SLAS E-Newsletter, June 2012

The eNewsletter is compiled by Victoria Carpenter and sent out to you by Christy Palmer. If you have an up-coming event or items that you would like included in the next eNewsletter, then please send the details to:

PLEASE NOTE: not all 'Call for Papers', are listed in the section 'Call for Papers'. Many are within the conference and seminar notices in the 'Conference and Seminars' section of the eNewsletter. All deadlines have been highlighted or emboldened in red.




Mexican novelist, essayist Carlos Fuentes dies aged 83

Author Carlos Fuentes, who played a dominant role in Latin America's novel-writing boom by delving into the failed ideals of the Mexican revolution, died Tuesday the 15th of May 2012, in a Mexico City hospital.


"Knowledge Asymmetries: Unequal Knowledges - Knowledge Inequalities"
Third Summer School 2012
Applications now being accepted

DEADLINE July 9, 2012

The Third Summer School on interdependent inequalities, organized jointly by and the Department of Geography of the National University of Colombia (Departamento de Geografía, Universidad Nacional de Colombia), will take place in Bogotá and Villa de Leyva, Colombia, from October 29 to November 3, 2012.

The organizers will welcome up to 30 junior researchers from around the world for this intensive program, including participants from, participants from Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and external participants from Latin America.

For more information:



Carlos Gamerro will talk about and read from his novel about the Falklands / Malvinas, The Islands
Tuesday 5th June, 5pm, Room 3, Taylor Institution, St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3NA.

To fight for a plot which is not tomb enough and continent to hide the slain”: the Malvinas and the literary imagination.

The Malvinas loom large in the Argentine literary imagination – and by literary not just what pertains to literature alone. How can words shape a plot of barren land into a symbol people are willing to live – and die – for?

Carlos Gamerro is one of the best-known and most highly regarded contemporary Argentine writers. Born in Buenos Aires in 1962, he has published six works of fiction, including the novels The Islands and An Open Secret (the latter published by Pushkin Press in 2011). He adapted The Islands for a major theatrical production in 2011 and writes influential works of criticism. In addition Gamerro, who was brought up bilingually in English and Spanish, has translated Shakespeare, Auden, and Harold Bloom. (Text from


Liberalism in the Americas Events
6 June 2012

STB9, Stewart House (Basement), London.

Places for this workshop are limited. To attend please register by emailing

Liberal economic principles and policies were often at odds with politically liberal agendas across the Americas in the nineteenth century. This workshop examines debates surrounding the definition and application of liberal economic ideas in a comparative context, to establish what local, regional, national and transnational factors shaped economic development in different parts of the Americas during the nineteenth and early twentieth century. The workshop will focus on issues such as land ownership, banking, monetary and taxation systems, international trade, and international finance, and will compare case studies from Mexico, Argentina, Peru and the United States in the context of the broader international and global situation. The workshop is discussion based; paper contributors will not be presenting their papers. Please register to receive written copies of the papers to read in advance of the workshop:

1.00-1.10 Welcome and Introduction
1.10-2.40 Trade, Taxation, and Business in the Americas
  • Chair: Paulo Drinot (ISA)
  • Commentator: Prof. Alan Knight (St Anthony’s College, Oxford).
  • Dr William Pettigrew (University of Kent)
    ‘Inventing the Tradition of a Deregulated Atlantic Economy: The Africa Trade Debates, 1690 – 1712.’
  • Dr Alejandra Irigoin (LSE)
    ‘The Conundrum of Latin American Liberalism: Representation and Taxation in the Aftermath of Independence.’
  • Prof. Colin Lewis (LSE)
    ‘State and Development: Economic Liberalism in Theory and Practice, c. 1900.’
2.40-3.00 Tea/coffee break
3.00-4.30 Development, Land and Property Rights in the Americas.
  • Chair: Deborah Toner (ISA)
  • Commentator: Prof. Rosemary Thorp (Latin American Centre, Oxford).
  • Prof. Paul Gootenberg (SUNY)
    ‘Fishing for Leviathans? Shifting Views on the Liberal State and Development in Peruvian History.’
  • Mr Tom Cutterham (St Hugh's College, Oxford)
    ‘Soldiers, Statesmen, and Stockjobbers: Finance and Land in Post-Revolutionary America.
  • Dr Helga Baitenmann (Associate Fellow, ISA)
    ‘Pueblo Land Disentailment in Porfirian Mexico: A Case of 'Developmentalist Social Liberalism.

followed by:

5.00-6.30, Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House, London.

Please RSVP to Followed by a reception.

There were at least four stages in the nineteenth-century transition from mercantilism to "free trade". The first involved the freedom to trade with any country; the second led to the application of the same tariffs on imports from all countries. The third required the sharp reduction of the tariff rates themselves. The fourth assumed the subordination of the state to the market. This presentation will explore how far Latin American countries advanced along this continuum in the nineteenth century.

This event has been generously sponsored by the Economic History Society and the Society for Latin American Studies.


Jimmy Burns interviews Carlos Gamerro
Thursday 7 June, 15:00 - 17:00

Jimmy Burns, award-winning journalist and author of The Land that lost its Heroes: How Argentina lost the Falklands War (Bloomsbury, 2012), will be interviewing renowned Argentine writer Carlos Gamerro, on the occasion of the launch of The Islands (And other Stories, 2012).

The curious thing is that I was originally planning t write a detective novel when I started 'The Islands'. And at some point the Malvinas / Falklands conflict came in by the back door. It is the negative image of an autobiographical novel: the story of what did not happen to me but could have. Born in 1962, I was at university during the war and exempt from the call-up. Plus, I have a grandfather from Gibraltar and was brought up bilingual. You could say I have the conflict in my blood (Gamerro)

Both authors will sign copies of their books and answer questions from the public after the discussion



The World of Jorge Amado/ Jorge Amado and the World: A day of literary and cultural reflections marking the 100th anniversary of Jorge Amado’s birth.
The British Library Conference Centre, 8 June 2012

9.30-10.00 Registration/Coffee
10.00-11.00 Welcome and Introduction by Ana Maria Machado, Academia Brasileira de Letras
11.00-12.45 Afro-Brazilian Culture and the Brazilian Nation – Jorge Amado’s ‘Bahia’.
  • Alberto da Costa e Silva (Academia Brasileira de Letras)
  • Roberto DaMatta (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro)
  • Commentator: David Treece (King’s College London)
12.45-14.00 Lunch Break
14.00-15.45 The Meaning of Jorge Amado for the Lusophone World
  • Mia Couto (tbc)
  • Joao Ubaldo Ribeiro
  • Commentator: Mark Sabine (University of Nottingham)
15.45-17.30 Race Mixture, Gender and the World of Jorge Amado
  • Peter Wade (University of Manchester)
  • Maria Lucia Pallares-Burke (Cambridge University)
  • Commentator: Ana Maria Machado (Academia Brasileira de Letras)
17.30-18.30 Cash Bar/Music
18.30-19.45 The World of Jorge Amado/ Jorge Amado and the World: An evening of discussion and debate on the legacy and meaning of Jorge Amado’s oeuvre. Confirmed speakers:
  • Roberto DaMatta
  • Kenneth Maxwell
  • Alberto da Costa e Silva
19.45-20.45 Wine Reception/Music

This event is sponsored by The British Library, The Embassy of Brazil, the Brazilian Academy of Letters, King’s College London Brazil Institute, the Institute for the Study of the Americas, and the British Library Eccles Centre for American Studies

To register for the conference and book your free tickets for the evening event go to the British Library Events Web page at:


Argentina: Representations and Memories on the Desaparecidos and the Malvinas War
Room G34, Senate House (Ground Floor) 3-5PM, 12 June 2012

Please note that these papers will be given in Spanish

Claudia Feld: ‘Images of Disappearance. A Reflection on Audiovisual Mediums of Memory’

Recent extreme experiences in Argentina raise questions over and encourage reflections on the links between audiovisual communication mediums and social memory. This paper will focus specifically on the systematic disappearance of people during the 1976-1983 military dictatorship. In contrast to other cases of mass crimes that have occurred in different places and at different historical times, in Argentina there are no documentary images of torture and the clandestine murders. Despite this absence of visual documents, images have played a crucial role in the representation of these crimes in memory works during the dictatorship and beyond. Disappearance, an event defined by the subtraction of images, has become visible precisely through the use of images. This paper examines the role of photography, television, documentary and fiction films in the last Argentine dictatorship as an indication of how these events are held in memory and of the different aspects highlighted by these audio-visual mediums.

Federico Lorenz: Ambiguities on the Malvinas War and the Construction of a Narrative on the Recent Past

The 1982 Malvinas war was the only conventional war undertaken by Argentina in the twentieth century. The recent debates that took place in Argentina within the framework of the 30th anniversary of the war, brought to light a series of archetypal representations of the conflict and its protagonists that were shaped in the immediate post-war period. Was the Malvinas war an heroic deed, an absurd confrontation or a military strategy of the dictatorship? This paper will analyse the process of formation and circulation of some of these representations of the war. It will focus on the impact, be it large or small, that these depictions have had on the public sphere, and how they came to be seen as responses to the different political situations that developed as democracy was consolidated and as the conflict was re-interpreted.

Dr. Claudia Feld and Dr. Federico Lorenz are researchers (CONICET Argentina) and members of the Núcleo de Estudios sobre Memoria, Instituto de Desarrollo Económico y Social (IDES)

Organised by: Jordana Blejmar ( in collaboration with the Centre for Cultural Memory Studies at IGRS



The deadline for registration for the 36th Annual Conference of the Society of Caribbean Studies is fast approaching.

Over 80 papers have been accepted for the conference to be held at Rewley House and Kellogg College, University of Oxford, Wednesday July 4th to Friday July 6th 2012.

This year, Gertrude Aub-Buscher will deliver the opening lecture, in celebration of her honorary membership to the Society and extensive contribution to the field of Caribbean Studies.

We are also delighted to welcome Daisy Rubiera Castillo to the conference as the recipient of this year's Bridget Jones Award. Daisy was born in Santiago de Cuba in 1939. A writer, researcher and historian she is perhaps best known for her groundbreaking testimonial biography recording the remarkable life of her mother, published as Reyita: The Life of a Black Cuban Woman in the Twentieth Century (1997). Her Bridget Jones presentation, 'Profile of Black Women in Cuba' will reflect on the representation of black women in Cuba through a focus on the arts, providing a counter-discourse to the marginalisation of black women in official historiography.

To secure a place in the programme presenters are reminded that they must register by June 1st, 2012. Although we are no longer able to accept abstracts, registration is still open for those who would like to attend the conference as a non-presenting delegate. All delegates are welcome to attend the whole conference, including the conference dinners, but day rates are available. Registration for non-presenting delegates closes June 20th.

You should find all the information you need, including a draft programme, registration instructions and travel and accommodation information, via the 'Conference 2012' area of the Society's webpage:

From the Society's webpage you will be taken to a dedicated registration page. There will be instructions on how to pay registration fees on this page. Recipients of our post-graduate bursaries will be able to select 'Bursary Recipient' from the dropdown fee menu.

If you have previously been given a password but forgotten it, you can follow the link in the 'Login' section of the registration page to be sent a reminder.

Accommodation and Travel information
The Society has preferential rates for delegates at several accommodation options in Oxford. Details of how to apply for these rates, as well as other near-by accommodation options, please see the Conference Information on our website.

Queries concerning conference registration can be directed to:



Nuffield College logoInstitute for the Study of the Americas logoAssessing Mexico’s 2012 General Elections
1 June 2012, Court Room, First floor, Senate House, University of London

Sponsored by, Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London and Nuffield College, University of Oxford

1:30-3:30 The 2012 Elections and Their Implications
  • Chair: Alan Knight (St Antony’s College, University of Oxford)
  • Arturo Sánchez (El Colegio de México)
    “Mexico Votes: The Political and Institutional Context"
  • Joaquín Villalobos (security adviser to Mexican and Colombian governments)
    “Public Security Issues and the 2012 Electoral Campaign”
  • Enrique Berruga Filloy (Consejo Mexicano de Asuntos Internacionales)
    “The Elections and Mexico’s International Role”
3:30-4:00 Coffee
4:00-5:30 Roundtable Discussion on the 2012 Elections and Mexican Politics
  Opening remarks by Kevin J. Middlebrook (Institute for the Study of the Americas) and Laurence Whitehead (Nuffield College, University of Oxford)
5:30 Closing reception and launch of Graciela Bensusán and Kevin J. Middlebrook, Organized Labour and Politics in Mexico: Changes, Continuities and Contradictions (ISA, 2012)

The sponsoring institutions gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for this event.


Canning House, 2 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PJ

Luso-Asian Spaces: Portuguese speaking communities in Sri Lanka by Dr. Shihan de Silva
14 June 2012 | 18.00 - 20.00 | FREE EVENT

The Portuguese-speaking communities in the Indian Ocean World are a reminder of the Portuguese interaction in Asian trade. There are only a few such communities.

Considering language, ethnicity and identity, this lecture will focus on people of Portuguese descent and also those of African descent in Sri Lanka. It concerns the communities responsible for the survival, against all odds, of Indo-Portuguese for half a millennium.

Mexico Votes 2012: Analysing the result
10 July 2012 | 18.30 - 20.30 | FREE EVENT

Which candidate will triump in the forthcoming presidential elections in Mexico? Canning House invites you to an expert-led seminar that will discuss the result of the Mexican Elections. Our panel will share their views on the national and international implications of the election result.

Our panel will consist of Dame Denise Holt, former H.M. Ambassador to Mexico, Kevin Middlebrook, Professor Politics at the Institute for the Study of the Americas, and Rodrigo Aguilera, Economist at the Economist Intelligence Unit.

The event will be chaired by Lord Brennan, President of Canning House.


A lecture to be delivered by Alonso Cueto
Monday 11 June 2012, 6.30pm
Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, University College London

“El mal como redención en La Hora Azul”
(Evil as Redemption in The Blue Hour)

Alonso Cueto, a member of the Real Academia de la Lengua, is one of the most successful Peruvian writers of his generation. His novel El tigre blanco (The White Tiger; 1985, was awarded the Premio Wiracocha, and La Hora Azul (The Blue Hour, 2005) the Herralde prize. This lecture commemorates the publication by William Heinemann/Random House UK of The Blue Hour on 8 June 2012. Signed copies of The Blue Hour will be available at the lecture at the special discount price of £10 (retail price £16.99)

Free entrance
Please print out and bring this invitation with you
Includes an invitation to subsequent drinks reception

To book a ticket for this event please send an email to Professor Stephen M. Hart (, Centre of César Vallejo Studies, University College London.


“Peacemaker: The Foraker Act (1900) and the Poetry of Evaristo Ribera Chevremont”, a lecture by Professor Benigno Trigo (Vanderbilt University)
Wednesday, 6 June, 11AM
Wilkins Haldane Room, Main Building, UCL

In this paper, Benigno Trigo will explore an early book of poems by Evaristo Ribera Chevremont (1896-1976) titled The Slinger Hurled the Stone (El hondero lanzó la piedra). He analyses the effect of the first Constitution of Puerto Rico under the government of the United States on that book in particular, and on Puerto Rican cultural expression in general during the first decades of the twentieth century. He suggests that the law that came to be known as the Foraker Act (1900) was a mode of a permissive law that allowed the Puerto Rican subject to make peace with his memory of the earlier Spanish law, but also with an earlier law to obey the commands of an archaic irresistible desire.

Benigno Trigo is Professor of Spanish at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee (USA). He is the author of Remembering Maternal Bodies (2006), Subjects of Crisis (2000), Noir Anxiety (Co-authored with Kelly Oliver, 2003) and the editor of Foucault and Latin America (2002).

Hosted by the department of Spanish & Latin American Studies & UCLGgrand Challenge of Intercultural Interaction




Latinoamérica permanent call for essays

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CIALC) of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) is looking for academic essays for Latinoamérica, its Latin American studies journal:

For more than thirty years, Latinoamérica has published works focusing in Latin American and Caribbean issues, from a liberal arts point of view. It is available in several academic and research institutes in Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa.It's also indexed in HAPY, Clase, Latindez and it’s available in electronic form through REDALYC.
For more information, please write to Mercedes Cortés



Applications Now Open for Conference Grants and Funded Fellowships

DEADLINE 1 August 2012

The Institute for the Study of the Americas (ISA), School of Advanced Study, University of London, is delighted to announce the launch of two new funding schemes for the academic year 2012-13. Please circulate this notice to your contacts and networks.

Conference Grants

Applications are now sought for Conference Grants for scholars working on any aspect of the Americas. At least six conferences will be funded under this scheme in 2012-13, to a value of up to £2,200 per conference.

For full terms and conditions, selection criteria and other particulars, please click here.

Funded Fellowships

Applications are now sought for funded Fellowships at the Institute for the Study of the Americas. These Fellowships represent an opportunity for scholars working on any aspect of the Americas to undertake research at ISA for a period of up to eight consecutive months during the academic year. These positions attract a modest monthly stipend and at least two funded Fellowship appointments will be made for 2012-13. Fellows will be free to undertake research using the Institute’s facilities, including the library, IT and office accommodation. Fellows will be expected to play an active part in the intellectual life of the Institute and the School, whilst also engaging in its mission to promote and facilitate research by assisting with the editing of ISA publications and convening academic events. It should be noted that, because the School does not participate in the Research Excellence Framework (REF), publications and other research outputs resulting from these Fellowships may be used by the Fellow’s ‘home’ institution as part of its submission to the REF.

Full details are available on ISA’s website by clicking here.



Postdoctoral Fellow in Latin American Politics/International Relations/Political Economy (A233-12MY)
School of Politics & International Relations, Research School of Social Sciences, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
The Australian National University

DEADLINE 1 July 2012

Are you an early career scholar of Latin America in the disciplinary areas of political science, international relations or political economy looking for a development opportunity? The ANU College if Arts and Social Sciences is seeking expressions of interest to take up an exciting Postdoctoral Fellowship opportunity.

Location: Canberra/ACT
Term of Contract: Fixed Term of 3 Years
Grade: Level B
Salary Package: $80,166 - $91,299 pa plus 17% superannuation

Position Overview
Are you an early career scholar of Latin America in the disciplinary areas of political science, international relations or political economy looking for a development opportunity? The ANU College if Arts and Social Sciences are seeking expressions of interest to take up an exciting Postdoctoral Fellowship opportunity.

You will contribute to the development of research, teaching and professional activities in Latin American International Relations, Political Economy or Politics and will be provided with support and mentoring to assist them in establishing themselves as early career researchers.

As the successful applicant you will foster excellence in research, teaching and professional activities in the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies (ANCLAS), the School of Politics and International Relations (SPIR) within the College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS), the wider University and the community. You will teach an undergraduate program associated with the major in Latin American Studies and the Bachelor of Latin American Studies and will be expected to participate fully in all aspects of the academic life of ANCLAS including attending and helping to facilitate its academic and outreach seminar programs and cultural activities.

You will also be expected to develop and submit ARC Fellowship applications during the 3 year appointment. Please note it is an eligibility requirement that you have been awarded their PhD within the last 3 years. An ability to read and understand Spanish and/or Portuguese is desirable but not essential.

To register your expression of interest please to submit:


Dr John Minns
T: +61 2 6125 5424

Additional Information postDocFellow_Canberra.pdf

Position description
Responsible to Director, Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies (ANCLAS)


A Level B Teaching and Research Academic is expected to make contributions to the teaching effort of the institution and to carry out activities to maintain and develop his/her scholarly, research and/or professional activities relevant to the profession or discipline.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will support the research program for the School of Politics and International Relations (SPIR) and the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies (ANCLAS), the outreach program of ANCLAS and the teaching program associated with the Bachelor of Latin American Studies at the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences.


Position Dimensions and Relationships:

The Postdoctoral Fellow supports and contributes to the development of research, teaching and outreach activities in Latin American International Relations, Political Economy or Comparative Politics.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will foster excellence in research, teaching and professional activities within SPIR, ANCLAS, the College, wider University and community. The Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to teach into the undergraduate program associated with the major in Latin American Studies and the Bachelor of Latin American Studies and to participate fully in all aspects of the academic life of ANCLAS; including attending and helping to facilitate its academic and outreach seminar programs and cultural activities and actively engage in the governance of the Program, the School and College.

Role Statement:

Under the direction of the Director - ANCLAS:

Selection criteria

  1. A PhD in Political Science or Political Economy.
  2. A demonstrated ability to undertake high-quality research in Latin American International Relations, Political Economy or Comparative Politics as evidenced by an active research agenda.
  3. Capacity to contribute to the intellectual life and administration of the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies.
  4. Proven ability to promote, develop and maintain strong collaborative relationships both nationally and internationally.
  5. Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to work both independently and as part of a collaborative team and a demonstrated ability to communicate with and foster inclusive, respectful and productive working relationships.
  6. A demonstrated understanding of equal opportunity principles and policies and a commitment to their application in a university context.

To apply, use this link and click the 'Make an application' button at the bottom of the page: