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Silver and Other Economies in the Viking World

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Viking silver arm ring

A two-day conference on Silver and Other Economies in the Viking World, organised by Jane Kershaw, will be held at the Institute in April.

Video: Zaid Al-Ali - Constitutional Reform in the Age of Arab Revolutions: Overcoming the Legacy of Totalitarianism

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The dictators who ruled over the Arab region for decades constructed complex systems of repression but also inculcated specific cultural values in the general population. Local populations were encouraged to adopt various opinions about their character and their society, all of which were ultimately designed to encourage them to willingly surrender their rights and system of government in favor of a single individual who would remain unaccountable for his actions. Although many of the dictators have now been consigned to history, the decades of propaganda that they orchestrated have had a marked impact on society, to the extent that even debates surrounding constitutional reform have been impacted. Each of the countries that has embarked on a reform process since 2011 has had to deal with this legacy, some successfully, others less so. This presentation will explore how the legacy of totalitarianism impacts constitutional reform in each of the countries that has been engaging in constitutional reform since 2011.

Kate Quinn's new book is out: Black Power in the Caribbean

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Black Power in the Caribbean

UCL-Institute of the Americas is pleased to announce the publication, to great acclaim, of the latest book edited by Kate Quinn, 'Black Power in the Caribbean' (Gainesville, 2014).

Institute researchers assess storm damage at Neanderthal site

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La Cotte de St Brelade, Jersey

Institute researchers are part of a collaborative team commissioned to assess the effects of recent storms on the Neanderthal site of La Cotte de St Brelade, Jersey.

CCHH MA student achievement

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Sichuan CURA

Congratulations to CCHH MA student Flavia Cruciani on securing a two-month volunteer placement with Chinese environmental NGO CURA (Chengdu Urban Rivers Association 成都城市河流研究会).

Job Vacancy: Lecturer in Geoarchaeology

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Wheat spikelet phytolith from the Late Natufian site of Raqefet Cave, Israel (Image courtesy of Arlene Rosen)

The Institute of Archaeology currently has a vacancy for a Lecturer in Geoarchaeology (Ref.:1404912). The deadline for applications is 27 March 2014.

Videos of SPP Policy and Practice Seminar Series

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Jonathan Powell - 'Talking to Terrorists - How to end armed conflicts'

Jonathan Powell talked about his new book, 'Talking to Terrorists How to end armed conflicts', to be published next year. The thesis of the book is that governments say they will never negotiate with terrorists but nearly always end up doing so and when they eventually come to do so they have usually forgotten the lessons learned from their last encounter and have to start from scratch. The book looks at the moral and practical question of whether it is right to talk to terrorists and then looks at past successes in South Africa, El Salvador, Colombia, Mozambique, Northern Ireland and Spain as well as those cases where talks have failed, like Sri Lanka. The book also looks at historical experiences with Lloyd George and the IRA in 1919 to 1921 and the French in Algeria. It concludes that it is always right to talk to terrorists but it may not always be the right moment to enter into negotiations. Powell argues that no group should be beyond the pale, and that we should be ready to talks to Hamas, the Taliban and even Al Qaeda.

Graduate Bursary Support Scheme

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Graduate Support Scheme

UCL-Institute of the Americas is pleased to announce its participation in the UCL Graduate Bursary Support Scheme 2014 (also known as Graduate Support Scheme or Graduate Support Bursary). The scheme continues UCL’s tradition of making high quality education accessible. UCL was founded in 1826 to open up education in England for the first time to students of any background. It was also the first university to welcome female students on equal terms with men.

Jeremy Tanner interviewed on BBC Radio London

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Jeremy Tanner

Jeremy Tanner was interviewed on BBC Radio London 94.9 recently about comments made in the media regarding the Elgin marbles.

Institute of Archaeology Conference Competition 2013/14

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Institute of Archaeology building, 2010

The Institute's annual call for applications to its conference competition is now open with a deadline for submissions of 28 March 2014.

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