SLAS E-Newsletter, June 2015

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They ‘grow fat upon the bread of prostitution’: Women of Colour and the ‘Profligacy’ of Sexual-Economic Exchange in Jamaican Slave Society
IHR Gender and History in the Americas Seminar Series
Holden Room 103, Senate House, London
1 June 2015 | 17.30 - 19.30

Given by Meleisa Ono-George (University of Warwick)

30 years after the Peace and Friendship Treaty between Argentina and Chile
Canning House, 14/15 Belgrave Square, SW1X 8PS
4 June 2015 | 11.45 - 14.00

An example of peaceful settlement of disputes

Presented by:
The Ambassador of Argentina, Alicia Castro
The Ambassador of Chile, Rolando Drago

María Teresa Infante, Ambassador of Chile to the Netherlands
Gustavo Bobrik, Minister at the Embassy of Argentina to the UK

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Conflict, Truth and Justice: Perspectives from Latin America
UCL Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PN
4 June 2015 | 17.30 - 19.00

Pablo Piccato (Columbia), Anthony Pereira (KCL) and Jelke Boesten (KCL) - Since the 1980s, many Latin American societies have struggled to deal with the legacies of violence and human rights abuses in the recent past. While extensive, the scholarly literature on transitional justice and historical memory remains dominated by the Southern Cone. This event will explore these themes in two less studied cases, place contemporary debates in Brazil, Mexico and Peru in historical and regional perspective, and consider future prospects for truth-telling and justice.

Prof Pablo Piccato is Professor of History at Columbia University, New York. He has worked on the political and cultural history of Mexico, and on the history of crime. His latest book was The Tyranny of Opinion: Honor in the Construction of the Mexican Public Sphere (Durham: Duke University Press, 2010). He is currently working on an overview of crime in Mexico during the twentieth century.

Prof. Anthony Pereira (KCL). Prof. Anthony Pereira is the Director of King's Brazil Institute. He has an interest in democracy and authoritarianism, political regimes and regime change, the political economy of development, military rule, social movements, and citizenship and human rights. He is the author of Political (In)justice: Authoritarianism and the Rule of Law in Brazil, Chile, and Argentina (Pittsburgh University Press, 2005), and is currently working on the Brazilian Truth Commission.

Dr Jelke Boesten is Senior Lecturer in Emerging Economies and International Development at King's College London. She is interested in social policy and politics of development and emancipation in Andean Latin America. Her latest book is Sexual Violence During War and Peace: Gender, Power, and Post-Conflict Justice in Peru (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014).

Chaired by Dr Thomas Rath (UCL History).

Attendance is free of charge but registration is required:

Academic Roundtables on the Dominican Republic
5 June 2015 | 15.00 - 17.00

As part of the Dominican Republic Week in the UK, UCL Institute of the Americas hosts these two roundtable discussions, organized by the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in London, with the participation of Dominican diplomats and scholars. The first roundtable discussion's topic is The New Constitution of 2010 and it will be presented by Ambassador Dr Flavio Dario Espinal and Prof Eduardo Jorge Prats. The second topic for discussion is Relaunching British-Dominican Historical Research, with Dr Frank Moya Pons.

Dr Flavio Dario Espinal was Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to the United States of America from 2004 until 2009. During the period 1996-2000, he was Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Dominican Republic to the Organization of the American States (O.A.S.), in which he held the positions of Chair of the Permanent Council, Chair of the Committee on Legal and Political Issues and Chair of the Committee on Hemispherical Security. He was also co-coordinator of the civil society initiative in the process of the 'Summits of the Américas'...more on Dr Espinal and his presentation abstract here [PDF].

Prof Eduardo Jorge Prats is member of the editorial board of the magazine “Estudios Jurídicos”. Member of the Central Bank team that developed the Monetary and Financial Law (2000-2003). Advisor of the Dominican Senate during ton (2004). Advisor of Banco de Reservas in the development of the Organic Law of Banco de Reservas draft (2003-2004). Member of the Committee of Jurists appointed by the President of the Dominican Republic to elaborate the Constitutional Reform (2006-2009). Member of the Committee of Jurists appointed by the President of the Dominican Republic to revise the laws ordered by the 2010 Constitution. Columnist of the newspaper Hoy ... more on Prof Prats and his presentation abstract here [PDF].

Dr Frank Moya Pons earned his doctorate (PhD) in Latin American History and Economic Development in Columbia University, New York. He was a professor of Latin American History at Columbia (1987-89); of Caribbean History at the University of Florida (1985, 1989-1992); of Dominican History at Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in Santiago, D.R. (1969-1975); and research director at the Dominican Studies Institute of the City University of New York, at The City College (1993-99). He was also the president of the Academia Dominicana de la Historia for the period 2010-2013...more on Dr Moya Pons and his presentation abstract here [PDF].

Attendance is free of charge but registration is essential:

150 years of the Welsh in Patagonia: Reflections on a Legacy
Aberystwyth University, Main Hall, International Politics Building (Penglais)
6 June, 2015 | 09.15 am - 16.00

Come and join us at this free public event where leading academics will reflect on the legacy of the Welsh in Patagonia. They will focus on three key themes:

Exhibitions: National Library of Wales, Teithiau Tango, Planet: The Welsh Internationalist & Aberystwyth-Esquel Peoples in Partnership Association. With many thanks for their support.

For more information, follow these links: or

Or contact:
Dr Hywel Griffiths (Geography & Earth Sciences) (t) 01970 622 674 (e)
Dr Lucy Taylor (International Politics) (t) 01970 622 701 (e)

Prospects for the Creation of a NAFTA-EU Trade and Investment Partnership
UCL Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PN
8 June 2015 | 18.00 - 19.30

Earl H. Fry (Brigham Young University) - The North American Free Trade Area (NAFTA) has joined together Canada, Mexico, and the United States with a combined population of 475 million people and an annual GDP of 20 trillion dollars. Canada has also recently signed a free trade accord with the European Union (EU) consisting of 28 nations and 506 million people, and producing 18.5 trillion dollars in annual GDP. Mexico has had a free trade arrangement with the EU since 2000, and the United States is in negotiations with the EU to finalize a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

This paper will examine the prospects for greater economic integration within North America and the eventual creation of a transatlantic trade and investment partnership between the EU and NAFTA countries. What will be the political and economic challenges facing greater North American and transatlantic integration efforts and what might be the eventual costs and benefits? Specifically, how would Canada be affected by closer continental and transatlantic economic integration?

Earl H. Fry is Professor of Political Science and Endowed Professor of Canadian Studies at Brigham Young University. He is a former President of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS) and former Special Assistant in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), part of the Executive Office of the President of the United States. While at USTR, he took part in negotiations which would eventually result in the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement. He has written extensively on Canada-U.S. and Mexico-U.S. economic relations and has recently made numerous presentations in EU countries on the costs and benefits of the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Lexington Books has just published his volume Revitalizing Governance, Restoring Prosperity, and Restructuring Foreign Affairs: The Pathway to Renaissance America.

Refreshments will be available from 5:30, presentation will start at 6pm. Attendance is free of charge but registration is required:

Post-election analysis for Guyana and Suriname
Canning House, 14/15 Belgrave Square, SW1X 8PS
09 June 2015 | 08.30 - 09.30

General elections have taken place in both Guyana and Suriname this May – on 11th May for Guyana and 25th May for Suriname. Canning House will take stock of the results of both of these elections and the domestic and international implications of these results. The event will take the form of a round-table discussion and cover the political climate, and prospects for the economy and business amongst other matters.

The results are in for the Guyana election and Guyana’s multiracial opposition coalition has won a national election, breaking the ruling Indo-Guyanese party’s 23 year-old grip on power. The Partnership for National Unity and Alliance for Change coalition, led by former army brigadier and publisher David Granger, won 206,817 votes versus 201,457 for president Donald Ramotar’s People’s Progressive party.

The results for the general election in Suriname suggest that President Desi Bouterse from the ruling National Democratic Party have won a majority.

Speakers for this event include Alan Gogbashian, Head of the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico Department (CCMD) at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and Amwed Jethu, Honourary Consul for Suriname.

To book your place, please use this link:

Cocaine Trafficking from Latin America to Europe: Research Methods and Recent Trends
UCL Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PN
10 June 2015 | 17.30 - 19.30

Damián Zaitch (Utrecht University) - For the past 15 years, several transformations have taken place at the levels of cocaine production in Latin America and subsequent export to Europe. These changes refer to the nature of drug trafficking organizations, their relation with legal structures and actors, territorial displacement, but also to the modus operandi of cocaine entrepreneurs in terms of routes and business modalities. Critical research on these developments remains fragmentary, often based on 'official' or journalistic sources, and in general difficult to do. In this contribution, I will first share my views and personal experience of conducting long-term ethnographic research on the cocaine trade in Colombia and Europe (Zaitch 2002; Zaitch 2015), stressing the value of ethnographic methods to study illegal markets in Latin America. A second part of this contribution will present the main recent trends and developments of the cocaine business in Latin America (particularly Colombia), and the shifts regarding cocaine export to European markets.

Dr. Damián Zaitch (1966) is since 2009 Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the Willem Pompe Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology, Utrecht University. From 2000 to 2009 he was Lecturer at the Department of Criminology, Erasmus University Rotterdam. He has researched and published on social control and terrorism, police cooperation in Europe, critical criminology, and for the past 20 years on organised crime, drug trafficking and drug policies in the Netherlands and Latin America. He obtained his PhD (2001, cum laude) at the University of Amsterdam, with an ethnographic research on Colombians involved in the cocaine business in the Netherlands (Trafficking Cocaine (2002), Kluwer Law International) for which he obtained the Willem Nagel Prize in 2003.

Attendance is free of charge but registration is required:

Technology: Ideology, Economics and Power in the Andes
UCL, Institute of Archaeology
15 - 18 June 2015

To register, please use this link:

11.30 REGISTRATION, Lunch and poster set-up
13.00 Session 1: Technology of, and in the Landscape
  Chair: Bill Sillar
Introduction Bill Sillar, Viviana Siveroni and Miguel Fuentes
Lessons from the cultural landscape of the Andes
Gerard den Ouden
Tinkuqchaka: a suspension bridge over the upper Pampas River
Lidio M. Valdez and Cirilo Vivanco
Inca Technology and Ideology in the offerings dedicated on top of the highest Andean mountains
Constanza Ceruti
Building techniques for the ancestors: an analysis of the choice of techniques used in the architecture of chullpas, between the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries in the Puna de Jujuy (Argentina)
María Carolina Rivet
Metal Production, Power and Religiosity in the Southern Andean Highlands (Bolivia XV to XVI centuries)
Pablo José Cruz
17.30 Pisco Sour reception (Sponsored by the Peruvian Embassy in London)
19.00 Pub meal (for those who wish)
09.00 Session 2: Cosmologies of Production: Making and Meaning
  Chair: Heather Lechtman
The ‘material essence’ of Muisca metalwork (Colombia)
María Alicia Uribe-Villegas and Marcos Martinón-Torres
The ideology and technology invested in the extraction, processing and consumption of spondylus princeps
Colin McEwan
The Scale of Production: Chimú Reduced Scale Textile Tools
Andrew James Hamilton
Ceramic technology on the Peruvian North Coast: stability and change over the long durée and its socio-political implications.
Cathy Lynne Costin
Rock Art technology, ontology and political power: a discussion from North Central Chile
Andrés Troncoso, Felipe Armstrong and Francisco Vergara
Poster Presenters to explain poster highlights with brief (2 minute) presentation and a single image.
13.00 Lunch and poster viewing
Pink, not yellow: depletion gilding and colour in Nahuange metalwork (Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia)
Juanita Sáenz Samper, Marcos Martinón-Torres
Gold technology and the Tiwanaku culture in San Pedro de Atacama, Northern Chile (AD 400-1000).
María Teresa Plaza, Marcos Martinón-Torres, Valentina Figueroa-Larre
Reviving Traditional Andean Agricultural Technology – The Work of the Cusichaca Trust
Ann Kendall, David Drew and Sara Lunt
Techné and logos in the study of Andean hydraulic technologies
Alexander Herrera Wassilowsky
The Phenomenon of Early Valdivia Pottery (Ecuador): quest for the ritual and utilitarian origins of technology
Andrey V. Tabarev; Alexander N. Popov; Jorge G. Marcos; Yoshitaka Kanomata
Inca-Diaguita Ceramics Design: Cognitive Technologies and Social Change
Paola González
Prime Material
Lois Martin
14.00 Session 3: Re-Thinking Fibers: Textiles in Context
  Chair: Viviana Siveroni
Short Questions/Answers and Discussion of Posters
Why Fibers? The use of fibers as engineering materials
Heather Lechtman and Linn Hobbs
The Cotton Revolution in Andean Prehistory: Revisiting the Maritime Foundations of Andean Archaeology: new investigations at La Yerba, Peru.
David Beresford-Jones et al.
The Development of Andean Textile Dying Technology
Hans Barnard, Ran Boytner
'It can't be cut, it's alive!' Textile production in San Pablo de Incahuasi (Lambayeque), Peru.
Luz Martínez Santamaría
17.20 Tea/Coffee and poster viewing
18.00 Obsessed with Metal: Manufacture, Use and Significance of Metals in the Thousand Year-Old Sicán Culture of South America
Izumi Shimada: The Institute for Archaeo-Metallurgical Studies (IAMS) Annual Beno Rothenberg lecture
19.00 Wine Reception (Sponsored by IAMS, UCL)
09.00 Session 4: Organisation and Economics of Production
  Chair: Cathy Costin
Small-Scale Metallurgical Technology and the Value of Silver at Porco, Bolivia
Mary Van Buren
The organization of copper mining production before and after the Inkas in the Atacama Desert
Diego Salazar
Andean households as a locus of technological innovation and economic organisation
Bill Sillar and Christine Hastorf
Mining communities and domestic metallurgy in the highlands of Arica and Parinacota
Daniella Jofré, Valentina Figueroa and Thibault Saintenoy
Bridging the Gap between Elite and Non-elite: Identifying the Artisan in the Archaeological Record
Trisha M. Biers and Guillermo A. Cock Carrasco
Poster Presenters to explain poster highlights with brief (2 minute) presentation and a single image.
13.00 Lunch and poster viewing
Identifying inter-household cooperation as intertwined chaînes opératoires: The case of Prehispanic Huayuri, Nasca region
Viviana Siveroni
Metallurgy in the Andes and in sub-Saharan Africa: a comparison
David Killick
Ceramic in the Pampa: Early Pottery Technology in the Atacama Desert (Tarapacá-Chile)
Mauricio Uribe and Estefanía Vidal
Destandardization of Shell Bead Production among the Manteño (A.D. 700- 1532) as a Social and Economic Process.
Benjamin P. Carter
An Exploration of the Integration of Stylistic, Mineral and Elemental Approaches in Ceramic Studies in the Context of Andean Research: A Consideration of Interregional Interactions.
Catherine Bland, Amy Roberts, Rachel Popelka-Filcoff, Calogero Santoro, John Bennett
Lexicon and toolkits: comparing pottery and weaving in Southern Cajamarca, Peru
Luis Andrade & Gabriel Ramón
Technology, resilience and ritual symbolism in Ventarrón: multiple perspectives to understand the emergence of social complexity
Marcia Arcuri, Ignácio Alva Meneses, Fabíola Andrea Silva, and Rui Sérgio Sereni Murrieta
14.00 Session 5: Control of Production and Value
  Chair: Miguel Fuentes
Questions/Answers and Discussion of Posters (5 x max. 30 minute presentations)
Colcas, Colcas Everywhere: Storage, Resources and Power in the Inca Expansion
Larry Coben
Feeding Empires: Perspectives from the North Coast of Peru and the Atacama Desert in Chile
Frances Hayashida, César Parcero-Oubiña, Diego Salazar, Andrés Troncoso
Sicán Alloys: A Holistic Vision
Izumi Shimada and John Merkel
The Khipu as a Technology of Power
Gary Urton
Technologies of popular sovereignty: new data from the Curacal archive of Macha (Aransaya).
Tristan Platt
18.00 Wine Reception
19.30 Conference Dinner

At the Limits of Memory: Legacies of Slavery in the Francophone World
Kellogg College, Oxford, OX2 6PN
16 June 2015 | 15.00 - 19.00

DEADLINE 12 June 2015

A series of papers and discussion exploring new research in the field of memory studies and its relevance to understanding the legacies of slavery and colonialism in the Francophone Caribbean and beyond

15.00 Representing the Slave Past: the limits of museographical and patrimonial discourses
Professor Christine Chivallon (Sciences Po Bordeaux)
15.30 The Art of Reconciliation: the memorial to the abolition of slavery in Nantes
Dr Nicola Frith (University of Edinburgh)
16.30 Tea/coffee
17.00 Haiti and the Memorial Discourses of Slavery after 1804
Dr Kate Hodgson (University of Liverpool)
17.30 ‘This island is not an island’: locating Gorée
Professor Charles Forsdick (University of Liverpool)
18.30 Reception and book launch
At the Limits of Memory: Legacies of Slavery in the Francophone World (University of Liverpool Press)
Edited by Nicola Frith and Kate Hodgson

Registration is free. For further information, to book a place at the seminar and for dinner at a local restaurant, please contact David Howard ( by Friday 12th June, 2015


The Most Homophobic Place on Earth? Caribbean Myths and Realities
UCL Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PN
16 June 2015 | 17.30 - 19.30

Rosamond S. King (CUNY) - In 2006, Time magazine infamously declared that the Caribbean is 'the most homophobic place on earth,' one of many similar statements. In this talk, Rosamond S. King questions the truth of this statement and analyzes its problematic origins. She will examine some of the different facets of homophobia in the Caribbean – specifically, violence, discrimination, and hatred – drawing on the research in her recent book Island Bodies: Transgressive Sexualities in the Caribbean Imagination and the work of other Caribbeanist scholars. This talk aims to depart from myth and instead discuss the realities of sexual minorities in the Caribbean region.

Rosamond S. King, Ph.D. is a critical and creative writer and artist whose scholarly work focuses on Caribbean and African literature, sexuality and performance. King’s recent book Island Bodies: Transgressive Sexualities in the Caribbean Imagination is a comparative, pan-Caribbean study that examines how those in the Caribbean and its diaspora work within and resist the region’s binary gender systems and hetero-patriarchy. Her work has been widely published in journals and anthologies, including Callaloo, Women and Performance, The Caribbean Review of Gender Studies, and The Journal of African-American Studies. In addition, King has received numerous honors, such as a Fulbright Award and fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson, Mellon and Ford Foundations, Poets House and the Franklin Furnace Fund. She is Assistant Professor at Brooklyn College, part of the City University of New York, where she teaches Caribbean and African literature, creative writing, and performance.

Attendance is free of charge but registration is required:

Dictatorships series – Legacies of Dictatorship in Peru
Instituto Cervantes, 102 Eaton Square, SW1W 9AN
17 June 2015 | 18.30 - 20.30

Canning House and Instituto Cervantes are co-presenting this series of talks that looks at military dictatorships in 20th Century Latin America and their legacies to present day. Each talk will focus on a different country.

Unlike many other military dictatorships in Latin America, the Peruvian variant (1968-80) took on a left-wing, reformist character. It brought important changes to the structure of property-owning, both through an extensive agrarian reform and the nationalisation of several prominent industries previously run by multinationals. It also sought to open up new areas for public participation, albeit within the confines of a dictatorship. Its reformist thrust however was blunted when General Velasco was removed and replaced as president by General Francisco Morales Bermúdez in 1975. Though many of the reforms of this period were reversed under subsequent constitutional governments after 1980, the experience of military dictatorship cast a long shadow that endures (in some ways) up to the present.

With John Crabtree – a research associate of the Latin American Centre, Oxford University, and a senior member of Saint Antony’s College. He holds BA/MA degrees in modern history from Oxford University, a BPhil from Liverpool University, and a PhD from Oxford Brookes University. He has written and lectured widely on the politics of Latin America, with a specialist interest in the politics of the Andean region. His latest book is ‘Bolivia: Processes of Change’, published in 2013 by Zed Press. His PhD thesis topic was on electoral politics in Peru, and he is currently working on a book about extractive industries in Peru.

To book your place, please use this link:

Launch Event: Centre for Latin American Studies and Caribbean Studies
Research Beehive, Old Library Building, Newcastle University.
24 June 2015 | 15.30

DEADLINE 12 June 2015

15.30 Refreshments will be served in the Courtyard Lounge, Old Library Building
16.00 Lecture by Jean Franco, Professor Emerita, English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University: ‘Gore capitalism and the undoing of the Mexican post-revolutionary state and its culture
17.30 Wine and canapé reception

To register, please e mail: by 12th June 2015

The CLACS launch is part of the International Conference, Cultural Narratives of Crisis and Renewal, hosted by the School of Modern Languages and CLACS

Professor Jean Franco is one of the world’s leading scholars of Latin American literature and culture. Her many works include The Modern Culture of Latin America (1967), An Introduction to Latin American Literature (1969), Spanish American Literature since Independence (1973), Plotting Women: Gender and Representation in Mexico (1989), and The Decline and Fall of the Lettered City: Latin America in the Cold War (2002). Her most recent book, Cruel Modernity (2013), explores the preconditions and effects of torture and other atrocities in the context of Latin American history. She is Professor Emerita of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.



Film screening: 'Portraits of a Search' ('Retratos de una busqueda' Mexico, 2014)
UCL Roberts Engineering Building, Room 508, Torrington Place, London WC1E 6BT
11 June 2015 | 17.00 - 19.00

More than 20,000 people disappeared in Mexico during the horrifically violent war on drugs waged by former President Calderón. Putting a human face on the most harrowing of statistics, director Alicia Calderón follows three mothers as they search for their children who have disappeared. With their lives now completely devoted to seeking out the truth, they pursue any avenue possible, in the face of an indifferent government which considers their loved ones to be 'collateral casualties' of the drug war. Through vigils, testimonials, protests and hunger strikes, these women refuse to bow - nor turn away from the brutality that underpins the disappearances.

UCL Institute of the Americas is pleased to collaborate in this event, and to invite you to join an after-screening talk with the film's director, Alicia Calderón, in which disappearances in Mexico and the relentless struggles of the relatives of the disappeared will be discussed. The film is approximately 70 minutes long, in Spanish with English subtitles.

Attendance is free of charge but registration is required:



Call for Proposals
Volume 8: Popular Print Culture in Canada and the Caribbean
The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture
Edited by Gary Kelly and David Buchanan

DEADLINE 1 August 2015

The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture is an eleven-volume series devoted to the exploration of popular print culture from the beginning of the sixteenth century to the present. The key questions are: What did most people read? Where did they get it? Where did it come from? What were its uses in its readers’ lives? How was it produced and distributed? What were its relations to the wider world of print culture? How did it develop over time? Two volumes are published (Volume 1: Cheap Print in Britain and Ireland to 1660; Volume 6: US Pop Print Culture 1860-1920) and several others are in progress. The General Editor of the series is Gary Kelly at the University of Alberta.

Volume 8: Popular Print Culture in Canada and the Caribbean will explore the production and reception of popular print materials from the seventeenth century to the present in Canada and the Caribbean. The aim is to provide a complete re-evaluation of the history of Canadian and Caribbean literature from the perspective of readers. This requires setting forth a clear and expansive picture of what most people actually read, how they did/do so, in what circumstances, and to what purposes. The volume as a whole will redefine popular print culture in Canadian, Caribbean, and related contexts through the recovery and analysis of neglected forms and authors, material conditions and networks, social relationships and practices.

Although open to a wide range of approaches, we are especially interested in essays that embrace historical-material methodologies such as book history and ethnomethodology. We welcome proposals by emerging and senior scholars from a wide range of disciplines. These may include book history and new media, literary and cultural studies, social history and Canadian studies, study of the Americas and Caribbean studies. We encourage work that emphasizes breadth of coverage (i.e. introductory or survey essays) or in-depth enquiry (i.e. case studies). Interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to address aspects of popular print culture that require renewed attention or have hitherto remained largely untouched are also encouraged. All essays must be written in accessible jargon-free English. But we look forward to submissions that deal with popular print and reading originally in other languages.

Areas of interest include but are not limited to:

Please submit an essay abstract of 300-500 words and a CV of no more than two pages to Gary Kelly ( and David Buchanan ( by 1 August 2015.

Session/Symposium Title: Something new, something old and something borrowed: towards forming a balance in the studies of democratic innovation
European Council for Social Research on Latin America (CEISAL) Conference, Salamanca, Spain
28 June - 1 July 2016

DEADLINE 30 October 2015

In Latin America and the world, channels of classical representation have been deeply transformed. Over the last decades a consistent body of studies have addressed such changes. Special emphasis has been put into the study of mechanisms of non-electoral democratic control which range from policy committees that define policy content and finance to citizen led commissions including arrangements of social accountability. Given this context, a handful of questions arise: What are the recurrent obstacles that democratic innovations generate? What are the predominant relationships emerging from the interface between the new mechanisms of participation and the old circuits of electoral and corporative concurrence? What inference has been developing from local and national comparative work? This symposium aims to analyse these questions by focusing on the innovate mechanisms of representation in countries such as Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, Nicaragua and the similarities or differences arising in relation to other world regions, such as: Central and Eastern Europe, South Africa or China.

If interested, please upload a 150 word abstract by 30 October 2015 onto

CEISAL website:

Any queries please contact the session coordinators: Dr Gisela Zaremberg: and Dr Valeria Guarneros-Meza:

Afro-Cuban Artists: a Renaissance
University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, USA
27-30 April 2016

DEADLINE 15 December 2015

A conference on AFRO- CUBAN ARTISTS will be held April 27-30, 2016, at the University of Missouri, Columbia to discuss the aesthetics and the socio-cultural and political antecedents, as well as the contexts and impact of the Afro-Cuban artists who came of age after 1959. This interdisciplinary conference with national and international outreach will bring together creative artists, prominent scholars, and students interested in the African Diaspora, Cuban/Caribbean /Latin American arts, art history, culture, religions, ritual, performances, gender and ethnic studies.

Three leading contemporary Afro-Cuban artists, Manuel Mendive (1944), Eduardo “Choco” Roca (1949), and Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons (1959), will be present and hold exhibitions in Columbia during the conference. Mendive and Campos-Pons will also present performances. Documentaries by Juanamaría Cordones-Cook examining the life and work of the three artists will also be screened.

The paper and presentation sessions are focused on a wide variety of themes related to the Afro-Cuban experience in:

A manuscript of selected papers presented at the conference on Afro-Cuban arts will be compiled for a special issue of the Afro-Hispanic Review. Interested authors may submit a proposal online here: Presentations will be limited to 20 minutes and may be part of a broader session with similar themes.

If you have questions about the submission process or need to make changes please contact Content questions can be directed to Dr. Juanamaría Cordones-Cook, Project Director

Continue to check our website for updated information. For content information, please contact Dr. Juanamaría Cordones-Cook, Project Director, at

Thank you to Mizzou Advantage for their generous support of this conference.



1 x Postdoctoral researcher, 3 x Doctoral researchers, 1 x Doctoral researcher
Department of Romance Studies
University of Cologne

DEADLINE 30 June 2015

The Department of Romance Studies invites applications for the following five positions in the research group Reading Global: Constructions of World Literature and Latin America (, funded by a Consolidator Grant of the European Research Council:

Research assistants

  • 1 Postdoctoral researcher (TV-L 14, 100 %)
  • 3 Doctoral researchers (TV-L 13, 100 %)
  • 1 Doctoral researcher (TV-L 13, 50 %)

Contracts are limited to a period of five (postdoc) and three years (PhDs) respectively, weekly working time amounts to 39,83/19,92 hours, starting date:1st September 2015.

The transdisciplinary project (Director: Prof. Dr. Gesine Müller) will investigate the implicit selection mechanisms involved in the global circulation of literature which touch on the material, economic, and visual dimensions of these processes and have so far received little to no attention in current theory on World Literature. The project takes as its focus the exemplary case of Latin American literatures and their global circulation for the period from 1959 to the present. It combines literary studies methodologies with a cultural studies perspective on the World Literature debate and likewise integrates approaches from visual studies and economics. (A detailed description of the project and its sub-projects can be found here:

Job description
Candidates are expected, in addition to the work on their doctoral thesis, to support the project management, the organization of conferences and workshops and the preparation of edited volumes.


  • Completed outstanding Master’s degree (or an equivalent degree) in one of the project’s core disciplines (Latin American Studies, Romance Studies, Comparative Literature; Cultural Studies; Visual Studies; Economics) or related disciplines (Sociology, History, Ethnology/Anthropology)
  • Fluent in Spanish and English (knowledge of Chinese is desirable for the project on the Global South)
  • Willingness to do research work in archives in different European and Latin American countries and India/China respectively

The University of Cologne is an equal opportunities employer. Applications by women are thus especially encouraged; applications by disabled persons will be given preferential treatment to those of other candidates with equal qualifications. Previous research on World Literature is not a requirement.

Applications should include a full CV, a copy of the Master’s certificate and an exposé of the proposed research (3-5 pages). Applications should be submitted by e-mail by 30th June 2015 (to: and by post to:

Prof. Dr. Gesine Müller
Universität zu Köln Romanisches Seminar
Albertus-Magnus-Platz 50923 Köln