SLAS E-Newsletter, March 2015

The eNewsletter is compiled 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.




Call for Editors for Alternautas

DEADLINE 15 March 2015

Alternautas, an academic blog dedicated to analysis and discussions of critical perspectives on development emerging from Latin America, is seeking to expand its Editorial Team.
Alternautas was formed in late 2013 by a group of young scholars who shared the desire to bring to mainstream contemporary discussions of development the valuable contributions from Critical Latin American thinking. For too long, the dominance of the English language has served the reproduction of mainstream Eurocentric and Western frameworks and discourses on development ideas, concepts, and models, or –more generally- of the regulative principles steering the evolution of contemporary societies. Our motivation was, precisely, an attempt to expand such discussions to include the vast and valuable body of relevant and original thinking about such issues from Latin America, or Abya Yala, as its native population used to refer to it. And in this case, the language boundaries proved as difficult to overcome as the regional ones. Alternautas, thus, emerged from a desire to bridge such boundaries, by bringing Latin American intellectual reflections on development to larger, English-speaking, audiences. In May 2014, our academic blog was launched onto the world wide web:

Almost a year later, our virtual community is thriving. Alternautas has organised panels at international conferences, expanded its subscribers and followers in social networks, become a platform to share news and announcements, obtained its ISSN number, organised collaboration with other development-related institutions and most importantly, has brought together a consistent and steady flow of contributions on critical development thinking to its peer-reviewed academic blog. Recently, the 2014 contributions have been collected in the first issue of a virtual journal that will be expanded and maintained in 2015. It is our hope that in continuing to develop Alternautas’ discussions the Abya Yala contributions to critical development thinking will continue bridging language barriers, crossing regional boundaries and joining the global quest for societal alternatives for a fairer, better, and sustainable future. For this, we are looking for Alternautas Editorial Team new members. Ideally, you will:

If you are interested in joining us, send us an email with a brief statement of your interest in our work and a CV to, by March 15th, 2015. More information in

Coming Soon: Twitter Art Galleries!

Back in October, here at FACT we hosted a Latin(o) American Digital Art exhibition curated by Claire Taylor and Jordana Blejmar. For anyone who couldn’t make it, or who did, but would like to get more involved, there are some exciting new events taking place in March and April of this year.

Throughout the month of March, the project will be running a Twitter Gallery retrospective of the exhibition, dedicating one week each to each of the artists and the works they exhibited at the exhibition.

Then, throughout the month of April, the project will be premiering images and video files of Brian Mackern’s exciting new Residence Artwork that he created whilst he was here in Liverpool, This Too Shall Pass.

Using favourites and re-tweets, and the exhibition hashtag  #citiesindialogue, everyone is invited to vote for and comment on their favourite images during both months.

There will also be questionnaires for those of you who want to leave more detailed feedback, and the project will be trialling exciting new ways of contributing to an art work as it develops.

A prize will be awarded to the most-favourited image and the most-re-tweeted image, so get your twitter accounts at the ready!

To see all the images in the galleries, follow the project on twitter: @latamcyber

For more information about the events, see:

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

For Research Using Argentinian Newspapers.



Public Health, Public Order and Public Morality: Historical and Methodological Perspectives on the Spatial Politics of Prostitution in London, Delhi and Lima
UCL, Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PN
4 March 2015 | 17.30 - 19.30

Julia Laite (Birkbeck), Stephen Legg (Nottingham), Paulo Drinot (UCL-Institute of the Americas) - This panel brings together scholars working on the history of prostitution in three different cities in order to explore the convergent and divergent experiences produced by the regulation of space and the regulation of sexuality in the twentieth century.

Julia Laite (Birkbeck) will trace the geography of prostitution in London, from the turn of the twentieth century to the 1950s, and will argue that the city was significantly more geographically diverse than has sometimes been allowed.

Stephen Legg (Nottingham) will engage the writings of Gayatri Spivak on the figure of the subaltern, focusing on a recurrent tension in her writings and in readings of them, in the context of an exploration of reports on 'rescue homes' in interwar colonial Delhi which served an ancillary spaces, in various senses, to the tolerated red light district in the city.

Paulo Drinot (UCL-Institute of the Americas) will suggest that the regulation of prostitution in early twentieth-century Lima needs to be understood as expressive of the broader spatial politics of the city, a spatial politics shaped by attempts by state authorities to regulate 'the social' and 'the sexual'. However, this was not a simple top-down, elite-driven, process. Several actors, including Lima’s prostitutes themselves, Drinot will argue, intervened in the spatial reordering of prostitution.

More information on paper abstracts and speakers' biographies here:

Attendance is free of charge but registration is required:

Panel discussion: Violence Against Women in Mexico and Central America
UCL, Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PN
9 March 2015 | 17.30 - 19.30

Laura Carlsen (CIP Americas Program), Marilyn Thomson (CAWN - Central America Women's Network) and Lorena Fuentes (Birkbeck College, University of London)

The Radical Americas Network organises and UCL Institute of the Americas hosts this thought-provoking panel discussion, with the participation of these three distinguished speakers. Introduced by Dr William Booth (Radical Americas Network). Attendance is free of charge but registration is required:

Laura Carlsen is Americas Program Director at the Center for International Policy. She holds a B.A. in Social Thought and Institutions from Stanford University and a Masters degree in Latin American Studies, also from Stanford. In 1986 she received a Fulbright Scholarship to study the impact of the Mexican economic crisis on women and has lived in Mexico City since then. She has published numerous articles and chapters on social, economic and political aspects of Mexico and recently co-edited Confronting Globalization: Economic integration and popular resistance in Mexico, and co-authored El Café en Mexico, centroamerica y el caribe: Una salida sustentable a la crisis. Before joining the Americas Project, Carlsen was a correspondent for Latin Trade magazine, editor of Business Mexico, freelance writer and researcher.

Marilyn Thomson is co-director and a founding member of the Central America Women’s Network which in 2014 had its 23rd anniversary. She has lived, worked and travelled extensively in Latin America. She holds a PhD in Economics and Political Sciences from the Institute of Education, University of London which focussed on the politics of domestic workers and popular education in Mexico. She works as an independent consultant on gender and social development.

Lorena Fuentes is currently in her final year as a PhD candidate at Birkbeck College, University of London. Her research explores representational economies of femicide in Guatemala - drawing critical attention to the discursive and scopic regimes that circulate in relation to victims of violence, and which she argues work to reconstitute racial, class, and gender inequalities across war - 'postwar' contexts. Lorena has also contributed publications to Plan International UK.

IHR Latin American History Seminar: Surveying Nature in Late-Colonial Central America
The Institute of Historical Research (IHR), Peter Marshall Room 204, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
10 March 2015 | 17.30 - 19.00

UCL Institute of the Americas and the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) co-convene this seminar with Sophie Brockmann (ILAS), part of the IHR's Latin American History Series - This paper explores the way in which information about nature was created in the Audiencia of Guatemala (c. 1780-1810). I will show how geographical and natural-historical knowledge was deeply shaped by traditional administrative practices, but that these practices were also interpreted in new ways in this period as administrators, priests and merchants mapped terrain, prospected for medicinal plants, and developed new infrastructure and agricultural initiatives. Information about landscapes and nature was drawn together for a variety of purposes that blended utility to the state and expressions of ‘Creole consciousness’ with economic and scholarly aims. These new practices ...

For further details, registration and queries, please contact the IHR directly:

Globalising Latin American History: A Discussion of Transnational Approaches to the History of the Region
UCL, Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PN
11 March 2015 | 17.30 - 19.30

Speakers: Tanya Harmer (Associate Professor of International History, LSE); Thomas Maier (PhD student, UCL Institute of the Americas); Juan Pablo Scarfi (Visiting Research Fellow, UCL Institute of the Americas) - In the last two decades there has been an influential global turn in historical studies. Departing from nation-centered approaches, historians have begun to devote greater attention to the history of globalisation and the movements of people, ideas and goods across national and regional boundaries as essential factors of historical change. The purpose of this panel is to discuss historiographical and methodological opportunities and challenges presented by the new field of global history, focusing on its implications for the study of Latin America in a global perspective. Speakers will consider the globalisation of Latin America's Cold War, the transnational history of social welfare in twentieth-century Latin America, and the rise of hemispheric and Latin American legal traditions of modern international law and human rights since the outbreak of the First World War.

Attendance is free of charge but registration is required:

Latin American Anthropology Seminar Series: “Crises & ideologies of domination”
Room 102 (first floor), Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
12 March 2015 | 17:30 - 19:30

“Becoming a Centre: Tools of Dissent and Control among the Shuar of Ecuadorian Amazonia”
Natalia Buitron-Arias

For more information contact:

Cuba – United States relations – back to ‘normal’?
Senate House, Malet Street, WC1E 7HU
12 March 2015 | 18.30 - 20.00

Canning House is organising an event on Cuba following its ‘normalising of relations’ with the US at the end of 2014. To what extent does this signal a new Cuba?

The event will question reasons behind the move, why it took so long and what ‘normalising of relations’ entails and consider the implications for the United States and its relationship with Latin America. It will also touch on other matters such as the role played by Cuban doctors in fighting Ebola in Western Africa.

We are delighted to welcome Dr Emily Morris, Honorary Research Associate, UCL Institute of Americas; Professor Antoni Kapcia, Professor of Latin American History, University of Nottingham; and Dr Francisco Dominguez, Head of Latin American Studies Research Group, Middlesex University; plus more speaker(s) TBC.

This is a joint event with the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS).

To book your place, please use this link:

Memory, Truth and Justice in Latin America
Argentina Research Network UK
Wolfson Medical Building (Seminar Room 3), University of Glasgow
13 March 2015 | 14.00 - 17.00

For information about visiting the university campus please see this link:


Organised by the Glasgow Latin America Research Network

Entrance is free and open to all but please reserve your place via eventbrite here:

Latino Communities in Miami
UCL Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PN
17 March 2015 | 17.30 - 19.30

Marie-Laure Mallet (Sorbonne Paris IV; Visiting Fellow UCL-IA) - The demographic diversification of the Latino population in Miami, both in terms of generational change and national origin, calls for an investigation into cultural and political divisions within the often-asserted but rarely investigated “Latino community”. How do Latino immigrants from various countries perceive each other and interact? What drives these choices and what are the consequences for Latino life in Miami and beyond?

Marie-Laure Mallet received her PhD in 2013 from the Sorbonne University. She was a Fulbright scholar (2012-13) and then a Postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University (2013-14), in the Sociology Department. She is currently a lecturer at the Sorbonne University - Paris IV.

Her research interests are immigration, Latino studies and race and ethnic relations. She is currently working on several projects, amongst which a book project looking at Latino intra-group relations and a collaborative project examining Latino immigrants' experiences with social services.

Attendance is free of charge but registration is required.

Katari and the Seacoast during the Bolivian Gas War
Room 104 (first floor), Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
19 March 2015 | 18:30 - 20:30

Sue Iamamoto, PhD Candidate, School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary University of London - Capes / Brazil

A joint presentation with the Anglo-Bolivian Society

Eleven years ago, in September / October 2003, a powerful social mobilisation paralysed Bolivia to demand nationalisation of natural gas. The setting for this struggle was mainly the highland provinces of the department of La Paz and the city of El Alto, overlooking the seat of the government of La Paz. After more than 50 protestors were killed by the army, President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada resigned on 17 October 2003. This presentation will focus on the power of collective memories during these days, more specifically how the protestors incorporated narratives of two particular events: the anti-colonial rebellion of Tupac Katari in 1781 and the War of the Pacific in 1879-1880, in which Bolivia lost its seacoast. These collective memories were entangled with the protestors´ national and ethnic identities and were central to frame and make sense of new political projects for Bolivia’s future.

Tickets: £10, students £5 with valid ID.

Glass of wine, refreshments and nibbles included. Send email for booking. |

Frontiers in Central American Research
Room 349 (3rd floor), Senate House, South Block, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
20 March 2015 | 10.00 - 18.30

Organisers: Hilary Francis, Ainhoa Montoya, Sophie Brockmann and Linda Newson (ILAS)

10.00 1a. The Roots of Violence in Central America (Room 349)
(Chair: Ainhoa Montoya)
  2. Conflict and Dystopia in Central American Cinema (Room 102)
(Chair: Luis Pérez)
11.30 BREAK (Room 350)
11.45 1b. The Roots of Violence in Central America (Room 349)
  3. Central American Literature: A Marginalised Field? (Room 102)
13.15 LUNCH (Room 350)
14.15 4a. Survivals and Erasures in Central American Histories and Cultures (Room 349)
(Chair: Linda Newson)
  5. Central American Exceptionalisms? (Room 102)
(Chair: Hilary Francis)
15.45 BREAK (Room 350)
16.00 4b. Survivals and Erasures in Central American Histories and Cultures (Room 349)
(Chair: Sophie Brockmann)
  6. Policy and Citizenship in Central America (Room 102)
(Chair: Asa Cusack)
17.30 RECEPTION (Room 350)
18.30 END

For more information please see the conference website:
You will need to pre-register for the conference here:

The Future of Energy in Latin America – bright prospects?
Canning House, 14/15 Belgrave Square, SW1X 8PS
24 March 2015 | 08.00 - 13.00

With a wealth of renewable energy resources combined with continually rising energy needs, the Latin American energy industry and market is expected to flourish in the coming years. This conference will explore the key themes and areas in Latin America’s renewable energy sector, highlighting the region’s immense potential, both in opportunities for UK investment and in diversifying the region’s energy production away from non-renewable resources.

The aim of the conference is to bring to light Latin America’s potential in developing its renewable energy resources whilst identifying opportunities for UK businesses to invest in this sector and support its growth.

09.30 SESSION 1
Hamilton Moss, Vice-President for Energy for the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF)
  Renewable energy development in the Latin American and Caribbean regions is an ever-changing landscape, requiring investors, project developers, and policymakers to work together. In this session, panellists will provide a bird’s-eye view of how the renewable power, fuels, and heating markets have evolved in recent years and where they are headed.
Speakers include: Gilberto Arias, UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) Negotiator; and Martin Schoenberg, Head of Policy, Climate Change Capital
  This session will identify opportunities for projects and how to reduce risk in implementing these projects. It will also explore the best practices for securing financing, for example in multilateral and regional banking institutions that play a major role in the development and deployment of renewable energy projects throughout Latin America.
Speakers include: Peter Rush, Risk Manager, Renewable Energy Systems; and Adam Piper, Executive Director of Risk Solutions, Willis
This final session will be followed by a networking reception.

This is event is primarily intended for those looking to invest in the renewable sector in Latin American or are looking to be involved in the realisation of these projects. From construction contractors, suppliers and project planners and developers, to those working in banking, finance, law and insurance.

This event is sponsored by CAF: Development Bank of Latin America

To book your place, please use this link:

Countdown to UNGASS – Drugs Policy in Latin America
Canning House, 14/15 Belgrave Square, SW1X 8PS
24 March 2015 | 18.00 - 20.30

The UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on Drugs is next set to be held between 19-21 April 2016 in New York, brought forward from its original date of 2019 due, in large part, by calls from the presidents of Mexico, Guatemala and Colombia. This Canning House event anticipates this session and follows quickly after the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) whose 58th session is taking place in March this year.

Due to what many perceive as a stagnation of ‘the war on drugs’ the conversation has begun to shift to alternative options in dealing with the problem – with countries such as Mexico and Colombia being more vocal than most in their endeavour to find a solution to the problem that has plagued their countries and region more than any other in the world. Indeed, UK Deputy PM Nick Clegg recently stated, “President Santos and I have agreed to lead the charge and work to build an international coalition to take our case to the UN and start to properly address the suffering caused by drugs.” Moreover, in February 2014, Uruguay became the world’s first country to pass legislation to make it legal to grow, sell and consume cannabis. Canning House held an event looking at the implications of this in early 2014.

This event will set the scene on the discourse of drug policy in Latin America, drawing examples of experiences and approaches from important and vocal actors in the region, in order to raise awareness in continue the dialogue in the UK about an extremely important issue in Latin America. This event hopes to trigger a number of follow-up events which will look at related issues in finer detail.

Our speakers include:

More speakers plus format of event TBA.

To book your place, please use this link:

IHR Latin American History Seminar
The Politics of Giving in the Viceroyalty of Rio de la Plata. Donors, Lenders, Subjects and Citizens.
The Institute of Historical Research (IHR), Peter Marshall Room 204, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
24 March 2015 | 17.30 - 19.00

UCL Institute of the Americas and the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) co-convene this seminar with Viviana Grieco (University of Missouri, Kansas City), part of the IHR's Latin American History Series - This paper discusses Spanish imperial state finance through the study of donativos, the donations given to the crown at times of war. Grieco argues that donativos functioned as legitimate channels through which subjects advanced multiple claims vis-à-vis their king. Versatile but ambiguous, subjects utilized these conduits as an entry point to rights while the king administered donativo-based rewards to promote individuals and groups that best served his aims. While opportunities for bargaining emerged at critical times in the fiscal realm, their outcomes bound king and subjects together politically over the long run...

Viviana L. Grieco received her doctoral degree from Emory University and serves as an Associate Professor of History at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. She is currently working on a project on the role of merchants and merchant cultures in transition from empire to nation in the Rio de la Plata.

For further details, registration and queries, please contact the IHR directly:

“Swinging back? Winds of change after a decade of the Latin American Left”
The Chancellor's Hall (first floor), Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
27 March 2015 | 10.00 - 19.30

The rise of the Latin American Left (or the 'Pink Tide') received – and continues to receive –significant scholarly attention. However, a decade later, and in spite of the latest wave of electoral success in Brazil, Bolivia, and Uruguay, the optimism and radicalism associated with this "new" direction in Latin American politics appears to be subsiding. Some of the parties that embodied this change have now been in power for over a decade, and the vitality of their projects is waning. Others have embraced a more pragmatic and rather (neo)liberal pathway, making a marked distinction with more radical projects. Some charismatic figures are gone, and their successors seem to moving to the political centre, challenged not only by traditional opposition groups but also by elements of their (previously) supporting constituencies. Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Venezuela have recently experienced social protests by middle-class and labour sectors, discontent with issues of deficient social spending, corruption, and/or rising prices. For example, Venezuela’s Bolivarian experiment has failed to expand and its government is locked between a faltering economy and growing political violence. The relationship of these national projects with broader trends in the global economy has also presented a number of challenges. As the financial crisis in Europe and the US subsides, Latin American neo-developmentalist models are relaxing or being forced to change: Argentina hopes to return to international financial markets, Brazilian industry calls for expansion beyond the region, and even Cuba is gradually opening its economy to attract foreign investment. Other countries such as Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Peru have rejected the leftist path and directly embraced market-led initiatives that contest the paralysis of MERCOSUR and revive ideas of free trade agreements with the US and the Asia-Pacific region.

The conference aims to bring scholars from different fields to discuss and analyse the causes, expressions, trends, and implications of this ongoing and turbulent transition. Ultimately, the guiding question behind the event is twofold: To which extent is the Latin American leftist decade over? And if so, where to next?

  Chair: Christopher Wylde (RAIUL)
The ‘left turn’ as the reactivation of democracy
Juan Pablo Ferrero (University of Bath)
Neo-Liberalism, Decentralisation and Pushback
Mike Keating (RAIUL)
‘New’ Millennium, ‘New’ Regionalism and ‘New’ Leftist Governments: What is ‘New’?
Taeheok Lee (University of York)
The Responsible State: An analysis of post-neoliberal power networks in Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela
John Brown (Irish Research Council Scholar, NUIM John and Pat Hume Scholar, PhD Candidate, Sociology Department, Maynooth University)
11.30 Coffee Break
  Chair: TBC
The Shifting Politics of Poverty Reduction in Central America: The case of Nicaragua
Sarah Hunt (University Manchester)
Brazil’s Renewed Industrial Policy and Globalization Strategy
Eliza Massi (SOAS-University of London, UK) and Jewellord Nem Singh (University of Sheffield, UK)
13.00 Lunch
  Jean Grugel and Pia Riggirozzi
  Chair: Alejandro Peña (University of York)
The Right in Latin America: The Struggle to Reclaim the State
Barry Cannon (Maynooth University, Ireland)
The Overthrow of Fernando Lugo: Re-establishing the Status Quo in Paraguay
Arturo Ezquerro-Cañete, PhD Candidate, International Development Studies, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
New dynamics in social mobilization and discontent under the Morales government in Bolivia
Anaïd Flesken & Annegret Mähler, (GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg)
Responding to the Street: the Dynamics of Government Responses to Mass Protests in Democracies
Alejandro Peña (University of York) & Thomas Davies (City University London)
16.30 Coffee Break
  Chair: TBC
Workers' self-management in Latin America and Europe: A barometer of post-neoliberal models?
Dr. Daniel Ozarow (Middlesex University, London)
The ‘Pink Tide’ reaching European shores? Podemos as a post-neoliberal party
Alejandro Timon-Terren (RAIUL)
  Decada ganada, decada perdida? Ten years of commodity boom and left governments.
Francisco Panizza

The convenors can be contacted at: and

Selected papers may be invited for inclusion in a proposed edited collection to be published as part of the ILAS book series, depending on the quality of the material and the interest of the participants.

There will be a number of small grants available to cover travel and accommodation costs, but we will try to prioritise graduate students in this regard. Registration fees are £30 for a standard attendant, and £20 for students.

Science and Culture in Latin America: Transmission, Circulation, Exchange
University of Oxford, UK
18 April 2015

This is the first of four international events organised by the AHRC-funded research network on Science in Text and Culture in Latin America, which aims to establish a dialogue between the growing number of academic researchers working on the relationship between science and culture in Latin America.

The symposium will bring together scholars working on the intersections between Latin American culture (literature, film, art, cultural and social discourses) and criminology, psychiatry, zoology, natural history, medicine, thermodynamics, genetics, neuroscience and cartography, among other fields. Our aim is to discuss (inter)disciplinary questions raised by academic and creative explorations of science and culture in Latin America. We also seek to find points of connection and divergence between the study of this cross-fertilization in the region and the frameworks that have informed the study of science and cultural practices elsewhere.

Invited speakers include: Jens Andermann (Zurich), Sandra Gasparini (Buenos Aires) and Gabriela Nouzeilles (Princeton).

Register for the symposium or go to our website for more information.

Creativity in Contemporary Latin American Culture
Seminar Room, Institute for the Advanced Study of the Humanities, Hope Park Squ, Edinburgh, EH8 9NW
27 March 2015 | 12.30 - 17.00


This seminar series is organises by Charlotte Cleghorn (University of Edinburgh), Fiona Mackintosh (University of Edinburgh) and Emon McCarthy (University of Glasgow( and is funded by the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS), London, through its Regional Seminar Series Grant Scheme.

For more information regarding the programme, please visit

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

The UCL Americas Research Network at UCL-Institute of the Americas is pleased to invite doctoral students and early career researchers of the Americas (Central, South, and North America, as well as the Caribbean) from across the humanities and the social sciences to submit proposals on the theme Power and Change in the Americas in the Modern Era. The deadline for paper submission is November 15, 2014, and the conference will take place at University College London from April 30 to May 1, 2015.The organisers welcome research that ranges both geographically and temporally, encouraging interdisciplinary conversations on national, regional and local topics and those whose focus is comparative, transnational and global. By facilitating a space for debate, this conference aims to create an ongoing platform for collaborative exchange. For more information and a detailed Call for Papers, please visit the conference page here: For further information on this conference, please contact the organising committee directly:

Branding Latin America
University of Cambridge
8 - 9 April 2015


Convenors: Dunja Fehimovic (University of Cambridge), Rebecca Ogden, Par Kumaraswami (University of Reading)

Branding is the deliberate projection of a consciously-constructed image or identity, the marketing of the self to the other, the selling of specificity. The emergence of nation branding as a concept in the mid-1990s (Simon Anholt, 1996) corresponds with an attempt to reassert control over the perception and production of the nation, carving out a niche in which a supposed specificity will protect the nation from being subsumed by the amorphous forces of globalization, as well as allowing it to compete in the international neoliberal marketplace. Competitive nation branding can thus be seen as both a part of and response to the processes of globalisation variously theorised by Arjun Appadurai, Néstor García Canclini and Walter Mignolo, amongst others.

Today, nation branding surrounds us in the form of tourism brochures, national logos and festivals promoting particular nations’ images and, perhaps more importantly, goods. But in Latin America, the specificities of creation and promotion can hardly be dated so recently nor confined so narrowly to the tourism sector. Whether it be the ‘boom’ of Latin American fiction in the 1960s, the image of the ‘latino lover’ still propagated by various film industries or the reputation for drug-trafficking and violence attributed to numerous Latin American nations in turn, the political, economic and cultural history of Latin America calls for a broader understanding of branding. These examples prompt us to ask: Who is branding whom, how is this branding achieved, and why?

Branding is also a painful act of marking, a declaration of possession and an enduring assignation of value. Bringing to mind both the tactics of globalised capitalism and the literal stamping of slaves by their owners, the concept of branding unwittingly carries within itself the trace of violence and pain by which it is arguably inevitably accompanied. This conference thus also aims to consider: What scar tissue is formed? What might be the unintended effects of and unexpected responses to branding?

The branding of a nation involves an ongoing struggle over economic, political, cultural and affective capital between multiple parties, from both inside and outside the nation. Examples of such struggles in literature include the Mexican Crack Generation, which points us towards movements of reaction and resistance to branding and complicates the one-way model of the culture industry traditionally depicted by theorists such as Adorno and Horkheimer. Meanwhile, the Buena Vista Social Club phenomenon draws our attention to the workings of branding in the creation and consumption of 'World Music', showing how branding can result from international economic and cultural exchanges which may be collaborations, but also imaginings and impositions.

Scholarly work on the topic of branding has typically focussed on issues relating to marketing and PR. This conference seeks instead to adopt an interdisciplinary approach in order to interrogate the aims, functioning, effects of and resistance to branding in Latin America. We welcome contributions from postgraduate researchers and scholars working in or across various disciplines and academic fields, including but not restricted to: Politics, International Relations/Development, Economics, Sociology, Tourism, Geography, Literature and Languages, Music, Visual Arts, Film, Photography, and Cultural Studies.

Oral History and Cuba: A Changing Society?
Room MB234, Main Building, Aston University, Birmingham B4 7ET
23 April 2015 | 09.30 - 17.15

As Paul Thompson states in the Preface of his landmark work Voices of the Past, 'the richest possibilities of Oral History lie within the development of a more socially conscious and democratic history' (2000, vi). In the Cuban context, oral history is a vital tool in understanding popular experience, and producing narratives of social change from below. Yet in this context, oral history has sometimes been a challenging experience for researchers, due to the ideological orientation of the Cuban Revolutionary government and the weight of 'official history', serving to narrow access for researchers, and the scope of the sayable for citizens.

This one day international workshop therefore seeks to break new ground, by bringing together academics who have conducted oral history research in Cuba or with Cubans living outside Cuba.


Discussions will focus on:


To read detailed abstracts and biographical notes on all speakers, as well as the full programme, please visit this page:


If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Stéphanie Panichelli-Batalla (

Event sponsored by the Cervantes Institute

Direito Á Informação Ambiental Na América Latina
Universidade de Brasília
7-8 May 2015

O direito de acesso à informação ambiental só foi assegurado recentemente na América Latina. Ele tem sido objeto de políticas e de demandas sociais muito ativas na última década. Na intersecção entre os movimentos de consolidação da democracia na região e de busca de atenuação dos riscos ambientais, esse direito é potencialmente garantidor de diversas modificações na gestão ambiental e nos conflitos sociais ligados à falta de informação. A preocupação dos Estados latino-americanos se evidenciou durante a Conferência Rio + 20 por meio, por exemplo, de propostas chilenas a favor da adoção de um tratado regional sobre o tema.

Diante de um contexto no qual a América Latina busca construir quadros supranacionais nesse tema e no qual políticas de acesso à informação começam a ser implementadas, o objetivo desse workshop é de estabelecer um primeiro estado da arte do direito de acesso à informação ambiental em diferentes Estados da região, bem como iniciativas políticas na matéria. A reunião de pesquisadores de diversos horizontes, juristas e geógrafos principalmente, permitirá uma perspectiva comparada e interdisciplinar de sistemas jurídicos e de medidas concretas de troca de informações.

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Ivano Alogna, Université de Milan & Marcia Fajardo Calvalcanti de Albuquerque, Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie de São Paulo: “Os modelos de divulgação da informação ambiental. Experiencias comparadas no Brasil”

Leonardo José Borges de Amorim, Instituto Socioambiental - ISA: “Obstáculos à efetividade do direito de acesso à informação por populações afetadas por empreendimentos de alto impacto socioambiental: caso da Hidrelétrica de Belo Monte”

Valeria Berríos, Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Santa Fé & Cintia Balaudo, Universidad Nacional del Litoral: “El acceso a la información ambiental en materia de estado de situación de la diversidad biológica. Una reflexión desde Argentina”

Renata Calsing, Católica de Brasília: “O acesso à informação como meio de concretização dos direitos fundamentais: o exemplo brasileiro”

Meryem Deffairi, Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas: “Acceso a la información y participación pública en derecho ambiental en Francia y en Argentina: convergencias y divergencias”

Anna Claudia Farranha, Universidade de Brasília: “Acesso à informação ambiental, legislação e avaliação: considerações metodológicas”

Pierre Gautreau, Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne: “Political Ecology dos dispositivos publicos de compartilhamento de informação pela Internet na América do Sul”

Marie-Esther Lacuisse, Post doctorante Centre d’Etudes et Recherches Internationales et Communautaires (CERIC UMR 7318)/ Aix-Marseille Université: “Os mecanismos de ‘accountability’ do Banco Mundial e do Banco interamericano de desenvolvimento : uma via de acesso á informação ambiental”

Marcia Leuzinger, Centro Universitário de Brasília: “Consulta pública para criação de unidades de conservação: essencialidade de informação aos grupos afetados"

Pía Marchegiani & Samanta Rausch, FARN Argentina: El acceso a la información pública ambiental en Argentina: un análisis de la implementación y los principales desafíos a 10 años de la sanción de una ley de información pública ambiental”

Paula Martins, Artigo 19 (ONG): “Ações para implementação Regional do Principio 10 da Rio 92”

Nitish Monebhurrun, Centro Universitário de Brasília: “Estudo comparativo do direito de acesso à informação ambiental em Argentina, Brasil e Bolivia

Carina Oliveira, Universidade de Brasília, “Avanços e limites do direito de acesso à informação ambiental no Brasil”

Adélie Pomade, SERES, Université Catholique de Louvain: “O direito à informação ambiental para as populaçãoes: uma comparação França-Brasil”

Camila Perruso, Universidade de São Paulo, Université Paris Descartes: “Perspectivas do direito à informação ambiental no sistema interamericano de direitos humanos”

Solange Telles Da Silva, Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie de São Paulo: “Direito de acesso a informação em matéria de biodiversidade no Brasil”

Este workshop é organizado no marco do Projeto Baguala « Usos dos dados ambientais em acesso livre na América do sul e França » (CNRS-Université Panthéon Sorbonne)

Universities Developing Social Entrepreneurship through Cross-Sector Collaboration
York St John University
1-3 September 2015

As part of the York St John-led Erasmus Mundus social economy project in higher education project, the conference aims to address the following question: ‘How can higher education foster interactions between the current economic systems (public, private and social) to promote social entrepreneurship cultures for sustainable development in our communities?’

Now more than ever cross-sector collaboration is essential, because the challenges faced by society can only be tackled successfully if value-building capabilities, resources, effort and knowledge are linked or shared by organisations. Cross-sector collaboration is at the heart of social entrepreneurship cultures which are nurtured by the quality of their relationships. Collaborations need to be based on the values embodied by social entrepreneurship, such as mutual respect, reciprocity, solidarity, common good and respect for the environment.

Universities have a clear and distinctive role in promoting both social entrepreneurship cultures and cross-sector partnerships. The conference will present a range of studies, research and best practices about cross-sector partnerships which create social value within communities and have a positive impact on developing social entrepreneurship and curricular innovation within higher education.

Aims of the conference

This international conference will provide an opportunity for academics and representatives from public, private and social sector to:

  1. Address issues and opportunities around promoting social entrepreneurship cultures in higher education through cross-sector collaborations, with the university as a facilitating agent.
  2. Exchange research, studies and examples of best practice in cross-sector collaboration promoted by universities worldwide.
  3. Present the findings of the social/solidarity economy handbook which contains the voice, opinions and experience of people from within the social and solidarity economy in Europe, Africa and the Americas.
  4. Offer opportunities to learn about innovative contexts and the capabilities necessary to develop and foster effective collaborations.
  5. Promote an international network of participants for study, research and good practices in cross-sector collaboration in the field of social/solidarity economy with a five-year vision (2015-2020).

Conference programme:

As a lead-in to the conference, York St John University will be hosting a Summer School about Co-operativism, Social Enterprise and Cross-Sector Collaboration: 28-30 August 2015.

Cross-sector collaboration to build the social and solidarity economy: a three-day short course on co‑operative and social enterprise approaches to development. Book the Summer School:



Exploring Mapuche culture through music
The Senate Room (First Floor), Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
9 March 2015 | 18:00 - 20:00

An evening with the Mapuche singer, composer and researcher Nancy San Martin, who has been working for over 30 years in keeping the music and tradition of the Mapuche people alive.

Organkised by The Embassy of Chile in collaboration with the Latin American Music Seminars.

BOOK LAUNCH “Assessing the Long-term Impact of Truth Commissions. The Chilean Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Historical Perspective
The Senate Room (First Floor), Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
10 March 2015 | 17:30 - 19:30

In 1990, after the end of the Pinochet regime, the newly elected democratic government of Chile established a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to investigate and report on some of the worst human rights violations committed under the seventeen-year military dictatorship. The Chilean TRC was one of the first truth commissions established in the world.

This book responds to an important challenge in the field of transitional justice to offer more long-term studies of the impact of national truth commissions. The book examines whether and how the work of the Chilean TRC contributed to the transition to democracy in Chile, and to subsequent developments in accountability and transformation in that country. The book takes a long-term view on the Chilean TRC, asking to what extent and how the truth commission contributed to the development of the transitional justice measures that ensued, and how the relationship with those subsequent developments was established over time.

It argues that, contrary to the views and expectations of those who considered that the Chilean TRC was of limited success, the Chilean TRC has, over the longer term, played a key role as an enabler of justice and a means by which ethical and institutional transformation has occurred within Chile. With the benefit of this historical perspective, the book concludes that the impact of truth commissions in general needs to be carefully reviewed in light of the Chilean experience.

Anita Ferrara (Author) has recently founded the Centre for Transitional Justice and Development (CTJD), in Rome. She obtained a PhD in Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, in 2012. She has been a Graduate Teaching Assistant at SOAS and has given several lectures for the SOAS MA/LLM Course on “Justice, Reconciliation and Reconstruction in Post-Conflicts Societies”. She has previously worked for United Nations Agencies as OHCHR and UNDP, in the fields of Human Rights and Governance, in Chile and Botswana.

William A. Schabas (Discussant) is professor of international law at Middlesex, University in London. He is also professor of international criminal law and human rights at Leiden University, emeritus professor of human rights law at the National University of Ireland Galway, and honorary professor at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, in Beijing and Wuhan University. He is the author of more than 20 books and 350 journal articles, principally in the field of international human rights law and international criminal law.

Professor Schabas was a member of the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He was the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Technical Cooperation in Human Rights He also served as president of the International commission of inquiry to investigate all violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, particularly in the occupied Gaza Strip, in the context of the military operations conducted since 13 June 2014.

He serves as president of the Irish Branch of the International Law Association, chair of the Institute for International Criminal Investigation and president of the International Association of Genocide Scholars. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a member of the Royal Irish Academy.

Book Launch: 'Your Time Is Done Now. Slavery, Resistance and Defeat: The Maroon Wars of Dominica (1813-1814)’, edited by Polly Pattullo
UCL, Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PN
11 March 2015 | 18.00 - 20.00

Little is known about the Maroons of Dominica, who challenged the British Empire 200 years ago, were captured and subjected to arbitrary justice. Your Time Is Done Now tells their story for the first time through the evidence of the courts and, unusually, hears their voices. The evidence reveals little-known information about how the Maroons survived and about their relationship with their allies, the enslaved. The book also examines the key role of the British governor, George Ainslie, and how the Colonial Office in London reacted to his harsh conduct toward the Maroons. Editor Polly Pattullo will discuss the book, with readings from the trials. Chaired by Prof. Gad Heuman. Your Time is Done Now is published by Papillote Press, London 2015.

Polly Pattullo is the publisher of Papillote Press. She is a former journalist and the author of books on the Caribbean tourism industry (Last Resorts) and the Montserrat volcano crisis (Fire from the Mountain).

Attendance to this event is free of charge but registration is required:

Human Rights Watch Film Festival London
Venue: various
18 - 27 March 2015

Human Rights Watch Film Festival London is running from 18th to the 27th of March 2015. This year we are proud to present the UK premiere of five documentaries that tell inspiring stories of human rights struggles facing Latin American communities, relevant far beyond the borders of each country.

You can check out full information on each of the films – and the rest of the festival - and buy tickets here:

Chilean Cinema of the late 1960s: Special screening and debate with the authors of Evolución en libertad: El cine chileno de fines de los sesenta (Editorial Cuarto Propio, 2014).
Room G22/26 (Ground Floor), Senate House, South Block, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
23 March 2015 | 16.30 - 19.15


Prof Verónica Cortínez (UCLA) and Prof Manfred Engelbert (University of Göttingen)


Convenor: Dr Michela Coletta, Institute of Latin American Studies and University of Warwick

In collaboration with the University of Warwick

To book a place, please RSVP:

Workshop: 'No es facil': Everyday Life in Cuban Society during the Special Period
UCL, Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PN
25 March 2015 | 17.00 - 20.30

Following the nationalisation of US-owned industries and the enforcement of the trade embargo in 1960, Cuba became almost totally dependent on the USSR for financial solvency. The faltering and subsequent demise of the Soviet system into the 1990s signified the sudden loss of Cuba’s international economic trading network and the near collapse of its own economy. On 29 August 1990, the then President Fidel Castro formally announced the “Special Period in Times of Peace” in the national newspaper Granma. This signalled that the country was in dire straits and that drastic measures, even involving the opening of the economy, would be needed in order to salvage the Socialist system and maintain all the progress the revolution had hitherto achieved.

This 'No es Facil' Special Period seminar brings together a range of academics from different disciplines, all experts on Cuba, who will discuss the issues faced by ordinary Cuban citizens who, for well over a decade, courageously attempted to navigate their way through such a hostile economy. Program details and information on speakers and paper abstracts here:

Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required:

Latin American Documentary Screenings
Room 349 (3rd floor), Senate House, South Block, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
25 March 2015 | 17.30 - 19.30

Tres Instantes, Un Grito” by Cecilia Barriga
Spain & Chile, 2013 (96 min / Spanish and English with subtitles)

A descriptive, spontaneous trip following the course of three moments of indignation. In Madrid, “Taking Over The Square” in La Puerta de Sol, with the shouts of “No, they don’t, they don’t represent us, No! In New York “Occupy Wall Street”, with the chant, “We are the 99%”, and in Santiago de Chile, “Taking Over The Schools”, the students, after occupying the schools for over seven months, give them back to the authorities, shouting, “Chilean Education must not be sold, but defended”. A documentary born out of a fascination for the spontaneous global movements of angry citizens, that unite together with the desire and the strength of a single shout against Capitalism: “We are going to change the system!”​​

Featuring a discussion with the film’s director, Cecilia Barriga.



Chile And The Inter-American System Of Human Rights
Institute of Advance Legal Studies
, 17 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DR
20 May 2015

DEADLINE 15 March 2015

Click here for submissions
This one day conference seeks to cater to an international community of human rights practitioners and researchers of the Americas from across the humanities and the social sciences by focusing on an interdisciplinary and detailed examination the most recent cases decided by the Inter American Human Rights System against the Chilean state.

The Chilean cases decided by the Inter-American System of Human Rights illustrate central challenges in the areas of Torture, Indigenous Rights and LGBT rights in Chile, but also in the Americas more generally. The discussions will be held around the following cases:

  1. Atala Riffo and daughters vs. Chile
  2. Garcia Lucero and others vs. Chile; and
  3. Norin Catriman et. al. vs. Chile;

The papers will examine broader topics of human rights abuses in the Americas, stimulating interdisciplinary debates between human rights practitioners and scholars, in three proposed streams:

Stream 1: Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Persons
In 2003 the Supreme Court of Chile, ruled against Karen Atala, a lesbian mother and judge, denying her custody of her three daughters on the basis of her sexual orientation.

On 24 February 2012, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights condemned the Government of Chile for its 2003 Supreme Court ruling and found that Chile not only violated Atala’s right to equality and non-discrimination but affirmed for the first time in its history that sexual orientation and gender identity are protected categories and such discrimination violates international law.

Based on this decision this session is aimed at understanding the current challenges of LGBTI rights in Chile and in Latin America more broadly, by exploring the understanding that sexual orientation and gender identity should be found to be a protected class under the American Convention on Human Rights and international human rights law.

Stream 2: Torture
Leopoldo Garcia Lucero was subjected to enforced disappearance, arbitrary detention, physical and psychological torture and other ill treatment in Chile under the Pinochet regime.

On 28 August 2013, the Inter-American Court issued its judgment. The Court ordered Chile to pay Mr. García £ 20,000 in moral damages and ordered it to continue and finalise a criminal investigation “within a reasonable time.” The Court also urged Chile to provide adequate funding to Mr. García to cover the costs of his treatment in the UK for continuing medical and psychological ailments.

Based on this decision the objective of this session will be to analyse past and present cases of torture in Chile, and to place the specific case of Chile in a broader regional comparative context with regards to efforts, on the one hand, to address legacies of torture in Latin America, and, on the other, to prevent its contemporary occurrence.

Stream 3: Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Segundo Aniceto Catrimán, Pascual Huentequeo Pichún Paillalao, Víctor Manuel Ancalaf Llaupe, Juan Ciriaco Millacheo Licán, Florencio Jaime Marileo Saravia, José Benicio Huenchunao Mariñan, Juan Patricio Marileo Saravia and the activist Patricia Roxana Troncoso Robles were tried in 2003 under Law 18.314 (or the Anti-terrorist Law). They were accused of conspiring, planning and starting fire attacks on the property of forestry companies and farm owners located in various municipalities in Araucania and Biobío, and they were given sentences between five and 10 years in prison as well as restrictions on the exercise of their rights to speech and political freedom.

These events occurred in the context of the Mapuche protests demanding the return of their ancestral lands. The dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-90) annulled the communal properties in 1981 and emphasized private property, benefiting wood companies.

On 29th July 2014, the Inter-American Court condemned the Chilean State, because the sentences it issued against the Mapuche for their alleged crimes were based on an antiterrorism piece of legislation which violates the principle of legality and the right to the presumption of innocence.
Based on this case this session aims to analyse the land issues and the human rights of indigenous peoples’ in Chile with a comparative Latin American perspective.

We are now inviting submissions of abstracts for papers. Please submit your abstract here or send it to by 15 March 2015, with the subject "Chile and the Inter-American system of human rights". You should include in the body of the email your name and title, institutional affiliation and preferred contact email address, abstract (400 words) and biographical statement (200 word). Please note that abstracts that exceed the 400 word limit or arrive after the deadline will not be accepted.

Important dates
15 March: Paper-proposal submission;
30 March: Notification of selected abstracts;
30 April: Full paper submission;

More information
Send us an email to:

Border Masculinities
Call for Chapter Proposals

DEADLINE 20 March 2015

We are inviting proposals for chapters of an edited volume which consider how a focus on borders and border crossings might transform contemporary understandings of masculinities. The volume is intended to foster dialogues between a range of disciplines engaged in the analysis of cultural representations of gender. We are particularly interested in contributions from the fields of Modern Languages and Cultures, English Studies, Film Studies, History and Cultural Studies.

Publications concerned with the cultural representation and construction of masculinities have tended most frequently to be produced by and for scholars working in a particular discipline. Our project seeks to explore the possibility of establishing dialogues within and between fields of analysis. One major aspiration is to identify new, cross-disciplinary models and paradigms for the study of masculinities within the humanities that renew the politically- and socially-engaged emphases of intellectual frameworks such as cultural studies and postcolonialism.

Our principal focus is on cultural products of the 21st century, or the late 20th century, from any part of the world. These should be the focus of proposed chapters, though we acknowledge that such studies might also include contextual analyses of earlier processes, events and currents. We are particularly interested in papers which consider the following areas, though these are by no means prescriptive:

Please send a 300-word abstract and a brief biography to Brian Baker (, Chris Harris ( and Amit Thakkar ( by Friday 20th March.

European Social Science History
30 March - 2 April 2016

DEADLINE 1 May 2015

The Latin America Network of the European Social Science History Conference welcomes proposals for participation in the 2016 conference in Valencia. The ESSHC Latin America Network brings together scholars working on all aspects of the region's history and of its historical relations with other parts of the world. It is open to, and indeed encourages, inter and multidisciplinary perspectives and comparative approaches to the study of one of world's most diverse and fascinating regions. Please note that while the conference is European, the history discussed there is not, and this conference has in the past involved considerable and productive discussion of topics in Latin American history.

For more information about the conference please see:

We welcome proposals for either organized sessions or individual papers for the conference. Where you propose an organized session, please try to include panelists from different universities and if possible working on different countries, which enhances the comparative dimension of the discussion.

ESSHC places priority on having an active discussion of the papers in each panel. If you are proposing a panel, please ensure that you leave time for a general discussion in addition to having an assigned discussant.

The official language of the conference is English, and proposals in other languages will not be accepted.

How to propose a paper or a session:

  1. Please, consult the latest guidelines at:
  2. Please fill out the pre-registration form on the ESSHC web-site:
  3. Please include a 500-word abstract of your paper. Each person proposing a paper, even as part of a session proposal, has to register individually.

Please submit your proposal as soon as possible, and no later than 1 May 2015. Unfortunately, proposals submitted after the deadline of 1 May 2015 cannot be considered.

Many worlds, many theories?
A Special Issue of RBPI (Revista Brasileira de Política Internacional)

DEADLINE 30 September 2015

“One world, many (or rival) theories” is a well-known claim in the field of International Relations (Walt 1998, Snyder 2004). However, not so many theories have been recognized. In the field’s core, the view still prevails that there are three groups of theories, and that the field is structured by the debates between poles (neo) realism versus (neo) liberalism; rationalism versus reflexivism. Does this view reflect the ontology, epistemology, theories and methodologies of the field? Several theorists have asked whether the field reflects the concerns of people outside the U.S. or indeed the ‘Western world.’

The globalization of International Relations as a field of study has brought to light that there are many worlds. A recent trend in the field is challenging the one world-few theories view. Many questions have been asked: “Why is there no non-Western international theory?” (Acharya & Buzan 2010)? What does the field look like around the world? (Tickner & Waever 2009, TRIP surveys, the Worlding Beyond the West Series). The 2015 International Studies Association Annual Convention theme: Global IR and Regional Worlds, a New Agenda for International Studies also points to the ongoing process towards an enlarged and more encompassing IR agenda.

Recent findings show, on one hand, that there is not so much diversity: state centrism, classic realism, and foreign policy analysis are dominant the world over. Theory goes unrewarded, not least in the Global South (Tickner & Waever 2009). On the other hand, many worldviews, epistemologies, theories and concepts can be found in an enlarged sense of the international (Tickner and Blaney 2013). Perhaps it would be more productive to claim that there are many worlds and many theories. While worlding, or pluralizing the discipline is highly desirable, a few dilemmas emerge, such as how not to descend a spiral of epistemological relativism, or how to construct a hybrid space between uniformity and difference, or how to encourage diversity and some sense of unity in the field.

Revista Brasileira de Política Internacional – RBPI will publish in April 2016 a special issue organized by Cristina Yumie Aoki Inoue (Professor of International Relations of the Institute of International Relations, University of Brasilia, Brazil), Arlene Beth Tickner (Professor of International Relations in the Political Science Department at the Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia) and Antônio Carlos Lessa (Professor of International Relations of the Institute of International Relations, University of Brasilia, and editor-in-chief of RBPI). This special issue aims at contributing to construct a more global or plural IR, and to bring to light IR views from South America and beyond.

We welcome submissions that discuss the following questions and themes: What do theories mean in South America and other regions? Are there Latin American theories of IR? Is metatheory dead? Are there different ways of thinking theoretically foreign policy? Is it possible to think beyond state centrism? Teaching IR: does context matter? Theory and the BRICS, global south and post-colonial theorizing, governance, governmentality and theory, ethics and relativism, feminist theories go South, universalism and pluriversalism.

All submissions must be:

The deadline for submissions is September 30th 2015. Submissions must be done at (On Line Submissions).




The Santander Universities Scholarship Awards, and the Postgraduate Support Scheme (PSS).
UCL, Institute of the Americas

Frederick Bonnart-Braunthal Scholarship 2015/16

DEADLINE 27 March 2015

There is 1 scholarship worth £25,000 pa available.

The scheme is aimed at research students who plan to explore the nature of religious, racial and cultural prejudices and to find ways of combating them. Applications from faculties and departments such as Social and Historical Studies [of which UCL-Institute of the Americas is part] are encouraged, particularly where a candidate can demonstrate practical application of their analyses to current problems of intolerance, always bearing in mind the interest of the Founder of the Trust (details at not only in the nature of intolerance but in identifying 'a means to combat it'.

Applications need to be submitted by students by 27 March 2015 – further information and application form at



2015 Graduate And Undergraduate Student Paper Award Competition
Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy

DEADLINE 20 May 2015

The Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy (ASCE) is a nonpolitical, professional international association dedicated to the study of the Cuban economy in its broader political, social, and cultural context.

The Jorge Pérez-López Student Award Competition
ASCE Student Award Committee is accepting nominations for the 2015 Jorge Pérez-López Student Award Competition.  A panel of scholars will judge all submissions on the basis of relevance, originality, quality, contribution, and clarity of presentation. Papers should not be co-authored with an instructor or teaching assistant.  At a minimum, all papers must outline a thesis statement, present evidence or data supporting it, not exceed 5,000 words double-spaced length, and follow one of the standard academic writing and citations styles.  The 5,000-word limit for the essay will be STRICTLY ENFORCED.

Self-nominations are welcomed.  All correspondence must be accompanied by a letter stating the name, university affiliation, mailing address, phone number, and email address of the nominee, as well as a brief statement describing the merits of the nomination.  A condition of submission is that the paper will be considered for publication in Cuba in Transition at the discretion of the committee if it wins any prizes and whether or not the author is able to present it at ASCE’s meetings.  However, authors are free to submit revised copies of their papers elsewhere.  All submissions are expected to conform to ethical and publication guidelines published by the professional association of the author/s field of study.

Graduate Awards

Undergraduate Awards

All participants receive a one year complimentary ASCE membership and may attend the annual meeting in Miami including the luncheon for free. 

First and second prize winners will also receive an additional two years of complimentary ASCE membership.

Submission and Information
Send MS Word or PDF via email to:
Dr. Enrique S. Pumar,
Chair Student Award Committee
Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy &



Lecturer in Latin American Political Economy / Economic Development
Institute of the Americas, UCL
Full Time, £37,152 - £40,313 (grade 7), £41,430 - £48,873 (grade 8) per annum
Ref: 1452061

DEADLINE 5 March 2015

Duties and Responsibilities
The UCL Institute of the Americas (UCL-IA) is seeking to appoint an exceptional scholar to take up the position of Lecturer in Latin American Political Economy and/or Economic Development. UCL-IA is a leading multidisciplinary specialist institution for the study of Latin America, the United States, the Caribbean and Canada. The post is available as an open-ended contract. The postholder will be required to carry out research, teaching and administration within the Institute, especially in the area of the political economy of Latin American and/or Latin American economic development.

Key Requirements
The preferred candidate will have a PhD and either research and teaching knowledge in Latin American political economy and/or in Latin American economic development. He/she will also have experience of researching, teaching or other employment in Latin American political economy and/or economic development. The postholder will have the capacity to teach and give other forms of public presentation, including undergraduate courses, core research methods for Master's students, and specialist postgraduate taught modules, in addition to experience of supervising academic work by undergraduate students, and of conducting high quality research as reflected in the authorship of high quality publications or other research outputs.
Further Details

To apply for the vacancy, or to view a full job description and / or person specification, please visit this page.

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy, please contact Prof Jonathan Bell at (

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Mrs Abi Espie, (, (020 7679 9748).