Last Updated : 21 January 2019

Notice Board

Backing up Brazil’s internet so Bolsonaro can’t censor it
By Mathew Ingram

"Unless you like to look at old websites or video games, you probably don’t think much about The Internet Archive, a project that was founded by tech pioneer Brewster Kahle in 1996, in an ambitious attempt to back up as much of the internet as possible. But the site and its efforts are becoming more and more important, as links rot and totalitarian governments and dictators around the world crack down on free speech. To take just one example, the Archive is working on backing up as many Brazilian websites as it can, after a number of requests from those worried about the impact the new government of Jair Bolsonaro could have on certain kinds of information. In a tweet this week, Jason Scott— who works as a curator for the Archive—put a call out to anyone with Brazilian content, asking them to either upload it directly to the Archive, or even to mail hard drives to the San Francisco-based organization." [Cont.]

New Jewish Documentation Center, Containing 100 Years of Jewish Life in Mexico City, Opens This Week: the paper legacies of separate immigrant communities return under one roof after earthquake-induced exile
By Alan Grabinsky

"A catastrophic 1985 earthquake that killed thousands of people in Mexico City and destroyed the (back-then) Jewish neighborhoods of Roma and Condesa also left the archives of the Ashkenazi community in a state of complete disarray, stashed away in makeshift boxes in the damp and dark basement of the Nidje Israel synagogue, colloquially known as Acapulco 70 for its street address. In the early 1990s, Alicia Gojman de Backal, a history professor at the National University of Mexico, decided to make sense of this archival nightmare. The result was Generations of Jews in Mexico a seven-tome encyclopedic history of the Ashkenazi community in Mexico published in 1993 and the birth of Mexico City’s Jewish Documentation Center, which will reopen this week in its new home in the historical Rodfe Sedek synagogue." [Cont.]

Women Rising in the Americas, an NACLA Report
North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA)

In this issue, which was written, illustrated, and edited by a constellation of women from across the Americas, we zoom in on the burgeoning resistance movements led by women today. How are women disrupting the status quo, taking aim at capitalism, patriarchy, and nationalism? We acknowledge women who have dedicated their lives to daily struggles for justice, including those we have lost. 

The essays and articles of this issue cover everything from daily resistance against anti-Black state violence in Brazil to the swells of women in green handkerchiefs taking and holding space in Argentina; from the central role of Ixil women in rebuilding communal structures in the wake of genocide to searches for the disappeared in Northern Mexico. Check out the full Table of Contents (see attached) for more details.

The issue is especially relevant to educators seeking to bring a feminist lens into their courses and research. We encourage you to include these articles—accessible to both academic and non-academic audiences alike—into the classroom.

Beyond reading, there are a few ways you can help support our mission and spread the word about the issue: 

Thank you for your support! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’d love to hear from you.

Radical Americas Journal: Special Issue

We are delighted to share this special issue of the Radical Americas Journal which takes Radical Periodicals as its theme:

Please read and share the six articles and editors' essay - all are open access.

Another Two Million Brazilians Fall Below the Poverty Line
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

The proportion of the population living in poverty rose from 25.7 percent to 26.5 percent from 2016 to 2017 from 52.8 to 54.8 million people. The number of Brazilians living below the poverty line in the country increased by over two million people from 2016 and 2017, according to a new report by Brazil’s IBGE (Brazilian Institute of Statistics). Most of the increase was seen in the class of those considered in extreme poverty.

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Just published this article on the far right in Brazil: 'Democracy Hijacked: the Brazilian case - a threat to the democratic world' by Estevão Bosco

Discover Society is published by Social Research Publications, a not-for-profit collaboration between sociology and social policy academics and publishers at Policy Press to promote the publication of social research, commentary and policy analysis. The articles it publishes express the opinions of the authors and not those of Discover Society.

The Directors of Social Research Publications are: John Holmwood (University of Nottingham); Sue Scott (University of York); Gurminder K. Bhambra (University of Sussex); and Alison Shaw (Policy Press at the University of Bristol).


What Happened to Brazil
Two-part documentary, BBC

Brazil seemed set to become one of the most successful countries of the 21st century, BBC News looks at how the dreams of a better future appear to have disappeared. 



Brazil environment chief accused of 'war on NGOs' as partnerships paused
By Anna Jean Kaiser

"Brazil’s new environment minister, Ricardo Salles, has suspended all partnerships and agreements with non-governmental organizations for 90 days, in a move that was described as “a war against NGOs”.

Announcing the move, Salles said the three-month suspension was to allow a re-evaluation of such partnerships, but civil society organizations described the move as a blatant and illegal attack on the environment and those working to protect it.

Salles, appointed by the far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, and hand-picked by the agro-business caucus, has previously described global warming as a “secondary issue” and dismissed fines for environmental crimes as “ideological”." [Cont.]


A violent peace: killing social leaders for territorial control in Colombia
Blog, Latin American and Caribbean Centre, LSE

"One crucial unintended consequence of the Colombian peace process has been a surge in the targeted killing of local community leaders, with over 500 assassinated since 2011. Leaders tend to be killed by armed groups excluded from the peace process that aim to thwart civilian mobilisation in order to consolidate control over formerly FARC-held areas. Those areas with higher judicial inefficiency and where dispossessed farmers have begun to reclaim their land suffer the most. This shows how incomplete peace agreements can inadvertently increase insecurity by triggering violent territorial contestation, write Mounu Prem, Andrés Rivera, Dario Romero, and Juan Vargas." [Cont.]


The Brazilian prison system is undermined by gaps in authority, incentives, and accountability
Blog, Latin American and Caribbean Centre, LSE

"Crises in the management of Brazilian prisons tend to be neglected by state actors who see the problem as intractable. Institutional conflicts weaken state authority, political and financial incentives for change are weak, and accountability on this issue has rarely been a priority for civil society. But some novel programmes show that much progress can be made despite this difficult terrain, writes Débora Zampier." [Cont.]


Between ghost unions and automation, reforming Mexico’s labour market will be a major challenge
Blog, Latin American and Caribbean Centre, LSE

"Mexican workers are paid less and work more than their counterparts in the rest of the OECD, and the situation has only been getting worse. By broaching reform Mexico’s new president Andrés Manuel López Obrador has taken a step in the right direction, but he inherits a labour market plagued by informality, precarity, and lack of union representation, whereas automation poses a serious threat in the longer term, writes Rodrigo Aguilera." [Cont.]


Call for Papers

International, transnational, and global histories of the Nicaraguan Revolution, 1977-1990 
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
15 May 2019

DEADLINE 30 January 2019 

Almost forty years ago, on 19 July 1979, Nicaraguan guerrillas from the Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (Sandinista National Liberation Front, or FSLN) overthrew the regime of Anastasio Somoza. Their victory ended the decades long dictatorship and ushered forth revolutionary change. Indeed, the Nicaraguan Revolution was a defining moment, not only for Latin America and the Caribbean, but also for the United States, Western Europe, and many countries in the global South. Twenty years after Fidel Castro’s band of revolutionaries triumphed in Cuba in 1959, left-wing armed revolutionaries in Latin America had succeeded in toppling dictatorial rule. 

The Sandinistas’ success inspired peoples and governments around the world even before Somoza’s overthrow. In Europe and the Americas local activists and organisations collected money so that guerrillas could buy weapons, medicine, and food. Latin American governments pressured the US administration to denounce the Somoza regime. After the revolution triumphed, solidarity and support for the FSLN grew further still, as human rights groups, labour unions, and church organisations cooperated with the Sandinistas to make the revolution a success. The latter became increasingly difficult when Ronald Reagan obtained power in 1981 and decided he needed to ‘roll back communism’ in Central America. Throughout the 1980s, Nicaragua became a focal point of a v destructive Cold War struggle to determine the future of that country. This battle was fought not only by Nicaraguans on a local level but also by diplomats, solidarity activists, musicians and artists on a global stage. 

And yet we still know surprisingly little about the global, international, and transnational dimensions of the Nicaraguan Revolution. There are a variety of reasons for this. Firstly, there has been relatively little sustained collaboration between scholars working in the US and Europe and their Nicaraguan and Central American counterparts. Secondly, until recently sources on this period have remained classified and it has been very difficult to get access to Nicaraguan archival material and documents. However, recent declassifications and a willingness among participants to talk about their experiences of the past have opened up the possibility of writing a broader history of the Nicaraguan Revolution. 

To encourage scholarly collaboration, take stock of what is known to date, and to delineate new areas of research in the future, on 15 May 2019 we are organising a one-day workshop focused on the histories of the Nicaraguan Revolution at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Bringing scholars together to engage in dialogue and debate with each other, it aims to advance understanding of the international, transnational, and global dynamics of the Nicaraguan Revolution. The workshop particularly hopes to cover the following topics:

To propose a paper for this workshop please send an abstract of no more than 400 words, and a short CV to Eline van Ommen ( by 30 January 2019. 

Chaos and Crisis in the Americas? UCL Americas Research Network 2019 Annual Conference
Institute of the Americas, University College London, London
9 - 10 May 2019

DEADLINE 31 January 2019

Keynote speaker: Dr Nadia Hilliard (University College London), others to be confirmed

The UCL Americas Research Network (ResNet) is delighted to announce our 5th annual conference and extend an invitation for paper and panel proposals conceived around the theme, ‘Chaos and Crisis in the Americas?'. The conference will be held in the world-famous city of London and will be hosted by the Institute of the Americas, University College London. Our previous conferences have boasted a wealth of papers on a range of subjects related to the Americas, presented by researchers who come from around the world. Our conference showcases the outstanding research being done in this area. The Institute of the Americas is known for its research excellence and our conference is an excellent opportunity for Americas scholars of all stripes to engage with one another.

We invite papers on all subjects relating to the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean, and from all disciplinary and methodological backgrounds and historical periods. The committee welcomes proposals including but not limited to:

Proposals should be submitted before ​8pm on 31st January 2019​​. To submit an individual paper, please apply with a 300-word abstract of the proposed paper, which you can upload following the link to the Google form, where you can also register your personal information. Panel proposals are also welcomed and abstracts for panels can be submitted via the same link.

The registration form can be accessed here: ​

Should you have any questions, please email the ResNet Chair or ​

Cuba: Explored and the Explorer, thematic issue
Terrae Incognitae, the Journal for the Society for the History of Discoveries

DEADLINE 31 January 2019

Proposals for this thematic issue of our journal, presently in its 50th year in print, will examine multiple aspects of the discovery, exploration, and settlement of Cuba. By extension, we would also include papers that would focus on encounter. We seek both papers that discuss Cuba as a recipient of external influences and cultural contributions as well as papers that investigate Cuba’s influence on other Latin American and African countries in terms of culture, politics, and medicine.

We envision an issue consisting of six articles. The Society for the History of Discoveries will hold its annual meeting in the fall of 2019, and the theme of the conference will be Cuba. Authors will be encouraged to consider presenting their research at the SHD conference. Contributions will ideally feature the perspective of exploration and encounter from primary source material: manuscripts, logs, journals, cartographic material, reports, newspaper and journal articles, and travel brochures published by railroad and steamship lines.

Areas of investigation could include but are not limited to:


Please send a 200-word abstract stating the subject of the contribution as well as its critical frame (e.g. historical context), citing as necessary examples of the primary and secondary literature that will feature prominently in the submission, to the editor, Anthony Mullan, at: no later than January 31, 2019. Authors will be notified by April 30th whether their submissions appear to be promising and fit well with the special number’s theme. Those authors will then be asked to submit full- length manuscripts prepared according to the journal’s style guide which will be due November 30, 2019. Those manuscripts will undergo double-blind peer review. The issue will be published in mid-2020 (ca. June 30, 2020).

Social Movements, Political Parties and Neoliberalism: Challenges and Alternatives for Latin America
2019 ECPR General Conference
Wrocław, Poland
4 - 7 September 2019

DEADLINE 18 February 2019

We would like to invite all interested in Latin American politics to submit a panel and/or a paper to section 56:

Panels will be dedicated to specific issues, such as (but not limited to):

Link to conference submissions:

Full description of the Section is here:


Bridges and Walls Across the Americas: Dialogues of Survivance, Endurance, and Resistance
Ethnicity, Race, and Indigenous Peoples Conference
Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington, USA
12-14 September 2019

DEADLINE 15 March 2019

About ERIP
ERIP is committed to scholarly collaboration and exchange of ideas with respect to the study of ethnicity, race, Indigenous peoples, Afro-descendants and related issues in Latin America and the Caribbean. The group seeks to promote greater participation of Indigenous and Afro-descendant scholars and intellectuals in the activities of the Latin American Studies Association and, more generally, in scholarly and academic communities.

ERIP has more than 400 members representing diverse academic disciplines, including anthropology, history, sociology, political science, linguistics, Spanish and Portuguese, geography, literature, and the law. Membership is open to all members of LASA.

ERIP 2019 seeks to bring together scholars from across disciplines, community-based knowledge producers, and activists whose work addresses contemporary and historical conceptions of indigeneity, ethnicity, and race and how these notions intersect with various political, cultural, social, legal, and economic projects that have engendered divisions, inequities, violence, and dispossessions within and across nation-states and the hemisphere. Submissions might explore impacts and legacies of colonialism and decolonization, imperialism, state-formation, citizenship regimes, populism, neoliberalism, extractivism, democratization, and/or pluriculturalism; as well as historical and contemporary contexts of resistances, non-Western paradigms, insurgencies, and civic and social movements undertaken by Indigenous and minority communities across the Americas. ERIP 2019 intends to provide a forum for discussion, debate, and critical engagement with respect to best paths moving forward in the face of complex challenges facing our contemporary world. Panels, papers, and posters on topics that engage the conference theme, “Bridges and Walls Across the Americas: Dialogues of Survivance, Endurance, and Resistance” are especially welcome and encouraged.

Please send your complete submission via email to: In the subject line include submission format followed by submitter’s last name and one key word.

Proposals may be submitted in the following languages: Spanish, English, and Portuguese.

Available formats
Panel, Individual Paper, Roundtable, and Individual Poster. Each submission should clearly indicate its chosen format.

Further information
For full and complete details of the call for papers, and the conference please visit the ERIP conference website.


11 - 13 September 2019
"Ways of Making and Doing. Women and Cinemas of Latin America"
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain)

DEADLINE 30 March 2019

This conference aims to open up and expand on existing methodological approaches and theoretical perspectives on Latin American Women’s Filmmaking. Priority is given to the material conditions of film production over and above textual aspects, understanding the former as spaces for the co-production of the social, the political and the aesthetic. This point would be accompanied by a move away from the usual focus on the fictional feature film towards other audiovisual practices (short and medium-length films, documentaries, TV, video production...).

Moreover, we aim to problematise those Westernised positions in the field of Latin American film studies which are acritical towards the power relations inscribed in the theoretical and historiographic traditions on which they have settled. Finally, “ways of making and doing” means to be an inclusive expression with respect to a broad and plural set of practices, going beyond the scope of the directing work to integrate other types of labour and action conducted and led by women (archival work, event and festival organisation, film activism, acting, management, programming, spectatorship, etc.) without which it is not possible to understand the extended field of the audiovisual.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

The deadline for submissions (max. 3.000 characters, counting spaces) is the 30 March 2019. The proposals should be sent in English, Spanish or Portuguese to

For more information see full annexed CFP or visit the web


Conferences & Seminars

January | February | March | April | Seminar Series


22 January 2019 | 17.30 - 19.30
Tariffs and the Textile Trade between Brazil and Britain (1810-1860)
105, UCL Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PN

Organiser: Dr Paulo Drinot (

The 1810 commercial treaty with Britain is among the most important institutional changes of nineteenth century Brazil. It lowered tariffs for British manufactures while maintaining high tariffs in Britain for sugar and coffee from Brazil. The terms of the treaty have generally been condemned as negative for the Brazilian economy, but there is still limited quantitative information about how much the tariff impacted the demand for British products. Using new archival evidence, this paper provides information about the effective tariff rate on British imports and examines its impact on textile trade. It finds that the Brazilian government set the effective tariff rate above the 15% rate established by the commercial treaty because it tried to increase revenues by overvaluing British products at custom-houses. The higher rates, however, do not appear to have had an impact on demand for British textiles because changes in the exchange rates and the continuous fall in import prices explain most of the variation in the real cost of imports.

Speaker: Thales A. Zamberlan Pereira (Franciscan University)

Thales A. Zamberlan Pereira is Assistant Professor at the Franciscan University ( and holds a PhD in economics from the University of São Paulo. Thales was a visiting scholar at ILAS, University of London in 2015, a visiting scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2016, and is currently a visiting scholar at the London School of Economics.

This event is free to attend.


22 January 2019 | 15.00 - 17.00
The New Urban Agenda: From Vision to Policy and Action
Room 138, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Organized by: The Centre of Latin American Studies (CLAS) and the Cambridge Urbanism in the Global South Working Group.

The talk is aimed at facilitating discussion on how the new urban agenda has been implemented in the Global South to make cities more inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. It raises questions about the potential reductionism of the sustainable development goals (SGD) that have boosted the emergence of the 'standard city' as a new norm as well as new planning to achieve sustainable cities. The talk hopes to engage in this debate to critically reflect on how global urban policies are transforming people's lives in cities.

A dialogue with Elkin Velasquez, Regional director of UN Habitat for Latin America and the Caribbean. Elkin is currently one of the most influential regional leaders on the transformation of cities and sustainable development in the world. The discussion will be chaired by Dr Felipe Hernandez, Director of CLAS Cambridge.

Dr Elkin Velasquez co-leads the Regional Action Plan for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda in LAC. Elkin has also served as Leader of The Regional and Metropolitan Planning Unit at Nairobi-HQ and started the flagship initiative on National Urban Policies. He studied Public Administration at ENA (France) and has a PhD in Geography from the University of Grenoble (France).

This event is open to all interested in attending, with no ticket required, however, spaces are limited in number (30). If you wish to attend, please contact: Fernando Bucheli 


23 January 2019 | 17.30 onwards
Teaching Solidarity. Cuban Art Education and the Mozambican Revolution
Cambridge Hispanic and Lusophone Research Seminar
Selwyn College, Cambridge,  (Walters Room)

Speaker: Dr Polly Savage, SOAS

Between 1978 and 1991, over 18,000 Mozambican students received scholarships to study in Cuba. A number of these students undertook courses in Graphic Design and Fine Art, at Havana’s Instituto Superior de Artes (ISA). This paper draws on recent research about the generation of artists who trained on these programmes, following their return to Mozambique and examining the central role they played in the development of art education and practice in the post-independent nation.  Taking ISA as a critical nodal point in the aesthetic and affective geographies of socialist solidarity, this paper draws on archival research and interviews with students andteachers from the school to consider how this diverse faculty brought differing forms of art theory and practice into contact in the classroom. Examining the implications of visual pedagogy as an expression of transnational solidarity, I consider the forms of knowledge exchanged during this pivotal period at ISA, and more broadly, the nature of the political and aesthetic ontologies forged at this contact point of militant global networks.  

Dr Polly Savage is a Senior Teaching Fellow in the School of Arts, SOAS, and has held teaching posts at Birkbeck College, Goldsmiths College, and Leeds University.  She was previously Assistant Curator at the October Gallery.  Her AHRC-funded doctorate at the Royal College of Art, London explored the cultural impact of the Cold War in Mozambique.  Her edited volume Making Art in Africa 1960-2010 was published by Lund Humphries in 2014.

All welcome refreshments provided.


24 January 2019 | 17.30 - 19.30
The Road to Urban Neoliberalism: Planning, Community, and the Market in Postwar American Cities
103, UCL Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PN

The UCL Institute of the Americas is delighted to host Tom Sugrue’s talk on 'The Road to Urban Neoliberalism: Planning, Community, and the Market in Postwar American Cities' on Thursday 24 January 2019.

About the Speaker
Thomas J. Sugrue is Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History at NYU. A specialist in twentieth-century American politics, urban history, civil rights, and race, Sugrue was educated at Columbia; King's College, Cambridge; and Harvard, where he earned his Ph.D. in 1992. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an elected member of the Society of American Historians, and past president of both the Urban History Association and the Social Science History Association. He taught from 1991-2015 at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was David Boies Professor of History and Sociology and founding director of the Penn Social Science and Policy Forum.

This event is free to attend, but you need to book your place.

24 January 2019 | 18.30 - 20.00
The Left in Latin America: Mexico
Vera Anstey Rm, LSE

Hosted by the Latin America and Caribbean Centre (LACC)

Andrés Manuel López Obrador won Mexico’s presidential election in July 2018 because his pledge to remove “the mafia of power” resonated with voters angry at corrupt and self-serving elites. So far, so global. Except, unlike some other riders of the populist wave, there was nothing fortuitous or fluky about how AMLO got himself to the right place at the right time, or about his talent for exploiting this to the full. With the other candidates struggling to connect with the electorate, AMLO’s authenticity allowed him to dismiss concerns about the dubious personal histories of his own collaborators. After all, what mattered was that he was clean and that he promised not to allow those below him to be dirty once he had the power.

But now AMLO has the power, will he be able to play the “trust me” card with quite such aplomb? His plans to tackle Mexico’s horrific levels of violent crime with the creation of a military-led “National Guard” is hardly music to the ears of many civil society groups who had hoped for a new strategy that put human rights at its core. Similarly, will AMLO’s truth commission, set up to investigate the 43 missing Ayotzinapa college students, deliver on its promise to bring justice for one of the country’s most infamous crimes synonymous with impunity and injustice.

Whether the concerns continue to grow, and how AMLO handles them, may well turn into a strong early indicator of who the new president really cares about keeping on board his project.




This event is free and open to all, but pre-registration is required. Please register to attend here. Please email or contact us on 020 7106 1225 if you have access requirements.  


24 January 2019 | 13.00 - 14.30
Early Modern World History Seminar 2018-19
Senior Parlour, Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge

Convenors: Melissa Calaresu (Caius), Mary Laven (Jesus), William O’Reilly (Trinity Hall), Helen Pfeifer (Christ’s), Gabriela Ramos (Newnham)

The Virgin of Loreto in Colonial Mexico: Art, Religion and Materiality between the Old and New World
Elena Alcalá (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

You are welcome to bring your lunch. Tea and coffee will be served.

25 January 2019 | 09.30 - 17.00
Conference: Comics and Social Inequalities in Latin America
Boardroom, Arthur Lewis Building, University of Manchester

The event is free but registration is essential. Click here to sign up:

09.30 Welcome and Opening Ideas
  James Scorer (University of Manchester) & Peter Wade (University of Manchester)
10.00 Race
  ‘Crossing the Line: Visibility, Participation and Protagonism in Recent Afro-Brazilian Graphic Narratives’
Jasmin Wrobel (Freie Universität Berlin)
‘Digital Comics, Race and Social Media in Brazil’
Edward King (University of Bristol)
12.00 Narratives of the Self, Narratives of History
  ‘Assertions in the Affirmative: Female Sexuality Writ Large in Regina Rivas’ and La Watson’s Feminist Comics’/
Nina Mickwitz (University of the Arts, London)
‘Social Movements and Mexican Comics in between Testimonial and Historical Reflection’
Anne Magnussen (University of Southern Denmark)
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Depicting Violence and Disaster
  ‘After Hurricane Maria: Graphically Illustrated Disaster Recovery in Puerto Rico’
Gemma Sou (University of Manchester)
‘Seeing Like a City: Vision, Visibility and Violence in André Diniz and Mauricio Hora’s Picture a Favela (2012)’
Dominic Davies (City, University of London)
15.00 Coffee
15.30 Group Discussion
16.00 Roundtable: Collaborative Ventures
17.00 END

30 January 2019 | 16.00 - 17.00
The Driveress and the Nurse: Childcare and Other Work under Caribbean Slavery
Armstrong 1.04, Newcastle University

A research Seminar with Diana Paton, University of Edinburgh. This seminar is co-convened with the School of History, Classics and Archeology.

30 January 2019 | 17.00 - 18.30
Signs of democracy. Street Art in Latin America
Lecture Room 103, UCL Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PN

Organiser: Dr Par Engstrom (UCL Institute of the Americas),, 020 7679 2000

Manifestations of democratic vitality often go unnoticed because nation-states and governments are generally the sole units of analysis and the electoral processes are the only metric to gauge democracy. As a reaction, this paper makes the case for exploring signs of democracy in the streets of Latin American cities. Its argument is twofold.

First, when artists invade public space for the sake of voicing rage and disseminating claims or statements, they raise public awareness, nurture public debate and hold authorities accountable. They can also interact with neighbors and thereby contribute to community building. Consequently, I argue that they behave as urban citizens, fostering street-level democracy despite often violating the law. Second, street art reveals how public space is governed. When local authorities try to contain, regulate or repress public space invasions, they can achieve their goals democratically if, instead of simply criminalizing their activity, they dialogue with the artists and try to reach a consensus inspired by a conception of the city as a commons.

The paper is based on five case studies: Bogota (Colombia), São Paulo (Brazil), Valparaíso (Chile), Oaxaca (Mexico) and Havana (Cuba).

About the Speaker

Olivier Dabène is professor of political science at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) and senior researcher at the Center for International Studies and Research (CERI, Sciences Po). He is also the President of the Political Observatory of Latin America and the Caribbean ( and visiting professor in many Latin American universities. His latest books include: The Politics of Regional Integration in Latin America (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), La gauche en Amérique latine, 1998-2012 (Presses de Sciences Po, 2012) and Summits and Regional Governance: The Americas in Comparative Perspective (with Gordon Mace, Jean-Philippe Terrien and Diana Tussie, Routledge, 2016).


While attendance at this event is free, places are limited and so booking is required to avoid disappointment. Please use this link.

Arts of Extraction: A two-day symposium at the University of Essex
University of Essex Colchester Campus, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
31 Jan - 1 Feb 2019

This two-day symposium brings together artists, curators and scholars to examine the spatial and aesthetic legacies associated with technologies of extraction, revisiting the grounds on which human and non-human life has unfolded and posing questions about the territorial conditions for our collective futures. Attuned to rising concerns about ecological decline, the meeting creates a space to share and discuss practice research methodologies that unfold through fieldwork, art-making, curatorial practice and publications. We probe extraction in an expanded sense, conceiving the phenomenon as the physical process of removing botanical and mineral resources from the ground to insert them into the circuitry of local markets and global capitalism, and as the aesthetic means of recording images of nature that enables them to circulate in visual economies. Our speakers will explore Latin America’s longstanding conception as a treasury of natural resources, by addressing landscape formations generated by extraction, modes of representing matter, and contemporary art-research projects that grapple with the territorial impacts of extractive industries and their related socio-political contexts and ecological conflicts. We ask:

This event is part of a series of exhibitions, talks, publications and an artist residency organised to celebrate twenty-five years of the founding of the Essex Collection of Art from Latin America. We are grateful for support from the Society of Latin American Studies. Image credit: Nancy La Rosa, Huaccoto Quarry, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.

All enquiries:

For information about the program of events to celebrate ESCALA, see

Further information
For the full programme and confirmed speakers, please visit the everbrite event page, here.

To book your place at this event, please use the everbrite event page, here.

31 January 2019 | 17.30 - 19.30
Absorbing Risk at the Societal Boundaries of Colombian Coal Mines: Temporalities and the Corporate Discourse of Closure
Room 234, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Speaker: Laura Knopfel (KCL)

Around an extraction site, relationships between multinational mining enterprises (MNEs) and local communities are continuously emerging – not by chance but because of an unavoidable territorial proximity. From the perspective of the corporation, those relationships entail risks to the smooth functioning of the mining activity in its different stages - exploration, construction and assembly, exploitation, processing, transport and marketing. The risks arise at what I conceptualise as ‘the societal boundaries’ of coal mines. Based on my fieldwork with the subsidiary of a multinational mining enterprise in El Cesar, Colombia, in this talk I am going to analyse how, day-to-day, a corporation minimises the risks to its operations. I suggest that at its societal boundaries the corporation employs non-legal governance techniques in order to steer the continuously emerging relationships into a direction which is beneficial to the corporation. Closely connected to lived experiences of extraction, the governance techniques make use of the temporality of coal as a finite natural resource. A corporate discourse of closure shifts the responsibility for the economic well-being of the local population from the corporation to the individual persons. In addition, it helps to attenuate the claims for corporate accountability in regard to its negative impact on human and natural livelihoods. By disentangling the relationships between MNEs and local communities, the power configurations and material means that underlie the corporate discourse of closure will be examined. My approach is informed by actor network theory and the anthropology of modern time.

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All are welcome. Attendance is free, but places are limited and you must book.

31 January 2019 | 18:30 - 20:30
Filming a postcolonial sense of identity
Camões Annual Lecture
Hitchcock Cinema, ArtsOne, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London, London, E1 4NS

A woman’s resistance to colonialism, the ruins of the Portuguese Empire in Africa, historical guilt, nation-building in Mozambique ― these are some of the themes explored in this lecture. What gets seen, what gets out of focus as the camera searches the archives of the past?

Photographer and Film Director Margarida Cardoso was born in Portugal and grew up in Mozambique. In 1995 she started directing her own films. Her best known films ― the documentaries Natal 71/Christmas 71 and Kuxa Kanema-The Birth of Cinema, and the feature films The Murmuring Coast and Yvone Kane ― all relate to her experience in colonial and post-colonial Portuguese Africa. Her films were screened and received awards in many festivals.

Introduction by Jeremy Hicks (QMUL) ● Debate by Ros Gray (Goldsmiths) and Omar García (QMUL)


This event is free to attend, however, places are limited and you must register using this link.

31 January 2019 | 18.00 - 19.30
Uncertain Citizenship: Everyday Practices of Bolivian Migrants in Chile
Vera Anstey Rm, LSE

Hosted by the Latin America and Caribbean Centre (LACC)

We are entering an era of exacerbated racism and xenophobia. In the global North, the rise of Trump and victory of Brexit have been preceded and followed by an increase in discrimination toward migrants and minorities and a stunning lack of compassion toward refugees. In less well studied contexts of the global South many migrants are also subject to discrimination and exploitation. There is an urgent need to better engage with South-South migration, which accounts for over 50% of migration globally. In Latin America -  particularly South America - intra-regional migration is increasing and diversifying rapidly, challenging how citizenship in the region is understood and experienced.

Uncertain Citizenship explores how Bolivian migrants to Chile experience citizenship across borders in their daily lives. Compelled to migrate by economic marginalization and lack of opportunities, in Chile they may face a multitude of challenges in different arenas from difficulties acquiring regular legal status, exploitative labour conditions, poor housing conditions, problems accessing health care and education, social isolation and discrimination to a sense of ambivalence toward and exclusion from certain forms of political participation.

Drawing on multi-sited ethnographic research, this book contributes to debates on the meaning and practice of citizenship in Latin America and for migrants throughout the world. In this time of deep uncertainty for many migrants, it is necessary to seize on the germ of possibility that uncertainty contains and present an alternative politics based on inclusive citizenship.

About the author:




This event is free and open to all, but pre-registration is required. Please register to attend here. Please email or contact us on 020 7106 1225 if you have access requirements.  

5 February 2019 | 18.00 - 21.00
Pirates, Jesuits and Indians in sixteenth-century Brazil
King’s Building, Strand Campus, London

The speaker Vivien Kogut Lessa de Sa is Teaching Associate in Portuguese Studies at Cambridge University. Her book, The Admirable Adventures and Strange Fortunes of Anthony Knivet: an English Pirate in Brazil, published in 2015 by Cambridge University Press, is the first critical edition of one of the earliest descriptions of Brazil written by an Englishman. Her translation of the same account was published in Brazil in 2007( Zahar Editores, 2007). She has published articles on early modern travel to Brazil and on Shakespearean Studies, besides three collections of poetry in Brazil and Argentina.

Vivien has recently translated and co-edited (with Sheila Moura Hue) twelve accounts of English travellers to colonial Brazil, most of which had not hitherto been translated into Portuguese. She has previously taught at the University of Essex, at the State University of Rio (UERJ) and at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio (PUC-Rio). In the last few years she has focused her research on a rare Brazilian manuscript from 1592 currently kept at the Bodleian Library.


6 February 2019 | 16.00 - 17.00
Youth Cultures and Place in two Brazilian Middle Cities
Old Library Building 2.22, Newcastle University

Nécio Turra Neto joins us from Universidade Estadual Paulista "Júlio de Mesquita Filho" (UNESP) to give a talk on Youth Cultures and Place in two Brazilian Middle Cities. This seminar is co-convened with the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology.

This seminar is free and open for eveyone to attend, no need to register! 

12 February 2019 | 18.00 onwards
'The Labyrinth of Letters', A Jorge Luis Borges Lecture
Embassy of Argentina, 65 Brook Street, London

Organised by the Anglo-Argentine Society, and presented together with Canning House and the Argentine Embassy.

The Labyrinth of Letters, by Henry Eliot (Creative Editor Penguin Classics). Henry Eliot is the Creative Editor of Penguin Classics at Penguin Random House, Borges’s English-language publisher in the UK. He is the author of three books: The Penguin Classics Book (2018), an illustrated reader’s companion to the Penguin Classics, Follow This Thread: A Maze Book to Get Lost In (2018), and with Matt Lloyd-Rose, Curiocity: An Alternative A to Z of London (2016). In previous roles he has produced an interactive edition of Shakespeare’s The Tempest (named iPad App of the Year by Apple in 2016), led two recreations of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and written speeches for the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser.

The event is FREE, however, places are limited and registration is required. Priority is given to Anglo-Argentine Society and Canning House members.

To attend:, 020 7495 0291

13 February 2019 | 17.00 - 18.30
Afro-Mexicans/Afro-Mexican Americans
Sam Alex A215, University of Manchester

Organiser: School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Speaker: Laura A Lewis (University of Southampton)

Part of the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Research Seminar.

13 February 2019 | 18.00 - 17.00
Fascistización y Fidelización Juvenil en Dictadura. Del Frente de Juventudes al Frente Juvenil de Unidad Nacional (Chile – España, 1973-1983)
Percy Building G.13, Newcastle University

Dr. Yanko González Cangas of Universidad Austral de Chile is currently in Newcastle as a CLACS Visiting Research Fellow untill September 2019, funded by CONICYT. Yanko’s research is on ‘Youths of State hegemonic Youth Cultures: Dictatorship, Fascisation and Generational Connections (Spain and Chile 1973-1981)’ . He will be delivering a paper titled FASCISTIZACIÓN Y FIDELIZACIÓN JUVENIL EN DICTADURA. Del Frente de Juventudes al Frente Juvenil de Unidad Nacional (Chile – España, 1973-1983)

Please note, this seminar will be in Spanish.

15 February | 09.00 - 18.00
Backlash in Social Rights: will Brazil's Institutions Hold?
Brazilian Studies Programme Annual Conference
St Antony's College, University of Oxford

20 February 2019 | 16.00 - 17.00
Cities of the Undead: Zombies in Latin American Comics
Armstrong Building G.08, Newcastle University

James Scorer, University of Manchester, Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

In this paper I will explore recent Latin American comics that use the zombie or the vampire as part of their vision of the region’s cityscapes. In contemporary popular culture, the zombie and other figures of the undead have been effective symbolic carriers of a number of issues – contagion, immigration, inequality, unemployment, protest, etc. – that strike at the heart of contemporary urban life. Referring to works set in Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Ciudad Juárez and Santiago de Chile, I will argue that comics, which are themselves experiencing a period of viral expansion in Latin America, are an ideal cultural form for examining these figures, since they are based around expansive networks of images that are simultaneously singular and multiple. As a result, comics offer us the means to think through both the threat and the promise of the zombie.

27 February 2019 | 17.00 - 18.30
'The Queer Art of Modernismo: Mexico’s Revista Moderna (1898-1911)'
Uni Place 2.217, Manchester University

Organiser: School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Speaker: Dr María Del Pilar Blanco (Oxford)

Part of the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Research Seminar.

27 February 2019 | 14:30 – 18:00
Pigment and Power: Seeing Latin America through Street Art
Fawcett House, Rm 9.05, LSE, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE

From graffiti to political street art, chicha posters to pixação, ephemeral cultural productions inundate cityscapes across Latin America. Yet these markings add more than colour to urban life: they inspire the city’s inhabitants to see and to think about their surroundings differently.

This afternoon symposium brings together six scholars working in this emerging field to ask how the creative expressions of street art challenge and expand the way we make sense of Latin American cities. Drawing on diverse disciplinary backgrounds, the papers consider how the materials, aesthetics, and practices of these urban arts, as well as public discourses about them, illuminate dynamics of social relations and cultural politics in contemporary Latin America.

Olivier Dabène (Sciences Po)
Holly Eva Ryan (Queen Mary University of London)
Alba Griffin (Newcastle University)
Caroline Hodges (Bournemouth University)
Chandra Morrison (London School of Economics and Political Science)
Alexander Araya López (University of Venice)

Organized by Dr Chandra Morrison (, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, with the generous support of the Leverhulme Trust and the LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre.

If you would like to attend the event, please contact Nicky Armstrong ( at the LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre.

12 March 2018 | 17.30 - 19.30
'"The Slave Master of Trinidad": William Hardin Burnley'
Rm 103, Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1E 6BT

Organiser: Dr Kate Quinn,

William Hardin Burnley (1780-1850) was the largest slave owner in Trinidad during the nineteenth century.  Born in the United States to English parents, he settled in Trinidad in 1802 and became one of the most influential citizens and prominent agent in the British Empire.  A central figure among the elite and moneyed transnational slave owners, Burnley moved easily though the Atlantic world of the Caribbean, the United States, Great Britain, and Europe and counted among his friends Alexis de Tocqueville, British politician Joseph Hume who was his brother-in-law, and prime minister William Gladstone. In this seminar, Professor Cudjoe discusses the life and times of Burnley, and assesses his significance within the wider Atlantic world. 

Speaker: Professor Cudjoe is a professor of Africana Studies at Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts. He has taught at Cornell, Harvard, and Fordham universities. He is the author of V. S. Naipaul: A Materialist Reading and Beyond Boundaries: The Intellectual Tradition of Trinidad and Tobago in the Nineteenth-Century. Professor Cudjoe spent a semester at UCL as he worked on this book.

While attendance at this event is free, places are limited and so booking is required to avoid disappointment.

12 March 2019 | 18.00 - 21.00
Brazil, film and soft power
King’s Building, Strand Campus, London

The speaker Stephanie Dennison is a Professor of Brazilian Studies and a founding member of the Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures at the University of Leeds. She is co-author with Lisa Shaw of two books on Brazilian cinema and edited books on Latin American film and popular culture, she co-edited with Song Hwee Lim Remapping World Cinema and she leads an AHRC-funded international research network examining cinema as soft-power asset in BRICS nations.


13 March 2019 | 16.00 - 17.00
Increasing women’s access for well-being after resettlement: The Belo Monte hydropower dam project
Old Library Building 2.22, Newcastle University

Speaker: Satya Maia Patchineelam, Erasmus University Rotterdam (co-convened with Centro de Lingua Portuguesa Camões Institute and the Committee for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion)

Gender-blind policies and the lack of in-depth studies by authorities and decision makers of local communities are a threat to women’s adaptation after resettlement. In Altamira, a city located in the Brazilian Amazon, local riverine communities have been resettled from their homes alongside the river to an urban city due to the construction of Belo Monte dam. The gradual and dismantled distribution of families during resettlement to five different Collective Resettlement Units have impacted people’s social connections, separating families and family members, and distancing them from their livelihood, primary income resources and affecting their traditions. In addition, women in general are also forced to change their lives due to the strong patriarchal culture still very alive in Brazil limiting their independence. Not only their lifestyle changed but there was also a shift to what the riverine people understand as home. This resettlement has not only changed their social connections it has also a psychological impact.

20 March 2019 | 17.30 - 19.30
Depression and Decolonisation: Revisiting the 1930s in the British and French Caribbean
Rm 103, Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1E 6BT

The 1930s were in many senses defined by the Great Depression, a decade of hunger marches, labour unrest, and political agitation across the British and French Caribbean. There remains, however, a striking contrast in the historiography derived, it seems, from the islands’ very different political futures. Historians of the British Caribbean, seeking to explain the growth of anticolonial nationalism, treat the 1930s as a turning point; historians of the French Caribbean, by contrast, seeing the interwar period as a time of continuity building up to départementalisation in 1946, give these years rather less focus. With this in mind, the paper compares the two cases. How did the islands react to the global economic crisis, why, and with what significance for their political futures?

Speaker: Michael Joseph, Oxford University. Michael Joseph is the M.G. Brock Junior Research Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. His PhD thesis examines the impact of the First World War on ideas about empire and citizenship in the British and French Caribbean. 

This event is free to attend, but places are limited so booking is required.

26 March 2019 | 18.00 - 21.00
Ideas out of place: city making and the reproduction of spatial injustice in Rio de Janeiro
King’s Building, Strand Campus, London

Part of the King's Brazil Institute Seminar Series.

The speaker Gabriel Silvestre is a lecturer in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield where he coordinates the masters programme MA Cities and Global Development. He holds a PhD in Planning Studies from University College London and has previously taught at the same institution and at the University of Westminster. His research interests include the topics of planning theory in Latin America, the governance of large-scale regeneration projects and the urban impacts of hosting mega-events.


3 Apr 2019 | 17.00 - 18.30
Olivia Casagrande (Manchester) 'Manchas y parches: (Un)making the indigenous city through performance and critical mapping in Santiago, Chile'
A215, Samuel Alexander Building, University of Manchester

Organiser: School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Speaker: Dr Olivia Casagrande

Part of the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Research Seminar. 

Thursday | 17.00
LAC History Seminar Series
Latin American Centre, University of Oxford

Convener: Eduardo Posada-Carbo

Thursdays | 17.30 onwards
The D’Arcy Lectures, Given by Professor Gustavo Morello SJ
Harold Lee Room, Pembroke College, OX1 1DW

For more information contact:

Mondays | 17.15 (unless otherwise stated)
CLAS Open Seminars
Rm SG2, Alison Richard Building, University of Cambridge, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT

All are welcome. Refreshments are served after each seminar.



21 - 25 January 2019
Brazil Week 2019
The King's Brazil Institute, Cambridge

The King's Brazil Institute invites you to Brazil Week 2019, a showcase of Brazilian academia and culture. Below you will find a program of the week's events - please note that some room numbers are to be confirmed, and that all items marked with an asterisk * will require booking.  To keep up to date with information please follow us on our facebook:, or email for more information.

We look forward to seeing you there!

13.00 - 14.00 Bush House South 2.01
  KCL Modern Language Centre
Brazilian Food and Drink Language workshop
Luciano Araujo
13.00 - 15.00 Franklin-Wilkins Building, Waterloo Campus 1.62
  Democracy in Brazil
“Challenges to Democracy in Brazil: Elections, Contestation, and Innovation”
Professor Thamy Pogrebinschi (Berlin Social Science Centre)
Presented by Canning house & King’s Brazil Institute present
17.00 - 18.00 room TBC
  #Metoo Brazil: a Roundtable
18.00 - 19.00 K4U12
  King's Brazil Society & BRASA
19.00 - 20.00 King's Building - River Room
  * Cachaca: a Cultural Overview with Abelha 
Join the Brazil Institute and Hal Stockley, the founder of Abelha Cachaça, for an exploration of Brazil’s national drink! Hear first-hand how Abelha began, where and how it’s produced in Brazil and the in-roads it's making into the spirits industry around the world. Learn about the production and ageing process, artisanal vs industrial cachaça and how Abelha is helping improve the lives of sugarcane farmers in Brazil.
12.00 - 13.00 Room TBC
  Free Samba Workshop with Henrique & Maite of the Paraiso School of Samba
Paraíso School of Samba is the only organisation in the UK whose artistic direction is led by artists who grew up in the Rio de Janeiro samba community - and which closely follows the authentic Brazilian School of Samba structure and objectives, including all its main cultural elements. Like Brazilian Samba Schools, Paraiso plays only pure Samba rather than the derivatives usually played in the UK.
13.00 - 14.00 Bush House South East 2.10
  KCL Modern Language Centre
Brazilian Music Language workshop
Eloi Dotto
17.00 - 19.00 Strand Campus K-1.56
  Book Launch
The Prism of Race: The Politics and Ideology of Affirmative Action in Brazil with author
David Lehmann
19.00 - 21.30 Waterloo Campus Stamford Street Lecture Theatre
  Film Screening: Orestes
King’s Brazil Institute presents this film screening of Rodrigo Siqueira’s documentary, Orestes. The documentary Orestes appropriates the story of Aeschylus and promotes his encounter with the history of Brazil. What if Orestes was a Brazilian, the son of a political activist and an agent of the military dictatorship? What if at the age of six he had seen his mother tortured and killed by his father? What if this same Orestes, 37 years later, killed his father, an amnestied torturer in 1979, during the process of democratisation?
14 - 15.00 Strand Campus S3.30
  A Seminar
The Power of Dreams: An Ethnography of Start-Ups in Brazil and the United Kingdom
Louise Scoz Pasteur de Faria (UFRGS / UCL)
17.30 - 19.30 Strand Campus S-1.04
  * Book Launch
Understanding Contemporary Brazil with
Anthony Pereira & Jeff Garmany
19.30 - 21.00 Fernandez & Wells, Somerset House
  Concert: Alvorada
13 - 14.00 Bush House South East 1.01
  KCL Modern Language Centre
Portuguese Literature through Brazilian Music and Drama
Isabel Simoes
13 - 14.00 Waterloo Campus Franklin-Wilkins Building 1.17

New Frontiers in Drug Research
Paul Long

A guide to a new 4 year joint PhD programme in pharmaceutical sciences offered between the Institute of Pharmaceutical Science at King’s and the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of São Paulo will be given by the King's Programme Lead Professor Paul Long. The joint PhD degree is designed to capture the broad sweep of research undertaken by both institutions but a particular strength of this programme is  in developing industrial processes to meet the market supply of medicines.

19 - 20.00 The Anatomy Museum, Strand Campus
  * Concert: The Tram Conductor's Sweetheart
We welcome you to join us for The Tram Conductor’s Sweetheart, composed by Noel Rosa and led by Vinicius de Carvalho and the King’s Brazil Ensemble. The event will be opened with an address from Fred Arruda, Brazilian Ambassador to Great Britain.

22 January 2019 | 17.00 - 19.00
Book Launch - The Prism of Race: The Politics and Ideology of Affirmative Action in Brazil
by David Lehmann
Mill Lane Lecture Rooms, Room 9, 8 Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RX

How race quotas—and their public perception—reflect Brazil’s complicated history with racial injustice

Brazil has developed a distinctive response to the injustices inflicted by the country’s race relations regime. Despite the mixed racial background of most Brazilians, the state recognizes people’s racial classification according to a simple official scheme in which those self-assigned as black, together with “brown” and “indigenous” (preto-pardo-indigena), can qualify for specially allocated resources, most controversially quota places at public universities. Although this quota system has been somewhat successful, many other issues that disproportionately affect the country’s black population remain unresolved, and systemic policies to reduce structural inequality remain off the agenda.

In The Prism of Race, David Lehmann explores, theoretically and practically, issues of race, the state, social movements, and civil society, and then goes beyond these themes to ask whether Brazilian politics will forever circumvent the severe problems facing the society by co-optation and by tinkering with unjust structures. Lehmann disrupts the paradigm of current scholarly thought on Brazil, placing affirmative action disputes in their political and class context, bringing back the concept of state corporatism, and questioning the strength and independence of Brazilian civil society.

Further information and purchase:
Author: David Lehmann is Emeritus Reader, Social Science & former Director, Centre of Latin American Studies at the University of Cambridge.

23 January 2019 | 18.30 - 20.00
Lusophone Music and Poetry at the Chapel
King’s Building, Strand Campus, Kings College London, WC2R 2LS

At this intimate and peaceful location, students and teachers of the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies will perform poems and songs.

This bilingual reading covers modern and contemporary authors from across the Portuguese speaking countries.

This is a free event, please register your interest here


25 January 2019 | 19.30 onwards
Sir Isaac Newton, Castle Hill, Cambridge

IROKO is a local band playing a mix of grooves from West and North Africa, Haiti and Brazil, with tunes from Fela Kuti, John Coltrane, Snarky Puppy and beyond. 

Why not try something different for Burns Night? Entrance is free. Dancers welcome.


31 January 2019 | 18.00 -19.30
Uncertain Citizenship: Everyday Practices of Bolivian Migrants in Chile: Book launch
Vera Anstey Room, Old Building, London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE

Uncertain Citizenship explores how Bolivian migrants to Chile experience citizenship across borders in their daily lives. Compelled to migrate by economic marginalization and lack of opportunities, in Chile they may face a multitude of challenges in different arenas from difficulties acquiring regular legal status, exploitative labour conditions, poor housing conditions, problems accessing health care and education, social isolation and discrimination to a sense of ambivalence toward and exclusion from certain forms of political participation.

Drawing on multi-sited ethnographic research, this book contributes to debates on the meaning and practice of citizenship in Latin America and for migrants throughout the world. In this time of deep uncertainty for many migrants, it is necessary to seize on the germ of possibility that uncertainty contains and present an alternative politics based on inclusive citizenship.

Join us in conversation with the author Dr Megan Ryburn, Latin America and Caribbean Centre, LSE; Professor Linda McDowell, School of Geography and the Environment University of Oxford, and Professor Cathy McIlwaine, Department of Geography, Kings.

This event is free to attend. Please pre-register here:


4 February 2019 | 18.00 onwards
The end of the pink tide? Contesting the right turn in Latin America
Bancroft Building Room 1.01.1 (first floor), Queen Mary University of London, E1 4NS

Hosted by: Queen Mary Latin American Network
Supported by: Action for Argentina and Bolivia Solidarity Campaign 

A public talk with José Cruz Campagnoli, leader of Nuevo Encuentro (CABA) Argentina, and Amancay Colque, Bolivia Solidarity Campaign

José Cruz Campagnoli, ex-legislator for the Ciy of Buenos Aires government and president of its comision for human rights, will be discussing the current political situation in Argentina and across the region based on first hand experience. Specifically, he argues that the progressive cycle of governments, commonly know as the "pink tide" is, far from being over, currently in a phase of dispute with as of yet unresolved outcomes. 

Amancay Colque, longstanding Bolivian activist and teacher, and founder of the Bolivia Solidarity Campaign (UK), will in turn provide up-to-date information of the government of Evo Morales which appears to be one of the few progressive governments still standing in the region.

The talks will be followed by an open debate and discussion hosted by the Queen Mary Latin American network.

For further info:

21 February 2019 | 18.30
The British in Argentina : Commerce, Settlers and Power, 1800 - 2000
Woburn Suite, Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, WC1E 7HU

Book launch. The book is the outcome of fifteen years’ research and will be on sale at the launch courtesy of Palgrave Macmillan. Drawing on largely unexplored nineteenth- and twentieth-century sources, this book offers an in-depth study of Britain’s presence in Argentina. Its subjects include the nineteenth-century rise of British trade, merchants and explorers, of investment and railways, and of British imperialism. Spanning the period from the Napoleonic Wars until the end of the twentieth century, it provides a comprehensive history of the unique British community in Argentina. Later sections examine the decline of British influence in Argentina from World War I into the early 1950s.  Finally, the book traces links between British multinationals and the political breakdown in Argentina of the 1970s and early 1980s, leading into dictatorship and the Falklands War. Combining economic, social and political history, this extensive volume offers new insights into both the historical development of Argentina and of British interests overseas.

Author: David Rock (University of California, Santa Barbara and Senior Research Associate Centre of Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge), author of Argentina, 1516-1987; Authoritarian Argentina; The Rise and Fall of Radicalism and State Formation and Political Movements in Argentina.


Kindly supported by:

Institutes of Latin American Studies and Modern Languages Research
School of Advanced Studies, University of London
Centre of Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge
Canning House & the Argentine Embassy

27 February 2019 | 17.30 - 19.30
'Mexico and The Caribbean Under Castro's Eyes', Book Launch
Rm 103, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PN

We are delighted to host the launch of the latest book by Professor Colin Clarke, Mexico and The Caribbean Under Castro's Eyes: A Journal of Decolonization, State Formation and Democratization (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). Professor Clarke's third and final journal based on field research in Mexico and the Caribbean in the 1960s and 1970s, deals with the aftermath of the Castro Revolution in Cuba in 1959, and its impact on the adjacent region where its reverberations could be clearly detected during the period 1960 to 1980. Whereas the first two journals (Jamaica Journals 1961 and 1968 [2016] and Post-Colonial Trinidad [2010] dealt with racial struggles in Jamaica and Trinidad, Mexico and The Caribbean under Castro's Eyes extends the analysis of decolonisation, state formation and democratisation to other Caribbean islands and to the Mexican state. 

Speaker: Colin Clarke, Emeritus Professor at Oxford University. Colin Clarke is an Emeritus Professor of Geography at Oxford University and an Emeritus Fellow of Jesus College.  He was formerly Head of the School of Geography and the Environment at Oxford, and previously Reader in Geography and Latin American Studies at Liverpool University.

This event is free to attend, but places are limited so booking is required.

21 March 2019
"Indigenous Urbanisation in Latin America"
Department of Urban Studies and Planning, University of Sheffield

Organisers: Philipp Horn, University of Sheffield: Aiko Ikemura Amaral, University of Essex: Desiree Poets, Virginia Tech:

Latin America is characterised by profound ethno-racial divisions which are also manifested in space. Since the colonial conquest, the Latin American city was associated with a specific group of inhabitants – ‘whites’ or people of ‘mixed blood’ – who were granted citizenship rights. In contrast, the countryside was conceived of as the space of the 'Other', home to the ‘non-white’ indigenous, ethno-racially mixed or black population. These groups were denied actual citizenship and excluded from the imagery of the ‘modern’ and ‘developed’ city.  Such strict ethno-racial rural-urban divides could never be fully sustained. However, they have been further blurred since the second half of the 20th century, as previously isolated rural indigenous communities and territories have been affected by urbanisation, and indigenous peoples have increasingly participated in rural-urban migratory flows. As a result, by the turn of the millennium, 35 percent of the region’s indigenous population were living in cities – this number is likely to rise to 50 percent by 2030 (UN-Habitat 2010). While a growing indigenous majority lives in urban concrete jungles, mainstream research and practice on indigeneity and indigenous development continues to focus on rural places, often offering an essentialist perspective of indigenous peoples as ‘guardians of the forest’. The combination of being simultaneously ‘urban’ and ‘indigenous’ thus remains a conundrum and largely unaddressed by scholarship. 

The workshop will focus on the topic of indigenous urbanisation in Latin America, with emphasis on Bolivia and Brazil, as well as key political, social, economic, spatial, and cultural shifts related with these trends. It will bring together an interdisciplinary group of researchers in different career stages who will explore, among others, urban reconfigurations of indigenous identities, communities and organisation patterns; the urbanisation of rural communities; the intersectional inequalities faced by indigenous peoples in the city; and the impacts of social and spatial mobility over understandings of urban indigeneity. 

The workshop will take place at the University of Sheffield on Thursday, 21 March 2019. Speakers will give a 15-minute presentation/provocation before opening for questions and general debate, as detailed in the programme below. For those interested in joining the discussion, we have space for approx. 20 more people to attend the event. Places will be allocated according to a first come first served basis. In case you want to attend the workshop, please register here:


Hemispheric Indigeneities: Native Identity and Agency in Mesoamerica, the Andes, and Canada
Editors: Miléna Santoro and Erick D. Langer

Hemispheric Indigeneities is a critical anthology that brings together indigenous and nonindigenous scholars specializing in the Andes, Mesoamerica, and Canada. The overarching theme is the changing understanding of indigeneity from first contact to the contemporary period in three of the world’s major regions of indigenous peoples.

Although the terms indio, indigène, and indian only exist (in Spanish, French, and English, respectively) because of European conquest and colonization, indigenous peoples have appropriated or changed this terminology in ways that reflect their shifting self-identifications and aspirations. As the essays in this volume demonstrate, this process constantly transformed the relation of Native peoples in the Americas to other peoples and the state. This volume’s presentation of various factors—geographical, temporal, and cross-cultural—provide illuminating contributions to the burgeoning field of hemispheric indigenous studies.

Hemispheric Indigeneities explores indigenous agency and shows that what it means to be indigenous was and is mutable. It also demonstrates that self-identification evolves in response to the relationship between indigenous peoples and the state. The contributors analyze the conceptions of what indigeneity meant, means today, or could come to mean tomorrow.

Miléna Santoro is an associate professor of French and Francophone studies at Georgetown University. She is the author of Mothers of Invention: Feminist Authors and Experimental Fiction in France and Quebec.

Erick D. Langer is a professor of history at Georgetown University. He is the author of Expecting Pears from an Elm Tree: Franciscan Missions on the Chiriguano Frontier in the Heart of South America, 1830–1949 and coeditor of The New Latin American Mission History (Nebraska, 1995).

The Inter-American Human Rights System: Impact Beyond Compliance
Editor: Engstrom, Par
978-3-319-89459-1 (eBook) | 978-3-319-89458-4 (Hardcover)
: $109.00 | Hardcover: $149.99

A new publication in the Studies of the Americas series, this volume brings together innovative work from emerging and leading scholars in international law and political science to critically examine the impact of the Inter-American Human Rights System (IAHRS). By leveraging a variety of theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches, the contributors assess the impact of the IAHRS on domestic human rights change in Latin America. More specifically, the book provides a nuanced analysis of the System’s impact by examining the ways in which the IAHRS influences domestic actors and political institutions advancing the realisation of human rights. This work will be of interest to students and scholars of human rights and Latin American politics, as well as to those engaged with the nexus of international law and domestic politics and the dynamics of international and regional institutions.

Par Engstrom is Senior Lecturer in Human Rights at the UCL Institute of the Americas, and the academic coordinator of the International Network on the Inter-American Human Rights System.

Maxine Molyneux, Professor of Sociology at UCL Institute of the Americas is Editor in Chief of the Studies of the Americas series.

The Routledge Handbook of Latin American Development
Editors: Julie Cupples, Marcela Palomino-Schalscha
and Manuel Prieto
9781138060739 (Hardback) | 9781315162935 (eBook)
: $265.00 | eBook: $27.48

The Routledge Handbook of Latin American Development seeks to engage with comprehensive, contemporary, and critical theoretical debates on Latin American development. The volume draws on contributions from across the humanities and social sciences and, unlike earlier volumes of this kind, explicitly highlights the disruptions to the field being brought by a range of anti-capitalist, decolonial, feminist, and ontological intellectual contributions.

The chapters consider in depth the harms and suffering caused by various oppressive forces, as well as the creative and often revolutionary ways in which ordinary Latin Americans resist, fight back, and work to construct development defined broadly as the struggle for a better and more dignified life. The book covers many key themes including development policy and practice; neoliberalism and its aftermath; the role played by social movements in cities and rural areas; the politics of water, oil, and other environmental resources; indigenous and Afro-descendant rights; and the struggles for gender equality.

With contributions from authors working in Latin America, the US and Canada, Europe, and New Zealand at a range of universities and other organizations, the handbook is an invaluable resource for students and teachers in development studies, Latin American studies, cultural studies, human geography, anthropology, sociology, political science, and economics, as well as for activists and development practitioners.

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336.



SLAS Awards and Prizes

Deadlines for the following SLAS awards and prizes are approaching so please do share details with postgraduate students.

Postgraduate Overseas Conference Grants
DEADLINE 12 February
SLAS makes available up to 6 grants worth up to £500 each to postgraduate members to assist them to attend major conferences held outside the UK.

Postgraduate Travel Grant
DEADLINE 12 February
SLAS makes available up to 12 grants worth up to £1000 each to postgraduate members to encourage and assist in overseas fieldwork.

Harold Blakemore Prize
DEADLINE 28 February
£600 prize for best essay submitted each year by a postgraduate student in Latin American Studies based at a UK institution.


Margaret Anstee Research Fellowship 2019 - 2023
Newnham College, Cambridge

DEADLINE 15 February 2019, midnight GMT

Applications are invited from outstanding women graduates whose doctoral degrees are complete or very near completion, for a Stipendiary Research Fellowship (“Margaret Anstee Fellowship”) in subjects related to economic and social development and/or international relations.

The successful candidate will work in the new Margaret Anstee Centre for Global Studies (“The Margaret Anstee Centre”) which was founded in 2018 at Newnham College through a legacy from Dame Margaret Anstee, a graduate of the College, and the first woman Under-Secretary General of the United Nations. The Margaret Anstee Centre promotes research into economic and social development and/or international relations, and complements work being carried out elsewhere in the University. The Centre currently has a Director (Dr Emma Mawdsley), and two Margaret Anstee Fellows (Dr Georgia Cole and Dr Daniela Sanchez-Lopez) and supports a graduate student (Supriya Roychoudhury). The Centre also hosts the Archives of The Disappeared, an interdisciplinary initiative that addresses the challenges of research, documentation, and evidence collection in the study of communities, social movements, life-worlds and cultures that have been destroyed through acts of large-scale violence.

Although based primarily at Newnham, the Margaret Anstee Fellow will be encouraged to build connections with at least one Department or Centre within the University of Cambridge, such as Anthropology, Education, Modern and Medieval Languages, Geography, History, Sociology and POLIS, and/or the Centres for African Studies, Latin American Studies, South Asian Studies, Governance and Human Rights, Global Human Movement, and Development Studies.

Applications from anyone working on economic and social development and/or international relations are welcome; particularly those with interest and experience in the following:

Application Information

  1. There is no age limit, but the Margaret Anstee Fellowship is intended to support women with high potential, at an early stage of their academic careers, and will normally be awarded to those who have submitted their PhD, and who have no more than a few years of full-time work experience.
  2. According to the terms of Margaret Anstee’s will, the Fellowship is restricted to women who are ‘developing world’ citizens or citizens of the UK, in each case intending to make their career in economic and social development and/or international relations. The former will normally be taken to mean countries listed as ODA recipients by the OECD-DAC [1].
  3. Where a candidate is appointed who requires a visa in order to work in the UK, the appointment will be conditional upon the candidate successfully obtaining the necessary visa.
  4. The Margaret Anstee Fellowship is tenable for four years with effect from 1 October 2019.
  5. The Margaret Anstee Fellow will be expected to provide up to four hours of teaching per week (where this is appropriate and available), in the form of guest lectures or supervisions (individual or small group supervisions arranged by the Cambridge Colleges) during Full Term.
  6. The Margaret Anstee Fellow will be expected to contribute fully to the activities of the Margaret Anstee Centre. This will include active involvement in grant applications, student support, publications, seminar and event organisation, public outreach, and other relevant activities.
  7. An award of £10,000 will be made available to each Margaret Anstee Fellow over the tenure of their Fellowship to support research and fieldwork, and to promote their research.
  8. Margaret Anstee Fellows are expected to be resident in Cambridge during Full Term, unless (with leave from the College Council) they are undertaking fieldwork or other work relevant to their Fellowship away from Cambridge.
  9. The starting salary is £32,236. In addition to the annual cost of living increase, the post holder will receive an annual step increment of 3-6%, subject to successful appraisal.
  10. Stipendiary Research Fellows are eligible to join the Universities Superannuation Scheme.
  11. Margaret Anstee Fellows will be elected to a Fellowship in Class B (Research Fellows under Statute XII), entitling them to all the rights and privileges of a Fellow of Newnham College including membership of the College’s Governing Body.
  12. Applications should be made on-line at: [2] no later than midnight GMT on Friday 15 February 2019.
  13. The application will comprise:
    1. An application form to be completed on-line b. A CV c. A research statement (in the form of a letter addressed to Professor Dame Carol Black, Principal, Newnham College) of no more than 1,000 words in all, outlining the work the candidate would wish to submit in support of her application and the research she proposes to do if elected. This statement should be intelligible to those working in other but related fields.
    2. The names and addresses (postal and email) of two referees familiar with candidate’s academic work.
  14. Once the candidate has completed her on-line application an email will be sent to each referee specified. Candidates should inform their referees that they will be unable to submit their references until this email has been received, and that references MUST be submitted by Friday 22 February 2019 or they will be too late for consideration. Referees will be expected to address the candidate’s suitability for this appointment. Generic dossier references are not acceptable.
  15. Selected candidates will be invited to submit an example of their academic work. This might be a paper, book chapter, or a selected chapter from a PhD dissertation.
  16. It is expected that short-listed candidates will be interviewed on Friday 22 March 2019

These appointments comply with legislation on sex discrimination, relying on the Equality Act 2010, Schedule 22, and Article 3 of the College Charter, January 2019



Head of the School of Modern Languages
University of Newcastle

DEADLINE 27 January 2019

Newcastle University seeks to appoint an outstanding individual at Professorial level to lead the School of Modern Languages, within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Candidates should have an excellent record of leadership achievement, and strong academic credentials in keeping with Newcastle’s standing as one of the UK’s leading research universities. 

This is a senior leadership position within the University, with institutional as well as local responsibility: the Head will be accountable both for the academic leadership of the School and for its effective governance and management. Reporting directly to the Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor, you will take the lead in setting the agenda for Modern Languages at Newcastle. 

For a confidential discussion about this role, please contact Professor Nigel Harkness, Pro-Vice-Chancellor - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. E-mail

Interviews are scheduled for Friday 8th March 2019 

We appreciate that, for some people, a standard, full-time contract may not be ideal. So, we are very happy to consider flexible options, such as job-sharing, for this position. For more details, see our flexible working web page.

The University holds the institutional silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality, and the University holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers.  We are also a member of the Euraxess network.  

Further details about the post and a full candidate briefing pack can be accessed here: 


Research Fellow
University of Aberdeen
Full Time, Fixed-Term/Contract
£33,199 to £39,610
Ref: LAN086R

DEADLINE 5 February 2019

The University of Aberdeen, with funding from the ESRC, is delighted to offer a full-time postdoctoral Research Fellow position, starting by 13 March 2019 for a period of four months.

The Fellow will contribute to the ESRC project on “Activism in Regions of Crime-Related Violence and Institutional Fragility”, led by Dr Trevor Stack.

Duties will include assisting in the preparation of the academic publications and policy-relevant documents, in liaison with the PI and other team members, and contributing to the data analysis and writing where appropriate. The Fellow will also be responsible for preparing project data for submission to the UK Data Service, as well as developing an appropriate communications strategy, including setting up a project website.

The successful candidate must hold at the time of application a PhD in sociology or anthropology, or a closely-related discipline, and have a strong interest in topics relevant to the project.

Salary will be at the appropriate point on the Grade 6 salary scale (£33,199 - £39,610 pro rata per annum) and negotiable with placement according to qualifications and experience.

As this position is funded by the ESRC, it is available for a period of 4 months.

The researcher will be based in the University of Aberdeen’s inter-disciplinary Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law (CISRUL).

Any appointment will be made subject to satisfactory references and a period of probation.

Online application forms are available at

For further information on various staff benefits and policies please visit 

Should you require a visa to undertake paid employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship and Tier 2 visa. As appropriate, at the time an offer of appointment is made you will be asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of financial maintenance and competency in English. Please do not hesitate to contact Heather Clark, HR Adviser on +44 (0)1224 273244 or email for further information.

Should you wish to make an informal enquiry please contact, Dr Trevor Stack

Please do not send application forms or CVs to Dr Stack

The closing date for receipt of applications is 5 February 2019

Please quote reference number LAN086R on all correspondence

The University pursues a policy of equal opportunities in the appointment and promotion of staff.