Events

Book reading with Montréal author Anita Anand - readings from her acclaimed collection 'Swing in the House and Other Stories' (2015)

Start: Feb 27, 2017 6:00:00 PM

Anita Anand's 'Swing in the House and Other Stories' (2015)
Anita Anand will be reading three excerpts from her collection, Swing in the House and Other Stories -- from the title story, about a suffocating marriage in a cold city in 1989; from ‘The Dare’ -- in which a woman suffering from alienation in suburbia decides to stand outside her door stark naked; and from ‘Elephant Heart’ -- the author's favourite, in which she just wanted to write about a feeling that she couldn't name.

Social conflict and political crisis in Brazil: the new social protest cycle

Start: Feb 28, 2017 6:00:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Dr Juan Pablo Ferrero (Bath) - This talk will present a reflection on the relationship between the new social protest cycle opened in 2011 and the crisis of the left in Brazil. The new protest cycle instituted new actors and discourses that, in turn, elicited the incapacity of the left in power to rearticulate their demands. The presentation will argue that this crisis of political representation remains open after the impeachment.

Making Foreign: Legal Identity, Social Policy and the Contours of Belonging in the Contemporary Dominican Republic

Start: Mar 1, 2017 5:30:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Eve Hayes de Kalaf (Aberdeen) - This paper analyses the case of the Dominican Republic (DR) where disputes over the right of native born persons of Haitian ancestry to a Dominican legal identity have become highly contested and deeply politicised in recent years. Refusing to issue birth certificates and/or confiscating documents from migrant-descended populations, the state argued it was rectifying an administrative oversight that had led to the erroneous inclusion of persons born to 'undocumented' migrants as Dominicans within the civil registry. Read the full abstract here.

IHR North American History Seminar: Through the Looking Glass: Hawai‘i and the Problem of Race in Postwar American Culture

Start: Mar 2, 2017 5:30:00 PM

Institute of Historical Studies
With Dr Sarah Miller-Davenport (University of Sheffield) -  UCL Americas is pleased to collaborate in the organisation and delivery of the Institute of Historical Research North American History Seminar Series.

IHR Latin American History Seminar: Histories of a Plague Year: Population, Health and Colonial Government

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

Institute of Historical Studies
Gabriela Ramos (University of Cambridge) - Studies in Andean population history concur in considering 1720 a watershed for determining periods of decline and growth (Dobyns 1963, Whightman 1990).  After 1720, the Spanish colonial government launched a series of reforms aimed at improving revenue collection and governmental efficacy, especially by conducting new, accurate population counts. More information here.

Book Launch: 'The Last Day of Oppression, and the First Day of the Same: The Politics and Economics of the New Latin American Left' by Jeffery Webber

Start: Mar 8, 2017 6:00:00 PM

Book Launch: 'The Last Day of Oppression, and the First Day of the Same: The Politics and Economics of the New Latin American Left' by Jeffery Webber
This talk will explain the political dynamics and conflicts underpinning the contradictory evolution of left-wing governments and social movements in Latin America in the last two decades. Throughout the 2000s, Latin America transformed itself into the leading edge of anti-neoliberal resistance in the world. What is left of the Pink Tide today? What are the governments’ relationships to the explosive social movements that propelled them to power? As China’s demand slackens for Latin American commodities, will they continue to rely on natural resource extraction? This talk is grounded in an analysis of trends in capitalist accumulation from 1990 to 2015, in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Venezuela.

Rating the American Presidents from George Washington to Donald Trump: A UK Perspective

Start: Mar 8, 2017 6:00:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Michael Patrick Cullinane (Roehampton), Iwan Morgan (UCL), Simon Rofe (SOAS) - This event unveils the results of a poll of 71 UK scholars specializing in American history and US politics. The survey rated the performance of American presidents from George Washington to Barack Obama in five categories: vision/agenda setting; domestic leadership; foreign policy leadership; moral authority; and the positive historical significance of their legacy.

Politics, Gender and Health: Insight from Argentina's Provinces

Start: Mar 13, 2017 5:30:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Professor James McGuire (Wesleyan University) - Is greater political representation for women associated with better health outcomes? Previous research has linked women's legislative representation to greater public health care spending, more widespread use of basic health care services, and better health status. Most such research has been carried out, however, either at the cross-national level or across subnational units (states, districts) in the United States or India. This study explores the association between women's legislative representation and health outcomes in the provinces of Argentina.

‘Cuba is already ours’: Annexationists, filibusterers, and the United States’ struggle to buy Cuba, c. 1820-1898

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

UCL Institute of the Americas
Dr Carrie Gibson – This paper discusses the many attempts of the United States to buy Cuba from Spain throughout the nineteenth century. Although all the bids ended in failure, each one came at a particular moment of change or crisis, and was set in a much wider global context. The bids in 1853 and 1898 were particularly crucial, coming before and after the abolition of slavery in both places, and this paper will focus on those two in discussing how this period was critical in the development of the relationship between Cuba and the United States.

IHR North American History Seminar: The Fundamentalist Rejection of Christian Rock in the 1970s and 1980s

Start: Mar 16, 2017 5:30:00 PM

Institute of Historical Studies
With Dr Randall Stephens (Northumbria University) - UCL Americas is pleased to collaborate in the organisation and delivery of the Institute of Historical Research North American History Seminar Series.

IHR Latin American History Seminar: The Ideas Behind the First Estimates of the Argentine Cost of Living Index, 1918-1933

Start: Mar 21, 2017 5:30:00 PM

Institute of Historical Studies
Cecilia Lanata (University of Sussex) - In line with international trends, the cost of living index released in 1918 by Alejandro E. Bunge and published in the Revista de Economía Argentina (Review of the Argentine Economy, REA) was the first Argentine indicator of this kind. The one developed between 1933 and 1935 by the Departamento Nacional de Trabajo (National Labour Department, DNT) headed at the time by José Figuerola was the first one based on a household budget survey. More information here.

Urban Protest and Informal Democracy in Venezuela

Start: Mar 22, 2017 5:30:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Alejandro Velasco (NYU) - Venezuela today is a country mired in turmoil. But thirty years ago the story was different. Back then Venezuela stood for many as an inclusive democracy in a region where dictatorship and civil war reigned. Enlightened leaders, strong parties, powerful unions – all spoke of a stable political system that for decades managed to ensure social peace. Or so it seemed. As historian Alejandro Velasco argues, the conflicts that grip Venezuela today aren’t a departure from but a continuation of decades-long struggles over what kind of democracy would emerge after the country’s last military dictatorship fell in 1958. Read the full abstract here.