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UCL-IA's Peter Low publishes book on Colombian Spanish

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'Colombian Spanish' by P Low

UCL-Institute of the Americas (UCL-IA) would like to warmly congratulate Peter Low on the release of his latest book 'Colombian Spanish'.

Junior Research Fellowships - UCL Institute of Advanced Studies

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The Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences, together with the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, has established a UCL Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences (UCLIAS). The UCLIAS contributes to all six of the principal themes of UCL Strategy 2034.

Success of international seminar on Chile and the Inter American Human Rights System

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UCL Institute of the Americas is pleased to report on the success of the first international seminar on Chile and the Inter-American Human Rights System, which took place on May 20 2015. The event was co-organised by UCL-IA's PhD student Juan Smart, in conjunction with fellows from other institutions. Read Juan's full report here. Congratulations to Juan and the organising committee. 

What's new at UCL-IA?

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A short update on what's going on at UCL-Institute at the Americas at the moment:

Dr Néstor Castañeda appointed to new UCL-IA Latin American Political Economy lectureship

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UCL Institute of the Americas (UCL-IA) is pleased to announce that Dr Néstor Castañeda will be joining us in September as the newly appointed Lecturer in Latin American Political Economy. He is currently a Lecturer of Governance and Policy at the University of Southampton. He gained his PhD in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh and an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas.

New modules on offer for Master's degrees for 2015/16

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We are pleased to announce our new modules for 2015-16 academic year. Please refer to this webpage: to find out more.

Virtual Open Day for Master's Degrees at UCL- Institute of the Americas on May 28 2015, 1-3 pm

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University College London (UCL), London's Global University and the UCL Institute of the Americas are pleased to invite you to a Virtual Open Day to provide information about the Master's programmes offered by the Institute of the Americas.

Success of 'Freedom of Mexico...Carmen Aristegui' discussion at UCL-IA

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Freedom of expression, power and the media in Mexico

On April 21, UCL Institute of the Americas hosted, to a full house, a seminar and discussion on the topics of freedom of expression, power and the media in Mexico. Papers were presented by Ella McPherson (Cambridge) and Jose Antonio Brambila (Sheffield). The presentations and the ensuing discussion focused on the recent dismissal of famous journalist and analyst Carmen Aristegui on grounds of loss of confidence, but perceived to be a result of pressure from the Mexican government after Aristegui's team of journalists uncovered the Mexican first lady's acquisition, under unclear circumstances, of a multi-million mansion. News of this UCL-IA event reached the journalist's popular internet news channel(Spanish). A podcast of the presentations (English) is available here.

US Studies research funding success

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UCL Institute of the Americas is delighted to announce the series of successful funding bids recently awarded to some of our US Studies PhD students, current and prospective. On this occasion we'd like to congratulate:

UCL-IA Associate Fellow Elizabeth Dore radio interviews on Cuba

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Amidst expectations of an apparent relaxation in Cuba - USA relations, we bring you these timely radio interviews that Prof Elizabeth Dore gave recently to Radio Free Brighton and Share Radio, upon her return from her latest visit to Cuba:

Funding Opportunity: European Commission Individual Fellowships

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The goal of Individual Fellowships is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition at multi- or interdisciplinary level through advanced training, international and inter-sectoral mobility.

Individual Fellowships provide opportunities to acquire and transfer new knowledge and to work on research in a European context (EU Member States and Associated Countries) or outside Europe. The scheme particularly supports the return and reintegration of researchers from outside Europe who have previously worked here. It also develops or helps to restart the careers of individual researchers that show great potential, considering their experience. Applicants should contact the potential supervisor as soon as possible and no later than 1 August 2015.

UCL-IA Juan Grigera on radio program on Brazilian slavery

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Listen to UCL-IA British Academy Fellow, Dr Juan Grigera, participates in Rita Lobo's radio program 'The History of Booms, Busts and Bubbles' on Share Radio (December 2014) along with scholars Vinicius Carvalho and Roberta Mallows (King's College London) on this tragic chapter of Brazilian history.

UCL-IA Visiting Fellow Juan-Pablo Scarfi interviewed by Argentine newspaper 'Clarin'

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Dr Scarfi was interviewed on the current significant challenges faced by the idea of human rights - (document in Spanish):

Funding opportunities for Master's degrees at UCL-Institute of the Americas

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UCL Institute of the Americas is delighted to announce these new funding opportunities for those planning to apply for a place at one of our MA and MSc degrees: the Santander Universities Scholarship Awards and the Postgraduate Support Scheme (PSS).

UCL-IA PhD student Lupita Valdez panellist at Parliament discussion on human rights in Mexico

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Lupita Valdez participated as panel member at the event organized and chaired by Jeremy Corbin MP at the Houses of Parliament on February 24. The event's purpose was to highlight the Human Rights crisis in Mexico. Other members of the panel were Cathy Jamieson MP, Professor Elvira Dominguez (from the team who was part of a Mision de Observacion Civil in Mexico last November), and Rupert Knox, former researcher for Amnesty International, amongst others. Contributions focused on enforced disappearances, torture, extrajudicial killings, violence to journalists and activists and the large omission of human rights in the agenda of the UK-MX2015 dual year. The parliamentarians present urged the public to lobby their MPs to join the cause of the new NGO launched at the meeting: JusticeMexicoNow, of which Lupita is founding member. You can follow JusticeMexicoNow at

BAAS Peter Parish Prize 2015 awarded to UCL-IA's James Hillyer

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UCL Institute of the Americas (UCL-IA) is delighted to congratulate PhD student, James Hillyer on his award of the Peter Parish Prize 2015. This prize to the value of £750 is awarded by the British Association for American Studies (BAAS) or the best research trip proposal in the field of American history. James has been invited to accept his award at the BAAS Annual Awards Dinner at Northumbria University in April. James will use the award to part fund his research trip to the US in May/June for his PhD Promoting Keynesian Liberalism: Walter W. Heller and U.S. Economic Policy, 1940 – 1987. Additionally, James also has had a book review published on US Studies Online: Rethinking the 1950s: How Anticommunism and the Cold War Made America Liberal by Jennifer A. Delton, which can be viewed here. Congratulations!

Dr Nick Witham appointed to new UCL-IA US Political History lectureship

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UCL Institute of the Americas (UCL-IA) is pleased to announce that Dr Nick Witham will be joining us in September as the newly appointed Lecturer in US Political History. Nick is a historian of twentieth-century US politics and society, specialising in the study of popular protest and dissent since the 1960s.

UCL-IA PhD student appointed EHS ambassador at UCL

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UCL-IA is pleased to announce that PhD student James Hillyer has just been appointed the Economic History Society’s Student Ambassador at UCL. The Economic History Society (EHS) exists to support research and teaching in economic and social history, broadly defined, and is one of the premier communities of scholars in these and related fields. James’s role as EHS Student Ambassador is to help facilitate communication between the Economic History Society and UCL students who have an interest in the field, and to help connect them to funds and opportunities that the Society makes available to students. Congratulations!

Santander Universities Scholarship Awards Announced

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UCL - Institute of the Americas (UCL-IA) is delighted to announce the Santander Universities Award of three £5,000 scholarships for our MA and MSc Programmes. This award is for International Students applying from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Uruguay for entry in September 2015. To be considered for this award you must have applied for the relevant programme by 1st May 2015. Further details can be found on

Recent UCL-IA Graduate Dr Verena Brähler gives interview on extortion in Guatemala

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Dr Verana Brähler, who this year was awarded her PhD by the Institute of the Americas on 'Inequality of Security: Exploring Violent Pluralism and Territory in Six Neighbourhoods in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil' gave an interview to HispanTV on extortion in  Guatemala. The interview can be found here.

Success of latest Graduate Open Day

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Graduate Open Day - November 19 - opening the stall

The UCL Joint Faculty (Arts&Humanities and Social&Historical Sciences) Graduate Open Day took place in Senate House on November 19 2014. It attracted hundreds of prospective students and visitors, and we are pleased to report that the stall of UCL-Institute of the Americas was one of the busiest during the event.

UCL-IA's Visiting Fellow Manuel Olle Sese, guest speaker at international human rights seminar in Quito

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Manuel Olle-Sese at International Seminar on Justice and Reparations, Quito, December 2014

Professor Olle was one of the distinguished guest speakers at the international seminar Verdad, justicia y reparacion organized by the government of Ecuador and FLACSO, in Quito, December 8-10, together with, amongst others, Judge Baltasar Garzon (Spain) and Dr Jorge Auat (Argentina). More information also here.

London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP) AHRC doctoral training programme - applications for 2015/16 open on 1st December 2014

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This scheme is open to UK and EU applicants who meet the eligibility criteria. Applications close on 30th January 2015. Additionally, you must have submitted an admissions application to UCL by 16th January. Full details can be found here:

Call for papers: 1st Postgraduate Americas Conference: Power and Change in the Americas in the Modern Era

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The UCL Americas Research Network invites doctoral students and early career researchers of the Americas (Central, South, and North America, as well as the Caribbean) from across the humanities and the social sciences to submit their proposals on the theme Power and Change in the Americas in the Modern Era, which will take place at University College London from April 30 - May 1, 2015.

UCL-IA launches Inter-American Human Rights Network website

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The Inter-American Human Rights Network (IAHRN), an international research project funded by the Leverhulme Trust, today launches its website: on the development and impact of the regional human rights system of the Americas.

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