In the Shadow of the USA: Canada’s Development of an ‘Americas Strategy’ since the Second World War

Start: Apr 26, 2017 6:00:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Dr Hector Mackenzie (Global Affairs Canada; Carleton University) - One of the distinctive emphases of recent Canadian foreign policy has been its attempt to develop an overall strategy for Canada’s relations with the Americas and the treatment of its bilateral and multilateral dealings with its neighbours in the Western Hemisphere as one of its key priorities in foreign, trade and development policies. This lecture places this initiative in the context of Canada’s post-1939 international relations and especially the historical tendency of Canadian governments to pay greater attention to the North Atlantic and especially to relations with the United States and, to a lesser extent, the United Kingdom and considerably less to the rest of the world, including Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Stuart Hall's Familiar Stranger

Start: May 3, 2017 5:30:00 PM

When Stuart Hall died he left a long unfinished manuscript, much of which took the form of a memoir. This has recently been published as Familiar Stranger. A Life Between Two Islands. It recreates his early emotional life, shaped as it was by his brown middle-class milieu in colonial Kingston. It tells us of his arriving in England in 1951, and of the means by which he recast his life, endeavouring all the while to free himself from the racialized, colonial imperatives which had entered his early life. He sought out a life which was other than that which he was destined to be.

Book launch: Intermediation and Representation in Latin America: Actors and Roles beyond Elections

Start: May 9, 2017 5:30:00 PM

Book launch: Intermediation and Representation in Latin America: Actors and Roles beyond Elections
Debates on democratisation in Latin America have considered participatory democracy as a complementary approach to the shortfalls of representative democracy to overcome problems on elitism, corruption and clientelism. However, they overlook other types of political relationships that fall in between these pure extremes. The seminar will bring forward the concept of political intermediation, considered a role that requires ingeniousness and which is not designed simply to act on the best interests of the represented, but also to transform the world of those represented.

Book launch: 'The Crisis of Multiculturalism in Latin America'

Start: May 10, 2017 5:30:00 PM

The Crisis of Multiculturalism in Latin America
David Lehmann (Cambridge; book's editor), Véronique Boyer (EHESS Paris) and Andrew Canessa (Essex); discussant: Par Engstrom (UCL Americas) - This book presents a challenging view of the adoption and co-option of multiculturalism in Latin America from six scholars with extensive experience of grassroots movements and intellectual debates. It raises serious questions of theory, method, and interpretation for both social scientists and policymakers on the basis of cases in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, and Ecuador. Multicultural policies have enabled people to recover the land of their ancestors, administer justice in accordance with their traditions, provide recognition as full citizens of the nation, and promote affirmative action to enable them to take the place in society which is theirs by right.

Book launch: 'The Hidden History of International Law in the Americas: Empire and Legal Networks'

Start: May 15, 2017 5:30:00 PM

Book launch: 'The Hidden History of International Law in the Americas: Empire and Legal Networks'
Juan Pablo Scarfi (CONICET, Argentina) - International law has played a crucial role in the construction of imperial projects. Yet within the growing field of studies about the history of international law and empire, scholars have seldom considered this complicit relationship in the Americas. The Hidden History of International Law in the Americas offers the first exploration of the deployment of international law for the legitimization of U.S. ascendancy as an informal empire in Latin America. This book explores the intellectual history of a distinctive idea of American international law in the Americas, focusing principally on the evolution of the American Institute of International Law (AIIL). This organization was created by U.S. and Chilean jurists James Brown Scott and Alejandro Alvarez in Washington D.C. for the construction, development, and codification of international law across the Americas.

Book launch: 'Peru: Elite Power and Political Capture'

Start: May 19, 2017 5:30:00 PM

'Peru: Elite Power and Political Capture'
John Crabtree (Oxford) - As a result of the liberalising reforms of the 1990s and the commodity super-cycle that followed, Peru's business elites have accumulated very substantial political power which they have deployed through a number of mechanisms to maintain an effective control over the key workings of the state. At the same time, the country's once powerful left has been marginalised as a consequence of the economic and political debacles of the 1980s; as such Peru has seen no 'pink tide' in recent years.

City in Common: Culture and Community in Buenos Aires

Start: May 31, 2017 5:30:00 PM

City in Common: Culture and Community in Buenos Aires - J Scorer
James Scorer (Manchester) - Using Buenos Aires as his case study, James Scorer traces the figure and practice of 'the commons' in Argentine cultural production to explore how communities are variously shaped and contested within urban imaginaries. Exploring a diverse set of works, including literature, film, and comics, and engaging with urban theory, political philosophy, and Latin American cultural studies, he paints a portrait of a city caught between the opposing forces of commoning and fragmentation. Scorer argues that, beyond the prevailing depictions of Buenos Aires as segregated and divided, urban imaginaries can and often do offer visions of more open communities and more inclusive urban futures. Discussants: Dr Niall Geraghty (ILAS/SAS) and Dr Chandra Morrison (LSE).

Co-producing Brazilian prison order

Start: Jun 7, 2017 5:30:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Sacha Darke (University of Westminster) - Brazilian prisons are characterised by extraordinarily high levels of imprisonment, overcrowding and understaffing. Explanations for Brazilian punitivism largely reflect those that have been associated with the global export of American penal policies. Brazil is far more than an exemplary case of contemporary global punitivism, however. Read the abstract in full here.

Canadian Studies Conference: Canada Inclusive/Exclusive: 150 Years and Beyond

Start: Jul 6, 2017 2:00:00 PM
End: Jul 8, 2017 4:00:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
The colloquium will consist of about 20 papers presented by an international group of both senior and younger scholars from 2.00pm on Thursday 6 July to 4.00pm on Saturday 8 July. The colloquium seeks to explore the theme of Canada and inclusivity/exclusivity in an anthropological, cultural, economic, geographic, historical, literary, political and social context. In what ways can Canada be rightly regarded as an inclusive society by the international community? What policies has Canada established and pursued over the past 150 years to foster and expand inclusivity? Have there over time been notable variations, across issues and governments, in Canada’s approach toward inclusivity and how might these be explained? In other words, how might Canada be considered not to have embraced inclusivity? Finally, how well placed is Canada to embrace inclusivity – rather than exclusivity - moving forward, given the variety of pressing global concerns, as it celebrates its sesquicentennial?