SLAS E-Newsletter, April 2015

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Brian Mackern's This Too Shall Pass Twitter Gallery, April 2015

We hope you’ve enjoyed the first month of our Twitter Galleries, when we tweeted a retrospective of the exhibition we held in October at FACT , Cities in Dialogue . We’ve had a great response on Twitter, and we’ll be announcing the winning image soon.

Now, in April, we’re launching a second, exciting Twitter Gallery .

Throughout month of April we will be tweeting one image per day of This Too Shall Pass, the new residence artwork created by our Artist in Residence, Brian Mackern, when he was here in Liverpool in October last year.

These exclusive images, shared for the first time, will give you a rare glimpse into an artwork as it evolves, and give you the chance to feed into the artwork yourself. All the images will be tweeted from our @latamcyber account, so make sure to follow us to see these exciting images.

Using re-tweets, favourites, and the hashtag #citiesindialogue, we’d like to encourage you to comment on and vote for your favourite image. Also, you’ll notice that the content of Brian’s artwork is the city of Liverpool itself, so if any of the venues are familiar to you, or if you have any of your own photos of the venues that you’d like to share, please tweet them with the #citiesindialogue hashtag.

We will be offering as a prize a signed poster by the artist as well as a first edition copy of the entire work on CD to the lucky winner whose tweet is selected from all those who participate – so get your twitter accounts at the ready!

Throughout the month, we’ll also be integrating tweets from the artist himself explaining the concept behind the artwork, and towards the end of the month there will be a live Q&A Twitter chat with the artist himself on Wednesday 22 April from 12.00-2.00pm

We will be drawing everything together in Storify, so if you miss any of the tweets as they happen, you can catch up on everything at:
To read more about the project and the other events, follow @latamcyber and see:

The Cities in Dialogue exhibition is part of the Latin(o) American Digital Art project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

The Launch of Iberoamérica

It is a pleasure to announce that Iberoamérica has been launched at This blog will be a platform to promote the research and activities related to Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies being carried out at the University of Manchester. Become a follower and keep updated about our seminar series and upcoming events. You will also find posts by academics and contributors discussing their current and past research.

More information is available at our websites:
Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies (SPLAS):
Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS):

Digital Archive of Latin American and Caribbean Ephemera

This is a steadily growing repository containing a previously unavailable subset of Princeton’s Latin American Ephemera Collection as well as newly acquired materials being digitized and added on an ongoing basis. The bulk of the items currently found in the archive were originally created around the turn of the 20th century, with some originating as recently as within the last year.

The formats or genre most commonly included are pamphlets, flyers, leaflets, brochures, posters, stickers, and postcards. These items were originally created by a wide array of social activists, non-governmental organizations, government agencies, political parties, public policy think tanks, and other types of organizations in order to publicize their views, positions, agendas, policies, events, and activities. The vast majority are rare, hard-to-find primary sources unavailable elsewhere.

The subject categories represented in the archive are:

All of these subject categories have been further divided into numerous subcategories. Even though materials produced in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Venezuela are currently the most abundant in the repository, almost every country in the region is represented. An effort is being made to provide a more balanced coverage in the future.

The Digital Archive of Latin American and Caribbean Ephemera is the latest and most ambitious phase in Princeton’s long time commitment to building and providing access to its unparalleled Latin American Ephemera Collection. Open online access to this previously inaccessible subset of the collection has been possible thanks to the generous support provided by the Latin Americanist Research Resources Project (LARRP) and to a three-year starting grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The goal of Princeton and its partners is to continue adding hundreds of new digitized ephemeral items per month in the coming years and turn this vast and exceptional collection from a practically inaccessible archive into a dynamic scholarly resource that will support present and future academic activities in interdisciplinary Latin American Studies and in the broader social sciences and the humanities.

London Latin American Marxist Reading Group

Accompanying the uneven and contradictory lurch to the left in parts of Latin America over the last 15 years there has been a revival of innovative and critical theoretical and political writings in the region, drawing on a range of radical, and particularly Marxist, traditions. Varieties of Latin American historical materialism and explorations of core Latin American questions have found expression in a plethora of new journals, intellectual groupings, and book publications. Part of this intellectual Marxist renewal has meant a re-engagement with classical texts and traditions of the past. However, much of this theoretical ferment has passed relatively unnoticed in the English-language literature on the economies, politics, and societies of the region.

In London, as a modest attempt to help reverse this inattention, we have formed a reading group on classical and contemporary Latin American Marxist thinkers. We have been meeting since October 2014 at UCL’s Institute of the Americas and so far we have read texts by Löwy, Mariátegui, Zavaleta Mercado and Bolivar Echeverria among others. Although sometimes texts were only available in Spanish, the discussion is conducted in English to be as inclusive as possible.

The Reading Group meets fortnightly (next meeting will be Friday April 3, 5pm-7pm) and will probably rest during Exam Term and resume in September 2015. Meetings take place at UCL Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PN. To express your interest in attending and getting details on readings please contact the organizers of the reading group.



Human Rights and the Judiciary in Post-Authoritarian Argentina
Instituto Cervantes, 102 Eaton Square, SW1W 9AN
6 April 2015 | 18.30

Speaker: Dr Ezequiel Gonzalez Ocantos – Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford, and Professorial Fellow in Nuffield College

Standard ticket price £10. See Canning House website ( for more information and to reserve your place.

This lecture explores the role of the Argentine judiciary in addressing the legacies of state repression. I argue that the Cervantesunprecedented wave of human rights prosecutions currently under way in Argentina is the result of a profound ideational transformation in the judicial branch orchestrated by human rights activists since the early 1990s. I challenge the view held by some scholars and practitioners who contend that the re-launching of criminal prosecutions in the 2000s was as easy as “hunting lions in the zoo.” The lecture will show that despite the importance of changes in civil-military relations and the human rights policies promoted by the executive branch, the recent explosion of human rights trials would have not been possible in the absence of changes in the legal cultures of key judicial players, or without the dismantling of island of corporatist resistance to the trials by judicial actors in several provinces and in the upper echelons of the federal judiciary. The lecture concludes by drawing lessons from this experience relative to the uneven pace of democratisation processes and the impact of human rights trials on the rule of law.

With Ezequiel Gonzalez Ocantos – Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford, and Professorial Fellow in Nuffield College. His current book project explores the behaviour of Latin American judges in cases of serious human rights violations. His articles have been published in the American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Politics and Comparative Political Studies.

Gonzalez Ocantos holds a B.A. in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame. His doctoral dissertation won the American Political Science Association’s Corwin Award for the best dissertation in the field of Public Law.

Pregnancy, Childbearing, and Infant Care: Historical Perspectives from Slave and Non-Slave Societies
Newcastle University, Armstrong Building 2.50
8-9 April 2015

We are delighted to announce that Newcastle University is hosting this conference as the first of three international symposia that form the foundation of the AHRC Research Network 'Mothering Slaves: Comparative Perspectives on Motherhood, Childlessness, and the Care of Children in Atlantic Slave Societies.' This two-day symposium will bring together historians of enslaved women researching motherhood, the care of children, and childlessness with other historians who have explored these issues within non-slave societies. To facilitate in-depth comparison, particular attention will be paid to the history of breastfeeding and wetnursing in slave and non-slave societies. Drawing together leading scholars who are investigating the lives of enslaved women in Brazil, the United States, and the Caribbean, this conference will pay particular attention to how enslaved motherhood worked across Atlantic slave societies and other non-slave societies, and to draw out points of similarity and difference. In doing so, this international conference seeks to encourage new ways of thinking about enslaved women in the Atlantic world.

Programme information, abstracts, and speaker biographies:

Registration (including payment options):

The Network:

We are especially pleased that Professor Jennifer L. Morgan of New York University will deliver the keynote address, 'Partus Sequitur Ventrem: Considering Slave Law and Re/Production for Enslaved Women' on Wednesday 8 April at 4pm in the Research Beehive, Newcastle University. Attendance at the keynote is free, but please register your intention to attend via the form above.

Please direct any questions and queries to our Network Facilitator, Selina Patel, by email:

Trials and Tribulations of Conserving Ecuador's Cloud Forests in the Time of the Citizen's Revolution
Room G22/26 (Ground Floor), Senate House, South Block, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
15 April 2015, 18:45 - 20:45

Organized by the Anglo-Ecuadorian Society and Rainforest Concern

Carlos Zorrilla was born in Cuba in 1951 and emigrated to the US in 1962 where he lived until 1978. He has dual US and Cuban citizenship. He graduated in 1972 from Orange Coast College, California with an Associate of Arts degree in Photography. He has been a permanent resident of Ecuador Intag’s cloud forest region since 1978, where he cultivates coffee and many other crops. He is a founding member of several conservation and productive organizations, including:

He has made himself unpopular with both private mining companies and the government by opposing the development of a large-scale copper mine in an area rich in pristine rivers and streams and primary cloud forests harbouring several species of endangered mammals.

He is the author of several papers (Spanish and English) on development, large-scale mining and its impacts on communities and the environment. He is the principal author of the Guide Protecting your Communities Against Large Scale Mining and Other Extractive Industries, among numerous other written works.

Carlos has participated and presented papers in numerous national and international forums and workshops on mining, development and conservation. He also took part in the World Bank Extractive Industries Review, which had as its goal changing the Bank’s support for extractive industries.

There will be a small charge of £5.00 (including drinks and snacks) if paid in advance by bank transfer to:

Anglo Ecuadorian Society,
Lloyds Bank plc
Sort Code 30-00-08
A/C 03757368
Quoting your name and “Zorrilla”

Or send a cheque payable to the Anglo Ecuadorian Society, to:

Mrs. Claudia Jara, Treasurer,
96b Woodlands Park Road,
N15 3SD.

Please email confirmation of transfer/payment by cheque to: so we can plan catering.

Tickets will also be available at the door for £8.00 (students £5.00)

Mexico Noir: Rethinking the Dark in Contemporary Narrative and Photography
The Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College, Cambridge.
24 April 2015

This event is in association with the Centre of Latin American Studies (CLAS) and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese (SpanPort) of the University of Cambridge.

Erica Segre (Trinity College, Cambridge; CLAS; SpanPort)

Symposium summary
The symposium adopts an intermedial and interdisciplinary approach to explore the allusive nexus of the dark in contemporary Mexican narrative and photography during decades of deepening crisis marked by the high profile staging of atrocities and the re-emergence of an ironic noir aesthetic. A multimedia and often intermedial aesthetic of oscuridad lúcida which seeks to encompass the institutional fabric of complicity that has blurred the boundary of what constitutes the criminal ‘underworld’ and what had euphemistically come to be described as ‘los elementos de la noche’ (‘the elements of the night’, José Emilio Pacheco). This often self-estranged aesthetic, borrowing effects from forensic documentation and investigative detection, is unnerved by its own optical realism and inclined to fictionalize the power of dark forces to intimate the magnitude of the unknowable as well as the victimized. It finds in the photographic spectrum the problem and temptation of enhanced visibility that exercises the contemporary representational project in Mexico. The aim of this rethinking is to playfully formalize the precincts and modalities of the dark thematically but also in terms of the structural supports of visual and narrative practice in which darkness, as photographer Gerardo Suter has suggested, exists as indexical, as narrativity, as aesthetic in which the suppressive but also constitutive properties may be experienced as the domain of a meta-place, or remain unrecognized through the transparent effect of the dark. Equally apparent in this discussion, is how the urgency of the present invites an ethical reflection on the evanescent territory of ‘the unspeakable’ in creative practice.

The programme brings together in Cambridge in an unprecedented way a group of important and distinguished creative artists, thinkers and academics from Mexico and the UK who represent the intersecting worlds of creative writing, visual culture theory, multimedia installation and photography, literary criticism, philosophy and curatorial practice. Confirmed speakers include the poet, writer and critic Cristina Rivera Garza; the multimedia installation artist and photographer Gerardo Suter; the theorist, critic and curator José Luis Barrios, prominent Latinamericanists whose combined specialisms cover the literature, film and cultural politics of modern and contemporary Mexico such as John Kraniauskas and Geoffrey Kantaris and new generation scholars of Mexican literature and visual culture such as Elsa Treviño.

The event is free and open to all but registration is required. We look forward to seeing you in Cambridge!

The Keynote will be delivered by Cristina Rivera Garza ( An award winning and widely translated author her most notable works include Nadie me verá llorar (1998), La muerte me da (2007), La Castañeda: Narrativas dolentes desde el Manicomio General , 1910-1930 (2010), Dolerse: Textos desde un país herido (2011) and Los muertos indóciles: Necroescrituras y desapropriación (2013). She is professor of Writing at the University of California, San Diego and has a long-term interest in photography and documentary film.

Further information


For registration please contact Julie Coimbra (

El Sistema and the Alternatives: Social Action through Music in Critical Perspective
Room 349 (3rd floor), Senate House, South Block, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
24-25 April 2015 | 09:30 - 17:30

DEADLINE 10 April 2015

Registration fee £45.00. Early registration is recommended, as capacity is limited. To register please go to


09.00 Registration
09.30 Opening remarks (Geoff Baker & Owen Logan)
09.45 Panel 1

“The symphony orchestra as a social model under post-Fordism”
Gustavo Borchert

“The London orchestra as a prestige economy”
Francesca Carpos
“Sistema and social reproduction: safeguarding the bourgeois social project”
Anna Bull
11.15 Coffee/tea
11.45 Panel 2
  “Multimodal use of legitimating El Sistema in Sweden: Marketing moral values at the national website”
Anna Kuuse
“Struggling for inclusion: Mapping the discursive practice of El Sistema in Sweden”
Monica Lindgren & Åsa Bergman
12.45 Lunch
13.45 Panel 3
  “Socio-communicative system of youth orchestras as social programs”
Gustavo Medina
“Reformation or Revolution?”
Jonathan Govias
“The Emperor Abreu’s new clothes: Show over substance in El Sistema’s (failed?) ODILA co-project
Emilio Mendoza
15.15 Coffee/tea
15.45 Panel 4
  “Contextualizing the El Sistema movement within music education: Social justice and the transmission of socio-cultural values”
Stephen Fairbanks
“Established alternatives to El Sistema: The National Foundation for Youth Music”
Nick Wilsdon
16.45 Break
17.00 Keynote
  “Resurrection symphony: El Sistema as ideology in Venezuela (and Los Angeles)”
Professor Robert Fink (UCLA)
18.00 Wine reception
09.30 Registration
09.45 Panel 5
  “Segments, territories, lines of flight: Deleuzian pragmatics and El Sistema”
Nicolas Dobson
“Sistema communities: representations and potential for social action”
Marc Sarazin
“El Sistema and academic achievement: A model for social change?”
Brian Kaufman
11.15 Coffee/tea
11.45 Panel 6
  “Moving beyond classical music in El Sistema: an exploration of potential frameworks”
Elaine Sandoval
“What is a socially just approach to music education?”
Gary Spruce & Christopher Philpott
12.45 Lunch
13.45 Panel 7
  “Social projects in Brazil, Orpheonic Chant and biopolitics: Reflections on music and another possible world”
Laíze Guazina
“Developing creative agency in South African music programs”
Juniper Hill
“Coopting neoliberal logics: Music and dance as socioeconomic development in South Africa”
Laryssa Whittaker
15.15 Coffee/tea
15.45 Panel 8
  “A postcolonial institutional ethnography perspective of Costa Rica’s El Sistema model”
Guillermo Rosabal-Coto
“‘La Carranga y los Campesinos’: Folklore with an environmental and social agenda”
Sebastián Wanumen
16.45 Break
17.00 Closing remarks & discussion (Geoff Baker & Owen Logan)

1st Postgraduate Americas Conference: Power and Change in the Americas in the Modern Era
University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
30 April - 01 May 2015 | 09.00 - 18.00

The UCL Americas Research Network at UCL-Institute of the Americas is pleased to invite doctoral students and early career researchers of the Americas (Central, South, and North America, as well as the Caribbean) from across the humanities and the social sciences to the first Postgraduate Americas conference.

'Power and Change in the Americas in the Modern Era' geographically includes the whole Western Hemisphere (Central, South, and North America, as well as the Caribbean). By adopting a broad, hemispheric perspective, we hope to encourage debates that extend beyond the boundaries of the nation-state, and to question the validity of cultural divides that often limit research agendas and enclose perceptions of complex problems and communalities.

The structure of the conference consists of the following three thematic approaches or streams across which different panels have been formed to address related topics in an innovative and interdisciplinary manner over the course of the two days.

By facilitating a space for debate, this conference aims to create an ongoing platform for collaborative exchange. For more information please visit the conference page here. For further information on this conference, please contact the organising committee directly:



Patricio Guzmán, The Latin American Speakers Series
The University of St Andrews
3-4 April 2015

The Department of Film Studies at The University of St Andrews is pleased to announce that celebrated Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzmán and his producer, Renate Sachse, will be visiting campus 3-4 April for a public lecture and two screenings at which they will be present for Q&A sessions. This event is part of The University of St Andrews' Latin American Speakers Series.

Schedule of Events:

Please direct all enquiries to Dr Dennis Hanlon at

Book launch: 'The Politics of Autonomy in Latin America: the Art of Organisig Hope'
by Ana Cecilia Dinerstein
UCL Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PN
10 April 2015 | 17.30 - 19.30

The Radical Americas Network and UCL Institute of the Americas are pleased to invite you to the launch of 'The Power of Autonomy in Latin America: the Art of Organising Hope' by Ana Cecilia Dinerstein (Bath).

'The Power of Autonomy in Latin America: the Art of Organising Hope' offers a much-needed critical review of the concept an practice of autonomy. By establishing an elective affinity between autonomy and Bloch's philosophy of hope, the book defines autonomy as 'the art of organising hope', that is, the art of shaping a reality which is not yet but can be anticipated by the movements' collective actions. The politics of autonomy is the struggle that simultaneously negates, creates, deals with contradictions and, above all, produces an excess beyond demarcation that cannot be translated into the grammar of power. Reading Marx's method in key of hope, the book offers a prefigurative critique of political economy and emphasises the prefigurative features of indigenous and non-indigenous autonomies at a time when utopia can no longer be objected.

Dr Ana Cecilia Dinerstein is a Political Sociologist with particular expertise in social and labour movements, autonomous organising, prefigurative politics and the politics of policy. More:

'The Power of Autonomy in Latin America: the Art of Organising Hope' is published by Palgrave Macmillan.

The presentation of the book will be followed by a q&a session and a drinks reception. Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required:

Roots and Flowers: The Life and Work of the Afro-Cuban Librarian Marta Terry González
The Court Room (first floor) Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
14 April 2015, 18:30
30 April 2015 20:00

Convenor: Dr Stephen Wilkinson, International Institute for the Study of Cuba

Authors Abdul Alkalimat and Kate Williams will talk about their new book, which introduces readers to:

  1. The role of Afro-Cubans in Cuban history and culture, particularly in the 20th century.
  2. Librarianship in the context of the Cuban revolution.

Considering these two related subjects through the life and work of Marta Terry, Cuba will serve as an example for other Africans in the Americas and for all library workers in times of social change.

Marta Terry directed three centrally important Cuban libraries. Beginning in 1961 she was Che Guevara’s librarian when he organized the National Planning Board (JUCEPLAN) that set the post-1958 course for Cuba’s development. From 1967-1987, she was library director at the Casa de Las Americas, the organization built and led by Haydee Santamaria that published and connected writers and their readers from across Latin America and set a model for combining liberation politics and innovative cultural production. From 1987-1997, she was director of the José Martí National Library, at which time the library was assigned responsibility for all public library development on the Island and then managed through the collapse of the Soviet Union, then Cuba’s #1 trading partner and source of hard currency.

A participant in international library gatherings since the 1950s, Marta Terry was also the point person in establishing Cuba’s international library reputation and connections through IFLA, bringing their annual meeting to Latin America for the first time in Havana in 1994. She was then also point person in defending Cuba from the US-government sponsored attack that followed, under the guise of the so-called “independent libraries.”

Organised by the IISC in conjunction with the ILAS

Entrance is free but please register by Olga Jiménez:

Book Launch ”Until the Rulers Obey - a discussion about the social movements of Latin America"
Edited by Clifton Ross and Marcy Rein
Room 349 (3rd floor), Senate House, South Block, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
21 April 2015, 18:30 - 20:30

Until the Rulers Obey brings together voices from the movements behind the wave of change that swept Latin America at the turn of the twenty-first century. These movements have galvanized long-silent—or silenced—sectors of society: indigenous people, campesinos, students, the LGBT community, the unemployed, and all those left out of the promised utopia of a globalized economy. They have deployed a wide range of strategies and actions, sometimes building schools or clinics, sometimes occupying factories or fields, sometimes building and occupying political parties to take the reins of the state, and sometimes resisting government policies in order to protect their newfound power in community.

This unique collection of interviews features five dozen leaders and grassroots activists from fifteen countries presenting their work and debating pressing questions of power, organizational forms, and relations with the state. They have mobilized on a wide range of issues: fighting against mines and agribusiness and for living space, rural and urban; for social space won through recognition of language, culture, and equal participation; for community and environmental survival. The book is organized in chapters by country with each chapter introduced by a solidarity activist, writer, or academic with deep knowledge of the place. This indispensable compilation of primary source material gives participants, students, and observers of social movements a chance to learn from their experience.

Contributors include ACOGUATE, Luis Ballesteros, Marc Becker, Margi Clarke, Benjamin Dangl, Mar Daza, Mickey Ellinger, Michael Fox, J. Heyward, Raphael Hoetmer, Hilary Klein, Diego Benegas Loyo, Courtney Martinez, Chuck Morse, Mario A. Murillo, Phil Neff, Fabíola Ortiz dos Santos, Hernán Ouviña, Margot Pepper, Adrienne Pine, Marcy Rein, Christy Rodgers, Clifton Ross, Susan Spronk, Marie Trigona, Jeffery R. Webber, and Raúl Zibechi.


Entrance is free but please register by Olga Jiménez:

Latin American Documentary Screenings
Room 349 (3rd floor), Senate House, South Block, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
22 April 2015 | 17:30 - 20:00

Oscar” by Sergio Morkin; Argentina, 2004 (61 min / Spanish with English subtitles)

Oscar is a taxi driver in Buenos Aires. Feeling irritated by the constant bombardment of commercial advertisements lining the city’s streets, he begins to intervene in these images. Oscar transforms large billboards with his own collages and paintings, using creative means to resist the social and economic consumerism that is threatening to overtake Argentina. His work soon attracts the attention of advertising and design schools and, set in the context leading up to the 2001-2 protests, his interventions take on a more potent social symbolism within the realities of Argentine society during this period.

Free entrance. All welcome. Open discussion following the film.

Elizabeth Baquedano presents ‘Tezcatlipoca – Trickster and Supreme Aztec Deity
Canning House, 14/15 Belgrave Square, SW1X 8PS
28 April 2015 | 18.00 - 19.30

Canning House is delighted to host the book launch of: Tezcatlipoca – Trickster and Supreme Aztec Deity, edited by Elizabeth Baquedano.

Tezcatlipoca: Trickster and Supreme Aztec Deity brings archaeological evidence into the body of scholarship on the Lord of the Smoking Mirror, one of the most important Aztec deities. Iconographic and textual resources from sixteenth-century chroniclers and codices have contributed greatly to the understanding of Aztec religious beliefs and practices, but contributors to this volume demonstrate the diverse ways material evidence expands on these traditional sources.

The interlocking complexities of Tezcatlipoca’s nature, multiple roles, and metaphorical attributes illustrate the extent to which his influence penetrated Aztec belief and social action across all levels of late Postclassic central Mexican culture. Tezcatlipoca examines the results of archaeological investigations - objects like obsidian mirrors, gold, bells, public stone monuments, - and reveals new insights into the supreme deity of the Aztec pantheon and his role in Aztec culture.

To book your place at this event, please use this link:



A Century Of Peril And Progress?: International History Since The First World War
York St John University
26 June 2015

DEADLINE 3 April 2015

One Day Conference: Keynote presentation by Professor Steven Casey (London School of Economics and Political Science), author of Cautious Crusade: Franklin D. Roosevelt, American Public Opinion, and the War against Nazi Germany, 1941-1945 (2001), Selling the Korean War: Propaganda, Politics, and Public Opinion, 1950-1953 (2008), and When Soldiers Fall: How Americans have Debated Combat Casualties, from World War I to the War on Terror (2014).

The century that has elapsed since the First World War has witnessed unprecedented challenges as well as offered exceptional promise to the fate of humanity. Global conflicts, ideological competition, political and religious extremism, terrorism, and many other factors have all contributed to the precarious nature of international relations. Yet the end of imperialism, the emergence of international organisations, the ‘long peace’ since 1945, and other advances have brought the states and peoples of the world much closer together than they have ever been before. At the same time, the discipline of International History has evolved over this period using ever-changing methods and approaches to understand these developments.

This conference marks a timely moment to explore both the broad sweep of international history over the last century as well as recent approaches historians have employed to understand these events. The conference is also being organised by York St John University to launch its new MA International History programme.

Proposals for 20 minute papers on the following topics are welcome (alongside other suggestions):

The deadline for paper (and panel) proposals is 3rd April 2015.

Please send all proposals to Dr Robert Barnes at Contributions to the conference may be considered for publication.

Media & Governance in Latin America 2015: Communication, Power and Society
The University of Sheffield
25-26 June 2015

DEADLINE 6 April 2015

We are glad to announce that the Department of Journalism Studies is convening a second Media and Governance in Latin America conference, to be held at the University of Sheffield on 25 and 26 June 2015.

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Outline and Call for Papers
Traditional and digital media have become key actors in the young democracies of Latin America and the Caribbean over the last few years. Media actors have influenced the configuration of good governance across the region, not only due to their important role as a channel between civil society and the state, but also to their ability to shape the power structure of society.

Over the last decade or so, a new wave of left-wing governments has prompted heated debates around the media's role in democratic governance. Across the region, the relationship between the state, the media and civil society faces common challenges, such as poverty, corruption, inequality, and populism. In this context, the region has been a rich laboratory for the introduction of innovative regulatory frameworks, from new ways of fostering public media services in Colombia and Chile, legal support to community-based journalism in Ecuador or Bolivia, or the adoption of internet regulatory frameworks such as Marco Civil in Brazil.

Academic debates on media and governance are shaped around the influence of political elites, interest groups, and economic powers in the performance of media outlets and journalists, but also in the importance of investigative journalism and digital media in articulating social mobilisation, and fostering good governance.

This conference explores these connections both in a comparative perspective, and from an interdisciplinary perspective. The aim is to bring together academics, practitioners and researchers from social sciences and humanities around the following questions:

Drawing upon these key questions, the conference aims to explore three aspects of the relationship between media and governance in the region:

We believe the theme of media and governance is a challenging academic crossroads in the exploration of Latin America and the Caribbean from a social sciences and humanities perspective. Therefore, a peer-reviewed collection of selected papers will be published with an international publisher, whether as a journal special number or as an edited book.

We are now inviting submissions of abstracts for papers. Please send an abstract of 250 to 300 words, in English, Portuguese or Spanish, to José Antonio Brambila (email:, by 6 April 2015, with the subject "Conference Media and Governance". You should include in the body of the email your name and title, institutional affiliation and preferred contact email address. Please note that abstracts that exceed the 300 word limit or arrive after the deadline will not be accepted. Notification emails will be sent by 20 April 2015.

More information
You can find more details in our website:

Follow the hashtag #MediaGovLA, for up to the minute information on the conference.

El Archivo General De Indias: El Valor Del Documento Y La Escritura En El Gobierno De América, I Jornadas Internacionales
Sevilla, España
15 y 16 de Octubre de 2015

DEADLINE 20 April 2015

Organizan el Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte y la Universidad de Sevilla
El Archivo General de Indias y el Departamento de Historia Medieval y Ciencias y Técnicas Historiográficas de la Universidad de Sevilla.

El Archivo General de Indias, fundado por Carlos III en 1785, conserva los documentos producidos y recibidos por la monarquía y sus instituciones para el gobierno y la administración del Nuevo Mundo. Entre sus fondos se pueden encontrar desde la documentación relativa a la conquista de los nuevos territorios (las cartas de Colón, los mapas y planos de exploración, etc.), al entramado administrativo que la Corona va tejiendo en ellos. Todo esto pasando por documentación que nos informa no solo de la gestión administrativa en América, sino de sus gentes y su cultura. La creación de este archivo de la administración indiana en Sevilla quiso, sin duda, representar la importancia del Descubrimiento y el papel de la Monarquía en su gobierno.

Las presentes Jornadas pretenden reflexionar sobre el valor del documento y la escritura en este nuevo escenario, analizando la producción, circulación, recepción y conservación de los documentos escritos por y para las Indias, en especial, la conservada en el Archivo General de Indias.

Las cuestiones principales de estudio y debate que se proponen pueden estructurarse en tres líneas principales:

  1. Documentos de y para las Indias

    El descubrimiento de América y su posterior administración generó un aumento considerable de escritura respecto a épocas anteriores. La distancia y la permanente ausencia del monarca favorecieron el desarrollo de unas prácticas documentales acordes con las nuevas necesidades. Los documentos expedidos y recibidos inspiraron valores y representaciones cuyo estudio puede ayudar a comprender el significado que el documento pudo tener en el Antiguo Régimen.

    Esta línea acoge estudios que analicen las posibles particularidades de los documentos creados en y para las Indias, su calidad y los efectos que su recepción pudo generar en la sociedad.

  2. Productores, documentos y archivos

    Esta línea pretende estudiar los distintos productores de la documentación y el tratamiento que le dieron para su conservación en archivos.

    A lo largo de la época moderna las instituciones y los particulares comenzaron a sentir una especial preocupación por la organización de los documentos, no solo con la finalidad de asegurar su preservación, sino, muy especialmente, para favorecer su acceso y consulta. Las prácticas adoptadas en el arreglo y descripción de los fondos, pusieron las bases y los fundamentos de la Archivística en España.

  3. La organización y tratamiento de los documentos: problemas y reflexiones

    Como se dice en la línea anterior, los archivos, no son solo centros de conservación documental. En la época contemporánea las prácticas archivísticas han alcanzado el grado de madurez que la experiencia, por un lado, y la reflexión, por otro, le han aportado. Actualmente, la Archivística ha creado un cuerpo teórico y unas normas con las que desarrollar las distintas tareas propias de los archiveros y se ha integrado en sistemas de gestión que permiten ofrecer una información normalizada.

    La normalización, el tratamiento de la documentación, la conservación y las nuevas tecnologías plantean a los archiveros retos sobre los que se propone reflexionar.


Archivo General de Indias. Edificio de la Cilla (VER)

Podrán participar todos aquellos cuyo tema de comunicación sea acorde con las líneas propuestas. Las comunicaciones serán evaluadas por el Comité Científico de las Jornadas, que se pondrá en contacto con los autores de aquellas que sean aceptadas.

El periodo de presentación de propuestas de comunicación estará abierto del 23 de febrero al 20 de abril de 2015. Los abstracts tendrán un máximo de 400 palabras e irán titulados y acompañados de tres palabras clave y los siguientes datos personales:

Autor principal:

El Comité Científico examinará las propuestas y notificará su aceptación a los autores antes del 10 de mayo de 2015.

Se publicarán las comunicaciones aceptadas para su presentación en el encuentro tras un proceso de revisión por pares. Los textos completos serán remitidos al Comité Organizador entre el 16 de octubre de 2015 y el 31 de enero de 2016 y estarán sujetos a las siguientes normas:

Quienes deseen asistir o participar en las Jornadas, deberán rellenar el formulario de inscripción y enviarlo por correo electrónico al Comité Organizador:

Dirección de envío:


Subdirección General de los Archivos Estatales
Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte
Universidad de Sevilla

Colombia Internacional
Revista del Departamento de Ciencia Política Facultad de Ciencias Sociales
Universidad de Los Andes

DEADLINE 30 April 2015

Colombia Internacional invites the academic community to participate in an Open Topic Call for Papers.

Colombia Internacional, journal edited and published by the Department of Political Science of Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), announces that it will receive open topic articles from 30th March to 30th of April 2015. We invite all those interested in participating in this call to submit previously unpublished articles in Spanish, English, or Portuguese. All submitted articles should report original, previously unpublished re- search results, experimental or theoretical, on the discipline.

All the articles will be subject to the following evaluation process: First, the Editorial Committee assesses if the article meets the basic requirements set for the journal and its pertinence regarding its appearance in a political science publication. Subsequently, if the manuscript is accepted by the Editorial Committee, it will be evaluat- ed by two academic peers. The authors will be informed of the result of said evaluations within six months of the final submission date.

Manuscripts may be submitted through the link in the journal’s website or by e-mail to

Articles sent to Colombia Internacional for evaluation cannot simultaneously be in the process of being evaluated by another publication. Manuscript submission guidelines can be seen in detail at or at the back matter of the journal printed version.

Dossier: América Latina Independiente: Historia, Política, Cultura y Territorios
​Dimensões - Revista de História de la Universidad Federal de Espírito Santo (UFES), Brasil

DEADLINE 30 April 2015

Tom Gil (UFES) e Regina Crespo (UNAM)​

Este dossier, fruto del convenio institucional firmado entre la UNAM y la UFES, será coordinado por los profesores Regina Crespo (CIALC-UNAM) y Antonio Gil (LEHPI-PPGHIS-UFES). Pretende abrir espacio para la publicación de trabajos acerca de las sociedades latinoamericanas a partir del período inaugurado por sus procesos de independencia. Para leer más, haga clic en el título de esta noticia.

Los coordinadores consideran importante analizar las dinámicas de transformación de estas sociedades, sus actores y los procesos de cambio social que se generaron tanto en el ámbito de los conflictos como en el de las mediaciones y negociaciones, además de su repercusión en la producción intelectual y en el debate político contemporáneo. El dossier abarcará temas como contactos interculturales y políticos; movimientos sociales; conflictos y representaciones; procesos de producción de la memoria; migraciones y movilidad poblacional; identidad nacional, identidades étnicas y relaciones interétnicas.

El dossier está abierto a investigadores de las ciencias sociales y humanidades, tanto brasileños como extranjeros. Acepta artículos en portugués, español, inglés y francés.

Autores extranjeros deben enviar sus artículos a los e-mails y

Autores brasileños deben enviar sus artículos de preferencia a través de la página de la revista, pero pueden enviarlos también al e-mail

Las normas editoriales de la revista están disponibles en:

PhD Colloqium: The Valorization of Nature and Fiscal Policy in Latin America
DIE and
DIE offices in Tulpenfeld 6, 53113 Bonn, Germany
2 June 2015, 12:00 – 16:00

DEADLINE 4 May 2015

The last decade has been one of a natural resources boom for many Latin American countries, propping up economic growth and social spending in governments of all political persuasions. But while the high demand –and prices—for minerals, oil and other raw materials have provided a crucial stream of revenue, the extractive model has created, changed or exacerbated asymmetries of power, income and access to natural resources. The natural resources boom has also prompted a debate about the role of the state in collecting and redistributing rents, the relation between domestic laws and international capital, and the rights of local people versus the needs of the broader society.

The purpose of the colloquium is to foster this debate by inviting contributions that investigate the role of fiscal policy as an instrument that can shape (for better or for worse) inequalities related to the use and extraction of natural resources. We welcome papers that address one or several of the following questions:

The half-day event will feature the presentation of maximum 8 papers by doctoral students of German and other European Universities. The papers will be presented in two sessions, each of which will feature comments by a discussant, followed by debate.

Submission of abstracts: May 4; submission of complete drafts (for papers selected for presentation): May 26. Please send abstracts to

Costs: DIE will cover costs for lunch and refreshments. Travel and accommodation costs must be covered by participants.

Organizer: German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) in the context of, a network of researchers from the Lateinamerika-Institut (LAI) of the Freie Universität Berlin, the Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut (IAI), and the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) studying interdependent inequalities in Latin America.

Global Environmental Histories from Below
A Special Issue of Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities

DEADLINE 15 May 2015

Robert Morrissey and Roderick Wilson, editors

We seek submissions for a special, peer-reviewed issue focusing on “Global Environmental Histories from Below” -- by which we mean historical work that tells the history of environmental, social, and cultural change from the bottom up. Aiming for a truly global conversation, we hope to bring together scholars with a broad range of geographical and temporal concerns for a mix of essays that will be both methodological and topical. Digging below the level of empire and nation-state, this special issue will draw on local case studies from around the world to imagine and develop a set of frameworks for telling global environmental histories from a grassroots perspective.

Submissions should feature the viewpoint of the voiceless, underrepresented, or socially marginalized wherever possible. They might come at “the below” from a variety of angles, including but not limited to the following:

Indigenous environmental histories: work that addresses the intersection of native peoples and their historical relations with local, regional and interregional environments;

Environmental histories of agriculture and fishing: work that might range from agronomy to farming the sea to explore the long and complex history people have shared with plants, animals, and other historical actors at a variety of scales;

Vernacular knowledges: work that explores how tacit knowledge of the environment is learned and transmitted and how local bodies of knowledge have been changed or lost with the introduction of scientific management of natural environments.

Submissions should be no more than 7000 words, including notes.

For further information please contact Bob Morrissey at and Rod Wilson at

Contemporary Developments on Media and Society in Argentina and Latin America
Universidad de San Andrés in Buenos Aires, Argentina
27 November 2015

DEADLINE 15 May 2015

We invite the contribution of original papers about the intersection of media and society in Argentina in particular, and in Latin America in general. This event is organized by Pablo J. Boczkowski and Eugenia Mitchelstein and is supported by this University and Northwestern University’s School of Communication.

We invite empirical, theoretical, and/or methodological contributions that help to expand knowledge about the interplay between media and society at the national and regional levels. Papers may refer to different types of mediated communication such as journalism; entertainment; advertising and marketing; public relations; social networks; and video games, among others.

Topics covered include the following, among others:

Procedural matters:

For more information, please contact or visit our website


















11 x Committee Members
Research Committee, Capability Committee
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

DEADLINE 24 April 2015 (17.00 GMT)

We are inviting applications from suitably experienced persons to be members of our committees. This is an opportunity to work with other highly experienced people from across the academic, public, private and civil society sectors to make an important contribution to contemporary social and economic research.

The role of the committees is to provide advice to the Executive and Council in support of the development of strategy, policy and activity. This will include the identification of future priorities and opportunities, and the development of clear plans of action, integrating activity across research, data, skills and partnerships. In so doing, the committees will advise on the underpinning evidence required to inform our activities and the subsequent decisions ofCouncil. Committee members are expected to contribute to the achievement of these objectives and to ensuring that our work has a lasting and important impact on both our research communities and wider society. Members are expected to act in good faith and in the best interests of the ESRC. They should follow the Seven Principles of Public Life set out by the Committee on Standards in Public Life (the Nolan Committee). These are set out at Annex I.

Individual Committee members may also play a role in supporting the delivery of the ESRC’s strategy and the Executive’s core business through undertaking key roles including chairing commissioning panels, and membership of groups on specific priorities or areas of policy.

Appointments to Committees are made on merit, taking account of the need to balance the membership in terms of institution, geographic location and gender. All applicants must be able to satisfy the person specification. Applications from women, people with disabilities and members of minority ethnic groups are particularly welcome.

ESRC is committed to the principle of appointment with openness and transparency of process and to providing equal opportunities for all, irrespective of race, age, disability, gender, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, transgender and working patterns.

Term of Appointment
Appointments will run from 1 September 2015. Successful applicants are normally appointed for two years. A further two years term may be served if successfully re-appointed.

The ESRC is seeking to appoint up to 11 vacancies as follows:

ESRC 1/15 Capability Committee Two x Academic (Economics; Sociology)
ESRC 2/15 Capability Committee Private Sector Member
ESRC 3/15 Capability Committee Public Sector Member
ESRC 4/15 Research Committee 6 x Academic (Psychology; Economics; Political Science and International Relations; Energy and Environment; Development Studies; Social Anthropology/Work/Policy)
ESRC 5/15 Research Committee Public Sector Member

The new committees will enable us to deliver:

For further information on the vacancies, please see the vacancy specification [PDF]. For questions or queries that are not covered in the vacancy specification, please email:

To apply

We will need the the application form (below), a short curriculum vitae (no longer than two A4 pages) and a supporting statement from a suitable referee. Please send these to: no later than 17.00 on 24 April 2015. Paper copies will not be accepted.

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Grants Assessment Panel (GAP), Members and Chair Wanted
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

DEADLINE 8 May 2015 (17.00 GMT)

Grants Assessment Panel Appointments 2015
The ESRC is the UK’s leading agency for research and training in the social sciences. The ESRC Grants Assessment Panels (GAPs) assess applications for most responsive mode schemes across the range of ESRC’s activities, including support for the Research, Training and Skills, and Methods and Infrastructure committees. There are currently three Panels, each organised around a cluster of disciplines. Between them the Panels cover the whole of ESRC’s disciplinary remit.

Membership of a GAP is an opportunity to work with other experienced people from across the academic, public, private and third sectors to help ensure ESRC funds high quality research with academic, economic and societal impact. Members will also have an opportunity to feed into, and learn about ESRC policy development.

The ESRC Grants Delivery Group (GDG) considers the funding recommendations from the GAPs on behalf of the ESRC Committees and makes the final funding decisions, subject to available budget. The GDG is chaired by the Vice Chair of the Research Committee, currently Jennifer Mason, Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester. Its other members are the chairs of each of the three GAPs.

New members
ESRC is now inviting applications from suitably experienced persons to act as members of the GAPs. Panel membership is drawn from all areas of the social sciences, representing a broad range of expertise, skills and approaches. However, following the retirement of some current GAP members we are currently looking for applications in the following disciplinary areas:

Members are expected to assess an average of 30 applications per year and to meet three times a year (in March, July and November) to make funding recommendations. Meetings will alternate between London and Swindon.

New chair for Panel A
In addition to the appointment of new members, there is also a vacancy to chair Panel A. This Panel covers the disciplines of Economics, Management and Business Studies and Psychology. The chair does not formally assess applications but has a crucial role in assimilating and summarising the views of Panel members and agreeing an overall score for each application under consideration. They are a member of the GDG which then agrees which of the highest scored applications considered across the three Panels are funded.

Applications are welcome from academics of any disciplinary background and are not limited to those with expertise in the disciplines covered by Panel A. Applicants are rather expected to provide demonstrable evidence of their ability to chair major multi-disciplinary funding panels.

The successful applicant will be asked to attend and observe the next meeting of the Grant Assessment Panels on 7 July in London.

Key skills
Applications are welcome from academics that can demonstrate:

Applications are welcomed irrespective of sex, age, colour, ethnic origin, religion, disability or sexual orientation. ESRC will also seek to ensure that the membership of its panels demonstrates a suitable balance of gender and regional spread.

To apply
We will need the the application form (below), a short curriculum vitae (no longer than two A4 pages) and a supporting statement from a suitable referee. Please send these to:, by no later than 17.00 on 8 May 2015. Paper copies will not be accepted.

Further information
All applicants will receive acknowledgement of their submission. Applications will be shortlisted internally by a panel of senior officers. Final decisions will be made by the ESRC’s Directors, in conjunction with the GDG.

Successful applicants will be appointed for two years initially, with possible renewal for a further two years. Invitations will be sent to successful candidates in late July/early August and members will be expected to be available for a briefing session on 8 September in Swindon. A small honorarium is paid to panel members to recognise the workload and time contributed of members. Travel and subsistence expenses will be reimbursed.

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