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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

IHR American History Seminar Series: The Ideological Origins of the 20th-Century American Peace Movement

Mark Palen (Exeter) - The Institute of Historical Research (IHR) and UCL-Institute of the Americas would like to invite you to this event, part of the IHR's American History Series. For further information, registration and queries, please contact the IHR directly. More...

Starts: Mar 5, 2015 5:30:00 PM

Panel discussion: Violence Against Women in Mexico and Central America

Laura Carlsen (CIP Americas Program), Marilyn Thomson (CAWN - Central America Women's Network) and Lorena Fuentes (Birkbeck College, University of London)

Starts: Mar 9, 2015 5:30:00 PM

Seminar: Canadian Constitution-making in the British World, 1864

Professor Phillip Buckner (University of New Brunswick) - Canadian historians have tended to view the Quebec Conference of 1864 from a nationalist perspective, focusing on how the various provincial delegations were able to reach the agreement embodied in the Quebec Resolutions. But the delegates who gathered together at Quebec City did not intend to create an independent nation-state. What they were creating was a larger British colony and although they assumed that Canada would become increasing autonomous over time, they were committed to Canada's continuing participation in a wider British World. It was this commitment which determined the basic framework of the agreement hammered out at the Quebec Conference. Certainly the desire to remain part of the British World was more strongly held by the Anglophone delegates but the Francophone delegates at Quebec shared the commitment to a form of government similar in principle to that of the United Kingdom and the vision of a Canada that would remain an integral part of a rapidly expanding British World. More...

Starts: Mar 9, 2015 6:00:00 PM

IHR Latin American History Seminar: Surveying Nature in Late-Colonial Central America

UCL Institute of the Americas and the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) co-convene this seminar with Sophie Brockmann (ILAS), part of the IHR's Latin American History Series - This paper explores the way in which information about nature was created in the Audiencia of Guatemala (c. 1780-1810). I will show how geographical and natural-historical knowledge was deeply shaped by traditional administrative practices, but that these practices were also interpreted in new ways in this period as administrators, priests and merchants mapped terrain, prospected for medicinal plants, and developed new infrastructure and agricultural initiatives. Information about landscapes and nature was drawn together for a variety of purposes that blended utility to the state and expressions of ‘Creole consciousness’ with economic and scholarly aims. These new practices ...


Starts: Mar 10, 2015 5:30:00 PM

Panel: Globalising Latin American History: A Discussion of Transnational Approaches to the History of the Region

Speakers: Tanya Harmer (Associate Professor of International History, LSE); Thomas Maier (PhD student, UCL Institute of the Americas); Juan Pablo Scarfi (Visiting Research Fellow, UCL Institute of the Americas) - In the last two decades there has been an influential global turn in historical studies. Departing from nation-centered approaches, historians have begun to devote greater attention to the history of globalisation and the movements of people, ideas and goods across national and regional boundaries as essential factors of historical change. The purpose of this panel is to discuss historiographical and methodological opportunities and challenges presented by the new field of global history, focusing on its implications for the study of Latin America in a global perspective. Speakers will consider the globalisation of Latin America's Cold War, the transnational history of social welfare in twentieth-century Latin America, and the rise of hemispheric and Latin American legal traditions of modern international law and human rights since the outbreak of the First World War.

Starts: Mar 11, 2015 5:30:00 PM

The 2015 Richard E Neustadt Lecture on the American Presidency: John Dumbrell on 'Jimmy Carter and the USSR'

John Dumbrell (Durham) - The détente of the 1970s came to an end during Jimmy Carter's presidency (1977-81) to be followed by a renewal of Cold War confrontation between the US and the Soviet Union. Drawing on newly released records, John Dumbrell explores how Carter's presidency sought to engage with the Soviet Union in pursuit of peace but ultimately decided that a reassertion of US military power was needed to curb the Kremlin's adventurism. In this regard Carter started the military build-up that Ronald Reagan would ultimately complete in order to compel the Soviets to recognize that they could not win a new arms race. The talk will also examine how Jimmy Carter's relationship with the Soviet leaders has parallels in today's Obama-Putin relationship and whether there are any lessons to be drawn from the past. More...

Starts: Mar 12, 2015 6:00:00 PM

Seminar: Latino Communities in Miami

Marie-Laure Mallet (Sorbonne Paris IV; Visiting Fellow UCL-IA) - The demographic diversification of the Latino population in Miami, both in terms of generational change and national origin, calls for an investigation into cultural and political divisions within the often-asserted but rarely investigated “Latino community”. How do Latino immigrants from various countries perceive each other and interact?  What drives these choices and what are the consequences for Latino life in Miami and beyond?

Starts: Mar 17, 2015 5:30:00 PM

Lecture: Inside the Nixon White House

The British Library Eccles Centre for American Studies and UCL Institute of the Americas are honored to host Deputy Assistant to President Richard Nixon, Alexander Butterfield, shares his memories of Nixon and the Watergate scandal. More...

Starts: Mar 17, 2015 6:30:00 PM