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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.




Latin American & Caribbean Digital Primary Sources

The Latin American and Caribbean Digital Primary Sources site is now available for consultation. This site was created and is maintained by an editorial group from the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM), the principal organization of Latin American librarians.

Please note that in order to preserve reliability and accountability the collections here listed are limited to digital projects created and maintained by SALALM member academic libraries and institutes. Questions about the collections or links should be directed to the host library or archive. Please note that content is being continuously added to this site. You are encouraged to revisit it for updates and for added content to existing collections.


We would like to invite you to join the Postgraduates in Latin American Studies (PILAS) group (register here PILAS is the postgraduate affiliate of the Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS). As an organisation run by and for postgraduate students, PILAS aims to foster interaction among postgraduates researching Latin America at institutions of higher education throughout the United Kingdom, as well as those in Europe and the Americas.

Encouraging cross-disciplinary dialogue, our organisation welcomes those working within a range of academic disciplines, as well as those undertaking multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches.

Our goal is to establish a supportive community for postgraduate students engaged in the study of Latin America and the Caribbean, both to facilitate communication among postgraduates and to provide a forum for students to exchange experiences, seek advice, and share their research.

This year PILAS’ committee is based in Newcastle University, where we will host a postgraduate conference in June 2016, free and exclusive for PILAS members. Once you register, you will be able to receive a newsletter with all the information.

We also have an exciting field trip to the British Library in London coming up on 13 November at 10:30am. In past years it has been a success, as PILAS members have received personalised tours and presentations on how to best take advantages of the offered resources. Please join PILAS to get more information about this free activity for members!

As a member you will also have access to prizes and awards opportunities through essay contests; learn about publishing articles and reviews in journals; and network with fellow postgraduates and professors interested in Latin America.

Finally, we would like to invite you to sign up to our Facebook page to get the latest news on funding opportunities, calls for papers and to share opportunities you might encounter.

Best wishes,

Laura Sariego-Kluge, Diana Morales-Arcila, Yvone Campos-Luna, Jorge Flores-Altamirano, and Hector Bezares-Buenrostro, with the support from Andrea Wilkinson, Ursula Balderson, Jack Johnston and Antonia Manresa-Axisa.




Latin American and Caribbean experiences of migration, work and employment
The Nicolson Building at Winterbourne House, 58 Edgbaston Park Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2RT
2 November 2015 | 12:30-17:30

Workshop leader: Dr Maria Villares, Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME), University of Birmingham.

Organised by The Institute of Advanced Studies and the Enterprise and Diversity Research Cluster, the seminar will take place on the 2 November at the University of Birmingham at The Nicolson Building at Winterbourne House, 58 Edgbaston Park Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2RT.

This is an open event however registration is required in order to attend. In order to register please contact Sarah Jeffery (


In recent years there has been a proliferation of research on Latin American migration flows towards Europe and, more recently, the reversal of such flows in the wake of the economic crisis. With regard to research into Caribbean migration, research has tended to focus predominantly on postcolonial migration from former Caribbean colonies to European metropoles, and research has frequently been focused on the French, British, Spanish or Dutch Caribbean. However, despite the growing number of examples of particular case studies, there seems to lack a comparative or interdisciplinary approach, so research to date remains patchy. In order to bring some of the interconnections, contrasts and points of comparison within our research and explore possibilities for future research collaborations, the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Migration Network (MIGRALAC) has been set in 2014 as a cross collaboration between UK universities. This network aims at providing a space for researchers to access and share contacts and research outputs (working papers, seminars, conferences etc.). MIGRALAC was first established at the University of Oxford in 2014. In 2015, it moved to be hosted at Queen Mary, University of London but with joint involvement from the University of Oxford and the University of Birmingham. Members of the network meet each terms to discuss work in progress as well organize events throughout the academic year. These events have proved to be an excellent forum for dialogue among scholars to identify interconnections, contrasts and points of comparison within their research.

This autumn the MIGRALAC seminar will be held at Birmingham for the first time and it will be focused on the theme of ‘experiences of migration, work and employment’. This workshop will provide the continuation of a cutting edge new research agenda on experiences of work and employment for new migrants LAC in Europe, bridging migration studies, work and employment relations with area studies. This event will also facilitate the identification of emerging themes, potential partners and stakeholders for engagement for ongoing and future research projects.

12:30 Welcome. IAS, Maria Villares, UoB
12:40 Panel: Experiences of work for LAC migrants
  Chair: Monder Ram, University of Birmingham
Onwards and downwards: labour market experiences of Latin American onward migrants in London
Cathy McIlwaine and Diego Bunge (Queen Mary University London)
Gendered motivations for productive and reproductive return migration to Bolivia from Spain
Raquel Martinez Bujan, ESOMI (Spain)
Internal brain drain and state intervention: the case of Haiti
Nicolas Lemay-Hebert, (University of Birmingham)
14:10 Coffee break
14:30 Panel: Sectors of labour market incorporation for LAC migrants in Europe
  Chair: Olivia Sheringham (Queen Mary University, London)
A transnational ethic of care: migrant elderly care workers in Spain
Tanja Bastia (University of Manchester)
Doing the cleaning work: Brazilian migrants in the UK
Ana Paula Silva (University of Manchester)
Recognising and valuing the work of small Latin American businesses in London
Patria Roman (Latin Elephant and Castle)
17:00 Drinks and screening of the short documentary ‘Hair Expectations’ by Ana Paula Silva (University of Manchester).

2015 Open Seminars
Centre of Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge
Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT
Mondays 17.15

2 November 2015
China in Argentina: images and perspectives
Cristina Reigadas (Facultad de Ciencias Sociales Universidad de Buenos Aires)

16 November 2015
A Pope for our Times? From Bergoglio to Francis
Jimmy Burns (Journalist and author)

23 November 2015
Widening the participation of Indigenous people in Mexican higher education: results, challenges and perspectives
David Navarrete (Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS) México, D. F.)

30 November 2015
The consolidation of Peronist hegemony: the 2015 primaries and the presidential elections
Guillermo A. Makin (Universidad de Belgrano, Argentina, Research Associate, CLAS, University of Cambridge, Investigador del IRI, U. N. de la Plata)

Refreshments will be served after each seminar.

IHR Latin American History Seminar Series: The National Cadaver: Wars to the Death across Spanish American Independence
University of London, Peter Marshall Room, 204, IHR second floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU
3 November 2015 | 17.30 - 19.00

Karen Racine (University of Guelph) - Although historians have generally viewed Simón Bolívar’s explicitly-declared War to the Death in Venezuela and New Granada in 1813 as an anomaly in the Spanish American independence wars, that apocalyptically-violent model was actually the norm. Virtually all regions of the Spanish American and Caribbean theaters of war experienced an intentionally-framed War to the Death during the anti-colonial struggles of the early 19th century.

For more information please contact the IHR directly:

Seminar: Gender and Protest at Morant Bay and in the Post-Emancipation Caribbean
UCL Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PN
4 November 2015 | 17.30 - 19.00

Gad Heuman (Warwick) - Men have long been regarded as the leaders of the Morant Bay Rebellion and other post-emancipation protests. For example, Paul Bogle and George William Gordon are honoured for their involvement in the Rebellion. But it is also important to remember that women played a prominent role in the outbreak at Morant Bay as well as in other post-emancipation protests.

In examining riots and rebellions in the Anglophone Caribbean after 1834, it is therefore important to examine the role of gender. It is clear that freedom was experienced differently by black men and women and that gender inequality continued after the abolition of slavery. In the Caribbean, men generally had access to citizenship: assuming they met the franchise requirements, men could vote. In Jamaica, they could also sit in the House of Assembly and on local vestries as well as serving on juries. None of these possibilities were open to women. As Diana Paton and Pamela Scully have noted, women "were political minors in the postslavery landscape".

Yet despite their different experiences of freedom, both men and women protested the terms of emancipation. They sometimes did so in different ways, reflecting their varied experiences of emancipation. This paper will highlight the role of women in these movements, while also devoting some attention to men. It will also discuss the gendered nature of freedom more generally.

Professor Gad Heuman is Professor Emeritus in the Department of History, University of Warwick, former Director of the Centre for Caribbean Studies at Warwick and a former Chair of SCS. Publications include: Between Black and White: Race, Politics and the Free Coloreds in Jamaica, 1792-1865 (Westport, CT and Oxford, 1981), The Killing Time: The Morant Bay Rebellion in Jamaica (London and Knoxville, 1994) and The Caribbean: A Brief History (London, New York and Kingston, 2006; 2nd edition, 2014). He is the editor of the journal Slavery & Abolition.

Attendance is free of charge but registration is required:

ChileGlobal Seminars: Human Rights
UCL, Darwin Building, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT
4 November 2015 | 18.45 - 20.30

18.45 Welcome
19.00 'Music and Human Rights Liaisons: Interviewing Álvaro Corbalán, a Singer-Songwriter and Top Agent of Pinochet's Secret Police'.
Katia Chornik, University of Manchester
19.20 'The discursive construction of fear by the victims of the Chilean Military Regime'.
Elizabeth Torrico Avila, University of Southampton
19.40 Keynote Lecture
  'The Limits of the Possible: Human Rights in Chile 25 Years After the Return of Democracy'.
Cath Collins
, Ulster University
20.10 Final debate and Q&A with all presenters
20.30 Reception (Soft drinks and nibbles)

It is free to attend this event, however you will need to book your place:

Seminars & Events 2015-16
Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of Manchester
17.00 onward, unless otherwise stated.

CLACS Events and Seminars 2015-2016. For further details please contact

Semester 1

Semester 2

Gabriela Mistral- Celebrating the life and work of the first Latin American Nobel Prize Winner
The Senate Room (First Floor), Senate House, University of London, Malet St, London, WC1E 7HU
5 November 2015 | 14.30 - 18.30

Jointly organised with the Embassy of Chile in the UK, the Institute of Modern Languages Research and the Gabriela Mistral Foundation, US

Chair: Catherine Davies, Director, Institute of Modern Languages Research

The celebratory event of the 70th. Anniversary of Gabriela Mistral Nobel’s prize centers on the life and work of Latin Americas’s first Nobel laureate as a poet, humanitarian and best-known Latin American intellectual of the 20th century. The programme will include the exhibition of a short video presentation, poetry readings and an academic discussion with: Marjorie Agosin (Wellesley College), Catherine Boyle (King’s College London), Jo Crow (Bristol), Karen Benavente (University of Glasgow) and Gloria Garafulic-Grabois (Gabriela Mistral Foundation, Inc. [US]). The event will also include the presentation of the book “From Chile to the World—celebrating the 70th anniversary of Mistral’s Nobel,” a bilingual edition edited by Marjorie Agosin and Gloria Garafulich-Grabois.

In 1945 Gabriela Mistral became the first Latin American - and to this date the only Latin American woman-writer to obtain the Nobel Prize in Literature “for her lyric poetry which, inspired by powerful emotions, has made her name a symbol of the idealistic aspirations of the entire Latin American world”…

Mistral’s legacy is not just her poetry. Her prose is as powerful as her verse; she was a noted educator - although she did not complete her formal education; a humanitarian - concerned with the rights of children, women, indigenous people and those in need; her vision of Latin America and education were considered ahead of her time. Mistral’s writings are as relevant now as they were in her own time.

Gloria Garafulich-Grabois, Director, Gabriela Mistral Foundation, US

14.30 Introduction and Welcome by Professor Catherine Davies, Director, Institute of Modern Languages Research
14.45 Documentary: Gabriela Mistral. Her Life Her Legacy
  A documentary by the Gabriela Mistral Foundation, US Executive Producer, Gloria Garafulich Grabois (Director, Gabriela Mistral Foudation), directed by Osvaldo Soto ( and narrated by Gloria Garafulich-Grabois (© Gabriela Mistral Foundation, 2009)
15.00 Panel One
  Chair: Catherine Davies
Joanna Crow (University of Bristol)
'Gabriela Mistral's Epistolary Networks'
Karen Benavente (University of Glasgow)
‘Mistral: Consul in Spain (1933-1935)’.
Catherine Boyle (King’s College London)
‘La garganta prestada. Translations of Gabriela Mistral’s Poetry’
16.30 Tea break
17.00 Panel Two: Conversation and Dialogue with the Audience
  Mediator: Catherine Boyle (King's College London)
From Chile to the World. 70 years of Gabriela Mistral Nobel
Marjorie Agosín
(Wellesley College) and Gloria Garafulich-Grabois (Director of the Gabriela Mistral Foundation, Inc. US)

To book a place please e-mail:

Or call 0207 2222361 ext 282

Francis, Pope of Good Promise – with Jimmy Burns
Canning House, 14/15 Belgrave Square, SW1X 8PS
5 November 2015 | 18.30 - 20.30

Canning House is delighted to host an event with two award winning British-hispanic journalists and authors – Jimmy Burns in conversation with John Carlin– on the life of Pope Francis, the 266th and first Latin-American Pope of the Catholic Church. This event coincides with this autumn’s publishing of Jimmy’s biographic, Francis, Pope of Good Promise. Signed copies of the book will be available to purchase at the event.

This biography of Pope Francis charts Argentine Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s formation as a Jesuit priest and bishop against the dramatic backdrop of Latin America’s turbulent politics. Few Vatican elections have generated as much interest as that of Cardinal Jose Bergoglio. From the moment Pope Francis stepped on to the balcony of St Peter’s, people around the globe sensed that not only the Catholic Church, but the world at large, could be entering a new spiritual, political and social age.

Jimmy Burns: Born in in Madrid to British-Hispanic parents, his career spans more than thirty years includes working as a senior journalist in Portugal, Spain, and Latin America with the Financial Times and contributing to other media outlets on both sides of the Atlantic. His published books include his award winning ‘The Land that Lost of Heroes: How Argentina Lost the Falklands War’, ‘Barca: A People’s Passion, La Roja’, and the international best-seller ‘The Hand of God’ -a biography of Diego Maradona. He currently works as a free-lance writer and consultant on Spain & Latin America, is a Director of the international Catholic weekly The Tablet, and is chairman of the cultural charity The British-Spanish Society.

John Carlin: Born in London to British-Hispanic parents, he began his journalism career at the Buenos Aires Herald, before covering Mexico and Central America for major media during the 1980’s, followed by South Africa. He is a senior international reporter for the leading Spanish newspaper El País. Carlin collaborated with Rafael Nadal on the latter’s autobiography Rafa. His other books include ‘Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Made a Nation’, about former South African president Nelson Mandela, which is the basis for the 2009 film ‘Invictus’.

This event is supported by: The British-Spanish Society and The Foreign Press Association.

To attend this event, please book your place here:

Latin American Anthropology Seminar Series
Room 234 (Senate House), Senate House, University of London, Malet St, London, WC1E 7HU
Thursdays, 17.30 - 19.30

November 5
“Mobilising Work and Identity in the Mayan Yucatan”
Claudia Giannetto (Goldsmiths, University of London)

November 19
“Youth Organising Against Police Violence in Rio de Janeiro”
Charli Livingstone (Goldsmiths, University of London)

December 3
“Catholic Secularity and Politics of Social Inclusion in Brazil: Moral Pedagogies of Exemplarity and Gratuity”
Eduardo Dullo (University of São Paolo/CEBRAP)

December 17
“Embodied Ghosts of Phantom Lynchings: An Anatomy of El Alto’s Hanged Puppets”
Martyn Wemyss (UEL)

This bi-weekly seminar serves as a forum for PhD candidates and early career researchers to share and discuss their ethnographic research on any aspect relating to the Latin American region. It is organised jointly by LSE, Goldsmiths, and the Institute of Latin American Studies.

For any queries or expressions of interest to participate in the seminar, you can contact any of the seminar conveners: Agustin Diz (, Clate Korsant (, Angus McNelly (, Agathe Faure (, Ainhoa Montoya (

The IMF, Debt and National Sovereignty. The Cases of Argentina, Greece and Puerto Rico
W148, Williams Building, Middlesex University, Hendon Campus, The Burroughs, London NW4 4BT (nearest tube Hendon Central)
6 November 2015 | 14.00

Organised by Middlesex University’s Latin American Studies Research Group (LASRG), as part of the Seminar’s on Latin America series. This event will consist of two talks:

Last Tango in Athens? Recent Lessons for Greece on Debt Resistance in Argentina, Ecuador and Iceland.”
Dr Daniel Ozarow (Deputy Head, Middlesex University Latin American Studies Research Group)

Origins and Socio-Economic Effects of Public Debt in Puerto Rico.”
Dr Gibrán Cruz-Martínez (Visiting Fellow Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) School of Advanced Study, University of London.)

For more information please email Daniel Ozarow or see the following link:


2015/16 Events Latin American Studies Forum
Queen’s University, Belfast

5 November 2015, 16.00 | 6 University Square, Room, G05
La dictadura perfecta”, a pop up cinema event!

18 November 2015, 13.00 | Peter Froggatt Centre, Floor 2, Room 011
Inheriting uncertain status: liberated African children and ‘free wombs’ in nineteenth century Havana and Rio de Janeiro.
Dr Jennifer Nelson (Queen’s University Belfast)
Joint event with the School of Modern Languages and Postcolonial Research Forum

26 November 2015, 16.00 | 6 University Square, Room, G05
"Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho", a pop up cinema event!

3 December 2015, 13.00-14.00 | Geography Building, OG/009 (first floor)
"Typhus Outbreaks, Public Health, and the Ritual Landscapes of Maya Medicine in Colonial Guatemala"
Dr. Martha Few (University of Arizona)
Joint event with the School of Geography, Archaeology, and Palaeoecology & Framing Epidemics Research Group

For further information contact: Dr Fiona Clark (

Latin American Music Seminar
Room G37 (Ground Floor), Senate House, University of London, Malet St, London, WC1E 7HU
7 November 2015 | 10.30 - 17.00

The Latin American Music Seminar is a British forum for Latin American music research that meets twice yearly.

In collaboration with the Institute of Musical Research.

Please contact Henry Stobart ( if you would like to be included on the mailing list, or if you wish to offer a presentation or to perform at a future seminar.

10.15 Coffee
10.40 Welcome
10.45 Tango and the Erotic: Music and the Sex Culture in Early Twentieth-Century Japan
Yuiko Asaba (Royal Holloway, University of London)
11.30 Rules of Composition for the moda-de-viola: a rural Brazilian song-form
Jean Carlo Faustino (King’s College, London – visiting research associate)
12.15 Breaking in Graffiti: Reflections on Interartistic Research in South American Hip Hop Studies
Chandra Morrison (Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London)
13.00 Lunch (sandwiches provided)
14.15 Ilu Keke: A Big Narrative about a Small Town Drum in Cuba
Amanda Villapastour (University of Cardiff)
15.00 The Invention of a Latin American Musical Baroque
Leonardo Waisman (University of Cambridge)
15.45 Tea followed by Claroscuro for prepared tiple (Sound sketch of a visit to the Hypogea of Tierradentro, Cauca, Colombia) perfomed by John García Rueda.

We ask for a contribution of £8.00 towards coffee, tea and lunch (unless giving a paper or performing). To attend, please book a place on Eventbrite by Wednesday 4th November.

UMATURKA - The Call of the Water (Documentary)
Room G37 (Ground Floor), Senate House, University of London, Malet St, London, WC1E 7HU
11 November 2015 | 19.30 - 20.30

The documentary UMATURKA - The Call of the Water follows the Aymara community of Quillacas, who continue to challenge the encroaching modern world and culture by performing the annual Umaturka ritual to call the clouds and rains following the dry season. UMATURKA serves as a memory of the Quillacas’ customs, culture and traditions that form part of the present, reality and life in the contemporary Andes. Giovanna Miralles and Dr. Peter Wilkin completed the different stages of production for the documentary with their own resources and are seeking support to cover the costs of image post-production. Luzmila Carpio, a North Potosi artist, singer, composer, former Bolivian Ambassador to France, contributed one of her songs for the documentary. Miralles and Wilkin will exhibit the trailer, give a talk on the film and the crowdfunding campaign launched to finish the film.

Tickets: Free entry

For booking email:

Kindly organised by the Anglo-Bolivian Society

Andean Studies Seminar
Room 243, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU
11 November 2015 | 18.00 - 19.30

Liberalism and its Contradictions: Democracy and Hierarchy in Mestizaje and Genomics in Latin America.
Professor Peter Wade (University of Manchester)

Chair: Dr. Mark Thurner

Liberalism entails contradictions between democracy and hierarchy. In Latin America, those contradictions are handled in a specific way (in relation to race, but with wider implications), using ideology and practices of mestizaje seen as an antidote to hierarchies of race and also class. How does mestizaje work in this way? It does so by deploying the idea of sexual intimacy and family across racial borders; and secondarily by temporal and spatial othering. Multiculturalism is a recent variant on this theme, as well as a departure from it. Genomics reiterates this story strongly, with new aspects added.

Professor Wade’s paper may be downloaded at:

Managing Global Migration. New Perspectives from Latin America and Europe
The Court Room (first floor), Senate House, University of London, Malet St, London, WC1E 7HU
12 November 2015 | 10.00 - 18.00

09:45 Opening remarks: Mark Thurner, ILAS, University of London
10.00 SESSION I. Cross-Regional Migration Trends and Policy Issues
  Chair: Ana Margheritis, University of Southampton
Discussant: Diego Acosta Arcarazo, University of Bristol
“A Hot Topic? Managing international Migration Caused by Natural Disasters in Latin America”
David Cantor, SAS, University of London
“Towards a Regional Mobility Regime of Free Movement in South America? Policies, Practices and Experiences of the Mercosur Residence Agreement in Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay.”
Lieselot Vanduynslager, Leuven University
“Spanish-South American Dual Nationality: a Case of Transnationalism or Double Nationalism?”
Luuk van der Baaren, University of Liège
“State Transnationalism and Migration: Diaspora Engagement Policy and Migration Return from Europe to Ecuador.”
Almudena Cortés Maisonave
, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
12:30 Lunch
13:15 SESSION II. From Regional to Local Perspectives: Working and Living Conditions of Latin American Immigrants in Europe
  Chair: Jean Stubbs, IA, University College London and ILAS, University of London
Discussant: Cathy McIlwine, Queen Mary, University of London
“Latino Women and Italian Families: Agency beyond Structural Constraints and Exploitation.”
Maurizio Ambrosini, University of Milan
“Service Provision for Latin Americans in London: Barriers and Challenges” (co-authored with Cate Trejos).
Mette Louise Berg, IOE, University College London
“Onwards and Downwards: Labour Market Experiences of Latin American Onward Migrants in London” (co-authored with Cathy McIlwine).
Diego Bunge, Queen Mary, University of London
15:15 Coffee Break
15:30 ROUNDTABLE: Managing Inclusion: The Politics of Migrant Membership in Home and Host Countries
  Chair: David Cantor, SAS, University of London
“The Politicisation of Immigration and Migrant’s Integration in Europe: The Role of Political Parties.”
Laura Morales, University of Leicester
“Courting South American Citizens Abroad: States’ Approaches to Emigrants’ Inclusion in Home Politics.”
Ana Margheritis, University of Southampton
“A Multilevel Puzzle: Residence and Citizenship in National and Local Elections.”
Rainer Bauböck, European University Institute
“Demos Dilemmas: Norms, Incentives and the Architecture of SCN (second-country nationals) and TCN (third-country nationals) Host-Home Relations in the EU.”
David Owen, University of Southampton
17:00 Coffee Break
  Keynote speaker: Andrew Geddes, University of Sheffield: “Prospects for International Migration Governance in Europe and South America”
Chair: Ana Margheritis


IHR Latin American History Seminar Series: Unthinking the Canon: Latin America and the History of Historiography
University of London, Peter Marshall Room, 204, IHR second floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU
17 November 2015 | 17.30 - 19.00

Dr. Mark Thurner (ILAS) - In the late eighteenth century Peruvian intellectuals complained in print that their history “occupies only a diminutive place in the portrait of the universe painted by historians.” More than two centuries later, the place of Peru and Latin America at large in the universe of historical thought is probably no better, and may very well be worse, particularly in Departments of History in the UK, where its very existence is in serious doubt. For more information please contact the IHR directly:

Book Launch - The New War on the Poor: The Production of Insecurity in Latin America tomorrow
The Court Room (first floor), Senate House, University of London, Malet St, London, WC1E 7HU
18 November 2015 | 17.30 - 19.30

By John Gledhill, FBA, FAcSS (Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology, The University of Manchester)

Speakers: David Lehmann (Cambridge) and Lourdes Arizpe (UNAM)

To book a place please e-mail:

Brazilian Song in Translation: Music, Text, Performance'
Lecture Theatre 1.46, 1st Floor Barbara Strang Teaching Centre (formerly Bedson Teaching Centre) (University map ref:21)
18 November 2015 | 17:00 - 19:30

CLACS is establishing an annual Vanessa Knights Lecture in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, in memory of our colleague Vanessa Knights, who sadly died very young in 2007. If you didn’t know her, you can read about her here.

We are thrilled that the first lecture will be delivered by Professor David Treece of Kings College London on Wednesday 18 November, beginning at 5.00. David Treece is Camoens Professor of Portuguese at KCL and a noted scholar of Brazilian and Luso-Atlantic music, literature, and popular culture. The title of his talk is 'Brazilian Song in Translation: Music, Text, Performance' and below is an abstract:

"What happens when songs leave their place of origin and travel to another cultural and linguistic setting, to be heard translated and performed in another language? What are the possibilities and limitations for the translation of song across cultures and languages? Looking at the role of language in the reception of Brazilian popular music in the Anglophone world, and considering some of its most translated songs, the lecture will share some experiences and preoccupations around the challenge of translatability for this specific medium. We will compare a number of translations and recordings so as to explore both the compositional challenges involved (especially the song's core, discursive-melodic form) and also aspects of vocal performance such as persona enactment, vwel articulation and accent"

This event is free but please register by emailing

The market as master or servant? Cuba's attempt at a new 'middle way'
Room G37, Senate House, University of London, Malet St, London, WC1E 7HU
19 November 2015 | 18.00

In this seminar, Dr Stephen Wilkinson, Chairman of the IISC and editor of the International Journal of Cuban Studies will discuss his latest research into the current process of economic ‘updating’ in Cuba.

With the acceptance and extension of private enterprise in both agriculture and small manufacturing, the development of an internal local market in the exchange of goods and services, a commitment to the decentralization of power to local government and state-owned enterprises, and the granting of the right for individuals to sell and buy houses and cars, Cuba is embarked on a process of what the government has promised is an ‘irreversible’ process of economic liberalization.

In this paper, Dr Wilkinson examines the problems of the Cuba’s centrally planned economy from the point of view of the classical liberal economists, Freidrich Hayek and Ludwig von Mises, and argues that they would see the recent policy changes as a tacit admission that Cuba’s command economy is a failure. However, they would also warn the Cuban government that by hanging on to an interventionist role, this bold new experiment is doomed to fail as well.

This paper examines exactly how far Cuba is ‘liberalizing’ and explores whether or not this could represent a new ‘middle way’ between the free market and the planned economy. Will Cuba’s ‘updated socialist model’ succeed in using market mechanisms to maximize incentives, improve productivity and raise living standards, while keeping a strong state to guarantee the preservation of the revolution’s socialist gains?

Join us for an evening of discussion and debate.

Organised in collaboration with the Institute of Latin American Studies.

Entrance is free but please register with Olga Jimenez in advance:

Mexico at the start of the 21st Century
The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH
20 November 2015 | 09:30 - 16:00

To celebrate the 2015: Year of Mexico in the UK the British Academy is organising a public conference on 'Mexico at the start of the 21st Century' from 09.30-16.00 on Friday 20 November 2015, bringing together leading researchers from Mexico and the UK to discuss topics such as immigration, social protection, communities, inequality and the economy.

The confirmed speakers for the event are Professor Mercedes González de la Rocha, Professor Orazio Attanasio FBA, Professor Guillermo de la Peña, Professor John Gledhill FBA, Professor Enrique Cárdenas Sánchez, Professor Kevin Middlebrook, Professor Agustín Escobar Latapí, Professor Gareth Jones, and Professor Lourdes Arizpe Schlosser.

09.30 Social Protection and Poverty in Mexico
Professor Mercedes González de la Rocha, Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social
Professor Orazio Attanasio FBA, Professor of Economics, University College London
10.15 Break
10.45 Citizenship and Diversity in Mexico
Professor Guillermo de la Peña, Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social
Professor John Gledhill FBA, Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Manchester
11.30 Break
12.00 The Mexican Economy Today, in a Historical Perspective
Professor Enrique Cárdenas Sánchez, Executive Director, Centro de Estudios Espinosa Yglesias
Professor Kevin Middlebrook, Professor of Latin American Politics, University College London
12.45 Lunch
13.45 Mexican Migration: A Changing Picture
Professor Agustín Escobar Latapí, Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social
Professor Gareth Jones, Professor of Urban Geography, London School of Economics & Political Science
14.30 Break
15.00 Mexico: Society and Violence
Professor Lourdes Arizpe Schlosser, Centro Regional de Investigaciones Multidisciplinarias, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Professor John Gledhill FBA, Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Manchester
16.00 Close

The conference is open to the public but it is requested that you RSVP in advance to Philip Lewis at

Miguel de Cervantes Award Lectures
Instituto Cervantes, 102 Eaton Square, London SW1W 9AN
23 November 2015 | 18.30

Join us for a lecture about the Cuban writer Alejo Carpentier and the launch of the book Alejo Carpentier and the Musical Text, both by Dr Katia Chornik. The event will include live Cuban music by Son Yambu plus especial guest Sue Miller, and will be followed by drinks.

Reserve your seat at

This lecture series has been organised by the Embassy of Spain, Office of Cultural and Scientific Affairs & Instituto Cervantes, London.

The Swiss-born Cuban novelist Alejo Carpentier y Valmont was the first Latin American to win the Miguel de Cervantes Award. His best known works include The Kingdom of this World, The Lost Steps and Explosion in a Cathedral. Carpentier conceptualised the notion of lo real maravilloso americano (the [Latin] American marvellous real, aka magic realism), exerting a decisive influence on the writers of the so-called Latin American Boom. Carpentier also cultivated poetry, criticism and cultural journalism, and his lesser known activity in music was similarly varied: he worked as a researcher, radio and record producer, concert promoter and writer of song lyrics and libretti. He incorporated music in his fiction extensively, more than any other Latin American writer of his time. Born in Switzerland in 1904 to French and Russian parents, Carpentier spent most of his childhood in Cuba. He settled in Paris in 1928, where he became closely involved with the avant-gardes. In 1939 Carpentier left Europe for Cuba and Venezuela. Following the Cuban Revolution, he took on several official posts, working as a diplomat in Paris until his death in 1980.

Katia Chornik is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Manchester’s Music Department. She specialises in music and literature, music and human rights, and Latin American popular music. As part of her ethnographic Leverhulme research ‘Sounds of Memory: Music and Political Captivity in Pinochet’s Chile’ and in partnership with the Chilean Museum of Memory and Human Rights, she has created and managed the online archive Cantos Cautivos (, which compiles songs that were written, sung and listened to in political detention and torture centres in Chile. She is also working as co-editor of the OUP Handbook Don Juan in Music and Other Arts, addressing intermedial and cross-cultural versions of the Don Juan myth. Chornik’s research on music and human rights has received wide national and international attention through press coverage and her own contributions to media outlets.

Dictatorship series – Legacies of Dictatorship in Paraguay
Instituto Cervantes, 102 Eaton Square, SW1W 9AN
24 November 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. This is the final talk in the series on Stroessner’s Paraguay.

Alfredo Stroessner was the longest-serving head of state in Latin American history and the third longest-serving political leader in the world during the post-war period, after Kim Il Sung of North Korea and Todor Zhukov of Bulgaria. He was also the longest-serving President in Paraguayan history, whose 34 year rule left an indelible mark on the country’s psyche. On 2 February 1989 he was overthrown in a putsch led by his military aide, General Andrés Rodríguez, with the tacit support of the United States. This seminar examines the way that the enduring legacy of the Stroessner regime has influenced the country’s democratisation process over the past quarter of a century.

With Dr Andrew Nickson, Honorary Reader in Public Management and Latin American Development at University of Birmingham.

To attend this event you will need to book your place here:

CLACS, Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
2015-16 Events and Visiting speaker series Programme

25 November 2015, 16:00  | Research Beehive room 2.22 (Old library Building)     
Las disputas por el territorio en la literatura reciente de américa latina
Alejandro Gasel, La Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia Austral

20 January 2016, 16:00 | Percy Building G.13
Traces of Louis Agassiz: The Formation of a Photographic Collection
Maria Helena Pereira Toledo Machado, Universidade de São Paulo        

10 February 2016, 15:00-17:00 | Venue: TBC
Research Forum: New Newcastle Research on Latin American and the Caribbean
(Speakers TBC)

14 April 2016, 16:00 | Pybus Room 3.14 (Old Library Building)
Translating cultures: towards linguistic rights for indigenous peoples in Peru. Sponsored by AHRC
Rosaleen Howard, Newcastle University
Luis Andrade, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
Raquel de Pedro, Heriot-Watt University                   

18 April 2016, 16:00 | Research Beehive room 2.22 (Old library Building)
Bogle L'Ouverture and Radical Black Publishing of the 1960s-1980s
Karen Sands O’Connor, State University of New York-Buffalo

10 June 2016, Time TBC | Beehive, Old Library Building           
Day Conference followed by Public Lecture
Junot Diaz, MIT

CICR Seminar
Room G26 (Ground Floor), Senate House, South Block, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU
27 November 2015 | 17.30 - 19.30

Convenor: Luis Perez-Simon, Postdoctoral Fellow, ILAS

The Divine, Faith, and Performance in Contemporary Religious Practices in the Caribbean.
Petra Kuivala (University of Helsinki) and Carlton Turner (University of Birmingham)

South American Archaeology Seminar
Room 612, UCL Institute of Archaeology, University College London, 31-34 Gordon Square, London
28 November 2015 | 10.30 - 17.00

10.30 Coffee / Registration
11:00 Archaeology & tourism: an Ecuadorian village builds on its' past
Chris Hudson
(Chris Hudson Designs/UCL), Colin Mcewan (Dumbarton Oaks) and Maria-Isabel Silva (Heritage Consultant, Ecuador)
11:40 Toward an Archaeology of African and Andean Labor in Viceregal Peru: Advances from the Haciendas of Nasca Archaeological Project
Brendan J. M. Weaver
(Queen's University Belfast / Vanderbilt University)
13:30 Life, Death and the Fire: Cremation as a Funerary Practice in the Southern Brazilian Highlands
Priscilla Ulguim
(Teesside University)
14:10 Pre-Columbian land use and its modern legacy in terra firme forests of the Purus-Madeira Interfluve, Central Amazon
Regina Gonda
(University of Exeter)
15.30 Textile Technology on the Central Coast in the Late Horizon
Jane Feltham
16.10 Archaeology in the Middle Orinoco, Venezuela: An update from the site of La Culebra
Jose Oliver
and Phil Riris (UCL Institute of Archaeology)

Please reserve a place at the seminar via Eventbrite here:

Participants will be asked to make a contribution of £7.50 towards the cost of coffee, tea, lunch & administration on the day.

More Informaiton
The full seminar programme, including paper abstracts, is available to download here:

The next South American Archaeology Seminar will take place on Saturday 21 May 2016. If you would like to give a talk at a future seminar or for further information please e-mail Bill Sillar at

IHR Latin American History Seminar Series: West African Warfare in Bahia and Cuba: Soldier Slaves in the Atlantic World, 1807-1844
University of London, Peter Marshall Room, 204, IHR second floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU
1 December 2015 | 17.30 - 19.00

Manuel Barcia (University of Leeds) - How a series of historical events that occurred in West Africa from the mid-1790s— including Afonja's rebellion, the Owu wars, the Fulani-led jihad, and the migrations to Egbaland—had an impact upon life in cities and plantations in western Cuba and Bahia. This presentation discusses the extent to which a series of African-led plots and armed movements that took place in western Cuba and Bahia, Brazil, between 1807 and 1844...

For more information please contact the IHR directly:

Andean Studies Seminar
Room G34 (Ground Floor), Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU
2 December 2015 | 18.00 - 19.30

Constructing Empire: The Building and Rebuilding of the Inca Imperial Capital in Cuzco
Dr. Bill Sillar (University College London)

Chair: Dr. Mark Thurner

The ILAS Andean Studies Seminar (ILAS-ASS) is a global academic forum for advanced interdisciplinary research on the past, present, and future of the Andean region of South America, broadly defined to include the territories of present-day Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, and Chile. Unlike, for example, the Andean Studies Institute in Berkeley founded in the 1960s, and in tune with more recent developments in this dynamic field, we are not strictly interested only in “native” Andean peoples. Instead, the Seminar seeks to promote interdisciplinary research and debate that connects cutting-edge, transnational Andean and Area Studies scholarship with global issues and theoretical questions of significance to the wider academic community and public.

As the only such permanent seminar in the UK and Europe, ILAS-ASS seeks both to provide (1) a cosmopolitan outlet for UK- and Europe-based scholars working on the Andean region, and (2) a welcoming home in London for Andean researchers from the Americas and around the globe. Scholars young and old wishing to present their work to the seminar are invited to contact the convenors. All are welcome to participate in the regular meetings of the seminar in London.

Convenors: Dr. Mark Thurner, Chair (ILAS-SAS), Professor Emeritus Tristan Platt (St Andrews), Professor Rebecca Earle (Warwick), Dr. Paulo Drinot (UCL), Dr. Bill Sillar (UCL).

Scioli vs Macri – Argentina’s presidential two-horse race
Canning House, 14/15 Belgrave Square, SW1X 8PS
3 December 2015 | 18.30 - 20.30

The Argentine presidential election has gone to a run-off after no clear outcome was reached after the first round on 25 October. The election has now become a two-horse race between Daniel Scioli, of the Front For Victory Party, who gained 36.86% of the vote and Mauricio Macri, of Cambiemos, with 34.33% of the vote. United for a New Alternative’s Sergio Massa trailed in third place with 21.34% of the vote and the outcome of the run-off election on 28 November is likely to hinge on who his voters now choose to support. Scioli was predicted to win by a larger margin but the contest between him and Macri proved much tighter than expected.

On the panel to discuss the results of this election, when they are finally announced, we are delighted to welcome: Andrew Thompson, freelance journalist and Writer/Editor for Latin News; Fiona Mackie, Regional Editor, Latin America at the Economist Intelligence Unit; and Dr Christopher Wylde, Associate Professor at Richmond, the American International University in London.

To attend this event you will need to book your place here:

Catholic Secularity and Politics of Social Inclusion in Brazil: Moral Pedagogies of Exemplarity and Gratuity”, by Eduardo Dullo (University of São Paolo/CEBRAP)
Room 234, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU
3 December 2015 | 17.30 - 19.30

This bi-weekly seminar series serves as a forum for PhD candidates and early career researchers to share and discuss their ethnographic research on any aspect relating to the Latin American region. It is organised jointly by LSE, Goldsmiths, and the Institute of Latin American Studies and is held on Thursdays from 17:30 to 19:30.

For any queries or expressions of interest to participate in the seminar, you can contact any of the seminar conveners: Agustin Diz (, Clate Korsant (, Angus McNelly (, Agathe Faure (, Ainhoa Montoya (

Seminar: On Fiction and Crime in Twentieth-Century Mexico
UCL Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PN
4 December 2015 | 17.30 - 19.00

Pablo Piccato (Columbia) - Crime fiction was one of the most popular genres in Mexico during the middle decades of the twentieth century. Through an examination of some famous and other relatively unknown authors, this talk explores the defining condition for the genre in Mexico: the skepticism of readers and authors toward the police and the justice system. How can these stories work if the truth is always elusive and justice rarely achieved? The emergence of readers and authors during these decades was possible thanks to the strong connections between the genre and the local crime news, and the selective use of foreign narrative models.

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.

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



"Nuestra Voz" (Our Voice)
Photographic exhibition, mini tour
5 November - 16 December 2015

This is an exhibition of photographs taken by young people in Huanchaco, Peru. In collaboration with FairMail, Otra Cosa Network has worked with the photographers to gather their stories and visual interpretations of the world around them.

This exhibition will showcase photographs depicting Otra Cosa Networt's work; a unique way of raising awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals; with young Peruvians sharing inspiring personal stories through photographs and videos, through a mini tour around England during November to December 2015. Otra Cosa Network is a small UK registered charity working in Northern Peru and in the UK.

OCN regards photography "colectivo" as a process that shows the potential of photography to engage participants in a critical reflection about current political, cultural and environmental issues as well as raising awareness about the Sustainable Development Goals.

You can see this exhibition at:

You can also coming to the London opening of the exhibition:

You are cordially invited to the opening of the “Our Voices” Photography Exhibition on Thursday the 12th of November at 6:00 pm. The venue is JCR at SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, London, WC1H 0XG. If you are unable to attending the opening the photo exhibition will run until the 18th of November 2015 at SOAS.
Please don’t hesitate to contact Juany Murphy by phone 07481767407 or email

Film Screening & Debate
Warwick Arts Centre cinema, University of Warwick
5 November 2015 | 18.00 - 20.20

Warwick Hispanic Studies and the Embassy of Argentina in London kindly invite you to a free film screening and debate:

Iluminados por el fuego (Blessed by Fire) (2005), a film directed by Tristán Bauer and based on Edgardo Esteban's novel Confessions of a Soldier Who Fought in the Malvinas (1993).

The film will be followed by a Q&A with Minister Gustavo Bobrik, Embassy Secretary Pedro López Godoy and expert on Latin American film Dr Santiago Oyarzabal (University of Warwick)

To reserve a FREE ticket, please email asap:

Science Fictions from Latin America: A History in Images
The Horse Hospital, Bloomsbury, London, WC1 1JD
14 November 2015 | 19.00 - 21.00

Free Event

We are pleased to announce that tickets are now available for the forthcoming event, ‘Science Fictions from Latin America: A History in Images’. This event forms part of the Being Human Festival 2015, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities. Four speakers - Dr Joanna Page (University of Cambridge), Dr María del Pilar Blanco (University of Oxford), Dr Ed King (University of Bristol) and Dr Carlos Fonseca (University of Cambridge) - will offer illustrated narrations of the history of science fiction in Latin America, describing both the development and diversity of different scientific imaginations across the ages.

For more information, and to book your free ticket, please visit:

This event was selected to be part of Being Human by the festival organisers, the School of Advanced Study, University of London, the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and the British Academy (BA) with the support from the Wellcome Trust. The event also forms part of the two-year, AHRC-funded Research Network, Science in Text and Culture in Latin America’, led by Dr Joanna Page (Cambridge) and Dr María del Pilar Blanco (Oxford). For more information on the Research Network’s activities, see:



Politics, Society and Culture in Post-Conflict Peru
Latin American Perspectives

A Preliminary Call for Manuscripts for a thematic issue on Politics, Society and Culture in Post-Conflict Peru
Issue editor: Jo-Marie Burt

DEADLINE Not given

In November 2000, the man who ruled over Peru for a decade, Alberto Fujimori, fled the country in disgrace, faxing his resignation from Japan, the homeland of his parents. A transitional government was sworn in and elections held the following year, inaugurating a transition process that promised to bring an end to the massive corruption that had characterized the Fujimori decade, restore democratic institutions and citizenship, and address the legacy of a twenty-year period marked by insurgent and state-sponsored political violence, polarization, and authoritarian rule.

A decade on from this transitional moment, superficially Peru seems to be a model of post-conflict reconstruction. Democracy has been restored, with free and fair elections since 2001, a fairly robust separation of powers, and a vibrant if cacophonous free press. The economy is booming; over the past several years Peru has been one of the world’s fastest growing economies, and the impact is felt throughout the country with a dramatic rise in consumer spending, construction projects, mega shopping centers, and the like. Poverty levels have been reduced significantly as well. The most damning legacies of the Fujimori period —corruption and human rights violations— were tackled head-on, with high-profile prosecutions of former presidents, ministers, and advisers; high-ranking members of the military; and high-profile business elites.

Scratch below the surface however, and the mirage of post-conflict success story fades away. Democratic restoration notwithstanding, Peruvian democracy receives very low approval ratings from its citizens. Political parties have not re-emerged from the ashes of the 1980s, leading to the domination of politics by amateur and semi-professional politicians, on the one hand, and powerful de facto institutions including powerful media groups, the military, business elites, and conservative Church authorities, on the other. The absence of a strong, organized political force is especially notable on the left. Authoritarian practices persist, including influence-peddling, executive interference in the judiciary, and use of security forces and states of emergency to repress social protest. The media continues to be dominated by right wing owners and tainted by the manipulation to which much of it was subject –and in many cases, willing participed in—during the Fujimori decade. Poverty remains deeply entrenched in some regions, particulary the Andes and the jungle regions, and inequality remains as entrenched as ever. Serious issues of ethnic and gender inequality remain. And the mechanisms to address the legacy of conflict in Peru have faltered: the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, considered internationally to be a model of transitional justice and post-conflict reconstruction, is widely maligned, and its policy proposals, from reparations for victims to trials of perpetrators of human rights violations, have faltered dramatically. In this context, it is perhaps not surprising that the former dictator’s daughter, Keiko Fujimori, nearly won the 2011 elections, or that armed groups once believed defeated are in resurgence, or the state –promises of “grand transformations” not withstanding— is reaching for repressive methods to quell social protest, maintain social order, and inhibit opposition groups.

This issue of Latin American Perspectives will evaluate political, economic, social and cultural developments in post-conflict Peru and address theoretical issues relevant to these topics. It invites reflections on the nature of the Peruvian political system and the difficulties and challenges of consolidating democratic governance in Peru. It also invites examination of the legacy of Peru’s neoliberal turn under Fujimori. How can we understand the persistence of the neoliberal hegemony in Peru, particularly given the shiftss in other Latin American countries towards other models of social and economic organization challenging the Washington Consensus? This is particularly puzzling given the fact that, as Peruvian commentators have wryly noted, presidents since 2001 have been elected thanks to their anti-neoliberal electoral platforms, but they conform to the neoliberal hegemony once in office. What are the consequences of the neoliberal hegemony for development and for democratic representation and citizenship?

Peru has a vibrant history of social movements. While political violence and the Fujimori dictatorship largely silenced social movement activism, the return of democracy has opened new spaces for collective action. Moreover, the context of neoliberal hegemony has given rise to numerous local and regional movements challenging neoliberalism and its effects on the ground, from local communities challenging the exploitation of their land and resources without prior consultation to regional efforts to prevent disruptive mega “development” projects such as the Trans Oceanic Highway. The issue of Latin American Perspectives welcomes contributions that evaluate the nature of social movement activism in Peru today, particularly focusing on movements that emphasize indigenous rights; environmental protection, especially relating to extractive industries; movements addressing issues of gender and sexual orientation; cultural movements and artists collectives; and the role of the non-profit sector in negotiating the terrain of state-society relations in post-conflict, neoliberal Peru.

The issue also welcomes manuscripts that reflect on the human rights question. These could address the legacy of the CVR and its historical interpretation of political violence in Peru, or examine the implementation of the specific public policies proposed by the CVR (reparations, memorial sites, criminal prosecutions of perpetrators of human rights abuses); or the unfulfilled promises of institutional and structural reforms proposed by the CVR. Essays could consider the human rights question in Peru today, given the widespread use of repression against social protest, the widespread abuse of practices such as preventive detention, extensive police violence, and the persistence of torture. Is the use of repression and states of emergency to “control” social protest simply a reflex of the past, or does it respond to a new logic of capitalist development in which foreign interests –particularly revolving around the extractive industries— hold a prime position in Peruvian politics and society? What if any are the connections between structures of impunity of the past and structures of impunity in the present?

This special issue of Latin American Perspectives calls for theoretically grounded, empirically rich papers from any disciplinary field working on the politics, society and culture of Peru.


Manuscripts should be no longer than 8,000 words of paginated, double-spaced 12 point text with 1 inch margins, including notes and references. The manuscript should include an abstract of no more than 100 words and 5 key words. Include a separate cover sheet with author identification, basic biographical and contact information, including e-mail and postal addresses. Please follow the LAP style guide which is available at under the “Submissions” tab. Please use the “About” tab for the LAP Mission Statement and details about the manuscript review process.

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. LAP will translate accepted manuscripts from Spanish or Portuguese to English. If you do not write in English with near native fluency, we prefer to receive the manuscript in your first language.

All manuscripts should be original work that has not been published in English and that is not being submitted to or considered for publication elsewhere in identical or similar form.

Please feel free to contact the issue editors with questions pertaining to the issue but be sure that manuscripts are sent by e-mail directly to the LAP office ( with the subject line – “Your name – MS for Peru issue”. In addition to electronic submission, US authors should submit two print copies to:

Managing Editor
Latin American Perspectives
P.O. Box 5703, Riverside, California 92517-5703.
Editor’s contact information: Jo-Marie Burt :

Contact Info:
Jo-Marie Burt, Ph.D
Director, Latin American Studies & Associate Professor of Politics
George Mason University
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Fairfax, VA 22030
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Transverberations: Iberian Mysticism in a Global Context
University of Manchester
5-6 February 2016

As the 5th centenary of the birth of Saint Teresa of Avila draws to a close, we aim to reassess the influence of Iberian mysticism on global cultures over a two-day conference that will be accompanied by a public reading by Espido Freire of her book, Para vos nací: un mes con Teresa de Jesús at the Instituto Cervantes, Manchester.

This conference will explore how mysticism has transgressed theological orthodoxy to become a cultural force across and beyond disciplines, genres, and cultures. The legacy of the mystical tradition has held traction not only across geographical spans but temporal ones; the mystic spirit reverberates through modern and contemporary art and literature. Indeed, mysticism impacted the overseas empires of the Iberian Peninsula, fusing together local beliefs with imported Catholic tradition, a fusion which still reverberates today in the prevailing spiritual and artistic practices of Latin America and the Lusophone world.

We welcome papers from all areas of the humanities, social sciences and fine arts which will inspire, challenge, and stretch our understanding of Iberian mysticism in a global context. We hope to attract papers and facilitate discussion on the following topics, though we certainly welcome other areas of inquiry:

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers in English. Please send you abstract of no more than 250 words and a short bio to by December 14th, 2015.

For further information, please see our website at or email

Unpacking Tourism for
Radical History Review, issue #129
by Thomas Harbison

DEADLINE 15 January 2016

Issue editors: Daniel Bender (University of Toronto), Steven Fabian (State University of New York at Fredonia), Jason Ruiz (University of Notre Dame), Daniel Walkowitz (New York University)

This issue of the Radical History Review will explore radical approaches to the study of tourism. As Hal Rothman has argued, tourism economies frequently represent a “devil’s bargain” between tourists and those that he and others have called the “toured upon.” We want to extend Rothman’s understanding of tourism to ask questions that speak to broader forms of human mobility, from those who tour as a leisure activity to the tourism as a colonial project. How do people and communities resist the exploitative aspects of the touristic encounter? How do the practices of tourism challenge or reinforce the “realness” of nation-states, ethnic groups, and other imagined communities?

Tourism represents a critical way of producing knowledge about the ‘Other,’ poverty, nature, and culture, and it is the task of radical historians to interrogate the underlying systems of power that shape that knowledge production. Tourism engages contested spaces and histories of those spaces, variously engaged by tourists, both local and foreign, and local residents, but also by curators and museum professionals, guides, and private and public agencies for which the project is a business as well as local, regional and national politicians. This issue seeks essays that engage these struggles and the diverse cultural, political, and economic sources contestants mobilize. It also interrogates the relationship between the knowledge produced by tourism in everyday life and of dominion such as empire.

This issue is interested in both the history of tourism and history in tourism. What kinds of narratives about modernity, folklore, and development are produced through the tourist encounters? How does tourism, as a global industry with its own capitalist and labor history, relate to other forms of ethnographic leisure, such as museums? How do local actors decide which historical narratives are privileged in the marketing of a place? How do tourists’ demands for authenticity, accessible infrastructure (including railroads, hotels, police, etc.), and adventure shape local and regional political economy? What modes of agency do the “locals” express—or lack—as they approach the touristic encounter?

We will bring together scholars from a variety of disciplinary and geographic locations to provide alternative histories of the touristic encounter. We are especially interested in essays that transcend national boundaries, asking big questions about tourism from a transnational perspective. Topics might include (but are not limited to):

The RHR seeks scholarly, monographic research articles, but we also encourage such non-traditional contributions as photo essays, film and book review essays, interviews, brief interventions, “conversations” between scholars and/or activists, and teaching notes and annotated course syllabi for our Teaching Radical History section.

Procedures for submission of articles: By January 15, 2016, please submit a 1-2 page abstract summarizing the article you wish as an attachment to with “Issue 129 Abstract Submission” in the subject line. By March 1, 2016, authors will be notified whether they should submit a full version of their article for peer review. The due date for full-length article submissions will be July 1, 2016.

Please send any images as low-resolution digital files embedded in a Word or PDF document along with the text. If chosen for publication, you will need to supply high-resolution image files (JPG or TIFF files at a minimum of 300 dpi) and secure permission to reprint the images.

Those articles selected for publication after the peer review process will be included in issue 129 of the Radical History Review, scheduled to appear in October, 2017.

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Dilemmas of Difference: Indigenous Women and the Limits of Postcolonial Development Policy.
by Sarah A. Radcliffe
Duke University Press


In Dilemmas of Difference Sarah A. Radcliffe explores the relationship of rural indigenous women in Ecuador to the development policies and actors that are ostensibly there to help ameliorate social and economic inequality.

Radcliffe finds that development policy's inability to recognize and reckon with the legacies of colonialism reinforces long-standing social hierarchies, thereby reproducing the very poverty and disempowerment they are there to solve. This ineffectiveness results from failures to acknowledge the local population's diversity and a lack of accounting for the complex intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, class, and geography. As a result, projects often fail to match beneficiaries' needs, certain groups are made invisible, and indigenous women become excluded from positions of authority.

Drawing from a mix of ethnographic fieldwork and postcolonial and social theory, Radcliffe centers the perspectives of indigenous women to show how they craft practices and epistemologies that critique ineffective development methods, inform their political agendas, and shape their strategic interventions in public policy debates.

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Feminist and Human Rights Struggles in Peru: Decolonizing Transitional Justice
by Pascha Bueno-Hansen
University of Illinois Press
£15.19* when you quote CSL15FHRP when you order

In 2001, following a generation of armed conflict and authoritarian rule, the Peruvian state created a Truth and Reconciliation Committee (TRC). Pascha Bueno-Hansen places the TRC, feminist and human rights movements, and related non-governmental organizations within an international and historical context to expose the difficulties in addressing gender-based violence. Her innovative theoretical and methodological framework based on decolonial feminism and a critical engagement with intersectionality facilitates an in-depth examination of the Peruvian transitional justice process based on field studies and archival research. Bueno-Hansen uncovers the colonial mappings and linear temporality underlying transitional justice efforts and illustrates why transitional justice mechanisms must reckon with the societal roots of atrocities, if they are to result in true and lasting social transformation. Original and bold, Feminist and Human Rights Struggles in Peru elucidates the tension between the promise of transitional justice and persistent inequality and impunity.

Pascha Bueno-Hansen is an assistant professor of women and gender studies and is affiliated with the Political Science and International Relations Department and the Latin American Studies Program at the University of Delaware.

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The Shared Society: A Vision for the Global Future of Latin America
by Alejandro Toledo
Stanford University Press
£16.79* when you quote CSL15SHSO when you order.

Latin America has gone through a major transformation in the past two decades. According to the United Nations, with the discovery of new oil and mineral deposits and increases in energy exports, manufacturing and tourism, Latin America's economic growth and development will only continue, foreign investment will increase, and the region's global influence will become greater and greater.

This is an historic opportunity for Latin America. Yet, as Stanford economist and former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo points out in his new book, The Shared Society, social strife threatens to undermine its recent economic and political progress. The specter of unsustainable growth and greed threatens to compromise the environment. Economic growth rates could slow and democracy could deteriorate into familiar forms of authoritarian populism.

In The Shared Society, Toledo, whose tenure as president of Peru helped spur its economic renaissance, develops a plan for a future Latin America in which its population is not only much better off economically than today, but in which the vast 40 percent of Latin America's poor and marginalized are incorporated into a rising middle class, democratic institutions work more effectively, and the extraordinary ecosystem of Latin America is preserved. This is Toledo's vision for a just, sustainable, and prosperous shared society.

To achieve this, Toledo lays out a set of principles and concrete, implementable ideas with which Latin Americans can reinvent themselves as a leading force for change in a continuously globalizing society beset by inequalities and global problems such as climate change and shortages of clean drinkable water, food security, human rights violations and weak democratic institutions. Toledo argues that only extraordinary efforts of vision, determination, courage and inspired leadership will set Latin America on the path to inclusive development, and this book provides a visionary manifesto and blueprint for creating that ideal shared society.

Dr. Alejandro Toledo (Stanford Ph.D) was democratically elected President of Peru in 2001. After finishing his term as President, Toledo returned to Stanford, where he was a Distinguished Fellow in Residence at the University's Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and also a Payne Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at the Freeman Spogli Institute's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. Simultaneously, Dr. Toledo founded and continues to serve as the President of the Global Center for Development and Democracy in Washington, DC. In 2009–2010 Dr. Toledo was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C., and also a Non-Resident Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy and Global Economy and Development at the Brookings Institution. In recent years, Dr. Toledo has published on policy-oriented academic issues related to Economic Growth, Inclusiveness and Democracy.


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Global Challenges Fellowship

DEADLINE 23 November 2015, 11.59pm Central European Time, GMT+1

The School of Public Policy (SPP) and the Institute for Advanced Study at Central European University (CEU IAS) in Budapest, and the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin are collaborating on a unique fellowship program that seeks to bridge policy theory and practice to generate mutually beneficial and groundbreaking exchanges between the two areas. The goal is to encourage fresh perspectives on some of the most pressing global public policy challenges by forging closer ties between policy practitioners and academics from Europe and outside the “established West.”  See detailed information here.

Applicants must:

See detailed information here.
Please send questions, including those regarding applications, to

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships Opportunities
UCL, Institute of the Americas

DEADLINE 4 January 2016

UCL-Institute of the Americas would like to welcome expressions of interest for the 2016/17 Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships.

You may also be interested in other types of fellowships available at UCL Institute of the Americas:

To submit your expression of interest for any of these schemes, please complete this application form (Word doc) and email it along with two referee reports to Oscar Martinez at UCL-Institute of the Americas (

The Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships

About The Leverhulme Trust

The Leverhulme Trust was established in 1925 under the Will of the First Viscount Leverhulme with the instruction that its resources should be used to support “scholarships for the purposes of research and education.” Since that time, the Trust has provided funding for research projects, fellowships, studentships, bursaries and prizes.

The Trust places special weight on:

  • The originality of the projects put to them
  • The significance of the proposed work
  • The ability to judge and take appropriate risk in the project
  • The removal of barriers between traditional disciplines.

The Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences has approved the submission of 4 applications for this funding.


Applicants must not yet have held a full-time permanent academic post in a UK university or comparable UK institution, nor may Fellows hold such a post concurrently with the Early Career Fellowship. Those in receipt of a stipendiary Fellowship may not hold this at the same time as an Early Career Fellowship. Applicants who have existing funding in place for a duration equivalent to or greater than the duration of the Early Career Fellowship should not apply.

Applications are invited from those with a doctorate who had their doctoral viva not more than five years from the application closing date. Hence those who had their viva before 10 March 2011 are not eligible unless they have since had a career break. Those wishing to make a case for a career break should present the case for interruption by a period of maternity leave, family commitments, illness, or other exceptional circumstances.

Applicants must either hold a degree from a UK higher education institution at the time of taking up the Fellowship or at the time of application must hold an academic position in the UK (e.g. fixed-term lectureship, fellowship). The Research Awards Advisory Committee believes that the development of an academic career is best served by gaining experience at different institutions. Applicants who have not already moved institutions in the course of their academic career should normally nominate a new host institution, or otherwise demonstrate clear evidence of the academic reasons for remaining at the same institution, such as access to highly specialist equipment or a highly specialised research team. The intention is to support the career development of those building an academic career within the UK.

The matching funding contributed by the host institution must be drawn from generally available funds and must not be associated with any other grants received by the institution. The host department must secure the matching funding for the applicant before the closing date. Applications that do not meet these conditions are ineligible and will be rejected.

A candidate may submit only one application per year. Previously unsuccessful applicants may reapply. Candidates may not apply for both an Early Career Fellowship and a Study Abroad Studentship in the same year.


The Trust will contribute 50% of each Fellow's total salary costs up to a maximum of £24,000 per annum and the balance is to be paid by the host institution.

Given the prestige of the awards each Fellow may request annual research expenses of up to £6,000 to further his or her research activities. Please ensure that applications do not include any of the ineligible costs listed here.

Application Process

Application forms can be accessed through The Leverhulme Trust online application system.

Each application submitted to the Faculty Office by Departments should include a complete Leverhulme application form. Applications not on the Leverhulme application form will be deemed ineligible and will not be considered.

Applicants should contact staff members in the relevant department to act as their mentor and assist them with the preparation of their application.


Point of Contact

Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership PhD Studentships in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

DEADLINE 11 January 2016

The Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership invites top-calibre applicants to apply to its doctoral studentships competition 2015. Up to fifty fully-funded doctoral studentships are available across the full range of arts and humanities subjects, including Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies.

Northern Bridge is an exciting, AHRC-funded collaboration between Newcastle University, Durham University and Queen’s University Belfast. Our aim is to deliver outstanding doctoral education in the arts and humanities, and successful applicants will join a thriving cohort of almost fifty Northern Bridge PhD students recruited through last year’s studentship competition. Northern Bridge offers exceptional supervision by academic staff researching at the cutting edge of their disciplines, vibrant research environments that promote interdisciplinary enquiry, and research training and career development opportunities tailored to the needs of twenty-first century researchers.

Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies offers supervision in the following areas:

Subject contact: Dr. Patricia Oliart (

Please see our website for more information about the School of Modern Languages at Newcastle.

Northern Bridge students benefit from our close partnerships with prestigious local and national organisations in the cultural, heritage, broadcasting, and government sectors. Our partners provide a wide range of placement, research, and training opportunities, and currently comprise: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art; BBC Northern Ireland; Belfast City Council; Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure NI; Durham Cathedral; National Media Museum; New Writing North; Newcastle City Council; Sage Gateshead; Seven Stories National Centre for Children’s Books; The Bowes Museum; Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums; and Wordsworth Trust.

We provide a comprehensive and attractive package of financial support over the duration of study, which incorporates:

For further details, please see the Northern Bridge website:

AHRC Midlands3Cities funding for UK/EU students

DEADLINE 12 January 2016

The Midlands3Cities doctoral training partnership is a collaboration between the universities of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent, Leicester, De Montfort, Birmingham and Birmingham City. The DTP is in the third of five years, awarding up to 89 PhD Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentships for UK/EU applicants for 2016 entry. M3C provides research candidates with cross-institutional mentoring, expert supervision (including cross-institutional supervision where appropriate), subject-specific and generic training, and professional support in preparing for a career.

The Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies at the University of Nottingham is inviting applications from students whose research interests include:

The deadline for AHRC M3C funding applications is 12 January 2016, by which time students must have applied for a place to study and have provided two references to a university within the DTP.

For full details of eligibility, funding and research supervision areas (including use of the supervision search tool) please visit or contact

Information and proposal-writing workshops will be hosted in each of the three partner cities. Register for the workshop in Nottingham (taking place on 21st November) through eventbrite

Studentship competition for the MPhil in Latin American Studies
University of Cambridge

The Centre of Latin American Studies, in partnership with Robinson College, Cambridge, is offering a fully funded studentship for the MPhil in Latin American Studies for entry in October 2016. The award, which draws on the Centre’s Simón Bolívar Fund, is available to a Home/EU student and covers all fees and a maintenance grant. All eligible applicants who submit their application by 6 January will automatically be considered for the studentship. The successful award-holder will become a member of Robinson College on admission to the University.
The hallmarks of the MPhil in Latin American Studies at Cambridge are the breadth of the disciplines it covers – politics, history, economics, sociology, development, anthropology, literature, cinema and visual arts – and the opportunities it offers for individual supervision with experts in the field, drawn from one of the largest communities of researchers on Latin America within the UK. See for more details of the course.

Robinson is one of the newest of the university’s colleges, located within a short walk from the Centre of Latin American Studies, and it provides first-rate accommodation, modern facilities and a diverse graduate community, within a beautiful garden setting. See for more information.

For details of how to apply and a link to the application form, see The successful applicant will be notified by mid-March. For details of further funding opportunities for the MPhil, see