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Newsletter October 2014     For an in-depth update on developments at the Institute of Americas, see our Newsletter.


Funding Opportunity: European Commission Individual Fellowships

The goal of Individual Fellowships is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition at multi- or interdisciplinary level through advanced training, international and inter-sectoral mobility.

Individual Fellowships provide opportunities to acquire and transfer new knowledge and to work on research in a European context (EU Member States and Associated Countries) or outside Europe. The scheme particularly supports the return and reintegration of researchers from outside Europe who have previously worked here. It also develops or helps to restart the careers of individual researchers that show great potential, considering their experience. Applicants should contact the potential supervisor as soon as possible and no later than 1 August 2015.

Published: Mar 20, 2015 12:18:40 PM

UCL-IA Juan Grigera on radio program on Brazilian slavery

Listen to UCL-IA British Academy Fellow, Dr Juan Grigera, participates in Rita Lobo's radio program 'The History of Booms, Busts and Bubbles' on Share Radio (December 2014) along with scholars Vinicius Carvalho and Roberta Mallows (King's College London) on this tragic chapter of Brazilian history. More...

Published: Mar 17, 2015 6:03:28 PM

UCL-IA Visiting Fellow Juan-Pablo Scarfi interviewed by Argentine newspaper 'Clarin'

Dr Scarfi was interviewed on the current significant challenges faced by the idea of human rights - (document in Spanish):

Published: Mar 9, 2015 5:10:40 PM

Funding opportunities for Master's degrees at UCL-Institute of the Americas

UCL Institute of the Americas is delighted to announce these new funding opportunities for those planning to apply for a place at one of our MA and MSc degrees: the Santander Universities Scholarship Awards and the Postgraduate Support Scheme (PSS).

Published: Feb 26, 2015 3:30:40 PM

UCL-IA PhD student Lupita Valdez panellist at Parliament discussion on human rights in Mexico

Lupita Valdez participated as panel member at the event organized and chaired by Jeremy Corbin MP at the Houses of Parliament on February 24. The event's purpose was to highlight the Human Rights crisis in Mexico. Other members of the panel were Cathy Jamieson MP, Professor Elvira Dominguez (from the team who was part of a Mision de Observacion Civil in Mexico last November), and Rupert Knox, former researcher for Amnesty International, amongst others. Contributions focused on enforced disappearances, torture, extrajudicial killings, violence to journalists and activists and the large omission of human rights in the agenda of the UK-MX2015 dual year. The parliamentarians present urged the public to lobby their MPs to join the cause of the new NGO launched at the meeting: JusticeMexicoNow, of which Lupita is founding member. You can follow JusticeMexicoNow at More...

Published: Feb 25, 2015 2:51:53 PM

BAAS Peter Parish Prize 2015 awarded to UCL-IA's James Hillyer

UCL Institute of the Americas (UCL-IA) is delighted to congratulate PhD student, James Hillyer on his award of the Peter Parish Prize 2015. This prize to the value of £750 is awarded by the British Association for American Studies (BAAS) or the best research trip proposal in the field of American history. James has been invited to accept his award at the BAAS Annual Awards Dinner at Northumbria University in April. James will use the award to part fund his research trip to the US in May/June for his PhD Promoting Keynesian Liberalism: Walter W. Heller and U.S. Economic Policy, 1940 – 1987. Additionally, James also has had a book review published on US Studies Online: Rethinking the 1950s: How Anticommunism and the Cold War Made America Liberal by Jennifer A. Delton, which can be viewed here. Congratulations! More...

Published: Feb 23, 2015 10:19:56 AM

Research funding opportunity: the Frederick Bonnart-Braunthal Scholarship - deadline March 27 2015

Frederick Bonnart-Braunthal Scholarship 2015/16 – deadline 27 March 2015 There is 1 scholarship worth £25,000 pa available. The scheme is aimed at research students who plan to explore the nature of religious, racial and cultural prejudices and to find ways of combating them. Applications from faculties and departments such as Social and Historical Studies, Law and Development Planning Unit are encouraged, particularly where a candidate can demonstrate practical application of their analyses to current problems of intolerance, always bearing in mind the interest of the Founder of the Trust (details at not only in the nature of intolerance but in identifying 'a means to combat it'. Applications need to be submitted by students by 27 March 2015 – further information and application form at More...

Published: Feb 20, 2015 4:56:44 PM

Dr Nick Witham appointed to new UCL-IA US Political History lectureship

UCL Institute of the Americas (UCL-IA) is pleased to announce that Dr Nick Witham will be joining us in September as the newly appointed Lecturer in US Political History. Nick is a historian of twentieth-century US politics and society, specialising in the study of popular protest and dissent since the 1960s.

Published: Feb 10, 2015 12:17:51 PM

UCL-IA PhD student appointed EHS ambassador at UCL

UCL-IA is pleased to announce that PhD student James Hillyer has just been appointed the Economic History Society’s Student Ambassador at UCL. The Economic History Society (EHS) exists to support research and teaching in economic and social history, broadly defined, and is one of the premier communities of scholars in these and related fields. James’s role as EHS Student Ambassador is to help facilitate communication between the Economic History Society and UCL students who have an interest in the field, and to help connect them to funds and opportunities that the Society makes available to students. Congratulations!

Published: Jan 26, 2015 9:56:08 AM

Call for papers: Chile and the Inter-american Human Rights System

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. Deadline of submission: March 15, 2015

Published: Jan 19, 2015 12:04:58 PM

Open Day at UCL Institute of the Americas for Master's Degrees on Wednesday 18th March 2015

UCL Institute of the Americas will be hosting an Open Day for anyone interested in our Master's Programmes for entry in September 2015, whether you are already holding an offer or if you are simply interested in learning more about our programmes. This event will start at 13:45 and is scheduled to end at 18:00 on Wednesday 18th March 2015, and it will take place on the premises of the Institute at 51 Gordon Square. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from our Course Directors and speak with them, in addition to our current students and alumni in an informal setting. Attendance is free of charge but registration is essential. We look forward to you joining us.

Published: Jan 8, 2015 10:58:15 AM