Cuba: Redefining the Model

Start: Oct 3, 2016 5:30:00 PM
End: Oct 3, 2016 8:00:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Laurence Whitehead (Oxford), Bert Hoffmann (GIGA, Hamburg), Vegard Bye (Oslo) - Socialist Cuba is undergoing profound change. As the “historic generation” of the Revolution’s leaders is preparing its departure from center stage of politics, the island is in the midst of an ambivalent process of crisis and reform. Where is Cuba heading? What impact will the economic reforms have, and how far will they go? How much change is in store for US-Cuban relations after Obama’s historic visit this year? Cuban and international authors have addressed these and other questions in a recent issue of Third World Quarterly. The editors of this special section will present its key findings and discuss the perspectives of Cuba’s quest to re-define its political, social and economic model.

IHR Latin American History Seminar Series: Psychiatry in Context: the Problem of Degeneration in Brazil

Start: Oct 4, 2016 5:30:00 PM

Cristiana Fachinetti (Fiocruz) - This paper aims to analyse the circulation of the concept of degeneration in the first half of the twentieth century. More precisely, I'll discuss the appropriation of the concept by psychiatrists who were members of the Brazilian League of Mental Hygiene. For more information and registration details about this IHR event please follow this link.

Variedades de capitalismo y crisis en América Latina: ¿persisten aún las diferencias entre política laboral y poder sindical?

Start: Oct 5, 2016 5:30:00 PM
End: Oct 5, 2016 7:00:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas

UCL Meets the Americas 2016

Start: Oct 6, 2016 6:00:00 PM
End: Oct 6, 2016 8:00:00 PM

UCL Meets the Americas 2016
All postgraduate students are invited to attend the Americas Research Network's event, UCL Meets the Americas. This is an annual event which gives students an opportunity to meet others across UCL who are working on any aspect of the Americas. There will be an introduction to the research network, short presentations from societies and a drinks reception with an opportunity to network. In previous years this event has been well attended by students across UCL and beyond.

Drug violence and human rights in Mexico

Start: Oct 11, 2016 5:30:00 PM
End: Oct 11, 2016 7:00:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Mónica Serrano (El Colegio de Mexico) - This talk will examine the changing nature of drug-related violence in Mexico with a view to providing an analytical framework to account for the country´s human rights crisis. The presentation traces the main trends observed in drug-trafficking and drug-related violence against the backdrop of transition to democracy.

Book launch: Transformations of Freedom in the Land of the Maroons: Creolization in the Cockpits, Jamaica

Start: Oct 12, 2016 5:30:00 PM
End: Oct 12, 2016 7:00:00 PM

Book launch: Transformations of Freedom in the Land of the Maroons: Creolization in the Cockpits, Jamaica

Jean Besson (Goldsmiths) - Despite outstanding histories and ethnographies on maroons (escaped slaves and their descendants), there has been little attempt to compare the cultures of modern maroons with the cultures of the descendants of emancipated slaves who are the majority of African-Americans today. There is therefore a gap in the comparative exploration of creolization (‘indigenization’ in Europe’s ‘New World’) in maroon and non-maroon derivations of African-American slave cultures.

Canada and Australia: The Search for a New National Identity, 1890s-1970s

Start: Oct 17, 2016 6:00:00 PM
End: Oct 17, 2016 8:00:00 PM

The Search for a New National Identity
Jatinder Mann (King's College London) - The UCL-IA Canadian Studies events programme for the autumn term begins with the UK launch of Jatinder Mann’s book, The Search for a New National Identity: The Rise of Multiculturalism in Canada and Australia, 1890s-1970s. This work explores the profound social, cultural, and political changes that affected the way in which Canadians and Australians defined themselves as a ‘people’ from the late nineteenth century to the 1970s.Taking as its central theme the way each country responded to the introduction of new migrants, the book asks a key historical question: why and how did multiculturalism replace Britishness as the defining idea of community for English-speaking Canada and Australia, and what does this say about their respective experiences of nationalism in the twentieth century?

IHR Latin American History Seminar Series: Actors, Strategies and Vaccines: Smallpox Campaigns in Mexico (1920-1952)

Start: Oct 18, 2016 5:30:00 PM

Claudia Agostoni (UNAM) - The diffusion of the smallpox vaccine during the course of the nineteenth century, the practice of vaccination throughout the nineteenth century and most of the twentieth century, and the 1980 declaration of smallpox eradication by the World Health Organization, have outstood among the most studied topics among social historians of medicine and medical doctors in Mexico, and other nations.

Panel discussion: Colombia’s Peace Agreement: Challenges of Implementation

Start: Oct 19, 2016 5:30:00 PM
End: Oct 19, 2016 7:00:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Grace Livingstone (ILAS), Nick Morgan (Newcastle), Louise Winstanley (ABColombia). Chair: Par Engstrom (UCL Americas) - This event offers an opportunity to take stock of the many challenges facing the implementation phase of the recently concluded peace agreement between the government of Juan Manuel Santos and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC) in Colombia.

On the Road with the American Presidents

Start: Oct 20, 2016 5:30:00 PM
End: Oct 20, 2016 7:00:00 PM

Marisa Futernick - 13 Presidents

Marisa Futernick - In the run-up to the U.S. Presidential election, Professor Iwan Morgan and artist Marisa J. Futernick discuss the role of personal narrative, biography, and place in the American Presidency. This event coincides with the publication of Futernick’s new book of short stories and photographs, 13 Presidents, which features each President from Herbert Hoover to George W. Bush as a protagonist. Weaving together fact and fiction, Futernick forms a vision of America that is both invented and true.

IHR Latin American History Seminar Series: The Party of Order and Progress: The European revolutions of 1848 and the Mexican Conservative Party

Start: Nov 1, 2016 5:30:00 PM

Ed Shawcross (UCL) - The study of conservatism has often been seen as a topic of secondary importance; historians have conventionally preferred to research groups that played a 'progressive' role in society. This is particularly the case in Mexico where the Conservative Party, founded in 1849, was caricatured by its liberal opponents as supporting a blind reaction that looked backwards to Mexico’s colonial past.

White Cannibalism in the Slave Trade: The Curious Case of the Schooner 'Arrogante'

Start: Nov 9, 2016 5:30:00 PM
End: Nov 9, 2016 7:00:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Manuel Barcia (Leeds) - The Portuguese ship Arrogante was captured in late November 1837 by the HMS Snake, off the coast of Cape San Antonio in Cuba. At the time of her capture, the Arrogante had more than 330 Africans on board, who had all been embarked at Gallinas. All of them were liberated soon after the vessel reached Montego Bay, Jamaica, where soon after their arrival, a chilling mystery surrounding the alleged practices carried out by her captain and crew were also brought to the attention of the local authorities. Shortly after landing, the captain and crew were accused of killing an African man, cooking his flesh, and serving it to the rest of the slaves on board. Additionally, they were also accused of eating the heart and liver of the murdered man.

IHR Latin American History Seminar Series: Soldiers, Saints and Shamans: An Ethnohistory of Antistate Alliances in El Gran Nayar, Mexico (1926-1940)

Start: Nov 15, 2016 5:30:00 PM

Nat Morris (Warwick) - The Huichol Indians of northern Jalisco enjoy a remarkable level of cultural and political autonomy from both Mexican state and Catholic Church, and are often presented by anthropologists, New Agers and environmentalists as isolated mountain tribesmen who have preserved an ‘uncorrupted’ pre-Hispanic culture. However, the Huichols were active participants in the Mexican Revolution, and in the Catholic uprisings that wracked Mexico between 1926 and 1940.

Vigilante Mobilization and Local Order: Evidence from Mexico

Start: Nov 15, 2016 6:00:00 PM
End: Nov 15, 2016 7:30:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Livia Schubiger (LSE) - Why do some communities engage in armed mobilization in response to disorder and insecurity, while others do not? Can these communities improve local order in the absence of a strong and impartial state? This talk will present a study of the sources of self-defense mobilization in Mexico and how these groups affect contemporary levels of crime.

Creative Economy in Peru: balance and perspectives

Start: Nov 16, 2016 5:30:00 PM
End: Nov 16, 2016 7:00:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Andrew Senior (Andrew Senior Associates; UNESCO); Richard Naylor (BOP Consulting); Cristina Rosemberg (Technopolis) - Coined in the United Kingdom in the early nineties, the creative economy refers to the services and products protected by intellectual property rights, in which the “creative content” plays an essential role. Sectors such as the visual and performing arts, the film industry, publishing, videogames, music or in some cases gastronomy and architecture; are included. As has been demonstrated during the last decade particularly for developed countries, the creative industries play a major role in national economies and international trading, having in some cases a larger impact both in the GDP and in the creation of employment than areas such as construction, mining or agriculture. More importantly, they are crucial in the promotion of citizenship and senses of belongings. Read the complete abstract here.

High Courts and Socio-Economic Rights in Latin America

Start: Nov 24, 2016 5:30:00 PM
End: Nov 24, 2016 7:00:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Sandra Botero (Willamette University) - In recent decades, citizens in democracies of the global south have increasingly turned to courts seeking to solve political disputes and to enforce rights. Some scholars have a cautious view of the potential of courts to advance rights and view them as inconsequential or even detrimental. Others have a more optimist assessment of the role for courts in these arenas. Under what conditions can courts in developing democracies produce political and social change? More specifically, why do some rulings have a significant impact on socioeconomic rights while others have very little?

IHR Latin American History Seminar Series: The Export of the 'modelo chileno' to Post-socialist Countries after 1989

Start: Nov 29, 2016 5:30:00 PM

Tobias Rupprecht (Exeter) - During the transformation period in the (post-)socialist world of the late 1980s and early 1990s, reformers from Eastern Europe to Asia were looking for role models for a transition from socialist to market economies. Many took inspiration from Chile's authoritarian-capitalist path, and Chilean liberals as well as the retired Pinochet himself actively promoted it on their travels around the world in the 1990s.

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

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

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.