SLAS E-Newsletter, December 2018




The online Index and Lab for the Revue de la Société Haïtienne d’Histoire, de Géographie et de Géologie

The Revue de la société haïtienne d’histoire, de géographie et de géologie is the greatest repository of historical research produced on Haiti, from Haiti. Amazingly, and fustratingly this research is rarely used by scholars outside of Haiti. This remains the case in spite of the fact that scholars in the North Atlantic (US, Canada, and Europe) now recognize the centrality of the Haitian Revolution in the dramatic transformations of the late 18th - and 19th - century Atlantic world. If Haitian history is now central to the study of the Atlantic World, why not Haitian historians? We phrase this provocatively in the hopes of activating further reflection and discussion of best scholarly practices when it comes to working on Haiti. As the folks at Small Axe Archipelagos ask: “How might we encourage collaboration with, increase accessibility for, and otherwise work to narrow the gap between Caribbeanist researchers, especially those in the North Atlantic academy, and the communities we are committed to serving?”

Nevertheless, it is important to note here that North Atlantic specialists of Haiti have long recognized the importance of the RSHHGG. At least part of the problem, then, is a rather mundane one: this crucial repository of Haitian scholarly research remains opaque to most traditional searching practices. This is, incidentally, not specific to the RSHHGG; most periodicals exist within library catalogs with a single entry and no index of their contents. The RSHHGG Lab is therefore a first step in a much larger project: to make more accessible 19th- and 20th-century Caribbean knowledge production that resides in the privileged medium of the revue (or revistamagazin, little magazine, etc.)

So please, come and visit!



Criminalised minorities: Political violence and repression of dissidence in Latin America
Bedford Room, G37, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
3 December 2018 | 14.00 - 17.00

In a neo-liberal global context characterised by growing inequalities and a never-ending battle for the control of resources, this workshop invites scholars and experts to consider the social implications of economic and political initiatives that are met with strong opposition by minority groups in Latin America. Ranging from extraction to agribusiness and new technology investment plans, the implementation of such projects often obstructs the livelihoods of small farmers, indigenous populations, Afro-Latino communities, and other minority groups living in precarious settlements, who voice their objections. When doing so, however, they are often profiled as antagonistic to the nation’s development, progress, and indeed collective wellbeing, and as such they are targeted as ‘terrorists’ or ‘criminals’.

Some of the questions the speakers will consider are: How do minority groups view such initiatives? What are the grounds for their opposition to them? How do state and large capital holders react to minorities’ dissidence? What is the role of mass and social media in establishing stereotypes of an indigenous/minority ‘terrorist’ threat and how have such stereotypes played out in different Latin American countries? How do states and large capital holders benefit from and legitimise such portraits of the ‘other’ that enable their criminalisation and persecution?

Roundtable discussion with:

Alicia Mabel Ryan (Argentina Solidarity Campaign): Mapuche communities criminalised by the state and the multinational enterprises
Chiara Feliciani (KU Leuven): Peruvian indigenous communities against mining and other extractive activities
Ileana Selejan (UCL): the current Nicaraguan political violence

To book you place at this event, please use this link.

Beyond populism: the rise of Bolsonaro in Brazil
London School of Economics and Political Science, Fawcett House (FAW), formerly TW2, Room 9.04, London, WC2A 2AE
5 December 2018 | 18.30 - 20.00

In the wake of the results of the Brazilian elections, international and national observers have been puzzled about the embracing of nationalistic and authoritarian discourses in the country, one of the largest democracies in the world. Many explanations have emerged, but Bolsonaro’s election cannot be explained by one single cause, rather it is the result of multiple and converging processes of various scales and temporalities. It must be seen as a combination of trends, not only globally but also those closer to home, with recent events in the Brazilian political and economic landscape relating deeply to embedded structural issues in the country and Latin America.

This event brings together scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds to open a dialogue on the multiple causes that have led to this far-right turn in Brazil. It will look at the relationship between different aspects of Brazilian society – the economy, state-society relations, the rule of law – and the paradoxical democratic choice for an authoritarian rhetoric. What are some of the most relevant trends that have converged to allow the rupture that Bolsonaro represents? How can we make sense of what happened in order to envisage alternative paths for the future?

The event will be followed by a short presentation and drinks reception with the Brazilian Student Association BRASA. BRASA is the biggest association of Brazilian students overseas, present in 72 universities across 50 countries. It aims to create a community for the development of future Brazilian leaders.



The Changing Face of Quebecois ‘Anglo’ Literature: Dimitri Nasrallah and Ceri Morgan
Room 103, UCL Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PQ
10 December 2018 | 17.30 - 20.00

By the end of the 20th century, many English writers in Quebec felt themselves to be doubly exiled, a small language-defined community limited within a larger French culture, divided by the hostility of the country’s language politics and far removed from a wider Canadian readership. They formed a chronically under-recognized niche of Canlit known as Quebec’s ‘Anglo’ writing. Two decades later, that’s no longer the case. Today’s Anglo writing community is increasingly multicultural and multilingual. They have built up a strong community of acclaimed publishers and grassroots support for their writers, who are being recognized in Quebec, across Canada, and around the world more than ever before. Award-winning novelist, translator, and editor Dimitri Nasrallah is one such example. Born in Lebanon during the civil war, the Montreal-based writer’s books have been widely acclaimed in both their original English and French translations (by novelist Daniel Grenier) for their global outlook and pertinent explorations of family, authoritarianism, and displacement.

While places are free, booking is required to avoid disappointment.

Violence Unresolved: Argentina and the Prosecution of Human Rights Violations
UCL Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PN
11 December 2018 | 18.00 - 20.00

In Argentina, the abuses of the last military dictatorship and how to decide justice and resolve care remain a central social and political predicament. What counts as violence and who is to blame, what kinds of violence are deemed necessary or illegitimate are questions that are self-evident or easily answered by policy-makers, politicians, activists, and national citizens. Focusing on the interplay of politics and of trauma, this talk explores how the criminal prosecutions of the trials of crimes against humanity, begun in 2005 under the government of then President Nestor Kirchner, often only prosecute select violations or penalize select state agents or civilian collaborators and thus are unable to offer a full account of the truth. Abuses of torture, sexual violence, and silence endure, evolve, evade the reach of the law, and remain constitutive of everyday life.


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

Mother Country: Invisible Passengers of Generation Windrush
Room 103, UCL Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PQ
12 December 2018 | 17.00 - 20.00

To mark the release of an exciting anthology about the Windrush children and their descendants this autumn, editor Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff and one of the anthology’s contributors, Maria del Pilar Kaladeen, will be speaking about their respective roles in this important new book.



Slavery in 19th Century Atlantic: How History Can Widen the Horizon of International Relations
Politics Building, G.22, Newcastle University
19 December 2019 | 14.00 - 16.00

Gustavo Alvim de Góes Bezerra, PhD student at IRI/PUC-Rio and Visiting Scholar, Brown University. This research seminar is co-convened by Politics and the Postcolonial Research Group. It is free and open for everyone to attend.

David Tomich coined the term Second Slavery to describe the slave system that connected Africa, Southern United States, Caribbean, Brazil and Europe during the 19th Century. This system, he argued, is one that is substantially different from the colonial slavery of the preceding centuries due to – mainly – the volume of people enslaved in a time that liberal thought was already emergent. By establishing one narrative that traces the contact between slavery in different American spaces, what Tomich was able to see is that each national narrative on slavery showed one part of a larger phenomenon that could be seen in a wider frame, a frame able to relate politically, economically and culturally different shores of the Atlantic Ocean in a capitalist system. My two goals in this encounter will be: first, to present this concept of Second Slavery, an overview of the politics of slavery in Brazil in 19th Century and how this bibliography has a great influence in a country whose History has been strongly influenced by a perception of exceptionalism, especially in relation to its Latin American neighbours. The second goal is to put this research in perspective to the historical narratives in IR, for although the debate initiated by Tomich has resonated in Brazilian historiography, it has had no influence in the Historical narrative of International Relations, one that is still greatly focused on 19th Century Europe teleologically justifying the emergence of 1st World War.

Revisions of colonial history in Brazilian cinema
K-1.56, King’s Building, Strand Campus, London
8 January 2019 | 18.00 - 21.00

Peter W. Schulze is the Director of the Portuguese-Brazilian Institute of the Universität zu Köln, where he holds the chair of Latin American Studies with emphasis on Brazilian Studies. His publications on Brazil include the monographic studies "Transformation und Trance. Die Filme des Glauber Rocha als Arbeit am postkolonialen Gedächtnis" (2005) and "Strategien kultureller Kannibalisierung. Postkoloniale Diskurse vom brasilianischen Modernismo zum Cinema Novo" (2015), as well as co-edited books on "Glauber Rocha e as culturas na América Latina" (2011) and "Novas Vozes. Zur brasilianischen Literatur im 21. Jahrhundert" (2013).

Decolonization without Independence: Nationalism and Assimilation in the Non-Sovereign Caribbean
Room 103, UCL Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PQ
16 January 2019 | 17.30 - 19.00

Non-independent territories account for more than half the states of the Caribbean today. Despite this, narratives of Caribbean decolonization frequently brush over or ignore the non-sovereign states of the region. Histories of global decolonization are even more likely to disregard these territories. However, there is much to be learned about the nature of decolonization from these seemingly unconventional, non-independent states. Using case studies from the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Martinique and Guadeloupe, this paper will explore the local dimensions of decolonization, including local constructions of race and gender. It will also reveal the global connections which influenced decision makers, political activists and local opinion, demonstrating that these territories were intimately connected to developments elsewhere in the Caribbean, and globally. The paper will combine oral history, archival sources, newspapers and political memoirs to analyse the factors that influenced changes to political status. No longer formal colonies, yet having not become conventional independent sovereign states, these territories challenge our preconceptions about decolonization and the so-called postcolonial world.

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

Comics and Social Inequalities in Latin America
Arthur Lewis Building, School of Social Sciences, The University of Manchester, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL
25 January 2019 | 09.30 - 17.00

Comics play a crucial role in the struggle between culture and power in Latin American cities. This network will test the hypothesis that comics help shape identities in the kaleidoscopic world of urban Latin America by appealing to multiple audiences via print media, public art and online communities. Drawing together participants with diverse methodological and regional expertise, this transnational, multi-lingual network will analyse the representation of cities in comics; map site-specific uses of comics in physical urban landscapes; and determine their value as cultural capital in festivals and on websites.

In Latin America, where the contribution of comics to national and local communities has been more readily recognised, comics speak to reading publics with diverse ages, gender and class. The region’s comics have always been politicised, used as tools for community formation, the fashioning of national identities and for political satire, propaganda and protest. Since the 1950s comics have been a battleground for ideological struggle, have grappled with the fragmentary nature of memory, and have addressed the social impact of urban neoliberalism both on the page and in the urban landscape.

This network will focus on that relationship between comics and city, acknowledging that the two already have an inherent connection. Comics were born with the modern metropolis and the layout of image and text on the page reflected the kaleidoscopic modern city. Built around fragments and the blank spaces inbetween, comics give individual consumers heightened investment in the work, since they must refashion those fragments into temporal and spatial meaning that speaks to them. And the city is a privileged space for the production and consumption of comics, fostering comics’ rare ability to speak to a public with hugely diverse educational backgrounds, and to form part of both global franchises and low-budget neighbourhood fanzines.


09.30 Welcome, and Opening Ideas: James Scorer & Peter Wade (both 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

To attend this event, please use this link:

Brazilian Politics, Policies and Citizenship: Anthropological Perspectives on Current Challenges (Conference)
Campus Heyendaal, Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands
13 - 15 March 2019


Keynote speakers (confirmed)

Do the recent dramatic political changes challenge the ways we used to understand Brazil? In 2018, unlike in previous presidential elections, the poor and the working class did not massively support ‘the Left’. This was decisive in the election of the extreme right-wing candidate Jair Bolsonaro. Existing party structures and support networks were unable to sufficiently engage and mobilize voters. A new way of doing politics (fazer política) emerged with the rise of hyper-connectivity through social media and the spread of fake news, fomenting prejudice against political adversaries. Election campaigns that revolved around the rights of minorities, the use of violence and the fight against corruption gave rise to extremely polarised political debates.

With regard to public policies, Brazil has recently witnesse many changes and will probably face ma  more under the presidency of Bolsonaro. During the PT administration, social policies like the conditional cash transfer programme Bo sa Família have been lauded for their contr bution to decreasing poverty levels and, to some extent, inequality. Also, for more than a decade, Brazil has been considered a front-runner in participatory politics (e.g. Orçamento Participativo), urban reform and citizenship enhancement. At the moment of this conference, we will know if Bolsonaro fulfils his promises to change key public policies. Also, what are the effects of his promise to rule for the majority? How does this impact the rights of the poor and the ethnic, gender and sexual minorities? Furthermore, what are the consequences for social movements, for independent research and university education?

Analytically, this conference will explore what theories and concepts can help us to understand the current state of Brazil, and which ones seem to have lost their relevance. What does the victory of Bolsonaro tell us about people’s imaginations of the state? How do the anti-corruption and pro- violence discourses tie in with particular conceptions of the state? How do theories of clientelist politics and class-based political structures speak to the emergence and victory of an anti-establishment politician? Regarding public policies, for many years, we have critiqued the PT’s recipe to combine social policies with neoliberal economics. Looking at the current situation, where do our theorisations bring us? How do the new politics and policies speak to the notions of insurgent citizenship, class and democracy?

We will discuss these questions over the course of three days, through a range of formats, including the presentation of papers, round tables, and keynote lectures, bringing together Brazilianists from different countries across the globe.

The event is financed by the European Research Council under Grant 679614 (BROKERS), and organised by Martijn Koster and Flávio Eiró (Department of Anthropology and Development Studies, Radboud University).

The complete programme will follow soon.

Participation in the event is free of charge but please register before 22 February 2019 here.



Sustainability & 'Good Living': The Indigenous Perspective
Sheppard Theatre, Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 9AZ
3 December 2018 | 19.30 - 21.30

An evening of indigenous rituals and spirited debates…

As the threats of climate change and ecocide become increasingly pressing, people in the developed world are turning to indigenous peoples in their search for alternatives to development and guidance on how to live sustainably. In particular, much has been made of indigenous philosophies of ‘buen vivir’ or ‘good living’ and how they might be taken up more extensively. CAT is fortunate to welcome indigenous representatives from the Pankararu and Kariri-Xocó communities in North-Eastern Brazil and the Nasa community in South-Western Colombia, as well as representatives of the NGO Thydêwå and the activist network Pueblos en Camino to discuss the role that indigenous communities have to play in these critical debates.

This event is organised with the generous support of the Arts and Humanities Research Council/Global Challenges Research Fund, for the research network ‘Sumak Kawsay and the Sustainable Development Agenda’, led by Dr Thea Pitman, University of Leeds. For more information see


Screening of La Gunguna and Q&A with director, Ernesto Alemany
Room 243, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
11 December 2018 | 18.30 - 20.30

Ernesto Alemany’s La Gunguna (2015) tells the story of a tiny pistol with a dark history.

With a legendary past supposedly linking it to a trio of dictators – Mussolini, Franco, and Trujillo – the gun has the potential to act as a protective amulet or, if it’s one rule is broken, a curse. After passing from corrupt military men, to pimps, to professional pool players, and more, the gun ends up in the hands of good guy Montás, an unemployed construction worker with a mission that sets him off on a quest to visit the President.

As it circulates among this bizarre cast of characters, the gun reveals a chaotic Caribbean underworld that is portrayed with unrelenting dark humour and more than the odd nod to Tarantino. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director.

Ernesto Alemany is a Dominican film producer and director known for La Gunguna (2015), Loki 7 (2016), and La musiquita por dentro (2018). With a background in commercial and music video directing, Alemany forms part of a new wave of Dominican filmmakers benefitting from a new film law in the country, a wave which has produced international successes such as Israel Cárdenas and Laura Amelia Guzmán's Dólares de arena (2015), and Nelson de los Santos Arias' Cocote (2017).

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Philosophical Polemics, School Reform, and Nation-Building in Uruguay, 1868-1915: Reforma Vareliana and Batllismo in Transnational Perspective
Percy Building G.13, Newcastle University
12 December 2018 | 16.00 - 17.30

We celebrate the launch of Professor Jens Hentschke's book with this special research seminar.



The Queer Art of Feeling: Sensation, Emotion and the Body in Queer Cultures
University of Cambridge, UK
2 - 3 May 2019

DEADLINE 5 December 2018 (12 noon)

Keynote lecture to be given by Sara Ahmed.

Since the earliest works of queer theory, scholars have placed the body at the centre of queer experience, and especially the performative constitution of identity. But in the last decade, influenced by phenomenology, approaches to queer culture have looked to the body as a site of queer knowledge production more broadly, combining ways of thinking, sensing and feeling. Affect studies, trans theory, new materialism, embodiment theory and cognitive approaches to the humanities have revolutionised our understanding of queer experience and perception, togetherness and community, art and creativity.

The political power, even the essence, of queerness has often been located in its disruptive and destabilising relationship with dominant ways of thinking and social norms. Yet from the ‘anti-social thesis’ to recent discussions of ‘queer theory without antinormativity’, debates in queer studies challenge us to understand queer belonging to and orientation within societies also in embodied, interconnected terms. At once within and outside wider cultures and norms, queer bodies become a site of uniquely contested lived experiences, and of peculiar creativity in shaping and re-creating ourselves, communities and worlds.

This conference explores the potential of the arts to represent, explore, challenge and create modes of queer lived, felt and embodied experience. Taking ‘feeling’ in all its meanings – touch, hapticity, sensation, emotion, a hunch or gut reaction, as well as tentativeness when ‘feeling one’s way’ – the conference will explore the complex relationships to culture and society that are at stake in queer artworks and queer experience.

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers, or alternative forms of presentation or performance, on the subject of the queer art of feeling. Papers are welcomed from across disciplines – including, but not limited to, literature, film, and the visual and performing arts – and from scholars at all career stages. Topics might include:

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words to by the deadline of 12 noon on Wednesday 5 December 2018. We also welcome proposals for panels of three speakers, in which case please submit an abstract for the panel, and details of each speaker’s paper (max 750 words).

A small number of travel grants may be available for postgraduate, early-career, part-time and independent scholars. Please indicate in your proposal if you would like to be considered for one of these awards. 

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with queries at: This conference has been generously sponsored by the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS), London.

Geoffrey Maguire (Cambridge)
Fraser Riddell (Oxford)
Tom Smith (St Andrews)

Abstract Submissions Sought for Latin American Women Photographers: Gaze and Politics
Dominika Gasiorowski and Parvati Nair (eds.)

DEADLINE 15 December 2018

This is a call for abstracts for an upcoming book entitled Latin American Women Photographers: Gaze and Politics, coedited by Prof Parvati Nair (UNU) and Dr Dominika Gasiorowski (QMUL). We have already secured several contributions engaging with women photographers from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Mexico and Ecuador, but are looking to widen our scope and hear from scholars who could contribute a chapter on women photographers working in Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, Honduras, Venezuela, El Salvador, Nicaragua and others. We are particularly keen to hear from early career scholars, since this volume has already attracted significant interest from leading academics and, as co-editors, we would like to balance well-established voices with emerging ones. Please find more details below. Please send your abstract of 300 to 350 words for our consideration, together with brief information about the author of no more than 250 words, at your earliest convenience but no later than the 15th of December 2018. We will then revert with next steps at the beginning of 2019. Please email abstracts and bio data to:

Further Information about the Book

Latin American photographic production has rightly held a celebrated place in the global photographic canon, with many key photographers and theorists receiving significant scholarly and public attention. Photography has also played an important role in the construction of visual histories of the region in the course of the past century or more. Traditionally, however, the vast majority of these acclaimed practitioners have been men. In recent years, women photographers such as Graciela Iturbide, Daniella Rossell (Mexico), Adriana Lestido (Argentina), María Cristina Orive (Guatemala), have started to receive international attention. Too many Latin American women photographers, however, remain unacknowledged in international photography circles and scholarly work. 

Latin American Women Photographers: Gaze and Politics seeks to redress this imbalance. Our aim, as co-editors, is to uncover the crucial role that women play in the region’s rich photographic history and to ensure their place in the canon of Latin American photography. We invite you to join us in exploring the politics and aesthetics of the region’s photographic landscape via the work of women photographers who are socially engaged and to help shape new critical methodologies required to examine these bodies of work. By bringing together leading and emerging scholars in the field, this book will focus on the work of Latin American women photographers from 1985 to the present day. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

"The Politics of Religion and Spirituality", International Society for the Sociology of Religion Conference
9 - 12 July 2019

DEADLINE 16 December 2018

Papers sought for open the thematic session "Liberation Christianity in Latin America. Politics, Religion and Spirituality in the Global South". The object of this session is to reflect on the origin, development and currency of both liberation Christianity and liberation theology. We make an analytical and historical distinction between liberation Christianity and the liberation theology: the first refers to a social movement comprising mainly basic Christian communities (CEBs), Roman Catholic student movements (JUC) and Young Christian Workers’ movements (JOC) and the popular struggles from the end of the 1950s and throughout the 1960s; the second is a group of writings arising at the end of the 1960s (Ruben Alves) and throughout the 1970s (Gustavo Gutierrez, Enrique Dussel, Hugo Assmann, Beatriz Melano Couch, Franz Hinkelammert), and which is currently expressed in the work of Jung Mo Sung, Marcella Althaus-Reid, etc. From an interdisciplinary perspective, we propose to analyze not only the historical importance but to take into account the main current expressions including consideration of the papacy of Francisco. Despite the fact that the Latin American socio-political context is no longer the same as the 1960s, there is a continuation of a dependency structure (dependency capitalism, coloniality of power, etc), therefore the importance of studying the challenges of liberation Christianity. It is worth highlighting that the liberation theology is a critical reflection on revolution (Gutierrez) and as such does not depend on the ecclesial context, rather the revolutionary context (Miguez Bonino, J. L. Segundo).

The deadline for submissions is 16th December 2018 via the conference website -

Art and Cinema in 21st-Century Peru: Aesthetics, Politics and Platforms
Senate House, University of London
20 - 21 June 2019

DEADLINE 6 January 2019

Co-convenors: Dr Giuliana Borea and Prof Sarah Barrow

The 21st-Century is witnessing a new moment of growth for Peru’s visual arts. Since the recovery of democracy and the rise of new social aspirations at the beginning of the century the arts have played a significant role in re-thinking the past and re-imagining the country. Filmmakers and artists from new generations and from diverse socioeconomic sectors and regions have emerged bringing new visual aesthetics and different forms of social and political engagement. In addition, the growth of Peru’s economy in the region in tandem with rapid urban neoliberal transformations and an incisive national branding campaign have impacted the arts and cinema in terms of production, audiences and distribution. Within these contexts, both the arts and cinema have developed more consolidated fields connected to local situations and transnational circuits in the hands of private initiatives and, although precarious and intermittent, state cultural policy. Despite the strengthening of these fields, a fragility persists in their growth and the diversity of their approaches.

This international conference proposes to trace the transformations of Peru’s contemporary art and cinema in terms of aesthetics, actors, politics and circuits in relation to the political economy. How have cinema and art been redefined in the last two decades? How have they worked to support the socio-political development and a more nuanced understanding of different parts of the country? Which are the socio-political processes that shape and are re-shaped by these forms of visual production? Who are the agents and which are the cultural politics of this transformation? What is the role of the market in this transformation? What are the absences, fragilities and paradoxes that accompany the rise of Peru’s arts and cinema?  

We invite contributions from anthropology, sociology, cultural and film studies, political science, and others that crosses disciplinary boundaries as well as from cultural producers, archivists, curators, critics and policy makers. We welcome proposals that offer specific case studies with rigorous and original analysis. 

Some of the topics that this conference wishes to address may include (but are not limited to):

Please submit your 250-word abstract, in English, to no later than January 6, 2019. Decisions will be communicated by February 20, 2019.

Please direct any queries to (cinema) or (art)

The Black Image in 19th Century Latin America: Visual Culture Studies Section, Pre-LASA Workshop
LASA 2019

Boston, USA
23 May 2019

DEADLINE 20 January 2019

The nineteenth-century was a defining period in the construction and circulation of the Black image in Latin America. Visual culture played a foundational role in the formation of social, racial and national identities in the aftermath of the wars of Independence throughout the region. This highly transitional period witnessed the emergence of re-calibrated social hierarchies; the official rejection of colonial caste terminology, and the frequently drawn out process towards the abolition of slavery, were fundamental both to this re-calibration, and in shaping cultural and national discourses surrounding the continent’s African-descent population.

The ‘long nineteenth century’ also produced paradigmatic visual representations of Latin America’s African-descent populations - rooted in a typology of Black subjects as subservient, immoral, exotic and picturesque. These stereotypes, as seen through the romantic and ethnographic gaze of both foreign and local artists, would go on to have a lasting currency through their widespread repetition and circulation via popular media such as the watercolour and the lithograph. The reality of black freedom and agency was conceived as a threat both to economic prosperity and national homogeneity by the region’s ruling elites, one that had to be discursively contained and domesticated. This was contested in counter images forged by Afro-descendants in their daily self-fashioning, aided by new visual technologies and mediums such as photography, and collectively bolstered by the rise of the Black press in countries such as Brazil and Argentina.
This workshop aims to convene an interdisciplinary group of scholars working across the fields of visual and material culture, art history, cultural studies and history. We invite submission that explore how Blackness is configured and remade in the long nineteenth century, through representations of Afro-descendants in the visual arts, and the production and use of material culture in Black self-fashioning and collective identities.
Possible themes or lines of inquiry include, but are not limited to:

We welcome proposals for 15 minute presentations. Please send an abstract of up to 250 words and a short bio to Helen Melling at by 20 January 2019. Candidates will be informed of acceptance by 20th February.

Precarious Presents, Open Futures”, The 11th International Critical Management Conference
The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes
27 - 29 June 2019

DEADLINE 31 January 2019

Stream 17: Problematising the Recolonization of Decolonial Scholar-Activism: Whiteness, Neoliberalization and the Threat of Co-optation within the New Spirit of Liberal Openness


Over the last 20 years, decolonial work has been central in creating spaces for critique, dissent and resistance in management and organization studies (see Prasad, 2003; Ibarra-Colado, 2006; Faria, Ibarra-Colado, & Guedes, 2010; Mandiola, 2010; Nkomo, 2011; Mir & Mir, 2013; Yousfi, 2014; Gantman, Yousfi, & Alcadipani, 2015; Dar, 2018, Liu, 2018). This sizeable body of work has systematically raised questions about the role of, and dynamics created and perpetuated by, particular actors that centre Whiteness and colonial power resulting in persistent inequality, oppression, marginalization and invisibility of people of colour and First Nations people. Despite the transformational momentum generated by these discussions, inequality is sustained amidst discourses of disruption. Further, there is a seemingly newfound openness to decolonial work that suggests that it is now seen, embraced and used in diverse ways by scholars in both hegemonic and marginalized contexts (see Dar et al, 2018). The starting point of reflection for this sub-theme is: Where is decolonising work today, why is it so popular and is this popularity a strategy of co-optation that undermines its very purpose? This sub-theme continues with the tradition of discussions about decolonizing launched for the first time at the CMS Conference 2009 by the late Eduardo Ibarra Colado, as well as subsequent efforts at CMS and beyond that have continued to debate the dialectic relationship between decolonizing and recolonizing efforts.

As a political struggle that disrupts racist, classist, casteist, gendered, capitalist, ableist Supremacy, decoloniality is an unending project. As such, it is within the long duree that subjects embrace the Eurocentric illusionary discourse of individualist sovereignty propagated by Westernized institutions (e.g. the Neoliberal University), accepting their vulnerable positionality and engaging in an explicit and drawn-out encounter with White power. This involves a politics of struggle where they must not only be conscious of the complexity of their subject positioning, but use it in ways that draw on decolonizing concepts and practices to make theoretical advancements and develop methodologies for knowledge production that do not exploit or decimate Global South / indigenous knowledge, doing the work in-house (e.g. in their respective departments and universities) with a view of overthrowing systems that exploit Global South students and workers / students and workers of colour. This is a fundamental challenge for CMS decolonial scholars because it brings to the fore the tension emerging from becoming a vocal critic of the structures that legitimize their own subjectivity and value.

This sub-theme is interested in contributions on the following areas (please note this list is not exhaustive):

Celebrating the legacy of Eduardo Ibarra Colado

This stream will apply a liberation politics that will include a ‘walking-collective’ practice called: “Walking with Brown Folk”. The format seeks to disrupt the practice of centralizing knowledge in panels / experts that limits the possibilities for a dialectic engagement.

Abstract submissions

Please submit a 500 word abstract (excluding references) one page, Word document NOT PDF, single spaced, no header, footers or track changes) together with your contact information: name, institutional affiliation (independent scholar if not currently affiliated) and email to decolonizingalliance@protonmail.comThe deadline for submission of abstracts is Thursday 31st January 2019. We will notify you a decision by the end of February.

More information about the Conference


Dialogs in Transition: Luso-Hispanic Cultural Production and Global South Exchanges
Eleventh Conference on East-West Cross-Cultural Relations
Warsaw-Cracow-Bielsko Biala, Poland
9 - 12 May 2019

DEADLINE 3 February 2019

You are all invited to present papers in Spanish, Portuguese or English devoted to the general topic of the conference, or to one of the following subthemes (the Committee may accept other subthemes related to the general theme of the conference):

Dr. Ignacio López-Calvo (University of California, Merced, EE.UU)
Dra. Maja Zawierzeniec (Asociación Cultural Polaco-Mexicana Bocian & Nopal, Escuela Superior Wszechnica Polska, Varsovia, Polonia)


9 May 2019 | WARSAW

10 May 2018 | CRACOW

11 May 2018 | BIELSKO-BIALA

12 May 2018 | BIELSKO-BIALA


The proposals (abstracts) of the presentations must be sent by February 3 to:
During the conference, there will be a maximum of 20 minutes to present your paper (approximately 8 double-spaced pages in Times New Roman 12).
Presentations must be in Spanish, English, or Portuguese.
Proposals must have the format of the attached document:


Cambridge Scholars Publishing and/or Economic-Humanist Academy of Bielsko-Biala

REGISTRATION | DEADLINE : February 3. To pay online, please use this link:




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In March, the conference participants will receive a detailed dossier about cultural activities and the conference logistics. We will have the support of qualified staff, as well as volunteers, to facilitate you a pleasant experience in Poland.



Labour Mobilization, Politics and Globalization in Brazil: Between Militancy and Moderation
by Marieke Riethof
ISBN: (eBook) 9783319603094 | (hardback) 9783319603087
eBook: £79.50 | Hardback: £99.99

Published as part of the Palgrave Studies of the Americas, this book analyses the conflicts that emerged from the Brazilian labour movement’s active participation in a rapidly changing political environment, particularly in the context of the coming to power of a party with strong roots in the labour movement. While the close relations with the Workers' Party (PT) have shaped the labour movement’s political agenda, its trajectory cannot be understood solely with reference to that party’s electoral fortunes. Through a study of the political trajectory of the Brazilian labour movement over the last three decades, the author explores the conditions under which the labour movement has developed militant and moderate strategies.

Marieke Riethof is Lecturer in Latin American Politics at the University of Liverpool.

Available for purchase here. A sample chapter can be viewed and downloaded here.

The Art of Solidarity: Visual and Performative Politics in Cold War Latin America
Edited by Jessica Stites Mor and Maria del Carmen Suescun Pozas
ISBN: 9781477316399
Paperback: £23.99 | Hardback: £74.00

The Cold War claimed many lives and inflicted tremendous psychological pain throughout the Americas. The extreme polarisation that resulted from pitting capitalism against communism held most of the creative and productive energy of the twentieth century captive. Many artists responded to Cold War struggles by engaging in activist art practice, using creative expression to mobilise social change. The Art of Solidarity examines how these creative practices in the arts and culture contributed to transnational solidarity campaigns that connected people across the Americas from the early twentieth century through the Cold War and its immediate aftermath.

This collection of original essays is divided into four chronological sections: cultural and artistic production in the pre–Cold War era that set the stage for transnational solidarity organising; early artistic responses to the rise of Cold War polarization and state repression; the centrality of cultural and artistic production in social movements of solidarity; and solidarity activism beyond movements. Essay topics range widely across regions and social groups, from the work of lesbian activists in Mexico City in the late 1970s and 1980s, to the exchanges and transmissions of folk-music practices from Cuba to the United States, to the uses of Chilean arpilleras to oppose and protest the military dictatorship. While previous studies have focused on politically engaged artists or examined how artist communities have created solidarity movements, this book is one of the first to merge both perspectives.

Jessica Stites Mor is an associate professor of history at the University of British Columbia and serves as the editor-in-chief of the Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Maria del Carmen Suescun Pozas is an associate professor of history at Brock University. She is a former president of the Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, founding director of Seedling for Change in Society and Environment, and cofounder of the Seedling for Change Press.

Hugo Blanco: a Revolutionary for Life
by Derek Wall
£14.99 | ISBN
: 9780850367485

Hugo Blanco is Peru’s best-known revolutionary. A leader of the indigenous people of the Andes, he was born in 1934 in Cusco, the former Inca capital. He is a lifelong environmental campaigner in defence of the natural riches of the Andean region and beyond. In the 1960s he led a successful armed peasant uprising demanding land rights. He was placed on death row and released only after a huge international campaign supported by Jean-Paul Sartre. In exile in Chile he was lucky to escape death after the 1973 coup.

More recently Hugo Blanco was a Presidential candidate and was elected as a Senator in Peru. He was exiled to Mexico, where he was influenced by the Zapatistas. Still politically active today, he publishes the newspaper Lucha Indigena (Indigenous Struggle).

This engaging political biography will survey the life of this unassuming but compelling activist – a guerrilla fighter praised by Che Guevara, one-time member of the Fourth International – from the 1960s to the present. It is a story of ideas and activism: surveying Hugo Blanco’s views on defence of the environment, social and political movements, indigenous peoples, left governments and political strategy.

Hugo Blanco is one of the most significant activists and ecosocialist thinkers in the world today.

Derek Wall is the former International Coordinator of the Green Party of England and Wales. He teaches political economy at Goldsmiths College and has had twelve books published on green politics. He hosted a speaking tour for Hugo Blanco in 2010.



PhD Funding Opportunities in Latin American Studies
University of Manchester

DEADLINE 4 February 2019 (17.00 GMT)

The School of Arts, Languages and Cultures at the University of Manchester hosts one of the largest and most diverse and dynamic postgraduate communities in the UK, and is committed to financially supporting the best-qualified applicants. Each year the School awards over £1,000,000 in studentships and bursaries for postgraduate study. There is a range of awards on offer for both Home/EU and Overseas students at PhD level. The following funding is available to applicants to our PhD in Latin American Cultural Studies: 

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Doctoral Research Studentships:
Economic And Social Research Council (ESRC) Studentships:

All applications must be received by Joanne Marsh, Senior Postgraduate Research Administrator, by 17:00 GMT Friday 4 February (ESRC) and 8 February 2019 (AHRC) at the following address:   

Please note that you must submit your online application for a place on Manchester University’s PhD programme in Latin American Cultural Studies by Monday, 14 January 2019.

For information on how to apply for a PhD programme at the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, please see:

Subject to satisfactory progress, the AHRC and ESRC awards will provide: 

All candidates, including those from overseas, are eligible to apply for the President's Doctoral Scholar (PDS) Competition. PDS studentships cover tuition fees (Home/EU and Overseas), as well as the maintenance grant of £15,777 (2017/18 rate). 
All PDS applications must be received by the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures by 5 pm GMT, Friday, 8 February 2019. Please note that you must submit your online application for a place on your chosen PhD programme by Monday, 14 January 2019.
The information on this type of funding and application guidelines are available on

In addition to Research Council funding and the PDS awards, the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures offers a number of PhD Studentships. These awards are open to both Home/EU and Overseas applicants. They cover students' fees and offer maintenance grants of the same value as the ESRC and the AHRC. For more information on this type of funding and application guidelines, please see School Awards for PhD Students:

On the availability of supervision in Latin American Studies, please see:



Lecturer in Hispanic Studies
UCL School of European Languages, Culture and Society, University College London
Permanent, Full Time
£39,353 to £51,769 p.a. inc. London Allowance

DEADLINE 28 December 2018 (23:59 GMT)

The appointment will be on UCL Grade . The salary range will be Grade 7 £39,353 - £42,701 per annum or Grade 8 £43,884 - £51,769 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

SELCS is a world-leading centre for teaching, research and public engagement, focussing on the literature, linguistic traditions, history, sociology, philosophy, art, film and other aspects of the cultures associated with the languages we teach.

We are inviting applications for a Lecturer whose research focuses on Spanish Peninsular or Spanish American Studies or both.  The post holder will be required to prepare and deliver undergraduate and postgraduate courses as allocated by the Director/Head of Department, and to engage in original research relating to Hispanic Studies and supervise research students.  The post holder will also be required to contribute to the teaching of intercultural courses open to students of all our programmes and we particularly welcome candidates with an interest in either comparative literature or screen media/visual culture.

The successful candidate is expected to take up the position on 1 September 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The post holder will hold a PhD or equivalent qualification and be fluent in both English and Spanish.  They will have a proven ability to undertake academic research of high quality in any area of Hispanic Studies, and the ability to supervise academic work by undergraduate and postgraduate students.  They will also have the ability to teach Hispanic Studies at undergraduate and postgraduate level.  To be appointed at Grade 8 the post holder would also require experience of teaching at a higher educational institution or at an equivalent level, and a proven track record of publications.

UCL vacancy reference: 1769885.

Applicants should apply online. Please use this link, and follow the onscreen directions: If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Dr Deborah, 0207 679 3107.

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59. Interview Date: 30 January 2019. UCL Taking Action for Equality. We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships 2019
Applications for hosting at the Centre of Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge

DEADLINE 3 January 2019 (09.00 GMT)

The Centre of Latin American Studies (CLAS), University of Cambridge, invites applications for hosting from candidates for Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships from October 2019. Latin Americanists working in any area within arts, humanities or social sciences are welcome to apply, provided they meet the eligibility criteria established by the Leverhulme. All candidates must have submitted their doctoral thesis by 28 February 2019, and not more than four years before this date.

CLAS has a thriving community of MPhil and PhD students, and is a lively hub for research on Latin America carried out by post-docs and academic staff across the university. Successful applicants would be asked to make a modest contribution to teaching on our interdisciplinary MPhil in Latin American Studies, within their chosen field(s) and in accordance with the terms of the Leverhulme scheme. For information about the Centre of Latin American Studies, please see our website.

The Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship scheme offers a 50% salary, which is matched for successful applicants by the Isaac Newton Trust at Cambridge. Applicants must first secure funding from the Isaac Newton Trust, sending their applications to the Centre of Latin American Studies by the deadline of 9am (GMT) on 3 January 2019. Those who are successful in the pre-selection process may then proceed to make a full application to Leverhulme by 28 February 2019. Feedback will be offered on pre-selected applications before this final submission date.

Applicants should read the instructions carefully and forward the required materials to:
Dr Felipe Hernández , Director, Centre of Latin American Studies, c/o the Administrator, by 9am (GMT) on 3 January 2019. 

Two references, sent directly by the referees, should also reach the Centre by the same deadline. At least one of the referees should be external to Cambridge, and no more than one should be based at the institution at which you were awarded (or are still studying for) your PhD. 

Please note that applications cannot be considered if they are not complete by the deadline.