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Voices of War: UCL in WWI

Start: May 6, 2014 9:00:00 AM
End: Apr 5, 2015 6:00:00 PM

Voices of War: UCL in WWI
The Institute of Archaeology’s new student exhibition, Voices of War: UCL in WWI, opens to the public from 6 May 2014.

Institute of Archaeology Tours

Start: Jul 11, 2014 12:00:00 PM
End: Sep 5, 2014 3:00:00 PM

UCL Institute of Archaeology
Tours of the Institute of Archaeology and its facilities and collections will be held on selected dates through July-September.

Percussive Technology in Human Evolution

Start: Sep 18, 2014 8:00:00 AM
End: Sep 19, 2014 6:30:00 PM

Percussive Technology in Human Evolution
An international conference on Percussive Technology in Human Evolution will take place at the Institute of Archaeology on 18 & 19 September.

Company of images: modelling the ancient Egyptian imaginary world of the Middle Bronze Age (2000-1500 BC)

Start: Sep 18, 2014 12:30:00 PM
End: Sep 20, 2014 1:30:00 PM

Company of images: modelling the ancient Egyptian imaginary world of the Middle Bronze Age (Image courtesy of Gianluca Miniaci)
An international conference exploring the fertile imaginary world of Middle Bronze Age Egypt through its material culture and archaeological sources will be held at UCL from 18-20 September.

Maya on the Thames

Start: Sep 19, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Sep 21, 2014 5:00:00 PM

Maya on the Thames (Maya Myths and Glyphs Workshop 2014)
The 3rd Annual Workshop on Maya Myths and Glyphs, organised in association with the UCL Public Engagement Unit, will be held at the Institute from 19-21 September.

Seminar: Interrogating Race and Achievement: Racialised Facilitative Capital and the Underachievement of Afro-Trinidadian Boys

Start: Oct 1, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Oct 1, 2014 7:30:00 PM

Ravi Rampersad - In Trinidad, dominant discourses on race and education often simplistically labels Afro-Trinidadian boys as the lowest academic achievers.  This underachievement is viewed as pathological and linked to deficient cultural values and single female-headed homes. To interrogate this dynamic, this paper employs a theoretical model that takes into account the nuances of the intersecting trajectories of race, social class and gender in Trinidad. It explores the nature and operation of 'racialised facilitative capital' (RFT) in two Trinidadian state primary schools; one highly acclaimed as a centre of excellence and the other stereotyped as a typical failing urban school. The research emphasises the role of RFC where the 'right' capital can be the difference between social advancement and social stagnation.  It also points to the salience of RFC as a model in examining intersecting issues of race, social class and gender in postcolonial societies such as Trinidad.

HMS Conference: Metallurgy in Warfare - A spur to Innovation and Development

Start: Oct 3, 2014 12:00:00 AM
End: Oct 5, 2014 12:00:00 AM

HMS Logo
This HMS conference is aimed at military approaches to metal production and use throughout the ages. Time to coincide with the commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War, the symposium hopes to highlight innovations in metallurgy brought about by the necessities of war as well as developments in military doctrine as a consequence of metallurgical developments.

Seminar: Evo's Bolivia: Continuity and Change

Start: Oct 23, 2014 6:00:00 PM
End: Oct 23, 2014 8:00:00 PM

Linda Farthing - When Evo Morales came to power in 2006, expectations were high that Bolivia's first indigenous president would transform the country. Based on a forthcoming book written with Ben Kohl, Farthing’s talk will examine how well Morales and his movement towards Socialism has done in achieving goals of greater equality and inclusion in South America's poorest country.

Expanding Boundaries: Science and Theory in Prehistoric Studies

Start: Oct 24, 2014 12:00:00 AM
End: Oct 25, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Expanding Boundaries: Science and Theory in Prehistoric Studies
A conference entitled 'Expanding Boundaries: Science and Theory in Prehistoric Studies' will be held at UCL's Petrie Museum and the Institute of Archaeology on 24 & 25 October.

Seminar: Race, Religion and Culture in Brazilian Social Thought: Some Highlights

Start: Oct 30, 2014 6:00:00 PM
End: Oct 30, 2014 8:00:00 PM

Roberto Motta (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil) - Brazilian social thought (Pensamento Social Brasileiro, as the discipline is known in Brazil), has dealt, for the last 14 decades, with the study of Brazil’s historical and cultural specificity. In other words, why has Brazil not developed along lines similar to those which prevailed in Western Europe and North America?  Why are we not the United States? Racial explanations have been proposed at least since the end of the nineteenth century. Religious explanations had also been offered even earlier in the same century, in terms at times strikingly similar to some of Max Weber’s explanations in his thesis on the Protestant Ethic.  Such explanations are still very much present in recent and current Brazilian thought, albeit mainly in secularized versions. In contradistinction to the Westernizing paradigm, there is in Brazil the “Tropicalista” interpretation which simply denies the absolute validity of Western models of development. This tendency was has been very much represented by a single, towering writer, Gilberto Freyre.  Nearly 30 years after his death his intellectual spectre is still haunting Brazilian social science, a good deal of which represents an effort to refute Freyre’s pervasive interpretations. The issue impinges not only on models of economic development, but also on questions related to race, discrimination and inequality. This is well reflected by the recent introduction in Brazil of policies of “affirmative action” and of quota systems in the country’s public schools and public service.

Institute of Archaeology Graduate Open Evening

Start: Nov 19, 2014 5:00:00 PM
End: Nov 19, 2014 7:00:00 PM

Institute of Archaeology Graduate Open Evening
The Institute will hold its next Graduate Open Evening on 19 November for those interested in masters courses or research degrees, as well as for those students already accepted onto a programme.

Seminar: Total War: Mexico and Europe 1914

Start: Nov 19, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Nov 19, 2014 7:30:00 PM

Alan Knight (Oxford) - This paper, originally given as the Luis González lecture at the Colegio de México in early 2014, compares the (neglected) military dimension of the Mexican Revolution to the First World War in Europe, using the concept of 'total war' as the bridge; it defines 'total war' (in two distinct senses) and argues that, notwithstanding the dismissive comments of some historians of Mexico - for whom the armed revolution was a chaotic fiesta de balas, a 'carnival of bullets' - the revolution involved very costly mass conventional warfare. The argument, involving both demographic and military analysis, concludes that, in Mexico as in Europe, total war profoundly affected society, leaving a legacy of violence, veteran activism, and an incipient 'social pact' that underpinned the social reform and state-building of the 1920s and '30s.

Lecture: Michelle Bachelet’s presidencies: gender, politics and institutional change in Chile

Start: Dec 10, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Dec 10, 2014 7:30:00 PM

Georgina Waylen (Manchester) - Michelle Bachelet, Chile’s first female president, was elected in 2006 with an explicit gender agenda, promising to appoint new faces (including women) and implement some positive gender change. After a period heading UN Women, she was subsequently reelected for a second term in 2013 with a decisive majority.