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Professor Robert Mason Associate Fellow at UCL Americas

UCL Americas is honored to inform that Professor Robert Mason (Edinburgh) has recently joined our distinguished Associate Fellowship. Professor Mason is Professor of Twentieth-Century US History at the University of Edinburgh. Between 2008 and 2010 he was chair of the Scottish Association for the Study of America, and between 2008 and 2011 a member of the British Association for American Studies executive committee.

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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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Cuba After Fidel Castro's Death: Talk at UCL Americas

On December 13, UCL Americas students and distinguished guests had the opportunity to listen to and discuss with two leading experts on Cuba, Professors Hal Klepak (UCL Americas Visiting Fellow), and Jean Stubbs (UCL Americas Associate Fellow) talking about their reflections and assessment on Cuba after the death of its former leader Fidel Castro (November 25, 2016). This event was convened by Dr Kate Quinn, Lecturer in Caribbean History at UCL Americas.

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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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Peace Brigades International (PBI) Publishes Article by UCL Americas MA Student

UCL Americas MA Latin American Studies Alexandra Nawrat has just had an article published by non-government organisation Peace Brigades International (UK). The published piece is on the topic of the fight for judicial independence in Honduras, following a visit to the Institute by Honduran judge Adan Guillermo López Lone in December last year. Please read the article in full here.

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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 Alumna Curates Mexico's Dia de los Muertos Exhibition at London Gallery

Giovanna Violi (MA Caribbean and Latin American Studies, 2013-15) is the curator of Colourful Greys: Liminal Spaces Between Life and Death, Appreciation and Appropriation at the Square Gallery in London. Far from claiming a complete rendering of all Dia de los Muertos aspects and nuances, this exhibition is aimed at giving the viewer a snippet of what this astonishing celebration is like as observed, experienced and thought of by several artists, both insiders and outsiders of Mexican culture. A dialogue is thus created between the various points of view, allowing the viewer to appreciate the liminal space that can be found between the realities of life and death, opposite, yet so close to each other as celebrated in Dia de los Muertos, as well as the problematic phenomenon of cultural appropriation, often defended through claims of appreciation, that sometimes affect the festivities. This exhibition runs between December 9 and 11, and is presented by CuratorLove and Osterly

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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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Doctoral Funding Schemes Available at UCL Americas

The UCL Institute of the Americas is delighted to announce a range of studentships for autumn 2017 entry. Please follow this link for information.
The UCL Institute of the Americas is the UK’s leading specialist institution for the study of Latin America, the United States, the Caribbean and Canada. With a particular focus on modern and contemporary history, politics and public policy, international relations, political economy, development and the environment, the Institute is unique in its multidisciplinary provision and hemispheric scope. The Institute has a strong doctoral and post-doctoral research community, and offers specialist supervision on a wide range of themes and on all four main regions of the Americas.

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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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UCL Americas Dissertation Prize Winners Announced

The UCL Institute of the Americas is very pleased to announce that the following prizes have been awarded to recently completed MA and MSc students. They recognise exceptional performance in the dissertation that acts as the capstone to all of the Institute’s degree programmes.

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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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