Institute of the Americas



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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Funding Success for UCL Americas Alumna

The Institute of the Americas congratulates Phoebe Martin, a former student of the Institute, who has been awarded doctoral funding by the LAHP/AHRC consortium. Phoebe will work under the supervision of Dr Paulo Drinot, UCL Institute of the Americas, and Dr Jelke Boesten, KCL Department of International Development, on a project on feminist activism and cultural contestation in contemporary Peru.

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Dr Nick Witham wins the Society for US Intellectual History Dorothy Ross Prize

Dr Nick Witham, Lecturer in US Political History at the Institute of the Americas, has been awarded the Society for US Intellectual HIstory’s 2017 Dorothy Ross Prize.  The prize is awarded each year to the best article is US intellectual history written by an emerging scholar. Nick's article, “Popular History, Post-War Liberalism and the Role of the Public Intellectual in Richard Hofstadter’s The American Political Tradition (1948)”, was published in the Historical Journal in December 2016. 

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Successful book launch of 'Intermediation and Representation in Latin America: Actors and Roles beyond Elections'

UCL Americas was honored to host the launch of 'Intermediation and Representation in Latin America: Actors and Roles beyond Elections', one of the latest titles to appear in the Palgrave series Studies of the Americas. Two of the co-editors, Gisela Zaremberg (FLACSO Mexico), left, and Valeria Guarneros-Meza (De Montfort), right, discussed their work and engaged in a productive Q&A session with our guests.The session was chaired by Professor Maxine Molyneux, Professor of Sociology at UCL Americas and chief editor of the series.

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AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award Studentship at UCL Americas

We are pleased to announce the success of our bid to gain one of these competitive awards, led by Dr Kate Quinn (UCL Americas) and Dr Elizabeth Cooper (The British Library). The Institute of the Americas (University College London) and the British Library are now inviting applications for the fully-funded AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award PhD studentship: Future Pasts: British-Caribbean Popular Culture and the Politics of History, 1948-1998. The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm, Friday, 14 April 2017 and shortlisted candidates will be invited promptly for interviews held on 24 April 2017.

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Sir Keir Starmer MP delivers the UCL Americas Annual Eleanor Roosevelt Lecture

Sir Keir Starmer delivers the UCL Americas Annual Eleanor Roosevelt Lecture

credit photo: Vickie Flores - http://www.vickieflores.com

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UCL Americas announces successful bids for research funding

Maxine Molyneux and Par Engstrom have both been awarded funding for Global Exchange projects. Professor Molyneux’s funding is to establish a comparative oral history of Second Wave Feminism in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. Dr Engstrom’s is for the development of a collaborative project on drug policy and human rights in Latin America. We warmly congratulate them.

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Professor Maxine Molyneux to serve on DFID Advisory Panel

Maxine Molyneux, Professor of Sociology at UCL Americas, has been appointed to serve on the advisory panel of a large scale research project on Social Accountability in Social Protection at the Department for International Development (DFID). The research will be conducted in 5 countries and is to be carried out by Development Pathways.

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UCL Americas Team Produces Report on Colombian Peace Process for PBI

UCL Americas PhD candidates Jaskiran Chohan and Ivan Lobo produced a report for Peace Brigades International UK (PBI UK), on the occasion of two separate visits of two distinguished Colombians to the UK: President Santos and renowned Colombian human rights lawyer Reinaldo Villalba from the organisation José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers' Collective (CCAJAR). UCL Americas had the honour of meeting the latter during his stay in London. To read the report please follow this link to the PBI UK's website here.

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Global Drug Policy, Human Rights and Public Security: Perspectives from Latin America - Report

This report is based on the discussions of a workshop convened by the Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS), UCL Institute of the Americas, and UCL's Global Governance Institute in June 2016 to assess the outcomes of the United Nations Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS). The event, which brought together representatives from academia, civil society, and government, was held under Chatham House Rule. Please follow this link for the full document. 

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UCL Americas Hosts Renowned Human Rights Lawyer

UCL Americas was delighted to host Reinaldo Villalba from the renowned Colombian human rights organisation José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers' Collective (CCAJAR) and Susi Bascon from Peace Brigades International (PBI) UK on Thursday 3 November. Together with UCL Americas PhD students Jaskiran Chohan, Ivan Lobo, and Sebastian Smart, Dr Par Engstrom expressed his gratitude to Reinaldo for the invaluable opportunity to discuss with him the current state of the peace talks and the important work of CCAJAR in Colombia.

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International Journal of the Commons Publishes UCL Americas PhD Candidate Ivan Lobo's Article on the Colombian Pacific Region

Building upon case-based evidence this paper explores the role of leaders in Ecomanglar, a community-based enterprise in the Black collective territory of La Plata-Bahía Málaga in the Colombian Pacific Basin, whose purpose is to provide eco and ethno-tourism services. The paper proposes an analytical framework to understand the role of these leaders based on the interaction of two dimensions: institutional transfer channels and operational capacity. It also analyses leaders as essential ‘brokers’ to initialise and sustain collective action. The findings challenge approaches which view collective action as an emergent decentralised group-oriented outcome. Read the article here.

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