage in public outreach activities to provide talks on the presidency to schools and non-academic groups.
The Westminster in the Caribbean network seeks to address the urgent need for an expanded and updated analysis of the experience of Westminster in the Caribbean. The network will consider how the political model inherited from Britain was adapted to the conditions of the Caribbean, its impact on Caribbean democracy and the challenges the model has faced over the period of independence. The network encourages dialogue across a number of borders – disciplinary, geographical and institutional – to bring new insights to critical debates about the evolution and perceived decline of democracy in the region as it prepares to mark 50 years of independence. The WIC network is funded by an AHRC International Research Networks Grant. To enquire about participating in the network please contact email@example.com.