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Seminar: Making 'Race': the work of the slave-owners

Start: Feb 17, 2016 5:30:00 PM
End: Feb 17, 2016 7:00:00 PM

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Prof Catherine Hall (UCL) - Building on the work of the Legacies of British Slave-ownership project this paper will explore the role of the slave-owners in making 'race'. The idea of 'the negro', of 'the slave' and of 'the white man' had to be constructed in the new world of the Atlantic. It was effected through a wide variety of practices - from the selling of African men and women to the making of laws, the discursive construction of racial types and the quotidian doings of the plantation. Drawing on a range of individual and familial stories this paper will argue that making 'race' was understood as vital work by the slave-owners of the British Caribbean.

IHR North American History Seminar Series: Syndicates, Chains, and the Nationalizing of U.S. Newspapers, 1880-1930

Start: Feb 18, 2016 5:30:00 PM
End: Feb 18, 2016 7:00:00 PM

Julia Guarneri (Cambridge) - UCL Institute of the Americas is pleased to host this seminar, part of the Institute of Historical Research North American History Series.

Book launch: 'Gangster Warlords: Drug Dollars, Killing Fields and the New Politics of Latin America', with author Ioan Grillo

Start: Feb 22, 2016 6:00:00 PM
End: Feb 22, 2016 7:30:00 PM

Gangster Warlords: Drug Dollars, Killing Fields and the New Politics of Latin America
UCL Institute of the Americas is pleased to host this talk launching Ioan Grillo's latest book, a sweeping account of the crime wars wracking Central and South American and the Caribbean, combining striking firsthand reportage with contextual analysis.

Seminar: Canada, NAFTA, CETA and TPP

Start: Feb 22, 2016 6:00:00 PM
End: Feb 22, 2016 7:30:00 PM

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Professor Earl H. Fry (Brigham Young) - The seminar will look at Canada’s Political Economy within a North American and North Atlantic Framework and will cover a number of issues including recent major political and economic developments in Canada; foreign policy issues; Canada’s complex relations with the United States; Canada and NAFTA; Canada and the EU: CETA, the TPP, and indirectly the TTIP; Canadian federalism and the ‘international relations’ of provincial governments: Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia; major challenges and opportunities facing Canada in the political and economic domains; is it possible to implement a NAFTA-EU free-trade agreement?

IHR Latin American History Seminar Series: New Considerations behind the Fiscal Failure of the First Mexican Republic, 1824-1837

Start: Feb 23, 2016 5:30:00 PM
End: Feb 23, 2016 7:30:00 PM

Luis Jauregui (Instituto Mora, Mexico) - In the last four decades much has been written about the evolution and failure of the First Mexican Republic (1824-1835). Ever since Costeloe’s seminal political history of the period, substantial research has concentrated on the fiscal innovations and their trajectory as well as their limitations which may have contributed to the failure of this form of government...

Latin American Political Economy Inaugural Seminar: Remittances, Political Preferences and Party Systems in Latin America

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

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David Doyle (Oxford) - Remittances are a major source of foreign exchange for some Latin American economies and they go directly into the hands of those that receive them. This project explores the political effects of these financial transfers. It argues that remittances will affect the political preferences of those that receive them. The regular receipt of remittances will reduce economic insecurity and increase consumption. This should lead to increased support for free trade and reduced support for certain types of government transfers. Over time, this will have a significant effect on macro-level policy outcomes and possibly even party competition across Latin America.

Roundtable: America's Global Power and its Foreign Policy Thinkers

Start: Feb 25, 2016 5:30:00 PM
End: Feb 25, 2016 7:00:00 PM

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John A. Thompson (St Catharine's College London) and David Milne (East Anglia) - To understand the contemporary state of American foreign policy, it is vital to turn to the origins of the nation’s global role in the twentieth century. This event will bring two eminent scholars of US foreign relations – John A. Thompson and David Milne – into conversation about this topic. They will discuss the conditions that allowed America to emerge as a global power before and after the Second World War, as well as the ways that significant intellectuals and policymakers, from Woodrow Wilson to Barack Obama, have understood the diplomatic process. In doing so, they will provide an engaging and dynamic discussion of the past and present of US foreign policy history.

Film screening and discussion: 'El Diario de Agustin' ('Agustin's Newspaper')

Start: Mar 1, 2016 5:30:00 PM
End: Mar 1, 2016 7:30:00 PM

El Diario de Agustin
A group of students at the University of Chile investigate how Chile's most influential newspaper El Mercurio manipulated information to hide human rights violations carried out during Pinochet's dictatorship. Agustin's Newspaper is the first film that dares to touch upon the power of El Mercurio and of Chilean media mogul Agustin Edwards, the newspaper's owner.

Lecture: Police Violence and the Internet in Brazil: New Visibilities of Historical Patterns?

Start: Mar 2, 2016 5:30:00 PM
End: Mar 2, 2016 7:00:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas
Graham Denyer Willis (Cambridge) - Egregious police violence has a long and racialized history in Brazil. Yet, in contemporary times, much police violence -torture, humiliation, execution- has become mundane, unexceptional and assumed. These kinds of violence have been made invisible, existing largely in and upon populations with little political voice. However, today, that may be changing. Some historical patterns of violence are being made visible, as though novel practices.

IHR North American History Seminar Series: You Are Come Here This Day: Revolutionary Ephemera and the Intellectual Life of the Inarticulate, 1765-1775

Start: Mar 3, 2016 5:30:00 PM
End: Mar 3, 2016 7:00:00 PM

Angel Luke O’Donnell (KCL) - UCL Institute of the Americas is pleased to host this seminar, part of the Institute of Historical Research North American History Series.

Book launch: 'Latin America's Leaders' with author Laura Tedesco

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

Latin America's Leaders cover
Laura Tedesco (Saint Louis University, Madrid) - Latin America is widely known for its leaders. It is a continent that has produced political leaders that have gained global recognition – for good and ill. It is closely associated with leaders whose political projects have resonated far beyond their own countries. The book Latin America´s Leaders (ZED Books, 2015) explores the reasons behind the emergence of different types of leaders in post-crisis scenarios. It does this in five Latin American countries: Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela and Uruguay. The book is based on 285 interviews with former Presidents, Vice-Presidents, MPs, mayors and party leaders. The aim of the interviews was to learn how leaders interpret democratic quality and how far they perceive themselves as the architects of democracy. It also explores the reasons why the return to democracy has not changed Latin America’s tendency to generated extremely dominant leaders.

IHR Latin American History Seminar Series: Slavery and Anti-Slavery in the Spanish American Republics during the Nineteenth Century

Start: Mar 8, 2016 5:30:00 PM
End: Mar 8, 2016 7:30:00 PM

Marcela Echeverri (Yale) - The history of freedom in the Atlantic world is generally portrayed as especially tied to Anglo-Atlantic liberalism. Indeed, for the Spanish American mainland the abolition of slavery is still a question largely unexplored. In part this is a result of the prevalent supposition that British diplomatic pressures..

Lecture: The 'Jewish Indian Theory’: the Problem of the Origin of the American Populations (XVIth-XVIIth Centuries)

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


UCL Institute of the Americas (UCL-IA), the Centre for Transnational History (CTH) and the Institute of Jewish Studies (IJS) are honoured to host Professor Wachtel to deliver this lecture at UCL, co-organized by Professor David Lehmann (Cambridge), Professor Axel Korner (CTH) and Dr Paulo Drinot (UCL-IA).

Talk: Alexander Butterfield: The Last of the President's Men

Start: Mar 10, 2016 6:30:00 PM
End: Mar 10, 2016 8:00:00 PM

Alexander Butterfield
An evening promising a first-hand account of the Watergate scandal that brought down President Richard Nixon.

The Richard E Neustadt Annual Lecture 2016: 'Everybody Believes in Democracy Until He Gets to the White House: The Unilateral Legacy of Barack Obama' with Andrew Rudalevige

Start: Mar 21, 2016 6:00:00 PM
End: Mar 21, 2016 7:30:00 PM

Prof Andrew Rudalevige
Barack Obama became president in 2009 on a wave of goodwill that seemingly promised the opportunity to launch  a “new New Deal” in the face of the worst economic crisis since the 1930s.  Despite significant legislative achievements in his first two years, however, the loss of control of the House of Representatives in the 2010 midterm elections prefaced a new era of political polarization that limited prospects for advancing the 44th president's agenda through enactment of new laws.  Obama’s subsequent turn to unilateralism in the form of executive actions and presidential directives to advance his agenda has been a key element of his presidency.  The Richard E Neustadt lecture of 2016 will consider the significance of unilateralism in assessing Obama's legacy and what precedents it may establish for his successor.

Inaugural Lecture - Professor Jonathan Bell on: Rethinking the 'Straight State': Welfare Politics, Health Care, and Public Policy in the United States in the Shadow of AIDS

Start: Mar 22, 2016 6:30:00 PM
End: Mar 22, 2016 7:30:00 PM

Professor Jonathan Bell
Jonathan Bell (UCL Institute of the Americas) - In this lecture, Professor Bell will consider together questions of political economy and sexual politics to establish how liberal politicians, health care advocacy groups, and queer activists understood and debated health care policy in the USA between the late 1970s and late 1980s.

Conference: Rethinking the Proceso: The Argentine Dictatorship (1976-1983)

Start: Mar 24, 2016 9:30:00 AM
End: Mar 24, 2016 6:00:00 PM

Rethinking the Proceso
The coup d'état of March 24, 1976 was a key and dark landmark in the history of Argentina, one that has been demanding ever since intense efforts of analysis. The complex political and economic system established in the aftermath of the Second World War was brutally transformed under the self-denominated "Proceso de Reorganización Nacional". Unlike some of the previous military coups, the longstanding effects of this "processing" of Argentine society are a complex legacy still present at many levels of Argentine society.

Lecture: Spontaneity, Antagonism and the Moral Politics of Outrage: Urban protest in Argentina since 2001

Start: Apr 13, 2016 5:30:00 PM
End: Apr 13, 2016 7:00:00 PM

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Sian Lazar (Cambridge) - Mass urban mobilisations are relatively frequent in Buenos Aires, and have been important features of the political scene since the mid-20th century at least. In this paper, I identify two types of urban protest that have taken place since 2001, making a distinction between mass, ‘self-convened’, ‘spontaneous’ protests that are associated with a morality of outrage, and those convened by organised social forces – principally trade unions and workers’ confederations, but also neighbourhood-based associations and political parties.

Latin American Political Economy Seminar: Shifting Legal Visions: Judicial Change and Human Rights Trials in Latin America

Start: Apr 26, 2016 5:30:00 PM
End: Apr 26, 2016 7:00:00 PM

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Ezequiel Gonzalez-Ocantos (Oxford) - In this talk I will present the argument developed in my book Shifting Legal Visions: Judicial Change and Human Rights Trials in Latin America (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press). The book develops a sociological institutionalist theory of judicial decision making to explain the explosion of human rights trials in Latin America since 2000. The main theoretical postulate is that jurisprudential outcomes reflect the intitutionalisation inside the judicial branch of norms and standards of professional conduct, or what I call legal preferences. In order to understand judicial activism in cases of state repression we must explore how this legal cultural lens mediated the way judicial actors perceived the possibilities afforded by highly idiosyncratic suits. In particular, human rights prosecutions required the use of innovative juridical doctrines derived from international human rights law and special investigative protocols to overcome evidentiary limitations, amnesties and the exhaustion of statutes of limitations.

Lecture: Principled Agents: Human Rights and Regulatory Politics in Latin America

Start: May 4, 2016 5:30:00 PM
End: May 4, 2016 7:00:00 PM

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Thomas Pegram (UCL) - Formal human rights institutions can provide powerful venues for affecting the outcome of political processes. National human rights institutions (NHRIs) have emerged across countries and at different times as central players in enhancing citizen scrutiny, participation and state human rights obligations.  However, as this study highlights, while some Latin American NHRIs have successfully advanced human rights protection, others have actively sought to undermine human rights protections. 

IHR North American History Seminar Series

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

Margaret Jacobs (Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions, University of Cambridge) - UCL Institute of the Americas is pleased to host this seminar (title to be confirmed), part of the Institute of Historical Research North American History Series.

IHR North American History Postgraduate Seminar

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

UCL Institute of the Americas is pleased to host this post-graduate seminar, part of the Institute of Historical Research North American History Series.