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Here below you will find a selection of videos, podcasts and blogs of some of the events recently organized or hosted by UCL-Institute of the Americas (UCL-IA).






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Here below is a sample of our extensive calendar of events on Latin American, the United States, Canada and the Caribbean, usually held at our Institute in Central London

Seminar: Leadership in the Cuban Revolution - The Unseen Story

Antoni Kapcia (Nottingham) - Most conventional readings of the Cuban Revolution have seemed mesmerised by the personality and role of Fidel Castro, often missing a deeper political understanding of the Revolution’s underlying structures, bases of popular loyalty and ethos of participation. More...

Starts: May 13, 2015 5:30:00 PM

Film screening and discussion: 'The Return of the Land' (Dir. D. Alarcon; Brazil, 2015; subtitled in English)

Bringing together testimonies from the Tupinambá people, recorded in May 2014 in the Tupinambá de Olivença Indigenous Territory in southern Bahia (Brazil) and archival images, this documentary presents the struggle of the Tupinambá people to recover their land. They have been waiting for official territorial recognition since 2004. More...

Starts: May 15, 2015 5:30:00 PM

Seminar: Commonwealth States and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council: Cutting the Umbilical Cord

Harold Young (Georgia State University) - Why did so many states shedding British colonial rule nevertheless choose to retain the British Privy Council as the highest court of appeal? Drawing on examples from across 50 states of the Commonwealth, this paper explores what factors influenced the decision to retain the Privy Council at independence, and why some states subsequently opted to sever ties. Building on Dahl’s theory (1957) the paper asserts that states not only choose the final court of appeal that they most expect to be an ally but may move to change a court that undermines or seems likely to undermine policy preferences. Understanding this phenomena across the British Commonwealth may provide comparative insights into how this court is viewed by the governing coalition and what it can tell us about how states may view other extraterritorial courts such as the International Criminal Court, the International Court of Justice, the African Court of Justice and Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. More...

Starts: May 19, 2015 5:30:00 PM

Conference: Chile and the Inter-american Human Rights System

This one day conference seeks to cater to an international community of human rights practitioners and researchers of the Americas from across the humanities and the social sciences by focusing on an interdisciplinary and detailed examination the most recent cases decided by the Inter American Human Rights System against the Chilean state. More...

Starts: May 20, 2015 9:00:00 AM

The Globalisation and Latin American Development (GLAD) Lecture 2015: Latin America five years after the storm: economic and social challenges

Juan Carlos Moreno Brid (United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean - ECLAC/CEPAL) - Latin America's golden years of 2003-08, marked by high growth and major reductions in poverty were abruptly cut short in 2009 by the adverse effects brought about by the international financial crisis.  Today, five years after that storm, What are the region's economic and social perspectives  and the main challenges that it faces in its far from fulfilled quest for development? More...

Starts: May 21, 2015 5:00:00 PM

Cellos in the Amazon: How Music Changed Lives - A conversation with BBC producer Mark Rickards

BBC Senior Producer Mark Rickards explores how a radio programme he made changed the lives of young aspiring musicians in the Brazilian Amazon. The stories of those struggling to make music against all the odd in the rainforest touched an audience worldwide, with extraordinary consequences. More...

Starts: May 26, 2015 6:30:00 PM

Symposium: Recasting Postwar African Diasporic Struggles in the Americas and Europe

This symposium seeks to create links between historical, regional and current struggles as they concern African descended communities in the Americas and Europe. Offering multifaceted analyses, speakers will complicate notions of race, freedom, belonging, transnationalism, desire and identities assumed and presumed in revealing portraits of African diasporic experiences.

Starts: May 29, 2015 1:30:00 PM

Seminar: C.L.R. James's Intellectual Conquest of Imperial Britain

Christian Høgsbjerg - Together with other critical Pan-Africanist figures such as his fellow compatriot George Padmore, the Trinidadian Marxist C.L.R. James led from the front as an ideological agitator in the fight against British imperialist mythology and propaganda during the 1930s.

Starts: Jun 3, 2015 5:30:00 PM