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UCL Press announces new open access Modern Americas series

UCL Press publishes a variety of series to meet the needs of today's academics. Its open access  Modern Americas series publishes books on the culture, politics, and history of the Americas from the nineteenth century to the present day. The series aims to foster national, international, trans-national, and comparative approaches to topics in the region, including those that bridge geographical and/or disciplinary divides, such as between the disparate parts of the hemisphere covered by the series (the US, Latin America, Canada, and the Caribbean) or between the humanities and social/natural sciences. 

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British Academy Visiting Fellowships - call open

UCL Institute of the Americas is pleased to announce the opening of the call for this scheme. The British Academy is providing academics based in any country overseas (and active at any career stage and in any discipline within the humanities and the social sciences) with the opportunity to be based at a UK higher education or other research institution of their choice for up to six months. Visiting Fellows will work with colleagues at UK host institutions in order to develop new research collaborations and/or deepen existing partnerships.  These Visiting Fellowships are supported by the Rutherford Fund, which aims to help maintain the UK’s position as a world leader in science and research by attracting highly skilled researchers to the UK. Launched in July 2017, the Fund includes more than £100 million over the next four years to support the provision of fellowships for international research talent. Read more here.

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UCL Americas Allende Dissertation Prize Winner Announced

One of the highly competitive dissertation prizes awarded by UCL Institute of the Americas every year is the Allende Prize, awarded to mark an outstanding piece of original research in Latin American themes. This year, we are pleased to announce the winner is Virut Helminrat (MA Latin American Studies, 2016-17) for: Commodity Trade with China and Latin American Industrialisation during the 2000s’ Commodity Boom.

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Winner of UCL Americas Roosevelt Dissertation Prize Announced

UCL Institute of the Americas is pleased to announce the winner of the institute's Roosevelt Prize for the best dissertation on a US theme for the academic year 2016-17, Kimberly G. Schreiber. Her dissertation title is: Searching for the Sunbelt: The Role of the American South in the Environmental Protection Agency's Project DOCUMERICA, 1971-1977

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Lecturer in Latin American Studies at UCL Institute of the Americas

UCL Institute of the Americas is pleased to announce that we are seeking to appoint an exceptional scholar to take up the position of Lecturer in Latin American Studies from September 2018. UCL-IA is a leading multidisciplinary specialist institution for the study of Latin America, the United States, the Caribbean and Canada. The post is available as a full-time, open-ended contract. The postholder will play an integral role in the administration and teaching of the new BA in History and Politics of the Americas, as well our suite of Master’s programmes. We particularly welcome applicants with a research background in social science, including International Development Studies. A research interest in development issues as they pertain to Latin America would be welcome. A research agenda that includes Brazil would fill a gap in our current provision. We also welcome applicants with expertise in quantitative methods.

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Research Images as Art / Art Images as Research | A Cross-Disciplinary Competition & Exhibition 2017-2018

The UCL Doctoral School is pleased to announce the annual Research Images as Art / Art Images as Research Competition & Exhibition, open to all current* UCL graduate students and academic staff, either science or arts based. Entrants are invited to submit images associated with their research which have aesthetic appeal. All entries will feature in the online gallery on the Doctoral School website.
View winners of last year's competition and a gallery of all entries

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Research Funding at UCL Americas: AHRC, ESRC, and more

UCL Institute of the Americas is pleased to announce the calls for applications for various prestigious research funding schemes: AHRC LAHP, ESRC UBEL, UCL GRS and UCL ORS. Some schemes are now open, others have announced precise opening and deadline dates, and some will be announced shortly. In general, potential candidates are advised to make contact with UCL Americas now for informal discussions and consultations. Please find more detailed information here.

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Call for Papers: Intersections in the Americas

The CfP for the next UCL Americas Research Network annual conference is now open. The Americas Research Network (ResNet) welcomes proposals on any aspect related to the theme of Intersections in the Americas, covering a range of periods and regions in the hemisphere. Papers of an interdisciplinary nature are particularly welcome and we invite current postgraduate students and early career researchers alike to apply. The deadline for submission of papers is 4pm Monday 4th December 2017.

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Successful roundtable with Mexican human rights defenders

UCL Institute of the Americas was honoured to host an exceedingly well attended roundtable with two human rights defenders from the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, Ms Rosalinda Dionicio and Mr Marcos Leyva. This event, co-organised with Peace Brigades International UK (PBI UK), took place on October 18 2017 and was convened by Dr Per Engstrom, Senior Lecturer in Human Rights and chaired by PhD researcher Maria de Vecchi, both from UCL Americas. More details here.

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Roundtable to mark anniversary of Che's death

UCL Americas was honored to organise and host a roundtable to mark the 50th anniversary of Ernesto 'Che' Guevara's execution in Bolivia. Eminent scholars and eye witnesses to the event got together to offer their views and insights on different aspects of Che's complex personality, as a man, policy-maker and legend. This event, which took place on October 9th, was convened by Dr. Emily Morris, UCL Institute of the Americas Honorary Research Fellow and chaired by Dr. Paulo Drinot, Senior Lecturer in Latin American History, UCL Institute of the Americas and editor ofChe's Travels: The Making of a Revolutionary in 1950s Latin America. A podcast of the presentations and discussions is available here.

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Chilean University Delegation Visits UCL Americas

Professor Ana María Yévenes, Director of the Department of Family Studies of Finis Terrae University in Santiago, Chile, visited UCL Institute of the Americas with ten of her students to meet with Professor Maxine Molyneux. The purpose of the visit was to meet with scholars in the field and to make students aware of the opportunities in Europe for further study and research in  family and gender studies. To this end, UCL Institute of the Americas and Cambridge were the two UK universities that were selected to visit. Professor Molyneux was asked to talk about her current policy-related research on gender and the family and a lively seminar and exchange of information about ongoing research took place.

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British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships call for applications opens August 23 2017

UCL Institute of the Americas is pleased to announce the latest British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships call for applications, with a first stage deadline of Wednesday 18th October 2017. Initially, we ask that applicants interested in pursuing their research at UCL Institute of the Americas first contact Dr Paulo Drinot (paulo.drinot@ucl.ac.uk) to discuss research interests and approach a potential mentor at the Institute, after which the applicant should complete a draft application on Flexi-Grant, the British Academy’s online grant application system (available from 23rd August). The draft application should not be submitted on the online system but downloaded and sent along with one referee report to Institute Manager Abi Espie at ia-manager@ucl.ac.uk by our internal deadline of Friday 15th September. Further details of this scheme can be found via this link to the British Academy website.

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UCL Americas success at first undergraduate open day

We are pleased to report on the success UCL Americas met at its debut presentation to prospective undergraduate candidates over the latest UCL-wide open days held on June 30 and July 1. UCL Americas has just launched two undergraduate programmes, BA History and Politics of the Americas (UCAS code T7V1) and BA History and Politics of the Americas with Year Abroad (UCAS code T7V2), for first intake in September 2018. We would like to thank all those who attended our open presentations to full house capacity and came to visit us at the drop in sessions. Prospective candidates are invited to contact us for inquiries and to arrange individual visits to the institute.

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