November 2012, SLAS E-Newsletter

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

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




Ploughing the sea: Latin America Observed
17 Oct - 15 Dec 2012, 09.30 - 17.00
FREE EXHIBITION at King's College London's Maughan Library on the Strand Campus.

Following the integration of the Canning House Library into King's College London's Maughan Library there are many of our old and rare books on display at this free exhibition. If you are coming from outside King's you are advised to contact the Special Collections staff on 020 7848 1843 or visit their webpages [new window], for more information before you travel.

Brazilian Author Waldomiro Freitas Autran Dourado Dies Aged 86

Brazilian novelist Waldomiro Freitas Autran Dourado died on Sunday, September 30th, in Rio de Janeiro at the age of 86. He leaves his wife of 60 years, Lucy Fields, four children, ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In his life he published 28 novels and stories, among which his best known titles are "Opera of the Dead" (1967), "The Barca of Men" (1961) and "The Risk of Embroidery" (1970). The book "A Secret Life" was adapted for film in 2001, directed by Suzana Amaral.

In 2000 he won the Camões Prize for Literature in English, the most important Portuguese literature prize. In 2008 he received the ABL (Brazilian Academy of Letters), Machado de Assis: a prize awarded by the entity for the scope and depth of his body of work. His works were strongly influenced by James Joyce, Stendhal and Goethe, as well as the philosophers Plato, Aristotle, and Nietzsche Schopenhauer.



Mining in Colombia and Latin America: will the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights improve accountability?
One Day Conference
The Beveridge Hall (Senate House, Ground Floor)
Monday 12 November, 09:00 - 18:00

Event Flyer [PDF]

This conference is hosted by ABColombia and the Human Rights Consortium. It brings together a number of experts including scholars, practitioners, and policy-makers from a range of disciplines and key public bodies, and indigenous and community leaders from Latin America.

The UK will launch its initial strategy on implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in September 2012 and this conference will provide an opportunity to discuss and debate this strategy, to engage with the UK government on how it can best fulfil its commitment to ‘Protect, Respect and Remedy’, and with corporations on their ideas for the implementation of responsible mining practices and due diligence requirements.

The extractive sector increasingly represents an important part of the economies of Latin American countries. For example, one of the major engines of economic growth in Colombia’s National Development Plan 2010-2014 is the mining and energy sector. This policy was a continuation of the previous Administration’s policies (2002-2010) and has led to the rapid expansion of the extractive industry and increased FDI. However, this has not being accompanied by corresponding increases in social spending, leaving Colombia as one of the worst countries in the region in terms of wealth concentration.

Despite national and international mechanisms, there continue to be negative impacts of extractive industries on institutions, human rights and local communities. These include increased social protest, worsening of ongoi ng conflicts, violation of the rights of communities, increasing intimidation and repression of those who take a stand against large scale extractives on their land, even violence on the part of the state or those associated with the extractive companies.

At the same time, companies recognise the dangers of investing in regions and projects where they could encounter reputational damage or long legal battles and are looking for ways of avoiding these pitfalls. In this context, it is pertinent to examine what mechanisms of governance exist and how they are being implemented, how accountable these mechanisms are in terms of sustainable resource use, management of social and environmental impacts, and the upholding of the rights of communities. Some of the key questions that will be discussed at the conference include:

To register online and pay for this event, please click here [new window].

£20.00 (standard)
£10.00 (students/retired/unwaged)
PLEASE NOTE: the fee includes lunch and refreshments.

Venue addresses:

For further information, please contact

From London to Rio: Social Change and the Sporting Mega-event
A One-day Conference at the British Library
5th November 2012

Join scholars, policy makers and the private sector to analyse and debate the role of sporting mega events in re-shaping and re-defining the societies that host them. Focusing on the upcoming Rio de Janeiro 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic and Paralympic games, and the legacy of the London 2012 games the conference will raise critical questions about how sporting mega-events articulate with existing forms of social injustice and inequality – more likely to exacerbate than alleviate? At the same time, we will debate the ways such events may improve the quality of life for people living in the societies that host them.

Confirmed speakers include:

To register and view the full conference programme please go to: [new window]



The 2012 Canning Lecture with President of the Republic of Chile His Excellency Sebastián Piñera
Banqueting House, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ER

Thursday, 15th November

This year the Lecture will be delivered by His Excellency Señor Sebastián Piñera President of the Republic of Chile. Canning House greatly looks forward to the occasion. Registration on the evening of the event will take place from 5.30pm. All Guests must be seated by 6.25pm. The Lecture will commence at 6.30pm sharp.

The Lecture will be followed by a Reception. There are a limited number of spaces, and booking is essential for this event. To book please use this link: [new window].

The 2012 Canning Lecture is kindly supported by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office and ProChile.

Panel Series at UCL
UCL, Institute of the Americas
All events at 51 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PQ, unless otherwise indicated.

Venezuela and Global Oil, open workshop
Wolfson College, Cambridge
11-12 January, 2013

Organisers: Charles Jones (Cambridge) and Asdrubal Baptista (IESA)

The recent election of Hugo Chávez for a third presidential term, forthcoming congressional elections in Venezuela, the imminent US presidential election and recent developments in global energy markets suggest that this is an appropriate moment to review the position of Venezuela as an oil producer and exporter from the perspectives of economics, history, technology and political science. Can Venezuela make the most of the new Orinoco belt? Was the August 2012 Amuay refinery explosion symptomatic of deeper malaise? What will be the outcome of ongoing disputes with oil majors? Distinguished speakers from Britain, Spain and Venezuela offer a timely overview of the underlying structural issues affecting Venezuelan oil prospects in this open workshop held in the Chamberlain Suite of Wolfson College, Cambridge.

Confirmed speakers include: [new window]



Cine y… Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies on Film in Spanish
Department of Hispanic Studies, Texas A&M University, MS 4238, College Station, TX 77843-4238

Begun in 2008, the relatively young journal Cine y… is issuing a call for papers to be considered for upcoming issues.

Cine y… Revista de estudios interdisciplinarios sobre cine en español/Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies of Film in Spanish is a scholarly journal dedicated exclusively to the study of film in Spanish. Under the auspices of the Department of Hispanic Studies of Texas A&M University, the journal is published twice yearly.

Cine y publishes articles, interviews, and book reviews, generally in English, though the works can be sent in Spanish, and they would be translated by personnel in the department. As its title, Cine y… suggests, the journal seeks to publish studies which do more than study films in Spanish. Cine y… invites studies which look at film and society, history, literature, gender, psychology, etc. To be considered for publication, articles should study film(s) in Spanish from an interdisciplinary perspective. Articles and interviews of no longer than 15 double-spaced pages, Word- and MLA style-formatted, should be sent digitally to one of the names listed below for review by the editorial board.

Rick Curry (
María Gil Poisa (

Latin American Perspectives
Open Call for Manuscript submissions

Latin American Perspectives is accepting submissions of manuscripts for upcoming issues. Please look at the current topics below. We also welcome submissions which might not necessarily coincide with our current calls for papers. All submissions should be directed to the managing editor at the LAP Office: [new window].

Manuscripts should be no longer than 25 pages (approximately 7,000-7,500 words) of double-spaced 12 point text with 1 inch margins, including notes and references, and paginated. Please follow the LAP style guidelines included in the Manuscript Preparation Form: [PDF].

Manuscripts may be submitted in English, Spanish, or Portuguese. If submitting in Spanish or Portuguese, please indicate if you will have difficulty reading correspondence from the LAP office in English. Please feel free to contact the Issue Editor with questions pertaining to the issue but be sure that manuscripts are sent to the LAP office by e-mail to: with the subject line – “Your name – MS for [short issue name] issue”

In addition to electronic submission, (in which we include the use of a CD-R if you're unable to submit by e-mail) you can send in two printed copies, which must include a cover sheet with basic biographical details and contact information on it, to: Managing Editor, Latin American Perspectives¸ P.O. Box 5703, Riverside, California 92517-5703.

Current Topic (please click on a topic title for further information. Each link will open in a new window):

Narratives of Migration and Exile in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures
King’s College London
21st – 22nd February, 2013

DEADLINE 4th January, 2013

Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Dr Daniel Muñoz-Sempere (King’s College London)

The current economic downturn is affecting migration flows globally. Countries like Spain, which had seen high volumes of immigration during the 1990s and 2000s, are now experiencing an exodus of migrants and Spanish nationals who seek brighter prospects abroad. Emerging economies such as Argentina or Brazil, on the other hand, are increasingly attracting foreign workers. The present conference seeks to explore the ways in which this transformation of migration flows is expressed visually and discursively within Hispanic and Lusophone cultures.

Call for Papers

We invite individual and joint proposals for 20 minute presentations (to be delivered in either English, Spanish or Portuguese). Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words to Abstracts should include name, affiliation, email address and A/V requirements (if any). The deadline for submissions is Friday 4th January 2013. Applicants will be contacted by Tuesday 12th January 2013.

Possible themes include, but are not limited to, the following:

Further information

Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at the above address.

We intend to make as many as possible of the papers presented widely available through publication, either in digital or conventional format.

There is no admission fee. Due to the limited funding available, the conference organisers are unable to provide financial assistance to cover accommodation expenses but a limited fund of travel bursaries may be available for speakers. Those interested in applying should explain in maximum 350 words how their participation in the conference would advance scholarly research, as well as their own research and future academic career together with an estimated break down of costs in a separate attached Word document.

We look forward to receiving your abstracts and welcoming you at King’s College.

Unusual Actors: Forms and effects of the informal action in the Caribbean, between legality and illegality (XVII-XXI century)
Diacornie, Studi di Storia Contemporanea

DEADLINE 30th November 2012

What is the role of informal institutions in the evolution of the economic, political and social aspects of Caribbean basin? Diacronie will analyze the economic and social development of the area, focusing on the role played by informal actors, namely the ones moving between legality and illegality, that were able (or are able) to give the individual (no matter if a customer, consumer or merchant) what the laws prohibit.

The objective is to examine both contemporary phenomena and phenomena which, although related to the early modern age, have generated long-term consequences in the history of the regions related to it. In fact, books such as Sanjay Subrahmanyam’s European commercial expansion in early modern Asia [1], Wim Klooster’s Illicit Riches [2], Alan Karras’s [3] and Linda Rupert’s Creolization and Contraband [4], that analyze ultra secular phenomena, demonstrated the existing continuity among economic and social events both local and transnational. In these studies, the informal actor (the pirate, the smuggler, the drug trafficker) acquires an active role in socio-economic development of the colonial and post-colonial society to which it belongs, contributing on its lasting mechanisms.

We will deal with commercial networks, around which economic and social phenomena are produced, such as smuggling, piracy or drug trafficking, in different shapes and sizes, in a region – the Caribbean – characterized by a deep interpenetration between informal and formal institutions, often complementary to each other.

Following the recent publications related to the economic and social history of the region, from Peter Coclanis’ The Atlantic Economy during the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries [5] to Tom Farer’s Transnational crime in the Americas: an inter-American dialogue book [6], this approach involves modern and contemporary historians in analyzing these phenomena, in order to examine the role of informality in periods in which key economic and political institutions emerged and consolidated in this area.

The Call for Papers is therefore addressed in particular to research that deal with:

How to send an article

The authors interested in this CFP can submit their article in Italian, English, French or Spanish (30,000 -
40,000 characters, including spaces, footnotes and bibliographies) at
Please refer to [new window]) for style and templates requirements.

Please contact the editors as soon as possible to notify them of your intention to participate in the conference with an article. The deadline for the proposal abstract (1.500 characters) is 30th November 2012. Final submission must be sent by 15th February 2013.


  1. SUBRAHMANYAM, Sanjay, Merchant networks in the early modern world, Aldershot-Brookfield, Variorum, 1996.
  2. KLOOSTER, Wim, Illicit riches. Dutch trade in the Caribbean, 1648-1795, Leiden, KITLV, 1998.
  3. KARRAS, Alan L., Smuggling. Contraband and Corruption in World History, Lanham, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2010.
  4. RUPERT, Linda, Creolization and Contraband: Curaçao in the Early Modern Atlantic World, Athens, University of Georgia Press, 2012.
  5. COCLANIS, Peter (edited by), The Atlantic Economy during the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries: organization, operation, practice, and personnel, Columbia, University of South Carolina Press, 2005.
  6. FARER, Tom (editor), Transnational crime in the Americas: an inter-American dialogue book, New York, Routledge, 1999.



Racial Subordination in Latin America: The Role of the State, Customary Law, and the New Civil Rights Response
by Tanya Kateri Hernandez (Fordham University, New York)
Cambridge University Press
October 1st, 2012
ISBN: 9781107024861

There are approximately 150 million people of African descent in Latin America yet Afro-descendants have been consistently marginalized as undesirable elements of the society. Latin America has nevertheless long prided itself on its absence of U.S.-styled state-mandated Jim Crow racial segregation laws. This book disrupts the traditional narrative of Latin America's legally benign racial past by comprehensively examining the existence of customary laws of racial regulation and the historic complicity of Latin American states in erecting and sustaining racial hierarchies. Tanya Katerí Hernández is the first author to consider the salience of the customary law of race regulation for the contemporary development of racial equality laws across the region. Therefore, the book has a particular relevance for the contemporary U.S. racial context in which Jim Crow laws have long been abolished and a "post-racial" rhetoric undermines the commitment to racial equality laws and policies amidst a backdrop of continued inequality.

This publication:

If you would like to order a copy you can do so using this link: [new window], and enter the discount code HERNANDEZ12 at checkout to receive the discount. Offer expires 12/31/2013.

Urban Encounters: Affirmative Action and Black Identities in Brazil
by André Cicalo

Palgrave Macmillan
October 2012
ISBN: 978-0-230-33852-4, ISBN10: 0-230-33852-6

University racial quotas have caused strong reactions in Brazil, where ideals of racial and cultural mixture are crucial components of national identity. Focusing on an in-depth ethnographic study of a Rio de Janeiro public university and its students, André Cicalo examines the practical and symbolic potential that affirmative action has to redress historically-produced and territorialized inequalities in the urban space. By engaging with the relevant literature on Brazilian race relations, this volume discloses novel considerations, crucial for a possible future reading of race relations, racial classification, and affirmative action in Brazil.

"Cicalo's work is highly original and is the most thoughtful treatment of university quotas in Brazil yet written. This perspective is of considerable importance because of the light it sheds on the process as it is unfolding on the ground and in real time. His ideas for policy implications are interesting and suggestive."

- John Burdick, professor of Anthropology, Syracuse University

André Cicalo is a post-doctoral researcher at the desiguALdades research network at Freie Universität in Berlin. After starting a career in international development, he pursued postgraduate studies in Social Anthropology at the Universities of Sussex and Manchester. He is the author of several articles about affirmative action in Brazil as well as the ethnographic documentary Memories on the Edge of Oblivion about the legacy of slavery in the urban space of Rio de Janeiro.

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Project work on Latin American and Caribbean Studies report.

The British Academy is finalising a report on the state of Latin American and Caribbean Studies in the UK. Most of the research has been done, but it needs to be updated to take account of developments within the last year or so. It is envisaged that the work would take about six weeks and could hopefully be completed by early 2013. The work requires knowledge of the Higher Education sector, preferably including Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and of using spreadsheets. Would anyone who is interested please send a CV to Professor Tony Kapcia at the University of Nottingham ( or Professor Linda Newson, Director, School of Advanced Study ( from whom further details can be obtained.