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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 or with collaboration from UCL Americas.






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The Canadian Arctic in Print: Arm Chair Travels of a Map Curator

Dr. Philip Hatfield (British Library) - Searching for Arctic trade routes, the Northwest Passage and other supposed routes like it, has captured the imagination of Scottish, English and other European sailors since at least the sixteenth century. Explorers such as Sir Martin Frobisher, Sir John Ross, Sir James Clark Ross and Dr. John Rae have scouted routes, conducted experiments and encountered diverse peoples on their journeys. In turn their work has had a profound impact on the Arctic and shaped the world around us. The history of this exploration is recorded in striking manuscripts, maps, printed books and photographs that are held in collections across the United Kingdom and Lines in the Ice: Exploring the Roof of the World is an account of this history of exploration as told through these works. This talk, then, is both an Arctic history and a story of travelling through the writing of others, beautifully illustrated by those who travelled to and lived in the Arctic.  More...

Starts: Dec 12, 2016 6:00:00 PM

IHR Latin American History Seminar Series: Imperial rivalries, insurgents and spies: Britain and Spain during Latin American Independence

Gregorio Alonso (Leeds) - The aim of this paper is to unravel some of the less well-known dimensions of British and Spanish policies towards Latin America in the 1810s and 1820s. The central role played by Latin America in the complex diplomatic, economic and political relationships between both colonial powers will be explored by focusing on the activities and schemes devised by the agents and informants working for them.

Starts: Dec 13, 2016 5:30:00 PM

Outsiders and Separation of Powers in Latin America

Miguel Carreras (UC Riverside) - In the last 25 years, nine outsider candidates won presidential elections in Latin America. Outsiders are candidates with little political experience running for new parties. This reality presents a dual puzzle, which is the focus of this talk.

Starts: Dec 13, 2016 6:00:00 PM

Explaining the Role of Violence in the Brazilian State

Anthony Pereira (KCL) - The Brazilian state in the 21st century is at the same time a coercive state, employing a large degree of lethal violence against its own citizens; a national developmental state, coordinating the commanding heights of the economy in the service of domestic industry and export promotion; a constitutional state, with a formal commitment to equality of citizenship and the rule of law; and a social democratic state that guarantees a minimum income to the most disadvantaged in society. What explains this peculiar combination of characteristics, and in particular, the persistence of relatively high levels of state violence despite rising state capacity in the developmental, constitutional, and social spheres? This paper reviews the literature on state formation in search of clues to this puzzle, and then suggests, from a comparative perspective, some answers to the question.

Starts: Jan 11, 2017 5:30:00 PM

Whiteness and Weddings in the 'Post'-Colonial, Neo-liberal Economies of the Caribbean

Karen Wilkes (Birmingham City University) - In the contemporary neoliberal context, where the princess bride is a privileged consumer citizen, the destination white wedding is a niche product for the tourist industry, and the Caribbean is a particularly popular destination, fulfilling 'Western ideas of [paradise and] a romantic other' (C. M. Hall and Tucker 2004: 10). Operating in the global market place, companies such as Sandals actively sell the Caribbean as a paradise destination and attainable luxury, through interactive web sites and high-quality glossy brochures.

Starts: Jan 18, 2017 5:30:00 PM

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