SLAS E-Newsletter December 2011

Silvia Posocco has now handed over the reins of the e-newsletter, and the SLAS Committee – and I am sure the membership – would like to extend our very warmest thanks to her for having undertaken this vital job so effectively, helping Latin Americanists to stay in touch with one another, develop their initiatives and build intellectual bridges. Muchas gracias Silvia!

The e-newsletter will now be compiled by Victoria Carpenter and it will be sent out to you by Christy Palmer. If you have an up-coming event, then please send the details to

Thanks a lot! Lucy




SLAS Annual Lecture
Video of the SLAS Annual Lecture 2012 is now available here:



In the section Magazines / Newsletters / News websites, below, the editors of the websites, and, write 'We would love to deepen our relationship with the academic departments that focus on Peru and its South American neighbours. While we believe that our site would be a great resource for your academic community, we also welcome the contributions of your students and staff. If a professor in your department publishes a new manuscript or journal article about Peru, we would love to cover it. Likewise, we welcome contributions from students, and if they have an interest in Peru, we can give them a valuable by-line. We also offer internships to college students interested in coming to Peru.'


The Fundación Enrique Bolaños (FEB) in Nicaragua. Former Nicaraguan President Enrique Bolaños (2002-2007) founded the FEB with the express mission of compiling all of the historical documents critical to understanding the political, economic, and environmental context of his presidency.

We have created an online repository, or virtual library, with a user-friendly interface for all Nicaraguans to freely access this information. The virtual library, accessible at, is the first of its kind in Nicaragua and Central America and is designed to help empower Nicaraguan citizens with clear information, and to set a precedent for future governments by promoting transparency and emphasizing accountability. It is our hope that students and scholars interested in the history and politics of Nicaragua will find the wealth of information available within the virtual library useful and illuminating.


In addition to the collection of historical documents of the Presidency of Enrique Bolaños, the FEB will also make available a large body of important historical and educational documents and collections from various periods in Nicaraguan history. This will afford the general public and students in particular, a site containing several educational collections for study. Below we outline four additional historical sites, which have already been developed:

The FEB made the site available to the public on September 22nd 2011. As of now a fraction of the total documentation is accessible and we will continue to add information and documents to the website on a monthly basis. We believe this virtual library can be a valuable source of information for those interested in Nicaraguan events. Please feel free to share this website as you see appropriate.
Please contact me if you have further questions.

Enrique Bolaños Abaunza
Fundación Enrique Bolaños
Tel: (505) 2279-5095 | Cel: (505) 8883-8501


The ARChive of Contemporary Music (ARC) announces the launch of Brazilian World Music Day. In collaboration with Columbia University Libraries at Columbia University, and with the support of Founding Partners Gracenote and the Internet Archive, ARC will lead an online effort to celebrate Brazilian music and catalogue tens of thousands of recordings from around the world in a single day: Sept 7, 2012, Brazil’s National Day. For further details please see the press release.



SLAS Annual Conference 2012.

The draft list of proposed panels is now available.

The fees (which cover the cost of evening meals on Wednesday and Thursday, lunch on Thursday and Friday, teas/ coffees/ refreshments at intervals) will be £170 for those in full time employment, and £100 for postgraduates and unwaged persons. This year you will be able to book and pay for the conference, as well as the accommodation and discounted travel tickets from two online shops. Details and links will be posted on the SLAS website in the New Year ( Please check the site regularly for further updates.


7th CEISAL Conference, 2013:

Con este correo os reenvío la convocatoria del 7º Congreso de CEISAL que está organizando el Núcleo de Estudos Latino-Americano de la Universidad Fernando Pessoa de Oporto.

Ya está también disponible la web del congreso, pendiente de algunos pequeños ajustes, en:

Por favor os rogamos que le déis difusión entre vuestros miembros.

Os envía un saludo muy cordial

Miguel Carrera Troyano
Instituto de Iberoamérica
Universidad de Salamanca


"Native America: Indigenous Self-Representation in Canada, the US, and Mexico", The University of Groninge, the Netherlands. February 23rd and 24th 2012.

Keynote speakers will be dr. Gaspar Rivera-Salgado(UCLA), Dr. Barbara Buchenau (University of Bern) and Allison Hedge Coke (University of Nebraska Kearny). At present we have received many applications for the Canada sessions, but we are still especially looking for more proposals concerning issues involving indigenous communities in Mexico and the US. Because of time (and therefore funding) restraints we are now mainly approaching scholars in Europe to participate.The conference is open to PhD candidates and those who already hold a PhD.

Would you be interested in participating in this conference? Though the deadline has passed, the comittee will still consider any proposals that should come in over the next few weeks. If you have any colleagues for whom it may be of relevance, would you please forward the Call for Papers?


CONFERENCE: "Mobilizing Ethnicity - Competing identity politics in the Americas: Past and Present" will be discussed by social scientist from July 2nd-3rd 2012.

SUMMER SCHOOL: For Students and PhD-Students from June 27th to July 6th 2012.

The Research Network for Latin America this time together with the sub-project in Bielefeld is organizing an International Conference and summer school. For more information on the Summer School as well as the Conference please consult the flyer. There is also a Call for Papers (please send proposals with not more than 200 words no later than January 15th 2012 to indicating the panel
you would like to speak in.)

Registration for the Summer School as well as for the Conference is already possible via this webpage


Visualising Violence: Art, Memory and Dictatorship in Latin America
Friday 13 January - Saturday 14 January 2012
10 West Road, Cambridge

A conference convened by Jordana Blejmar (Centre of Latin American Studies) and Natalia Fortuny (Buenos Aires) with the support of CRASSH and the Centre of Latin American Studies Bolivar Fund, both at the University of Cambridge.

In the wake of many years of sustained political violence and military dictatorships in Latin America, images have played a crucial role in the construction of the traumatic past. Photography, performance, cinema, visual arts and urban interventions have exercised diverse strategies of assembly and transmission of memories between generations. The papers of this symposium will centre around, although they will also go beyond, three overarching contemporary features of these productions.

First, current cultural approaches to the recent Latin American past have brought to light new reconfigurations of the public-private dichotomy. Emerging in a context of the ‘crisis of testimony’ (Laub), the fall of Public Man (Senett), the exhaustion of substantial communities and the publicisation of the intimate through new technologies (what Paula Sibilia called ‘extimidad’), these artworks are marked by a subjective tone, using (auto)fiction to explore and construct identity in the post-dictatorship scene. Is the focus on the private life of the victims that characterises these ‘poetics of the I’ a symptom of the withdrawal of politics from the public sphere, or is it rather the consequence of a major displacement defined by the understanding of the relationship between the private and the public as political?

Second, when engaging with the recent past of State violence in cultural productions, the younger generations in Latin America are strikingly interdisciplinary in their approach: their performances use music, photography and cinema in their staging; their film documentaries break the rules of genre by repressing fact and instead introducing animation and fiction to depict memory work; and their photographic essays are accompanied by poems and performance. The papers will thus explore the original aesthetics of these visual memories marked by the use of montage, collage, fragmentation, hybrid genres, anachronisms, and the cross-over between fiction and testimony, as a means to understand the ways in which the political events of the second half of the twentieth century have shaped and redefined Latin American cultural production.

Finally, we invite the papers to examine the generational dialogues proposed by these exercises of memory. What links between generations define these images? How do they engage with issues such as family, community, and legacy? Is the memory of the new generations a new type of memory (sometimes called ‘postmemory’ (Hirsch)) or there is no substantial difference between their memory and that of their elders? Has the idea of generation replaced the idea of class as a mark of belonging in current times?

Speakers include: Adrián Gorelik (UNQ, Simón Bolívar Professor, Cambridge), Graciela Silvestri (UNLP/CONICET), Vikki Bell (Goldsmiths), Mario Cámara (Buenos Aires/CONICET), Mariana Eva Perez (Konstanz), Erica Segre (Cambridge), Chandra Morrison (Cambridge), Daniela Gutierrez (UNIPE/FLACSO), James Scorer (Manchester), Liliana Ruth Feierstein (Konstanz), David Rojinski (King's College, London), Alejandra Serpente (London), Cara Levey (Leeds), Edward King (Cambridge), Natalia Fortuny (Buenos Aires/CONICET) and Cecilia Sosa (QMUL).
For full details of the programme, speakers and online registration, please click here.

Do let me know if you would like any further information about this conference.

Best wishes,
Ruth Rushworth

Publicity & Development
Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH)
University of Cambridge
17 Mill Lane
Cambridge CB2 1RX
01223 766838


'Centring the Margins: Reconfiguring the Map of Knowledge in Humanities and Sciences in the Iberian and Latin American Worlds.'
Victoria University School of Architecture and Design, 139 Vivian Street, Wellington, New Zealand
Wednesday 4 – Saturday 7 July 2012

AILASA 2012 Conference Announcement

We’re pleased to announce details of the X Biennial Conference of the Association of Iberian and Latin American Studies of Australasia (AILASA). AILASA 2012 conference is hosted by the Victoria Institute for Links with Latin America (VILLA) at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Possible topics, might include, but are not restricted to, the following:

Website: Information including the call for papers and the opening of registration will be posted to the AILASA2012 website as it becomes available

Contact Us: For registrations of interest and other enquiries, please visit the conference website or contact convenors Dr Nicola Gilmour ( or Professor Warwick Murray (


'Beyond Experience: (Re)thinking Women, Violence and Trauma'
Interdisciplinary conference, University of Warwick, Saturday 3rd March, 2012

The call for papers here. For further details on the conference please visit:


*Postgraduate conference 1st announcement and call for abstracts* Americas Research Group, Newcastle University

“Rethinking the Americas: Peoples, Places and Cultures”
Venue: Room 2.22, Research Beehive, Old Library Building, Newcastle University, UK
Date: Thursday, 15th March 2012
Keynote: TBC

Call for Papers: Deadline: 20th January 2012
The identity of the Americas (North America, Latin America and the Caribbean), a continent comprising a multitude of interconnected peoples, places and cultures, is constantly being redefined, transformed and re-constructed through historical, social, and political processes. Now, more than ever, attention is being focused on this continent. Overt resistance to geopolitical changes brought about by the current economic crisis in the United States, and increasing pressure upon natural and cultural resources exerted by dominant economic elites, have had the effect of reproducing and transforming local cultures and places: specifically, in the way people experience and give sense to their everyday lives and how social groups relate to each other.

This multidisciplinary postgraduate conference aims to discuss the processes affecting the peoples, places and cultures that comprise the Americas from the past to the present in a friendly and informal environment. We welcome papers from Masters and PhD students from diverse fields of study that address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

Please submit abstracts of up to 250 words to both: Fernando Gonzalez-Velarde, and Lauren Cordell,

For further information about the Americas Research Group at Newcastle University, please visit our website at:



Canning House and Lusophonic Art, December 2011

Our upcoming series of events, "Lusophone Fusions" will be focusing on the Portuguese speaking communities around the world. This December we are hosting a small set of events as a taster for our main series, which will be taking place between April and June 2012, entitled "Descobrindo O Invisível". This season of events is dedicated to the art, culture and economies of the Portuguese speaking countries. This showcase of activities covers the main parts of the world where there is a Portuguese speaking presence, Africa, South America and Asia, outlining the fusions so typical of the Lusophone phenomena. We hope we can interest you in this fascinating insight into the culture of the Lusophone world.

“Lusophone Fusions” December 8th-16th 2011
This event will be the official launch of next year's Lusophone events at Canning House and a celebration of the Lusophone Christmas through gastronomy as well as the private view of the "Gente" (People) photography exhibition. During this season all Portuguese speakers gather to enjoy eating and drinking amongst friends and family, many times with some of the participants playing and singing. This event will bring a bit of the taste of the Lusophone Christmas to London with food and drink from around the Portuguese speaking world, as well as performances of Fado and Morna.

Photography Exhibition "Gente" (People) 6th to 16th December | Private viewing 8th December (as part of launch) | 10.00-16.00 | Free entry apart from private viewing
"Gente" presents us different styles, ways of seeing and portraying people and their surroundings in various parts of Africa, South America and Europe by 7 photographers from Mozambique, Brazil, Portugal and Cape-Verde, all in the same exhibition under a common theme, Lusophone people and places. A small but challenging exhibition of 14 visually stimulating images, two form each photographer.

Talk: Portuguese speaking Community: A potential asset to London, by Guilherme Rosa. 14th December | Canning House | 18.30 - 20:30 | Free event
“The Portuguese speaking population living in London is estimated to be over half a million now, the 3 largest communities being the Brazilians, Portuguese and Angolans.
The latest waves of emigration from the Lusophone countries consist of people with higher levels of education and skills, many of them with degrees and with high expectations, starting their own business being one of them.

This can be an asset to London’s economy and can be a vital tool in strengthening the development and the economic relationship between the UK and these countries, some of them strong emerging economies."

By Guilherme Rosa, who was part of the team that opened the first office in London of the Millennium Bank, one of the largest Portuguese banks and is currently the manager the London Office of the Montepio Bank. Guilherme has a degree in International Relations and is also involved with the Portuguese speaking community in London, having helped start 3 local newspapers in Portugues, Hora H, Noticias and Extra Portugal.

Talk: "From Invisibility to Visibility: Africans in the Portuguese Space", by Shihan De Silva. 16th December | Canning House | 18.30-19.30 | Free event
African movement to Asia has gone on for centuries and many migrants have assimilated with the local populations. Within historical documents, Africans become conspicuous through their military role. Moreover, there are Afro-Asian communities today, separated by vast distances and hidden in the villages and forests of Asia. Through their vibrant forms of music and lyrics still in Portuguese, they emerge from obscurity. Concentrating on Africans who moved within Portuguese space in Asia, this presentation will highlight the way in which the migratory process took place and affected their lives.

Dr Shihan de Silva is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (University of London) and a member of the UNESCO International Scientific Committee (Paris).

For more booking information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards,
Canning House - Events Team | 0207 235 2303 ext 217/ 221.



de THORP, Rosemary; PAREDES, Maritza

Este libro explora la desigualdad, en particular, la que sufre la población indígena andina. Su eje es el análisis de la persistencia y la profundidad de dicha desigualdad mediante una investigación histórica de las interrelaciones entre política, economía, geografía y cultura. El concepto impulsor es la desigualdad entre grupos. Este marco analítico en sí refiere a todas las dimensiones de la desigualdad, no solo al aspecto económico. Las autoras encuentran que el enraizamiento de la desigualdad entre grupos se da mediante la creación y la reproducción de instituciones que interactúan sin patrón de crecimiento primario-exportador, actitudes sociales de discriminación, y la impenetrabilidad del sistema político, no obstante las nuevas características de "apertura".

año edición: 2011
Nro. Páginas: 284
ISBN: 978-9972-51-323-7

Instituto de Estudios Peruanos
Horacio Urteaga 694, Jesús María, Lima, Perú
Teléfonos: (51-1) 3326194 - Fax: (01) 3326173


'Salsa for People who Probably Shouldn't.'

Muy estimada colega:

no sé si conoce mi libro reciente 'Salsa for People who Probably Shouldn't.' Se trata de la história del baile en Gran Bretaña, y describe la nacionalización y el 'blanqueamiento' de la salsa durante los últimos dos décadas, trás la llegada de la salsa en Inglaterra con la comunidad colombiana después de la reforma de las leyes de la migración en 1971.

Hay una descripción aquí:

Creo que es el único libro sobre la história de los colombianos en Gran Bretaña, y quisiera informarles de su publicación.

Para más informaciones, estoy a sus órdenes.

Cordial saludo,
Matt Rendell


Autor(es): CHEESMAN, Roxanne

Reseña: Joseph Ignacio Lecuanda Salazar Escarzaga (1748-1800) perteneció a una generación de funcionarios ilustrados que vivió la época de cambios económicos, sociales y políticos producto de las reformas borbónicas iniciadas por Carlos III desde mediados del siglo XVIII. Se inició como auxiliar de cuentas en el Banco de Rescates de Potosí y, luego de una brillante carrera pública, llegó a obtener la administración interina de la Real Aduana de Lima. Dentro de sus actividades intelectuales, colaboró con el periódico ilustrado el Mercurio Peruano, perteneció a la Sociedad Amantes del País y participó en la elaboración de la Memoria de Gobierno del virrey Gil de Taboada y Lemos y en la Guía política, eclesiástica y militar de virreynato del Perú, dirigida por Hipólito Unanue.

En Idea succinta… Lequanda describe los problemas económicos que atravesaba la población de Lima en esos años y los atribuye a una combinación de los efectos de las reformas borbónicas con la rigidez del sistema social

Contenido: Introducción

José Ignacio de Lequanda
Vida y carrera pública de un burócrata acriollado
El viaje a España y la muerte de Lequanda
Burócrata e intelectual: otras actividades de Lequanda en el Perú
Comisiones oficiales
Aportes de Lequanda al movimiento intelectual de la época
Sus "Descripciones" en el Mercurio Peruano, el códex "Trujillo del Perú" y Martínez Compañón
La "Guía Política, Eclesiástica y Militar" de Unanue y otros textos del Mercurio Peruano
La Memoria de gobierno del virrey Gil de Taboada

Lequanda en el contexto político e ideológico de fines del siglos XVIII
Entre reformas internas y guerras
Un texto ilustrado

Idea succinta y su descripción de la vida económica y social del virreinato
La crisis en Lima
El comercio exterior
Monopolio vs. libre comercio
La balanza comercial
El comercio de Lima con Europa
El comercio interregional
El puerto de Arica y el comercio libre

Año edición: 2011
Nro. Páginas: 717
ISBN: 978-9972-51-316-9
Precio soles: S/. 60.00
Precio dólares: US$ 21.50

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Está en línea el último número de Argumentos, dedicado a los desafíos de la inclusión social. Este es el último número del año, y el próximo saldrá recién en cuatro meses. Pueden ver el último número en el siguiente enlace:


Newsletter for the International Institute for the Study of Cuba, 29 November 2011


Peru this Week | Living in Peru

Peru this Week is the leading English language news and information portal on and about Peru. Through its websites and, the company covers the most pertinent news coming out of Peru as well as provides the information for those looking to live, work, travel or invest in Peru. Since our founding in 2005 more than 10,000,000 have visited our pages and learned about this country, which we call home.

I think the website would be of huge value to your students and staff. Whether they are looking for the latest news about Peru, analysis of current events in the country, travel information to plan their trips or more, Peru this Week has fresh daily content for them.

For those that wish for more regular news updates about Peru, we provide a free weekly news magazine, Peru this Week, which has over 30,000 subscribers.

We would love to deepen our relationship with the academic departments that focus on Peru and its South American neighbors. While we believe that our site would be a great resource for your academic community, we also welcome the contributions of your students and staff. If a professor in your department publishes a new manuscript or journal article about Peru, we would love to cover it. Likewise, we welcome contributions from students, and if they have an interest in Peru, we can give them a valuable by-line. We also offer internships to college students interested in coming to Peru.

Questions about publication and internships can be directed to the editor, Nick Rosen, at, other inquiries can be directed to myself.

Thank you for your time.

Ross Knutson

Public Relations
Lima, Peru
+51 1 221-9998


INTERNSHIPS / SCHOLARSHIPS / FUNDING is pleased to award new postdoctoral scholarships (6 to 18 months). We would kindly ask you to distribute the following call for applications within your network, electronic distribution lists and interested individuals.

Thanks for your help.
Best regards,
Simon Ramirez Voltaire


Funding for Doctoral Research in Latin American and Caribbean Language-Based Area Studies at the University of Manchester

The North West Doctoral Training Centre, jointly run by the Universities of Lancaster, Liverpool and Manchester, is offering 3 PhD studentships in Language-Based Area Studies, in fields which include Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Successful candidates will be based either at the University of Manchester or at the University of Liverpool. The University has wide-ranging expertise in Latin American and Caribbean Studies with relevant members of staff based across the University, particularly in the School of Social Sciences; the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures; and the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures. In 2008, Iberian and Latin American Studies at Manchester was assessed in the UK's independent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) as one of the two best in the country for research in the field. We will be able to offer interdisciplinary supervision on a wide range of topics on Latin American and Caribbean societies, cultures and economic history.

For description of the North West DTC and of the opportunities for post-graduate studies which it offers, please go to

The deadline for the application for the studentships is 23rd of March 2012. Please note that prior to this deadline you should apply for a place on the PhD programme in one of the three Schools mentioned above. The choice of School will depend on the location of the member of staff you wish to be supervised by.

For informal inquiries, please contact either:


The British Academy: International Partnership and Mobility Scheme (Latin America and the Caribbean)

In an initiative developed by the British Academy's Area Panels, one-year awards of £10,000 and three-year awards of up to £30,000 are available to support the development of research partnerships between UK scholars and scholars in Latin America/ the Caribbean. Awards cover any branch of the humanities and social sciences, and are intended to focus on collaborative research on a specific theme of mutual interest, rather than purely on establishing networks. Partnerships can include a range of related activities, and mobility (in the form of visits in both directions, exchanges, etc.) should form an integral part of proposals.

Applications must be submitted via , the Academy's electronic grant application system.
For further information please visit the Academy's website:


Funding Opportunities for Postgraduate Research and Taught Programmes in Spanish, Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at King’s College London

Apply online now for 2012-13 entry to the taught MA or for the MPhil/PhD research programme in Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies, and you may qualify for one or more of the following grants or bursaries:

Since the establishment of the Cervantes Chair in 1916 and the Camoens Chair in 1919, the College has become a world-leading centre for Spanish and Portuguese studies and the creation of the new Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies continues this tradition of innovation and research strength. The Department offers an unrivalled range of opportunities for specialist and cross-disciplinary supervision, from the medieval period to the present day, in literature, history, cultural studies, film, drama and music, in all areas of Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Latin America and Lusophone Africa.

Full information about programmes of study, research supervisory expertise and application procedures can be found at the links below:

Further information on AHRC awards: