SLAS E-Newsletter, October 2015

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

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




Cantos Cautivos
A Cultural Memory Archive

Cantos Cautivos is a new cultural memory resource. This archive compiles songs and experiences around songs that were written, sung and listened to in political detention and torture centres in Chile during Pinochet’s dictatorship. Cantos Cautivos is the first online resource providing content related to music and dictatorship in Latin America. The Chilean Museum of Memory and Human Rights and former political prisoners were my associates in developing this project.

Whilst most of the archive's materials are witnesses' accounts from former political prisoners, there is also a number of inter-generational records. Accounts contains memories around songs that originated in a range of countries (at present Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, the Ukraine, the U.K., Uruguay, the U.S., Venezuela and the former Yugoslavia), covering a range of genres (Nueva Canción, tango, bolero, cumbia, ranchera, romantic ballad, easy listening, rock, pop, blues, chanson, cabaret, music from films, anthems, military marches and pieces from the conservatory tradition).

Please feel free to use this material in your research and teaching. As this is an ongoing project, if you know potential contributors based anywhere in the world, please do encourage them to share their memories via the website and /or get in touch with us ( /

At present Cantos Cautivos is low on Spanish-language resources on the links page (, so again, if you're aware of any website specific to music and political violence in Spanish language that is accessible to non academics, please let us know (we tend not to include individual articles).

If you have any comments or suggestions to improve the site, please contact Dr Katia Chornik

Early Career Social Scientist Survey
The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and UCL Institute of Education

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) are trying to understand the experiences and issues faced by early-career social scientists. To do this they have commissioned a survey from researchers at the UCL Institute of Education. The aim of the research is to enable improvements to be made to existing support for early-career social scientists before, during and after their doctoral studies.

The definition of exactly who is an early-career social scientist is to be left up to potential respondents to self-identify themselves as part of this group; as long as they have a doctorate or equivalent. Please note, we are not targeting current doctoral students.

If you wish to take the survey, or if you believe you know of other people who should, please use this or pass on this URL It should take no more than 20 minutes to complete the survey, and all information recieved will be of great use. This link will remain active until 11th November 2015.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact a member of the research team (details below). Many thanks in advance for all your help.

The research team

CASA Latin American Theatre Festival 2015
Barbican & Rich Mix, London
2-11 October 2015

The award-winning festival returns with a politically-charged programme and special focus on Mexico for its ninth year

From 2–11 October, CASA Latin American Theatre Festival returns to the Barbican and Rich Mix for another world-class programme, with this year's politically-charged line-up including a special Mexican focus as part of the 2015 Year of UK-Mexico. Originally inspired by Buenos Aires’ Casas de la Cultura – literally homes converted to makeshift arts centres –CASA has a loyal following after 9 years presenting over 40 international works, and this year expects to welcome over 3,000 visitors into its unique, celebratory world.

This year marks the Festival's first regional focus, with five Mexican UK premieres from leading artists supported by The Anglo-Mexican Foundation and national Embassies. Exploring central themes of love, sex, politics and environmental change, together the shows delve deep into the heart of the nation.

The Barbican's Pit Theatre hosts Los Guggenheim's The Love of the Fireflies (El amor de las luciérnagas), a surreal romantic comedy from leading playwright Alejandro Ricaño; and Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol's I’ll Melt the Snow Off a Volcano with a Match (Derriteré con un cerillo la nieve de un volcán), a startling account of the decades of corruption, intimidation and violence sustaining Mexico's governing party, the PRI.

The Rich Mix programme includes Border Mass (Misa Fronteriza) by Gorguz Teatro and Universiteatro, a ritualistic musical set on the Mexican-US border, direct from an acclaimed run at Mexico's National Theatre Festival; Colectivo Alebrije's Apart (Aparte), following a young generation's journey under the skin of their past to find hope for the future; and Montserrat, an autobiographical thriller by celebrated artist Gabino Rodriguez investigating his mother's mysterious death from Mexico to Costa Rica via London.

Also on sale this week is the return of the Nuestra CASA Scratch Night, now firmly established as a powerhouse of new Latin American work in the UK. Recent winners have included Fringe First Award- winner Juana in A Million and last year's Three Weeks Editor's Award winner Manuelita, with five new companies competing for this year's prize.

Further international premieres are still to be announced alongside artist masterclasses and community events. And always as much a party as a theatre Festival, the full programme will also include CASA's legendary line-up of food, drink, live music and dancing.

CASA Artistic Director Daniel Goldman said: ‘This year's Mexican focus is the first time CASA has been able to dig so deep and offer such a rich panorama from one country. The result is a bold, heart-breaking, darkly comic look at love, life and death in Mexico today. I'm sure UK audiences will find their own personal stories reflected in this world-class selection of shows.'

Friday 2 – Sunday 11 October 2015. Barbican & Rich Mix Full programme details at: All performances are surtitled where appropriate.



IHR Latin American History Seminar Series: Lost in Translation?: Brazil, AIDS, Antiretrovirals and Global Health
University of London, Peter Marshall Room, 204, IHR second floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU
6 October 2015 | 17.30 - 19.00

Marcos Cueto (Casa de Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz, Brazil) - Since the 1990s, when the struggle against AIDS was marked by the use of antiretroviral medicines, Brazil set a global example. In a neo-liberal context, the Brazilian AIDS programme articulated the support of governmental agencies and NGOs, emphasized human rights and challenged pharmaceutical companies by developing and distributing generic antiretrovirals.

For more information please contact the IHR directly:

Lecture: Inequality in the Americas: An International Perspective
UCL Institute of the Americas - 51 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PN
7 October 2015 | 17.30 - 19.00

Andres Solimano (International Center for Globalization and Development, Santiago de Chile) - The presentation will provide recent empirical evidence on inequality in the US, Canada and Latin America (Gini coefficients, top 1 percent shares, top 10 percent) and discuss trends and evolution comparing the Americas with Europe, OECD and main emerging markets. The presentation will highlight the role of taxation systems, wage formation, globalization, wealth concentration and other factors including relevant features of economic elites, the middle class and working class in the making of social inequality.

Andres Solimano holds a PH.D in Economics from MIT and is Founder and President of the International Center for Globalization and Development in Santiago, Chile. He was Country Director at the World Bank and Executive Director at the InterAmerican Development Bank and Regional Advisor at UN-ECLAC. His most recent books include Economic Elites, Crisis and Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2014); Elites Economicas, Crisis y el Capitalismo del Siglo 21 (Fondo de Cultura Economica, 2015); Chile and the Neoliberal Trap (Cambridge University Press, 2012).

Attendance is free of charge but registration is required:

Research Seminar Series 2015
University of Sheffield, Department of Hispanic Studies
Autumn Term, Wednesdays | 17.00 onward

Seminars take place Wednesdays at 5pm in the Jessop West Building (Room G.03, Ground Floor). Research papers are given by staff and postgraduates at different stages in their career, from both Sheffield and other institutions, and are followed by questions and discussion. All welcome, including undergraduates and external visitors. For further details, please contact professor Professor Phil Swanson

Gunter Silva (Peruvian writer)
'Reflexiones sobre identidad, inmigración y frontera'
7 October 2015

James Hawkey (Bristol)
‘Language Policy Challenges Facing Catalan Speakers on Both Sides of the Spanish-French Border’
4 November 2015

Penelope Plaza Azuaje (City University London)
‘Sembrando petróleo en el espacio público: PDVSA La Estancia and the imaginaries of petrosocialism in Sabana Grande Boulevard’
11 November 2015

Kumar Mangalam Pathak (Santiago de Compostela)
‘Counter-Telling the US-Mexico Border: Codex Espangliensis’
9 December 2015

Sarah Wright (Royal Holloway)
‘Spectral Sounds and Voices in Fernando Guzzoni’s Carne de perro/Dogflesh (Chile/France/Germany, 2012)’
16 December 2015

UCL Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies Research Seminar Series.
UCL, Foster Court (Third Floor), Room 307, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT
7 of October | 17.00 onward

Jason Wilson
: Jorge Luis Borges and W. H. Hudson

I will glance at how much Borges knew about W. H. Hudson. He first mentioned Hudson’s work in 1925 as ‘más nuestras que una pena’ and last mentions him in 1952. He read him in English, but saw him as part of the ‘tragedia gauchesca’. But what did he read and who was Hudson?

All welcome. The seminar will be followed by a wine reception.

Seminar: Newfoundland, North America and the British Empire, 1900-1914
UCL Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PN
12 October 2015 | 18.30 - 20.00

James K. Hiller (Emeritus; Memorial University of Newfoundland) - Newfoundland is often overlooked in studies of international and imperial relations in the early 20th century, or treated as a marginal player. During the premiership of Sir Robert Bond (1900-1909), however, the colony raised some important issues of principle concerning the treaty rights of French and United States fishermen in Newfoundland waters, and the relationship between a colony with responsible government and the British authorities. These disputes, especially that with the United States, necessarily involved Canada as well.

This seminar presentation surveys these issues from a Newfoundland perspective and examines the tense relationship that developed between the Bond government and the Colonial Office in London. It was a clash between colonial nationalism on the one hand and imperial priorities and policies on the other. Both disputes were eventually resolved by negotiation (France) and arbitration (United States), and helped define the colony’s future and its relationship with its neighbours and with Britain.

James Hiller was educated in England, gaining a BA in History at Oxford and a PhD at Cambridge as well as an MA at Memorial University in St John’s, Newfoundland. He then joined the History Department at Memorial University where he remained until his retirement. He is now a Professor Emeritus at Memorial. Though he taught in various areas, his research focused on the history of both Labrador and Newfoundland. The author and editor of a large number of books and articles, he has looked especially at the Moravian Mission in Labrador and other aspects of that territory’s history, as well as aspects of the history of Newfoundland in during the period that it possessed responsible government (1855-1934). He has also studied the move towards confederation with Canada in the late 1940s. His current work examines the premiership of Sir Robert Bond, 1900-1909, when the then quasi-independent Colony of Newfoundland was at its most assertive.

Attendance to this event is free of charge but registration is required. Refreshments available from 18:00; presentation starts at 18:30:

Andean Studies Seminar: "From the Curaca’s Point of View: Indian Administration and Political Strategies in Macha (Bolivia), 1930-1964"
Room 349 (3rd floor), Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU
14 October 2015 | 18.00 19.30

The ILAS Andean Studies Seminar (ILAS-ASS) is a global academic forum for advanced interdisciplinary research on the Andean region of South America, broadly defined to include the territories of present-day Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, and Chile. The Seminar seeks to promote research and debate that connects specialized Andean and Area Studies scholarship with global and theoretical questions. As the only such permanent seminar in the UK and Europe, ILAS-ASS seeks both (1) to provide a cosmopolitan outlet for UK-based and European-based scholars of the Andean region, and (2) a welcoming base in London for Andeanists from the Americas and around the globe. Scholars young and old wishing to participate in the seminar are invited to contact the convenors. Convenors: Dr. Mark Thurner, Chair (ILAS-SAS), Professor Emeritus Tristan Platt (St Andrews), Professor Rebecca Earle (Warwick), Dr. Paulo Drinot (UCL).

For further information about the series, please visit

IHR North American History Seminar Series: Isolationism as an Urban Legend
Room 1.03, Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PN
15 October 2015 | 17.30 onward

Kristin Hoganson (Professor of History at the University of Illinois and Harmsworth Visiting Professor of American History, University of Oxford) - UCL Institute of the Americas is pleased to host this seminar, part of the Institute of Historical Research North American History Series.

Attendance is free of charge. For enquiries relating to this seminar please contact Alex Goodall:

Latin American Anthropology Seminar Series
Room 234, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU
22 October 2015 | 17.30 19.30

Inaugural lecture: “Revolutionary Personhood in Contemporary Cuba”, by Martin Holbraad (University College London)

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 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 (

Public Seminar and Book Launch: Cuba’s Cultural Policy
Room G37 (Ground Floor), Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU
22 October 2015 | 18.00 20.00

This event is organised in association with the The International Institute for the Study of Cuba (IISC)

Convenor: Dr Stephen Wilkinson, IISC

Join Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt, author of the new book: To Defend the Revolution Is to Defend Culture: The Cultural Policy of the Cuban Revolution (full details of the book can be seen below), for an evening of discussion and debate about the achievements of the Cuban revolution ion the cultural sphere.

Afterwards there will be an opportunity to buy copies at the discounted price of £15.00.

This event is organised in association with the Institute of Latin American Studies

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

To Defend the Revolution Is to Defend Culture: The Cultural Policy of the Cuban Revolution
Author: Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt
Foreword by Jorge Fornet
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 978-1-62963-104-2

Grounded in painstaking research, To Defend the Revolution Is to Defend Culture revisits the circumstances which led to the arts being embraced at the heart of the Cuban Revolution. Introducing the main protagonists to the debate, this previously untold story follows the polemical twists and turns that ensued in the volatile atmosphere of the 1960s and ’70s. The picture that emerges is of a struggle for dominance between Soviet-derived approaches and a uniquely Cuban response to the arts under socialism. The latter tendency, which eventually won out, was based on the principles of Marxist humanism. As such, this book foregrounds emancipatory understandings of culture.

To Defend the Revolution Is to Defend Culture takes its title from a slogan – devised by artists and writers at a meeting in October 1960 and adopted by the First National Congress of Writers and Artists the following August – which sought to highlight the intrinsic importance of culture to the Revolution. Departing from popular top-down conceptions of Cuban policy-formation, this book establishes the close involvement of the Cuban people in cultural processes and the contribution of Cuba’s artists and writers to the policy and praxis of the Revolution. Ample space is dedicated to discussions that remain hugely pertinent to those working in the cultural field, such as the relationship between art and ideology, engagement and autonomy, form and content. As the capitalist world struggles to articulate the value of the arts in anything other than economic terms, this book provides us with an entirely different way of thinking about culture and the policies underlying it.

Beyond Good Business: Advocating for women's rights in the context of natural resource extraction
Room G22/26 (Ground Floor), Senate House, South Block, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
26 October 2015 | 09.00 - 18.30

Kindly organised by The Latin American Mining Monitoring Programme (LAMMP)

9.00 Registration
9.30 Welcome and Keynote from Ms. Suzanne Spears, International Business and Human Rights Counsel
10.30 Panel 1: Global challenges and issues affecting rural and indigenous women in communities impacted by natural resource extraction.
  Melania Chiponda, Projects Coordinator Chiadzwa Community Development Trust
Mining, land grabs and compensation: challenges for rural women in Zimbabwe
Esperanza Salazar, Coordinator at Bios Iguana
A climate of violence: experiences from a woman human rights defender in a mine community in Mexico
Jane Lingbawan Yap-Eo, Executive Director Centre for Development Programs in the Cordillera
Impacts of mining on the lives and rights of indigenous women in the Philippines
Chair: Ainhoa Montoya, PhD, Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London
11.45 Coffee
12.00 Panel 2: Exploring strategies to prevent and mitigate negative impacts on women's rights in the context of natural resource extraction
  Yolanda Oquelí, Woman Human Rights Defender, Guatemala
Demanding consent: Women's perspectives on company's engagement with communities in Guatemala
Nancy Lipson, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Newmont Mining Corporation
Analysis of the gender dimension of social and human rights impact assessments and specific business activities targeted at women
Speaker 3 TBC
Protecting women human rights defenders impacted by the extractive industry: The EU's role in promoting and strengthening Democracy (tbc)
Chair: Dr. Julian Burger, School of Advanced Studies, University of London
13.15 Lunch
14.15 Panel 3: Accessing remedy and demanding justice: a gendered-perspective
  Rumana Hashem, Founder and Coordinator of Phulbari Solidarity Group
Women's contribution to resistance and demands for remedy and accountability
Ume Wainetti, National Convenor for the Family and Sexual Violence Commitee (FSVAC) in Papua New Guinea
Sexual violence and remedy: implementation of the "Olgeta Meri Igat Raits" ("All women have rights") Remedy Framework, remediation to women at the Porgera Mine in Papua New Guinea.
Monica Fería Tinta, Barrister at 20 Essex Street Chambers
Making a case for women's rights in the context of natural resource extraction: Emerging challenges for litigations
Chair: Ingrid Gubbay, Hausfeld
15.30 Coffee
15.40 Closing remarks by Dr. Katy Jenkins, Co-Director of the Centre of International Development, University of Northumbria
16.30 Drinks Reception

For information please e-mail or visit

Registration: (£10 for students, £25 for non-students):

Panel discussion: Argentina: analysing the results of the General Elections
UCL Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PN
27 October 2015 | 17.30 - 19.30

The UCL Institute of Americas is delighted to announce this event featuring post-election commentary by Ana Margheritis (University of Southampton), Celia Szusterman (The Institute for Statecraft) and Francisco Panizza (London School of Economics). The speakers will also answer questions from the audience.

The outcome of the 2015 general elections in Argentina to be held on 25th October will decide the composition of the legislative bodies and the new president if no run-off round is necessary. With the current president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, constitutionally barred from running again, and the results of the primaries in August, the scenario is still disputed between the main political coalitions. The Institute of Americas will take stock of the results of this election and the domestic and international implications of these results. The event will take the form of a round-table discussion and cover the political climate, and prospects for the country and the region among other matters.

Ana Margheritis (University of Southampton)
Ana Margheritis is Reader in International Relations and member of the Centre of Citizenship, Globalization and Governance at the University of Southampton. Previously she was Assistant Professor of International Relations and Latin American Politics at University of Florida. She is the author of Argentina’s Foreign Policy. Domestic Politics and Democracy Promotion in the Americas (2010); Ajuste y reforma en Argentina, 1989-1995: La economía política de las privatizaciones (1999), and volume XI of Historia de Las Relaciones Exteriores de la República Argentina, 1943-1989 (within a series of fifteen volumes, with Carlos Escudé et al., 1998).

Celia Szusterman (The Institute for Statecraft and UCL-IA affiliate)
Celia Szusterman is the director of the Latin America Programme at the Institute for Statecraft. She was principal lecturer in Spanish and Latin American studies at the University of Westminster; is a senior member of St Antony's College, Oxford; associate fellow of the UCL Institute of the Americas; and a trustee of the UK board of Pro-Mujer. From 1999-2001 Celia was Director of the Argentine Studies Programme at St Antony's College and she is also a Trustee of APARU, the Association of Argentine Professionals in the UK. Her publications include Frondizi and the Politics of Developmentalism in Argentina, 1955-62 (Macmillan/University of Pittsburgh Press, 1993), revised as Frondizi o la política del desconcierto (Emecé Argentina, 1996); and “‘Que se Vayan Todos!’ The Struggle for Democratic Party Politics in Contemporary Argentina”, in Paul Webb & Stephen White, eds., Party Politics in New Democracies [Oxford University Press, 2007]).

Francisco Panizza (London School of Economics)
Francisco Panizza is professor of comparative and Latin American politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is co-editor of the Routledge book series Conceptualising Comparative Politics. He is the author of Contemporary Latin America: Development and Democracy Beyond the Washington Consensus (Zed 2009), co-author of The Triumpth of Politics: The Return of the Left in Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador (Polity 2011), editor of Populism and the Mirror of Democracy (Verso 2005) and co-editor of Moments of Truth: The Politics of Financial Crises in Comparative Perspective (Routledge 2013).

This event will be chaired by Juan Grigera (UCL Institute of Americas) and is brought to you with the support of the Argentina Research Network UK (ARN). Attendance is free of charge but seating is limited and so registration is required:

Lecture: The Chilean road to capitalism: the role of agrarian reform and peasant revolt before the coup
UCL Institute of the Americas - 51 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PN
28 October 2015 | 17.30 - 19.30

Jose Bengoa (Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiano, Chile) - This lecture explains the triumph of capitalism in Chile from a historical perspective that emphasises the system of agrarian domination and its destruction by the Agrarian Reform and the peasant revolts of the period that occurred between 1967 and 1973.

The Agrarian Reform was the most important process of social change in twentieth century Chile. The system of rural servitude, known as ‘inquilinaje’, was for centuries the model of domination, subordination and integration which underlay the hierarchies of class, gender, ethnicity and race, as well as the morality of the whole society. Between 1967 and 1973 the hacienda system that had existed in the country since the Spanish Colony was destroyed. The peasant revolt was eventually brutally crushed, but it brought about the end of the monopoly of the oligarchy over landed property and the dissolution and transformation of the former servile classes into a labour force of temporary workers. On this foundation the new successful agrarian export capitalism was built, a free market in land and a mass of nearly half a million mainly women workers and seasonal workers who follow the harvest seasons up and down the country.

José Bengoa is one of Chile’s leading intellectuals. Professor of the School of Anthropology and Director of the Academia de Humanismo Cristiano in Santiago de Chile. He has held the Pablo Neruda Professorship at the University of Sorbonne, the Andrés Bello Professorship at the University of Leiden, as well as Visiting Professorships in Salamanca, Indiana University (Bloomington) and at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. For two decades he was a member of the United Nations Sub-Commission on the Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities. He was the President of the Comisión Especial de Pueblos Indígenas which drew up the Ley Indígena of 1993.

His many published books include Historia del Pueblo Mapuche (1985), Historia de los antiguos mapuches del sur (2007), La emergencia indígena en América Latina (2000) and most recently Historia Rural de Chile Central.

Attendance is free of charge but registration is required:

Andean Studies Seminar: "Weaving and Tailoring the Andean Church"
Room G37 (Ground Floor), Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU
28 October 2015
| 18.00 onward

The ILAS Andean Studies Seminar (ILAS-ASS) is a global academic forum for advanced interdisciplinary research on the Andean region of South America, broadly defined to include the territories of present-day Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, and Chile. The Seminar seeks to promote research and debate that connects specialized Andean and Area Studies scholarship with global and theoretical questions. As the only such permanent seminar in the UK and Europe, ILAS-ASS seeks both (1) to provide a cosmopolitan outlet for UK-based and European-based scholars of the Andean region, and (2) a welcoming base in London for Andeanists from the Americas and around the globe. Scholars young and old wishing to participate in the seminar are invited to contact the convenors. Convenors: Dr. Mark Thurner, Chair (ILAS-SAS), Professor Emeritus Tristan Platt (St Andrews), Professor Rebecca Earle (Warwick), Dr. Paulo Drinot (UCL).

For further information about the series, please visit

Cultural transfers between Latin America and Europe: books, periodicals and plays
The Haldane Room, University College London, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT
2-3 November 2015 | 09.00 - 17.00

2 November 2015
09:15 Welcome
09:30 Plenary Lecture 1
  Márcia Abreu (UNICAMP)
Connecting people through books: a cultural revolution
10:30 Coffee
11:00 Panel 1: Circulation of novels and plays
  Sandra Vasconcelos (UNESP)
Displacements and decenterings: the case of the novel
Alexandro Paixão (UNICAMP)
Novels in Rio de Janeiro: the literary taste between the logic of space and the dynamics of time
Orna Messer Levin (UNICAMP)
Theatrical culture in Rio de Janeiro: French repertory
Chair: Shafquat Towheed (Open University)
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Panel 2: Culture mediators
  João Luís Lisboa (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
From publishing to the publisher: Portugal and the changes in the world of print in the nineteenth century
Granja (UNESP)
Crossing a century: printers, booksellers and publishers in nineteenth century Brazil
Isabel Lustosa (Fundação Casa de Rui Barbosa)
Hipólito Costa and correio braziliense
Chair: Prof. Iain Stevenson (UCL)
15:30 Coffee
16:00 Plenary Lecture 2
  Roger Chartier (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales)
‘Authorship, literary field, and the reading revolution: A genealogy of nineteenth century ‘cultural revolution’
17:00 Book Launch
  The Cultural Revolution of the Nineteenth Century: Theatre, the Book-Trade and Reading inthe Transatlantic World (I. B. Tauris)
3 November 2015
10:00 Plenary Lecture 3
  Claire Lindsay (UCL)
The magazine, the store, and the archive
11:00 Coffee
11:30 Panel 3: Cultural exchanges through periodicals, 19th century
  Adelaide Machado and Júlio Rodrigues da Silva (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
Representations of the world and alterity in the global daily world as read through the press
Eliana de Freitas Dutra (UFMG)
The Revue des Deux Mondes in the context of transatlantic exchange
Ana Cláudia Suriani da Silva (UCL)
Fashion, cultural transfers and history of the book
Chair: Felipe Botelho (Kings College)
13:00 Lunch
14:30 Panel 4: Cultural exchanges through periodicals – 20th century
  Tania de Luca (UNESP)
Magazines and the writing of history: some interpretative challenges
Camilla Sutherland (UCL)
"Un universo pequeño": the reception of Latin American women artists' work in print media (1920-1930)
Maria Chiara D'Argenio (Kings College)
"De la mazamorra al té inglés": local picturesque vs cosmopolitanism in the Peruvian magazine (1931)
Chair: Aquiles Alencar-Brayner (British Library)
16:00 Coffee
16:30 Plenary Lecture 4
  Jean Yves-Mollier (Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines)
‘Sources and methods in the history of the book, publishing and reading’
17:30 END

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

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. These conflicts were bloody and totalizing marked by a desire to annihilate one’s enemy that was utterly and completely widespread. Fear was used by insurgents and agents of the state alike. It was not a just as tactical component of warfare but as an essential and intrinsic part of modern nation-building that took place alongside the process of emancipation. Wars to the Death can be seen in many corners and campaigns from the Great Andean Rebellion of the 1780s through the clash between Castelli and Goyeneche in Upper Peru (today Bolivia in 1811) to the strange case of Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia in Paraguay until his death in 1840. This talk will consider the violent conflagrations linked to identity projects launched by Jean-Jacques Dessalines in Haiti in 1802-1804, Mexico’s Hidalgo Revolt and counterinsurgency struggle of 1810-1811, the famous Venezuelan and New Granadan War to the Death of 1813-14, and in the events of the Chilean Reconquest from 1814-1817.

Karen Racine is Associate Professor of History, University of Guelph.

For more information please contact the IHR directly:

'Transgressing the Borders of Literary Theory’
LALSA Annual Conference 2015
York St John University
12-13 November 2015

DEADLINE 1 November 2015

Realising that literature usually takes the backseat to politics, national identity, modernity, economy, tourism, etc. in most conferences LALSA was created with the aim of providing an open forum for the scholars, students and aficionados of Latin American literature; from pre-Columbian times to present day. LALSA’s mission is to promote both the works of literature and the studies of these works to the academic community and general public.

The Association will hold its third annual conference on 12-13 November 2015, at York St John University, in the heart of York ( The conference features contributions from scholars and students of Latin American literature. This year, the theme of the conference is ‘Transgressing the Borders of Literary Theory’ and the presentations will feature texts that are both well and less well known. The keynote will be given by Ben Bollig (University of Oxford), on the topic ‘The New Lyric: Poetry and Politics in Contemporary Argentina’. The full and final details of the conference can be read about in the programme, below.

Please note that accommodation is not included in conference registration. For information on local hotels and B&Bs, please visit: (University Postcode Y031 7EX) (York Town/City Page)

If you have any questions please contact Victoria Carpenter ( or Looking forward to seeing you in Derby in November!

Registration for the conference is now open. To access the online shop please go to

12 November
10:30 Arrival and registration
11:00 Session 1
  ‘Datos biográficos’: Testimonio and the Prefatorial Poem in Alicia Partnoy’s Venganza de la manzana (1992)
Kate Dunn, University of Edinburgh
Una tercera lectura: the cinematic reader and the cult of virility in Manuel Puig’s El beso de la mujer araña
Amit Thakkar, University of Lancaster
Bergson in the Novels of Carlos Fuentes: Time, Memory and Identity
Sheldon Penn, University of Leicester
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Session 2
  A Borgesian Reading Reaching beyond Literature: Pierre Menard, autor del Quijote in Leonardo Sciascia’s L’affaire Moro
Clara Martinez, University of Edinburgh
Apropiaciones de Woolf en escritoras de América Latina
Lourdes Parra, University of Leeds
Concrete Poets in Brazil and the UK
Viviane Carvalho da Annunciação, CLAS, University of Cambridge
Integrating Literature in the Content Based Language Classes
María F. Muradás Casas, University of York
15:30 Tea/coffee
16:00 Session 3
  Mexico’s Literary Heritage: Mariano Azuela’s Los de abajo and the Novel of the Mexican Revolution (1915-2015)
Chris Harris, University of Liverpool
‘Y todo eso pasó con nosotros’: Tlatelolco 1521 and 1968 in Two Poems by José Emilio Pacheco and Marcela Del-Río
Victoria Carpenter, York St John University
Mexican Crime Fiction and the Investigative Journalist
Charlotte Lange, University of Stirling
17:30 Keynote presentation
  The New Lyric: Poetry and Politics in Contemporary Argentina
Ben Bollig, University of Oxford
18:15 Wine reception
19:00 Dinner (Holgate Dining Hall)
13 November: Quad South 111
09:30 Session 4
  ‘En el comienzo fue la guerra’: Argentine Identity Myths through a Post-Malvinas Prism
Catriona McAllister, Brunel University
The ‘Gestured Narrative’ – Contact and Conflict Zones in Isabel Allende’s Cuentos de Eva Luna
Mel Boland, National University of Ireland, Galway
Looking (at the) Violent: Witnessing, Investigation and Accountability in Bolaño’s 2666 Julianne Pachico, University of East Anglia Los relatos fantásticos de Adolfo Bioy Casares: Esas grietas que revelan nuestra perplejidad ante el mundo
Jesús Rodero, University of Strathclyde
11:30 Break and relocate to DeGrey 125
12:00 Session 5
  Pirates and Pirate Novels in Latin America
Pascale Baker, University of Edinburgh
Globalization from Below: Latin American Cardboard Publishers, Social Movement(s) and the Construction of Collective Identity
Lucy Bell, University of Surrey
Writing The Real and Poetic Worlds of César Vallejo
Bob Britton, University of Sheffield
13:30 Lunch and END

'Mexico at the start of the 21st Century', a Conference to Celebrate 2015: Year of Mexico in the UK
20 November 2015 | 09.30-16.00

Organized by the British Academy this conference brings 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.

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

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
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Book launch: Medicine and Public Health in Latin America: A History (Cambridge University Press, 2014). By Marcos Cueto and Steven Palmer
UCL, Institute of the Americas, Lecture Theater 103, 51 Gordon Square, London
5 October 2015 | 17.30 - 19.30

Marcos Cueto (Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Rio de Janeiro) and Dr Chris Abel (UCL) - This book -part of the Cambridge series New Approaches to the Americas- summarizes a rich and growing social, political and cultural history of Latin American medicine produced in the past few decades. Three principal propositions animate this book. The first is that medicine and health are at the core of the history of Latin America, from the demographic disaster wrought since the 16th century by epidemic disease following conquest to the impact of medical leaders of the late 20th century like Ernesto Guevara and Salvador Allende. In the second place, that the interaction between indigenous, Afro-American, Asian and Western medical ideas and practices was a defining feature of 19th and 20th centuries’ Latin American healing. Thirdly, the book argues that 20th century public health in the region developed as a play between palliative official interventions and efforts on the part popular sectors to confront adversity and promote holistic programs of sanitation and development.

Professor Marcos Cueto is a Peruvian historian that received his PhD in Latin American History from Columbia University, New York. He has been a visiting professor at several universities including Princeton and Stanford and has received fellowships from major agencies such as the Guggenheim Foundation. Since 2011, he is a professor at the Program in the History of Health and Science at the Casa de Oswaldo Cruz, FIOCRUZ, in Rio de Janeiro and editor of the journal História, Ciências Saúde - Manguinhos published by the Casa Oswaldo Cruz. His previous more recent book is: Cold War and Deadly Fevers: Malaria Eradication in Mexico, 1955-1970 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014). He is currently working on a book on the history of the World Health Organization in the context of the Cold-War and post-Cold War periods and beginning a new research project on Global Health and Latin America during the turn of the 21st century.

Attendance is free of charge but registration is required:

UCL Meets the Americas 2015/16: Introducing the Network's Aims and Activities
UCL Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PN
8 October 2015 | 18.00 - 20.00

The UCL Americas Research Network is pleased to invite all graduate students working on any aspect of the Americas to attend our 2015/16 welcoming event. The Network will introduce its aims and planned activities for the forthcoming academic year, and will detail what it has on offer for the community of UCL graduate students.

Additionally, the event will provide all UCL Americas-oriented societies and networks with the opportunity to briefly introduce their aims and objectives. It will be a great opportunity to get to know each other and share our ideas in a friendly and informal environment.

Attandance is free of charge but registration is required. Please note this event is aimed at graduate students with a specific interest in the study of the Americas. For further queries please contact the network on:

Exhibition of Mural Painting by Honduran artist Javier Espinal
Room 234 & Second floor lobby, ILAS, University of London, Senate House, Malet Street, London
15 October 2015 | 18.00

This exhibition will showcase photographs depicting Javier Espinal’s work throughout his tour around Europe from October 2014 to September 2015. Javier Espinal is a Honduran artist who since 1987 has developed muralismo colectivo (collective mural painting) and easel painting and has acted in both theatre and cinema productions.

He regards muralismo colectivo as a process that shows the potential of art to engage participants in a critical reflection about current political, cultural and economic issues concerning Central America and beyond. His work is rich in symbolism related to his Lenca origin and has reflected on political events that have greatly marked his life, such as the enforced disappearance of close friends during the 1980s or the repression that followed the 2009 coup in Honduras, and later the opposition by many Hondurans to several hydroelectric and mining projects. His more than 60 murals have decorated and covered walls of various Central American capitals as well as, more recently, cities in Italy and the UK. They have been painted with people from very different backgrounds, from artists and students to peasants and indigenous populations.

The opening of the exhibition will take place on Thursday 15th October 2015 at 6pm in the Senate House. The event will begin with a brief introduction to Honduras’s contemporary political situation - as the context in which Javier Espinal currently develops his murals - by a member of the Environmental Network for Central America (ENCA) in Room 234, followed by the exhibition opening in the lobby area of the second floor.

To read an interesting blog post about Javier Espinal’s work, you can visit:



Panels SLAS 2016
University of Liverpool
7-8 April 2016

DEADLINE 6 October 2015

CLACS/GURC Postgraduate Workshop: Researching Latin American Cities
University of Manchester (venue tbc)
5 November 2015 | 11:00-17:15

DEADLINE 14 October 2015

Latin America is now the world’s most urbanized region and provides one of the most diverse, exciting and rewarding fields of study for postgraduate research. With such dramatic and ongoing urban growth, Latin American cities are key touchstones for the world’s future. With some of the most significant hubs in the global urban network, it is here that the challenges of global cities are at their starkest and the signposts for alternative urban futures at their most revealing.

Simultaneously experiencing globalization and deindustrialization, Latin American cities are increasingly dominated by patterns of inequality and exclusion, resulting in a concomitant expansion of informal activities, themselves accompanied by massive developments of state-built social housing and privately constructed elite enclaves on the urban periphery. In this context, specific challenges include the effects of climate change and disaster risk; housing for low-income populations; service provision; transport and mobility; and decentralised governance and conflict. At the same time, urban citizens often experience a crisis of belonging, excluded as they are from practices of cultural production and the processes that contribute to the formation of urban imaginaries.

Several recent edited collections have addressed some of these issues. For example, Cordera et al. (2008) offer a comprehensive perspective on aspects of urban poverty in the contemporary Latin American city. Hernandez et al (2010) interrogate the condition of informality in Latin American cities. Rodgers et al (2012) argue for a more systemic, multidisciplinary engagement with Latin American cities, in response to prevailing conceptions of the ‘fractured’ Latin American city. And Biron et al. (2009) have tackled some of the ways in which creative practices and culture attempt to tackle the inequalities created by existing urban power structures. However, these sets of literatures often talk across rather than with each other. Moreover, responses from the countries under study are often overlooked because of language barriers and/or limited access to wider networks.

The Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Global Urban Research Centre at the University of Manchester invite applications to participate in a workshop that will explore these challenges for Latin American cities, addressing the somewhat fragmented nature of existing literature by discussing and deploying different disciplinary approaches. The workshop is aimed at Masters and PhD students who are currently working on or who have concrete plans to work on Latin American cities. The University of Manchester has one of the UK’s largest groupings of researchers working on these themes. With specialisms in anthropology, architecture, cultural studies, history, sociology and urban and development studies, the researchers collaborate via the activities of both Centres and via the University’s wider urban research platform, cities@manchester. Such diversity means that this workshop will be expressly cross disciplinary and will encourage students to engage with areas of research with which they are not familiar.

Sessions include a keynote lecture, round table discussion groups, and Q&A. Participants may be expected to undertake preparatory exercises and readings. Registration is free but numbers for the workshop are limited and those interested are invited to submit a CV and a 250-word statement outlining why they think the workshop will be of benefit to their studies. The CV and statement should total no more than two pages and should be submitted electronically to by 14 October 2015.

Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (

Global Urban Research Centre (

cities@manchester (

Draft programme


Colombia Internacional
Call for papers

DEADLINE 30 October 2015

Colombia Internacional, published by the Political Science Department of the Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia), invites the academic community to participate in its next call for submissions on Profiles of the Latin American Political Elites. Papers should be submitted between the 1st - 30th October, 2015.

This special issue aims to contribute to the academic debate on the characteristics and profiles of Latin American political elites. To this end, we encourage those interested to submit work which maps the profiles of Latin American rulers/parliamentarians so that these may be linked with the following themes: i) the representation of the Latin American political elites, or the extent to which they perform a representative role and ii) the effect on the quality of democracy in the region. Then, in order to debate the problems derived from the so-called ‘crisis of representation,’ articles should consider current and relevant themes such as questions of gender, race, social equality/inequality, academic background, social capital, and ideology, among others. Overall, the aim will be to establish who belongs to the Latin American political elites and examine factors which may explain why these elites are constituted as they are, both at an executive level (presidents, vice-presidents, and ministers) and at a legislative level (parliamentarians, deputies, and senators).

The submissions may have a qualitative, quantitative or mixed research focus, and it is expected that they will attempt to:

  1. Show whether there is a relationship with the voting system (a majority vote for president; a proportional, mixed, open/closed list voting system for Congress). We also insist, particularly in the case of parliamentarians, that there be a crossover study of deputies and senators in order to determine whether there are differences between the profiles of members that belong to different political chambers.
  2. Analyze the profile of the elites, by looking at their training (academic, professional etc.), and their social, economic and cultural capital.
  3. Analyze the trajectory of the officials through their political experience and participation in politics (previous employment, membership, position in the party/parties).
  4. Show the ideological preferences of the elites and the impact of these on political and social changes in each country.

This special issue will be put together by Dr. Adrián Albala (University of São Paulo), and inquiries regarding the content of the articles may be directed to him (

We invite all those interested in participating in this special issue to submit previously unpublished articles in Spanish, English, or Portuguese. Articles submitted for consideration must be in Word and comply with the journal’s standards: a maximum length of 10,000 words (18-22 pages approximately), 12 pt Times New Roman font, single-spaced, letter-sized paper with 3 cm margins. The first page must include an abstract of no more than one hundred words. Author information should be submitted in a separate file. Footnotes and bibliographic references must be cited using the author-date system from Chicago Manual of Style used by the journal. Details of the manuscript submission guidelines can be found at

During the call for papers, manuscripts may be submitted via the link on the journal’s website ( or by e-mail (

All the articles will undergo the following evaluation process. First, the Editorial Team assesses whether the article meets the basic requirements established by the journal and its pertinence for publication in a political science journal. Subsequently, all accepted submissions will be evaluated by two academic peers and the Editorial Team. The authors will be informed of the results of these evaluations within six months of the final submission date. Articles sent to Colombia Internacional for evaluation cannot simultaneously be in the process of being evaluated by another publication.

“Moving Beyond the Good, the Bad and the Ugly: What to Learn From International Human Rights Systems?“
Ghent University, Human Rights Centre
29-30 January 2016

DEADLINE 3 November 2015

The Inter-American Human Rights Network is inviting submissions for papers to be presented at a two-day workshop entitled “Moving Beyond the Good, the Bad and the Ugly: What to Learn From International Human Rights Systems?“.

The aim of this initiative is to look at the IAHRS and other international human rights bodies from a critical perspective and to examine which of their practices have contributed towards ensuring genuine respect for human rights; what good practices, strategies and actions to address violations of human rights could be copied from other jurisdictions; and which practices do not deserve to be repeated or replicated.

Academics, judges, and practitioners from all regions of the world are invited to discuss opportunities for improving policies and outcomes through the implementation of international decisions and the use of rights, and to address the dilemmas in the context of violence, discrimination, exclusion, inequality and/or economic constraints.

Papers may be presented in any of the network’s working languages (English, Spanish and Portuguese) and the deadline for submission of titles and abstracts is Tuesday 3rd November 2015. For further information on the topics to be examined, and submission guidelines, please visit this webpage:

5th Annual LAEMOS Conference, “Subverting organizations: Reflecting on aims, meanings and modalities of organizing
Adolfo Ibáñez University, Viña del Mar, Chile
6 – 9 April 2016

DEADLINE 10 November 2015 : Abstract submission, 1.000 words

European Group of Organizational Studies (EGOS), Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Universidad Diego Portales, Universidad de Santiago and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso

Jenny K Rodriguez, Newcastle University (UK) -
Gregorio Perez Arrau, University of Santiago de Chile (Chile) -
Jacob Carlos Lima, Federal University of São Carlos (Brazil) -
Anabella Davila, Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico) -

About the Conference
LAEMOS is the premier conference on Latin American and European Organization Studies. Its purpose is to strengthen the Latin America-Europe scholarly link by encouraging interdisciplinary studies of organizations in Latin American and European societies. The conference takes place every two years and it’s previous editions have been held in countries like Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and Cuba.

Call for Contributions
Regulation is simultaneously a central organising principle that sustains the reconfiguration of work, employment and organisation, and a challenging contradiction: on the one hand, notions of the free market promote the idea that individuals negotiate directly with labour markets and through their actions co-create work and employment dynamics, and new and diverse forms of organisation. On the other hand, the controlled homogenisation promoted by economic globalisation has led to increasing and diverse forms of regulatory regimes that are linked to precariousness, informality and labour insecurity. Within this dichotomy, regulation emerges from understandings of ways of being, performing, enacting and inhabiting work, employment and organisation that materially shape and are shaped by frameworks of global restructuring driven by Neoliberal policies. This sees regulation serving different purposes; e.g. self-regulation or professional regulation helps individuals to legitimise themselves in work and employment, while regulation mandates create frameworks of monitoring and control used by organisations to shape procedural (e.g., recruitment) as well as political (e.g., right to strike) dynamics.

This sub-theme is interested in how individuals and organisations interact with regulatory regimes to shape dynamics of work, employment and organisation. Fundamental questions for this sub-theme are: what are the systems of regulation that shape and reproduce notions and dynamics of work, employment and organisation? How do these systems operate? Who are the actors that shape these systems? How do these actors interact with systems of regulation and amongst themselves? And what role do these diverse actors have in shaping these systems? The sub-theme understands the study of work, employment and organisation as interdisciplinary in theoretical, conceptual and methodological terms, and we invite contributions that reflect this diversity. Topic areas that the sub-theme is particularly interested in exploring are detailed below. Please note this list is not exhaustive; we welcome novel contributions that broadly interpret the call for contributions.

Full details of fees for the conference can be found here:

To submit your 1000 word abstract, please use this form: Please note, the abstracts should be in English, including the name and email address of the author(s).

Deep Decolonisation:Latin America and the Connected Histories of the Postcolonial World
The Senate Room (Senate House, First Floor), Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU
17-18 March 2016 | 10:00 - 17:30

Dr. Mark Thurner, University of London

Institute Of Commonwealth Studies (ICWS) Institute Of Modern Languages Research (IMLR) Centre For Post-Colonial Studies (CPCS)


The School of Advanced Study is delighted to make a clarion call to scholars everywhere to gather in London to consider the key place of Latin America in the connected making of the postcolonial world. Although Latin America clearly was a vanguard of global decolonization in the modern age, this deep historical fact is largely ignored or downplayed in the Anglophone world, where decolonization is provincially understood to be a post-war, twentieth-century phenomenon. Our collective conference task is to map not only the ways and means by which Latin American and Caribbean decolonization was critical to the making of the contemporary world, but also to ask why the region’s key place in global history has been denied or ignored. Besides putting Latin America and the Iberian world back on the global map of decolonization, we also seek to go beyond the academic and ideological trenches dug in recent years by the bearers of ‘postcolonial,’ ‘anti-colonial,’ and ‘decolonial’ banners and critical positions. We believe that a retrospective and ecumenical encounter with the connected histories of decolonization enables such a ‘going beyond,’ in part because its vicissitudes anticipated the contours of current debates.

ILAS intends to publish a concise edited volume of selected conference papers with an eye to the classroom. Please submit title and 100-word abstract of your proposed paper plus a one-page CV by December 1 to the convenor: Dr. Mark Thurner (

Ideas and Transformations in the Americas
UCL Institute of the Americas
28 - 29 April 2016

DEADLINE 14 December 2015

Following the success of our 1st International Conference in 2015, the UCL Americas Research Network ( invites graduate students and early career researchers working on any aspect of the Americas to participate in our 2nd International Conference: ‘Ideas & Transformations in the Americas’ with keynote speeches by Prof Maxine Molyneux (UCL Institute of the Americas) and Prof Diane Negra (University College Dublin).

With important elections coming up across the region in 2015-16 it is essential to pause and consider how ideas can transform the political, economic, social and cultural landscape across the Americas. We welcome papers from international researchers working across the humanities, the social sciences and beyond in order to create a dynamic, interdisciplinary conference that will showcase the depth and quality of emerging research on the Americas.

This includes proposals that explore Central, South and North America and we particularly encourage participation from researchers whose focus is upon Canada and the Caribbean. Whether this is national, regional, local, comparative, transnational, or global we hope to create a hemispherically-diverse conference which will foster interdisciplinary conversations that transcend the boundaries of the nation-state.

We welcome proposals that explore any topic pertaining to the broad theme of the conference, including:

The conference will be free to attend. Please submit abstracts to: by 14 December 2015 and feel free to contact the Network at the same email address for further information.

NOTE: Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words and should be accompanied by a short biographical note. The Network will respond to all potential participants in January 2016 and the deadline for the submission of accepted papers will be March 31 2016.

Rethinking the ‘proceso’: The Argentine Dictatorship (1976-1983) in Perspective
UCL, Institute of the Americas
March 24, 2016

DEADLINE 15 December

The coup d'etat of March 24, 1976 was a key and dark landmark in the history of Argentina, one that has been demanding ever since intense efforts of analysis. The complex political and economic system established in the aftermath of the Second World War was brutally transformed under the self-denominated "Proceso de Reorganización Nacional". Unlike some of the previous military coups, the longstanding effects of this "processing" of Argentine society are a complex legacy still present at many levels of Argentine society.

In the past 40 years scholars have approached the dictatorship from a number of different perspectives. From the first contemporary reactions, the literature inspired by the so-called transition to democracy or the "two demons" to the recent rereading of state repression, the opening of archives and the studies of collective memory and new understandings of militant activity, the field has been characterised by strongly diverse methodological and political traditions. This anniversary is a unique opportunity to provide a balance of the research undertaken so far and to further widen the debate about the legacy of the dictatorship in this long-term perspective.

This conference is an invitation to discuss recent research on relevant aspect of the last Argentine dictatorship. It seeks to attract scholars from across the humanities and the social sciences by focusing on an interdisciplinary and broad examination of both the social and political history and the political economy of the process, attempting to explore changes in capital accumulation alongside new patterns of domination and resistance or conflict.

Contributions are invited that address themes such as, but by no means exclusive to:

Selected papers may be invited for inclusion in a planned edited collection depending on the overall range of papers submitted, quality of the material and the interest of the participants. There will be a number of small grants available to cover travel and accommodation costs.

Proposals for contributions should include a title, an abstract of approx. 300 words, and a brief (max. 50 word) biographical statement, and should be sent to the convenors by December 15, 2015.

The convenors should be contacted at:

Applicants should also indicate if they wish to be considered for a travel grant with an indication of anticipated expenses.

Registration fees: £30, concessionary rates (students): £20

Key dates

The Forum Prize 2016: 'Ecologies'
Call for Articles

DEADLINE 4 April 2016

Forum for Modern Language Studies invites submissions on the subject of Ecologies for the 2016 Forum Prize competition.

The field of ecocriticism is of increasing interest to many scholars of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures across a broad range of historical, geographical and generic contexts far beyond the mostly anglophone examples of nature writing or environmentalist non-fiction on which it initially focused. Looking beyond sentimental representations of the natural world, ecocritical reading seeks to respond to our contemporary sense of environmental catastrophe by critically re-examining cultural constructions and discourses which are ecological in the broadest sense, dealing with the relationship and interactions between organisms, their environment and each other.

Alongside the vibrant developments in research across the field, recent years have seen ecocritical questions addressed in a wide range of university courses, offering students an opportunity to make connections between work in the arts and humanities, and the environmental debates which are omnipresent in public, political and media discourse. Ecocriticism is also inherently interdisciplinary, encompassing fields such as political science, geography, philosophy and economics, as well as research areas such as post-colonial and gender studies; it is also proving central to more recent scholarly interest in affect, hybridity and animal theory.

The editors of Forum for Modern Language Studies invite submissions dealing with any topic pertaining to the theme of Ecologies, understood in its broadest sense. Authors may wish to address one or more of the following topics:

Submissions may address literature of any period, from a literary or linguistic perspective, and in any of the languages covered by the journal: usually Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian, but we will consider others too. The competition is open to all researchers, whether established or early-career: it is worth noting that previous competitions have been won by scholars in both categories.

The winner will receive:

  1. Publication of the winning essay in the next appropriate volume of Forum for Modern Language Studies
  2. A prize of £500

A panel of judges will read all entries, which will be assessed anonymously. At the judges’ discretion, a runner-up prize of £200 may be awarded. The Editors may commission for publication any entries that are highly commended by the judges.

Entry requirements and Submission details for the Forum Prize 2016

For further details, see:



Afro-Cuban Costumbrismo: From Plantations to the Slums
by Rafael Ocasio

"Ocasio has found a mid-point between the vision of Costumbrista writing as a source of the Afro-Cuban historical and literary experience and criticizing it for its biases and shortfalls regarding early depictions of blacks. An interesting interdisciplinary blend of literature through a sociological historical optic."
-- Dawn Duke, University of Tennessee

Costumbrismo, which refers to depictions of life in Latin America during the nineteenth century, introduced some of the earliest black themes in Cuban literature. Rafael Ocasio delves into this literature to offer up a new perspective on the development of Cuban identity, as influenced by black culture and religion, during the sugar cane boom.

Comments about the slave trade and the treatment of slaves were often censored in Cuban publications; nevertheless white Costumbrista writers reported on a vast catalogue of stereotypes, religious beliefs, and musical folklore, and on rich African traditions in major Cuban cities. Exploring rare and seldom discussed nineteenth-century texts, Ocasio offers insight into the nuances of black representation in Costumbrismo while analyzing authors such as Suárez y Romero, an abolitionist who wrote from the perspective of a plantation owner.

Afro-Cuban Costumbrismo expands the idea of what texts constitute Costumbrismo and debunks the traditional notion that this writing reveals little about the Afro-Cuban experience. The result is a novel examination of how white writers' representations of black culture heavily inform our current understanding of nineteenth-century Afro-Cuban culture and national identity.

Rafael Ocasio is Charles A. Dana Professor of Spanish at Agnes Scott College and the author of two books about Reinaldo Arenas, Cuba's Political and Sexual Outlaw and A Gay Cuban Activist in Exile.

Social Movement Dynamics: New Perspectives on Theory and Research from Latin America
Edited by Federico M. Rossi and Marisa von Bülow
£31.50 50% discount, use code 50CXF15N)

Part of the series: The Mobilization Series on Social Movements, Protest, and Culture

This book presents an overview of new approaches to the study of social movements emerging out of Latin America, based on original and innovative analyses of the recent changes in collective action across the region. Over the past decade, new repertoires of contention have emerged in parallel to changes in the configuration of actors, in previously established patterns of relationship between social movements and political institutions, and in the shapes of collaborative networks, both domestic and transnational.

The authors analyze a broad set of countries and social movements, while focusing on three key theoretical debates: the interactions between routine and contentious politics, the relationship between protest and context, and the organizational configurations of social movements.

The research agenda put forward by this book is neither defined nor restricted by geographical boundaries, even though the chapters are based on field research undertaken in Latin America. In doing so, this volume contributes to a still underdeveloped dialogue in theory-building in social movement studies, among scholars from the South and from the North, as well as among scholars specialized in different regions.

Contents: Introduction: theory-building beyond borders, Federico M. Rossi and Marisa von Bülow. Part I Beyond Contentious Versus Routine Politics: Conceptualizing strategy making in a historical and collective perspective, Federico M. Rossi; Partisan performance: the relational construction of Brazilian youth activist publics, Ann Mische; Institutional activism: mobilizing for women’s health from inside the Brazilian bureaucracy, Rebecca Neaera Abers and Luciana Tatagiba. Part II The Politics and Economics of Protests: The role of threats in popular mobilization in Central America, Paul D. Almeida; Eventful temporality and the unintended outcomes of Mexico’s earthquake victims movement, Ligia Tavera Fenollosa. Part III Brokerage and Coalition Formation: Institutionalized brokers and collective actors: different types, similar challenges, Adrian Gurza Lavalle and Marisa von Bülow; Domestic loops and deleveraging hooks: transnational social movements and the politics of scale shift, Rose J. Spalding. Conclusion: Weaving social movements back in, Margaret E. Keck. Index.
About the Editor: Federico M. Rossi is a Research Fellow at the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research in Tulane University, USA. His research focuses on trade unions and social movements in Argentina and Brazil, democratization and contentious politics in Latin America and Europe, and youth political participation. His work has been published in several edited volumes, International Sociology, Social Movement Studies, Mobilization, Latin American Perspectives, Latin American Politics and Society, European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and in Desarrollo Económico, among others.

Marisa von Bülow is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Brasilia, Brazil, and a researcher at the Catholic University in Chile. Her work analyzes transnational civil society networks and, more recently, the uses of digital tools for activism. von Bülow’s research has appeared in Mobilization and other scholarly outlets. She is the author of the award-winning book Building Transnational Networks: civil society and the politics of trade in the Americas (Cambridge University Press, 2010, published in Portuguese in 2014).


‘This new collection blends traditions of research on social movements and contentious politics from various regions with Latin American perspectives in the Latin American context. Drawing heavily on the political process, resource mobilization, and transnational politics traditions, the authors advance our knowledge of Latin American contention in three areas: transcending the boundaries between contentious and routine politics; embedding social movements in the context of economic, political, and environmental change; and examining the new organizational repertoires that have emerged in Latin America since democratization.’
-- Sidney Tarrow, author of War, States and Contention

‘Latin America has seen innumerable instances of political contention over centuries. However, mainstream social movement analysts from the “political process school” have paid fairly scant attention to that continent. This book fills this gap admirably. Far from imposing Western analytic categories over a different setting, the authors develop a fruitful dialogue between different theoretical currents. This book will appeal to both social movement analysts who do not specialize in Latin America and area experts from other intellectual perspectives. Highly recommended.’
-- Mario Diani, University of Trento, Italy and ICREA-UPF, Barcelona, Spain



Teaching assistant in Economic History
University of Geneva

DEADLINE 25 October 2015

Applications are invited for a position as teaching assistant (assistant-doctorant) in Economic History in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Geneva. The position involves 4 hours of teaching per week in bachelor programmes in social sciences and international relations. It also includes responsibility for the grading of student assignments, the preparation, supervision and grading of exams and involvement in the supervision of student projects and masters' theses in economic and social history. The successful candidate is also expected to work on his/her own research and write a PhD dissertation on the economic history of Latin America. He / she will be further required to play an active role in the intellectual life of the Department of History, Economics and Society and to undertake a limited number of administrative tasks.

The candidate must hold a Master degree in the field of economic history, economics or history. He / she must be fluent in both French and English. A working knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese is highly desirable.

March 1, 2016 or upon agreement.

Applications including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, photocopy of the Master degree must be submitted exclusively online by clicking on "Postuler/Apply now".

Information on the position can be obtained at

Additional Information
The contract will be for a duration of a maximum of five years, with renewal every two years (2+2+1). The first year is a trial period, during which it is allowed to terminate the contract with a notice period of three months for the end of a month.

Gross salary (annual) CHF 66'067. Amount possibly increased according to candidate's experience.

Teaching Fellow in Latin American Economics
Institute of the Americas, University of London
Part Time. 3.65 hrs a week, 0.1 FTE (2015/16 term 2)
£37,152 to £40,313 pro-rata, per annum

DEADLINE 1 Nov 2015 (Midnight)

Duties and Responsibilities

The UCL Institute of the Americas (UCL-IA) is seeking to appoint an exceptional scholar to take up the position of Teaching Fellow in Latin American Economics. UCL-IA is a leading multidisciplinary specialist institution for the study of Latin America, the United States, the Caribbean and Canada.

The postholder will be required to carry out teaching, assessment and course administration for the PGT module ‘Latin American Economics: Beyond Neoliberalism’.

The post is available for one term only (2015-16 term 2).

Key Requirements

The preferred candidate will have a PhD in the economics or economic policy or political economy of Latin America with comprehensive knowledge of modern Latin American Economics. He/she will also have experience of teaching on Latin American subjects, ideally at PGT level, as well as experience of assessing student work at UG/PGT level and course administration.

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