Panel discussion: Violence Against Women in Mexico and Central America

Start: Mar 9, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: Mar 9, 2015 7:30:00 PM

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

Start: Mar 9, 2015 6:00:00 PM
End: Mar 9, 2015 7:30:00 PM

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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.

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

Start: Mar 10, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: Mar 10, 2015 7:00:00 PM

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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 ...

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

Start: Mar 11, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: Mar 11, 2015 7:30:00 PM

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.

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

Start: Mar 12, 2015 6:00:00 PM
End: Mar 12, 2015 8:00:00 PM

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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.

Seminar: Latino Communities in Miami

Start: Mar 17, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: Mar 17, 2015 7:30:00 PM

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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?

Lecture: Inside the Nixon White House

Start: Mar 17, 2015 6:30:00 PM
End: Mar 17, 2015 8:00:00 PM

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.

Open Day at UCL Institute of the Americas for Master's Degrees Prospective Students

Start: Mar 18, 2015 1:45:00 PM
End: Mar 18, 2015 6:00:00 PM

Open Day at UCL-IA March 18 2015
UCL Institute of the Americas will be holding an Open Day on Wednesday 18th March 2015 from 1.45pm to 6pm.

IHR American History Seminar Series: The Popular Historians: Writing and Reading the American Past, 1947-1980

Start: Mar 19, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: Mar 19, 2015 7:00:00 PM

Nick Witham (Canterbury Christ Church) - 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.

Book Launch: 'Your Time Is Done Now. Slavery, Resistance and Defeat: The Maroon Wars of Dominica (1813-1814)’, edited by Polly Pattullo

Start: Mar 19, 2015 6:00:00 PM
End: Mar 19, 2015 8:00:00 PM

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Little is known about the Maroons of Dominica, who challenged the British Empire 200 years ago, were captured and subjected to arbitrary justice. Your Time Is Done Now tells their story for the first time through the evidence of the courts and, unusually, hears their voices. The evidence reveals little-known information about how the Maroons survived and about their relationship with their allies, the enslaved. The book also examines the key role of the British governor, George Ainslie, and how the Colonial Office in London reacted to his harsh conduct toward the Maroons. Editor Polly Pattullo will discuss the book, with readings from the trials. Chaired by Prof. Gad Heuman. Your Time is Done Now is published by Papillote Press, London 2015.

IHR Latin American History Seminar: The Politics of Giving in the Viceroyalty of Rio de la Plata. Donors, Lenders, Subjects and Citizens

Start: Mar 24, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: Mar 24, 2015 7:00:00 PM

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UCL Institute of the Americas and the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) co-convene this seminar with Viviana Grieco (University of Missouri, Kansas City), part of the IHR's Latin American History Series - This paper discusses Spanish imperial state finance through the study of donativos, the donations given to the crown at times of war. Grieco argues that donativos functioned as legitimate channels through which subjects advanced multiple claims vis-à-vis their king.  Versatile but ambiguous, subjects utilized these conduits as an entry point to rights while the king administered donativo-based rewards to promote individuals and groups that best served his aims. While opportunities for bargaining emerged at critical times in the fiscal realm, their outcomes bound king and subjects together politically over the long run...

Workshop: 'No es facil': Everyday Life in Cuban Society during the Special Period

Start: Mar 25, 2015 5:00:00 PM
End: Mar 25, 2015 8:30:00 PM

No es facil: Everyday Life in Cuban Society during the Special Period
Following the nationalisation of US-owned industries and the enforcement of the trade embargo in 1960, Cuba became almost totally dependent on the USSR for financial solvency. The faltering and subsequent demise of the Soviet system into the 1990s signified the sudden loss of Cuba’s international economic trading network and the near collapse of its own economy. On 29 August 1990, the then President Fidel Castro formally announced the “Special Period in Times of Peace” in the national newspaper Granma. This signalled that the country was in dire straits and that drastic measures, even involving the opening of the economy, would be needed in order to salvage the Socialist system and maintain all the progress the revolution had hitherto achieved.

Presidential History Network Symposium: US National Security in the Early Cold War and Early Post-Cold War

Start: Mar 27, 2015 2:00:00 PM
End: Mar 27, 2015 5:00:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas and the Presidential History Network are pleased to invite you to this symposium, with the participation of the following distinguished speakers:

1st Postgraduate Americas Conference: Power and Change in the Americas in the Modern Era

Start: Apr 30, 2015 9:00:00 AM
End: May 1, 2015 6:00:00 PM

The UCL Americas Research Network at UCL-Institute of the Americas is pleased to invite doctoral students and early career researchers of the Americas (Central, South, and North America, as well as the Caribbean) from across the humanities and the social sciences to submit proposals on the theme Power and Change in the Americas in the Modern Era. The deadline for paper submission is November 15, 2014, and the conference will take place at University College London from April 30 to May 1, 2015.The organisers welcome research that ranges both geographically and temporally, encouraging interdisciplinary conversations on national, regional and local topics and those whose focus is comparative, transnational and global. By facilitating a space for debate, this conference aims to create an ongoing platform for collaborative exchange. For more information and a detailed Call for Papers, please visit the conference page here. For further information on this conference, please contact the organising committee directly.

Conference: Chile and the Inter-american Human Rights System

Start: May 20, 2015 9:00:00 AM
End: May 20, 2015 6:00:00 PM

This one day conference seeks to cater to an international community of human rights practitioners and researchers of the Americas from across the humanities and the social sciences by focusing on an interdisciplinary and detailed examination the most recent cases decided by the Inter American Human Rights System against the Chilean state.

Seminar: Cocaine Trafficking from Latin America to Europe: Research Methods and Recent Trends

Start: Jun 10, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: Jun 10, 2015 7:30:00 PM

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Damián Zaitch (Utrecht University) - For the past 15 years, several transformations have taken place at the levels of cocaine production in Latin America and subsequent export to Europe. These changes refer to the nature of drug trafficking organizations, their relation with legal structures and actors, territorial displacement, but also to the modus operandi of cocaine entrepreneurs in terms of routes and business modalities. Critical research on these developments remains fragmentary, often based on 'official' or journalistic sources, and in general difficult to do. In this contribution, I will first share my views and personal experience of conducting long-term ethnographic research on the cocaine trade in Colombia and Europe (Zaitch 2002; Zaitch 2015), stressing the value of ethnographic methods to study illegal markets in Latin America. A second part of this contribution will present the main recent trends and developments of the cocaine business in Latin America (particularly Colombia), and the shifts regarding cocaine export to European markets.