SLAS E-Newsletter, September 2014

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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.




Specular Ghosts: Memory and Trauma in Mexican Visual Culture
The Court Room, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU
12 September 2014 | 09:30 - 18:00

This one day symposium will consider the representations of memory and trauma in twentieth and twenty-first century Mexican visual cultural productions. The international conference will bring together experts working in the field of Mexican film and visual culture in order to explore notions of memory, representation, absence/presence of death and trauma in fiction/documentary filmmaking, installation, plastic/digital arts, photography, performance and necro-aesthetic arts, as a means for exploring and articulating traces of a collective condition. The conference will provide the forum for creating a long-lasting network of scholars from the UK, Ireland and other European nations, who are working in the field of Mexican visual culture.

Organisers: Miriam Haddu (Royal Holloway, University of London), and Niamh Thornton (University of Liverpool).

Programme [PDF]
Registration Form [Word]

The Destiny of the Incas
Canning House, 14/15 Belgrave Square, SW1X 8PS
8 October, 2014 | 18.30 - 20.30

Responsible for the vastest South-American empire in the 15th century, the Incas became local chiefs during the Spanish colonial period. After the Independence of Peru in 1821 they disappear from view. What happened to them? Are there still Inca descendants today, where do they live and what do they do?

Ronald Elward is a Dutch writer, researcher and genealogist. He began his work on the Inca descendants in 2008, when he moved to Peru. Since then, in over 15 trips to the former Imperial capital of Cusco he has revised more than 60.000 pages in the main archives, including birth, wedding and death certificates, as well as wills of Inca aristocracy over the last 200 years. This allowed him to identify the main branches of the former ruling family that still exist. What began as a genealogy project very soon became a study into what had happened to a powerful class of indigenous individuals once Peru became a Republic. Ronald has published a series of articles based on his findings in leading Peruvian El Comercio newspaper, which partly funded his research.


To attend you will need to book a place. Please use this link:

Me, Myself, and Others: A Cinematic Approach to Latin American Encounters
University of Leicester
11 October, 2014 | 09.00 - 18.00
+ viewing at local cinema (

DEADLINE 19 September, 2014

This day-long research seminar, sponsored by the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS), the University of Leicester and the University of Lincoln, aims to bring together scholars who have been working on different projects on the general theme of ‘Otherness and Encounters in Latin American Cinema’, with practitioners working within and outside the film industry. The day will include panel presentations, film viewings, a video-installation and a performance.

How questions about ‘Otherness’ and ‘Encounters’ have been historically addressed in Latin American Cinema, is the fundamental question that will lay the foundations for a better understanding of the productions of the region. By ‘Otherness’ we mean not only industrial discussions of ‘the Other’ industry -in comparison with mainstream Hollywood- but also of the cinematic construction and representation of the Latin American identity –how it comes into conflict with the self and others. Among others, the following questions will be raised: How are we encouraged to ‘imagine’ the region? Does the neo-colonial gaze persist?



Brazil and prospects for the forthcoming elections: a briefing by Alex Ellis, HM Ambassador to Brazil
Canning House, 14/15 Belgrave Square, SW1X 8PS
9 September, 2014 | 17.30 - 19.00

Canning House is delighted to host HM Ambassador to Brazil, Alex Ellis for a talk on Brazil and prospects for the forthcoming elections.

October 2014 sees a presidential election in Brazil and investors will be keeping a close eye on the potential outcomes, which have become far less certain over the past few weeks. Despite frustration with sluggish economic performance, up until recently the incumbent Dilma Rousseff maintained a reasonably healthy lead in the polls. However, the recent tragic death of presidential candidate Eduardo Campos and the nomination of Marina Silva on the PSB ticket has significantly changed the dynamic of the presidential race in South America’s largest economy. Recent polls show Silva in second place with 21 percent support, 1 point ahead of market favourite Aécio Neves of the PSDB. Although this places her 15 percentage points below Rousseff, there is a real possibility she could win in the second round.

Alex Ellis will present his views on the presidential race and discuss the potential policy implications of the various possible outcomes. As British Ambassador, Alex will be able to offer a unique perspective on how the election may affect the business climate and also wider UK-Brazil relations.


To attend you will need to book a place. Please use this link:

Transparency: exchanging Brazilian and British best practices to fight corruption.
Canning House, 14/15 Belgrave Square, SW1X 8PS
17 September, 2014 | 18.30 - 20.00

Canning House and Lex Anglo-Brasil are delighted to host Gustavo Ungaro, President of the São Paulo State Internal Affairs Office (CGA), during his visit to London. Mr. Ungaro has kindly offered to deliver a presentation on the work of the CGA, especially now with the recently approved Brazilian anti-corruption law, and best practices from his experience in preventing corruption and improving efficiency within public sector organisations.

The CGA of the State of São Paulo’s main objective is to protect the interests of the state, correcting administrative irregularities, and to improve its efficiency. The CGA promotes the principles of transparency and good governance and as such is the key agency in the prevention and combat of corruption across all administrative institutions across the state of São Paulo. CGA is the lead in the implementation of Brazil’s anti-corruption Law in São Paulo, Brazil’s business centre. Gustavo Ungaro is a lawyer and has held various senior positions in government at both state and federal level.

The event will be chaired by Frederico Singarajah, Secretary of Lex Anglo-Brasil. Frederico is a Barrister and is the first and currently only native Brazilian practising at the Bar.

This event is aimed at businesses operating or considering investing in Brazil, public sector officials, professional services representatives and academics.


To attend you will need to book a place. Please use this link:

Canning Paper Briefing: Colombia – where now?
Canning House, 14/15 Belgrave Square, SW1X 8PS
23 September, 2014 | 08.30 - 09.30

The 7th Canning Paper, and corresponding briefing, focuses on Colombia, assessing the status quo in this important year in its history.

Amongst other topics the paper will look at:

Canning Circle (Patron) members are given priority to register for Canning Paper Briefings. However, if space is available, registration will be opened to all Canning House Corporate Members for a charge to cover the cost of the printed briefing paper and breakfast.


To register your interest in attending please contact us:

A Roundtable with Chilean Senator, Guido Girardi Lavin
Canning House, 14/15 Belgrave Square, SW1X 8PS
24 September, 2014 | 08.30 - 09.30

Canning House is delighted to welcome Guido Girardi Lavin, the Chilean Senator for the Santiago west district for a roundtable discussion on the morning of 24 September.

Senator Girardi will speak about the need to create prospective analysis in parliaments with particular reference to the Commission on Challenges of the Future, an initiative created by the Chilean Congress and of which Senator Girardi is a member. Collaboration between parliaments, both in Europe and Latin America, is increasingly invaluable as the challenges the two regions face become ever more similar – in particular on issues such as climate change, empowerment of civil society and immigration to name but a few.

Senator Girardi will speak about these issues whilst inviting attendees to discuss and share their views on them as well.


If you are interested in attending this event please send an email with your expression of interest:

La Piedra Austene / The Absent Stone
by Sandra Rozental & Jesse Lerner
Raindance Festival (London)
28 September, 2014 | 6:20pm

This documentary plots the journey of the Aztec monolith 'The Tlaloc Stone', both through the ages and from its home in Coatlinchan to Mexico City.

Coatlinchan, Mexico, is a place where ancient history literally springs from the ground. A popular past-time for children and adults alike is to scour the ploughed fields for bits and pieces of ancient statues. The pride and joy of this local community is the Tlaloc Stone, a huge monolith depicting Tlaloc, the lady of the waters. In the late 1960s the technology to move the Tlaloc Stone became available and it was transported to Mexico City's Archeological Museum. This was - and still is - a huge source of contention for the Coatlinchan community; after all, we're talking about moving a goddess here. When Tlaloc arrived in Mexico City, it rained for an hour and a half. Coatlinchan, on the other hand, has become arid - not just in terms of water but culturally. 'The Absent Stone' plots Tlaloc's journey through the ages, as well as from Coatlinchan to Mexico City, with interviews from locals, scientists and archeologists. This intriguing documentary also features Python-inspired animation and some deeper philosophical musings: is it right to just take what we want, even in the name of progress?



3rd Annual Meeting of the Network of Chilean Researchers on Education (RED ICE)
University of Sheffield
15 and 16 January 2015

DEADLINE 12 September, 2014

Due to a number of inquiries received in recent days, we have decided to extend the deadline for submission of abstracts for the 3rd Annual Meeting of the Network of Chilean Researchers on Education (RED ICE).

Nowadays, the structure, access, quality and coverage of the Chilean Educational System is under question. Demonstrations by Chileans have focused the public opinion on these issues. However, little has been said about the measures that should be taken in order to deal with these conflicts. Researchers and postgraduate students in education -in Chile and abroad- have a relevant role in developing knowledge to inform and promote public policies. Given this context, several questions emerge which open the discussion about an essential issue for the Chilean society: Which topics are researched regarding the Chilean educational system? Are there any suggestions to improve school’s quality and take into account their diversity? What additional challenges have been identified by researchers in education?

In order to answer and discuss these questions, the 3rd Annual Meeting of Network of Chilean Researchers in Education (RED ICE) will be held at Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences (ICOSS) of the University of Sheffield on 15th and 16th January 2014, with support from Chile Global and the collaboration of the School of Education, University of Sheffield, White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Centre (University of Leeds, University of Sheffield & University of York).

The aims of this third meeting are:

  1. Identifying the new challenges in education within the current Chilean context.
  2. Assessing the relevance and impact of our research projects to approach these challenges.
  3. Bridging the gap between the research carried out abroad, the Chilean classrooms and the public policies.
  4. Providing concrete suggestions for the challenges faced by the Chilean education system through discussion and critical reflexion.

Given these questions and objectives, we would like to invite researchers, academics and students abroad, but also in Chile to participate in the 3rd Annual Meeting of RED ICE, presenting their work and proposals.

Call for papers

This meeting aims at offering a place for dialogue, reflection, discussion and critical analysis on the different research projects, currently carried out in Chile or abroad by Chilean postgraduate researchers. Similarly, it has been designed to give the participants the chance to present and discuss their research in a friendly and intellectually stimulating setting.

Each speaker and attendant will have the opportunity to be part of thematic panels covering different areas of interest, apart from talks by renowned academics, as well as workshops on specific topics. Additionally, in order to facilitate participation of those who cannot attend the event, presenters at remote locations will have the chance to present online, and there will be an area for poster exhibition.

It is expected that the participants will benefit from the meeting by sharing their work in progress and obtaining helpful feedback to keep on working.

Presentations will be conducted in English or Spanish. This is a public event and the idea is to welcome english-speaking audience from the academic community who might be interested in discussing and reflecting with RED ICE in topics related to the educational Chilean context.

The requirements for submissions should be focused or related to one of the following areas:

  1. Rights and Education
  2. Sociology and Education
  3. Languages and Educacion
  4. Teaching and Research
  5. Research and Policy
  6. Curriculum,Teaching and Evaluation

Important dates:

Submissions should include two documents. The first document is the abstract of no more than 500 words (in English and Spanish) in Word or PDF format. The second one is a brief biodata of no more than 100 words (in English and Spanish) in Word or PDF format. Both documents should be sent by 12th September 2014 to Any queries or comments should be sent to the same address.

Submission sent through different means will not be accepted.

Power and Change in the Americas in the Modern Era
University College London
April 30 - May 1, 2015

DEADLINE 15 November, 2014

The UCL Americas Research Network is pleased to invite scholars to participate in its first International Postgraduate Conference. This two-day conference seeks to cater to an international community of postgraduate and early-career researchers of the Americas from across the humanities and the social sciences. We welcome paper proposals that address the overarching theme of the conference.

Power and Change in the Americas in the Modern Era

Geographically, this includes the whole Western Hemisphere (Central, South, and North America, as well as the Caribbean). By adopting a broad, hemispheric perspective, we hope to encourage debates that extend beyond the boundaries of the nation-state, and to question the validity of cultural divides that often limit research agendas and enclose perceptions of complex problems and communalities.

The conference, organized by UCL Americas Research Network, especially invites doctoral students and early career researchers whose work ranges both geographically and temporally, and will encourage interdisciplinary conversations on national, regional and local topics and those whose focus is comparative, transnational and global. By facilitating a space to have these discussions, this conference aims to create an ongoing platform and network for collaborative exchange.

The structure of the conference consists of the following three thematic approaches or streams across which different panels will be formed to addressing related topics in an innovative and interdisciplinary manner over the course of the two days.

This stream seeks papers that address the overarching topics of “change” and “power” in the Americas in the modern era. For example, how have these communities in the Americas used these concepts in their attempts to understand themselves in terms of the nation? Or, conversely, how has their understanding of their own nationalism brought them into conflict with the forces of change and power? Within this, the evolutionary and revolutionary in the modern era of the Americas has brought about significant changes to the ways in which societies think and represent themselves. More, historical actors, either individual or collective, have ways of thinking and of representation that have brought them into conflict with the larger forces of change and power. This conflict, begun more than two hundred years ago, continues to affect communities in the Americas on a representational and intellectual level to this day.

We welcome the submission of papers within the following themes, although non-listed or broader topics are also encouraged:

  • Nationalism and other -isms of modernity
  • Conflict & Crisis
  • History of ideas and mentalities
  • Politics of memory & Identity
  • Gender
  • Discourses of representation and rights
  • Marginalized voices and struggles of recognition

Papers submitted to Stream Two may cover themes from across the spectrum of political interactions, encompassing debates around sovereignty and global governance, regional integration and subnational decentralization, and institutional design and practice, addressing the changing parameters of power and the political in the Americas in modern times. We encourage the submission of papers within the following themes, although non-listed or broader topics are also welcomed:

  • Regional cooperation and integration in the Americas
  • Electoral democracy in the Americas: candidates, campaigns, and voter behavior
  • Histories of state formation in the Americas- governing the social in modern times
  • Urbanisation in the Americas
  • Human Rights & Security

We welcome papers from across the humanities and social sciences that contain a geographical focus on the Americas, including North America, Central America the Caribbean, and South America. We particularly welcome papers that take an explicit comparative and interdisciplinary approach, and that can appeal to students and scholars of the Americas from diverse disciplinary backgrounds.

This stream will investigate how different actors, individual or collective, engage and interact with multiple-layered power structures, the State and its institutions, and the wider social system. We focus on social actors whose interests and own understandings of well-being are in opposition to changes driven by capitalist globalisation and its multi-scalar political regimes.

Acknowledging asymmetrical power relations, our interest is put on both the processes of resistance and the emergence of from-below alternatives, driven by non-hegemonic subjects. This includes, but is not limited to resistance to economic and productive models and political and governance regimes; the contestation of hegemonic knowledge; and the bottom-up emergence of social and material alternatives in the everyday life of social subjects and movements. The analysis and study of practices, discourses and representations that subjects develop in their experiences and struggles, are part of the streams’ interests.

We welcome the submission of papers within the following themes, although non-listed or broader topics are also encouraged:

  • Agrarian movements and “peasantries” in transformation
  • Ecologies in dispute, commodification of life and nature, global productive regimes and ecologist alternatives
  • Feminism and gender perspective in indigenous groups and beyond
  • Contested knowledge, counter paradigms, alternative cultural and educative practices
  • Communicative arenas: mainstream and alternative media and disputed language
  • Communities, social identities and new collective subjects
  • Citizens’ insurgencies and alternative citizenships
  • Protest, social movements, regime legitimacy and political change
  • Cities in dispute, mainstream planning and contested urbanism

We hope to incite the participation of research post graduate students from the wide spectrum of the humanities and social sciences, as well as those working with interdisciplinary approaches. The wide geographical focus aims for papers addressing local, regional and global social movements rooted in the different geographical regions of the Americas (North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean).


If you are interested in participating, please indicate in your paper proposal the thematic approach in which you would like to participate. If you are unsure which one fits best, please do not hesitate to contact the organizing committee with any questions at:

The organizing committee invites all interested doctoral students and early-career researchers to submit abstracts, which should not exceed 300 words, as well as a brief biography of no more than 50 words, which should include your name, email, and institutional affiliation. The deadline for abstracts and paper proposals is November 15th 2014.

Please submit your abstracts to:

NB: This conference will be free to attend, both for speakers and for the general public, though prior registration for attendance without presenting a paper is essential. Details on how to register will follow shortly. Keynote speakers will be confirmed soon.




A Companion to Carmen Martín Gaite
Catherine O'Leary and Alison Ribeiro de Menezes
| ISBN: 9781855662810

Carmen Martín Gaite produced a large body of work in various genres over the course of her five-decade career, though she is primarily known as a novelist, short story writer, and social commentator. Her work at times reflects, and at times defies, the pattern of development in Spanish fiction since the 1950s. This Companion offers a re-reading of Martín Gaite's works, emphasizing her early experimentalism which culminated in mid-career works (notably El cuarto de atrás), and stressing how, in the late 1960s and early 1970s when the majority of Spanish novelists were engaged in a critique of history, Martín Gaite turned to the writing of cultural history, exploring its intersection with narrative fiction in a positivist rather than a nihilistic mode. Her exploration of gender issues, particularly mother-child relations, towards the end of her career anticipated new directions in feminist thought. Discussions of often-ignored works, such as poetry, drama, children's literature, and literary translations, offer insight into sidelined aspects of this writer's literary output.

Catherine O'Leary is Reader in Spanish at the University of St Andrews. Alison Ribeiro de Menezes is Professor of Spanish at the University of Warwick.


Offers a structured and comprehensive panorama of the distinct genres of a writer that has contributed a unique literary voice to Spain in the second half of the twentieth century.

Despite her extraordinary contribution to contemporary Spanish literature, martingaitistas from English-speaking countries have had to wait for years for a book like the one reviewed here: an overview of Carmen Martin Gaite's oeuvre, attractive and stimulating to both specialists in the field and tertiary students.

A guide for anyone interested in the life and works of this prolific 20th-century Spanish author, this volume provides [.] invaluable information on how her experiences impacted on her development as a writer. Recommended.

Este es un libro imprescindible para cualquiera que desee tener una visión panorámica y a la vez profunda de la obra completa de Carmen Martín Gaite.

A Companion to Pablo Neruda: Evaluating Neruda's Poetry
Jason Wilson
£19.99 | ISBN: 9781855662803

Pablo Neruda was without doubt one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century. However, his work is extremely uneven, and long. The companion examines the view that there are two Nerudas, an early Romantic visionary and a later Marxist populist, who denied his earlier poetic self. By focussing on the poet's apprenticeship, his struggle to read and incorporate French poetry and travel abroad and by looking closely at how Neruda created his poetic persona within his poems, this companion tries to establish what should survive of his massive output. By seeing his early work as self exploration through metaphor and sound, as well as through varieties of love and direct experience, the companion outlines a unity behind all the work, based on voice and a public self. This companion studies Neruda's debt to reading and books in depth and re-examines his change in poetics by concentrating on the early work up to Residencia en la tierra I and II and why he wanted to become a poet. Many critics have argued that some kind of critical assessment must be made in order for Neruda's later work to be read. This companion grounds this debate about quality and representativity in his Romantic thinking, sensibility and sincerity. Unlike a Borges or a Paz who accompanied their creative work with analytical essays, Neruda distilled all his experiences into his poems, which remain his true biography.

Jason Wilson is Professor Emeritus at University College London.


[T]his book is a welcome and important addition to the Neruda bibliography.

[I]t is indeed a great book to trace Neruda's production and should be read by all who are interested in this great Chilean poet and Latin American literary production in general.

A vade mecum of tremendous value. Highly recommended.

Peru in Theory
edited by Paulo Drinot
Palgrave Studies of the Americas, 2014.

Can 'theory' teach us anything about Peru? Can 'Peru' teach us anything about theory? The chapters in this volume explore these questions by establishing a productive dialogue between Peru and theory. Focusing on institutional weakness and economic, social, gendered, racialized, and other forms of exclusion – key issues in recent social scientific inquiry in Peru - the contributors to this volume assess the extent to which the analytical frameworks of a number of social and cultural theorists can inform, and, at the same time, be informed by, Peru as a case study.

About the author
Paulo Drinot is Senior Lecturer in Latin American History at the Institute of the Americas, University College London, UK. He is the author of The Allure of Labor: Workers, Race and the Making of the Peruvian State (2011), among other books.

Table of Contents:

  1. Introduction; Paulo Drinot
  2. The Fujimori Regime Through Tocqueville's Lens: Centralism, Regime Change and Peripheral Elites in Contemporary Peru; Alberto Vergara
  3. Crossing Boundaries to Understand Change: Varieties of Developmental State Structures in Chile and Peru; José Carlos Orihuela
  4. Theorising Encounters between Mining Companies and Local Populations: Using the Weapons of James C. Scott; Cecilia Perla
  5. Huntington in Peru (Or Beware of Reforms); Omar Awapara Franco and Eduardo Dargent Bocanegra
  6. Laclau's Theory of Hegemony: Between Socio-Cultural Politics and a Political Economy of Citizenship; Maria Balarin
  7. The Street Sweeper and the Mayor: Transgression and Politics in Lima; Daniella María Gandolfo
  8. Foucault in the Land of Incas: Sovereignty and Governmentality in Neoliberal Peru; Paulo Drinot
  9. Mann in the Andes: State Infrastructural Power and Nationalism in Peru; Matthias vom Hau and Valeria Biffi
  10. Inequality, Normative Violence and Livable Life: Judith Butler and Peruvian Reality; Jelke Boesten
  11. Afterword; Paul Gootenberg

Further details:

The Great Depression in Latin America
Edited by Paulo Drinot and Alan Knight
Duke University Press, 2014

Although Latin America weathered the Great Depression better than the United States and Europe, the global economic collapse of the 1930s had a deep and lasting impact on the region. The contributors to this book examine the consequences of the Depression in terms of the role of the state, party-political competition, and the formation of working-class and other social and political movements. Going beyond economic history, they chart the repercussions and policy responses in different countries, while noting common cross-regional trends, in particular, a mounting critique of economic orthodoxy and greater state intervention in the economic, social and cultural spheres, both trends crucial to the region's subsequent development. The book also examines how regional transformations interacted with and differed from global processes. Taken together, these essays deepen our understanding of the Great Depression as a formative experience in Latin America and provide a timely comparative perspective on the recent global economic crisis.

About The Author(s)
Paulo Drinot is Senior Lecturer in Latin American History at the Institute of the Americas, University College London. He is the author of The Allure of Labor: Workers, Race, and the Making of the Peruvian State and editor of Che's Travels: The Making of a Revolutionary in 1950s Latin America, both also published by Duke University Press.

Alan Knight is Professor of the History of Latin America at the University of Oxford. He is the author of Mexico: The Colonial Era; Mexico: From the Beginning to the Spanish Conquest; and The Mexican Revolution (two volumes).

Table of contents:

  1. Acknowledgments  vii
  2. Introduction / Paulo Drinot  1
  3. The Impact of the Depression on Argentine Society / Roy Horn  22
  4. Chilean Workers and the Great Depression, 1930–1938 / Angela Vergara  51
  5. Change with Continuity: Brazil from 1930 to 1945 / Joel Wolfe  81
  6. The Great Depression in Peru / Paulo Drinot and Carlos Contreras  102
  7. Export Protectionism and the Great Depression: Multinational Corporations, Domestic Elite, and Export Policies in Colombia / Marcelo Bucheli and Luis Felipe Sáenz  129
  8. Political Transition in an Age of Extremes: Venezuela in the 1930s / Doug Yarrington  160
  9. Indigenista Dictators and the Problematic Origins of Democracy in Central America / Jeffrey L. Gould  188
  10. The Character and Consequences of the Great Depression in Mexico / Alan Knight  213
  11. Cuba: Depression, Imperialism, and Revolution, 1920-1940 / Gillian McGillivray  246
  12. The Great Depression in Latin America: An Overview / Alan Knight  276
  13. Contributors  341
  14. Index  345

Further details:



British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships 2015, Hosted at CLAS
Centre of Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge

DEADLINE 30 September 2014

The Centre of Latin American Studies (CLAS), University of Cambridge, invites applications for hosting at CLAS, from applicants for British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships from October 2015.

Applications are welcome from Latin Americanists working in any field eligible for the British Academy scheme, including (but not limited to) modern history, anthropology, politics, literature, cinema and/or visual arts. Successful applicants would be asked to make a modest contribution to teaching on the MPhil in Latin American Studies, within their chosen discipline. They would be expected to play a full part in the thriving research community based at CLAS, and to live in or near Cambridge during the week in term time, unless carrying out fieldwork.

The BA deadline for outline applications is 5pm on 8 October 2014, with application forms available now from the e-GAP system (for more information see

Applicants who wish to be considered for hosting at CLAS should send a CV and an outline of their project by 30 September 2014 to the Centre Administrator, Mr Samuel Mather (, for the attention of the Director, Dr Joanna Page. They should also arrange for a reference to be sent by the same deadline.

For information about the Centre of Latin American Studies, please see our website:

Three-Year Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellowships in Sociology
Nuffield College, Oxford

DEADLINE 30 September 2014

Nuffield College intends to appoint, with effect from 1 September 2015, two Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellows (PPRFs) in Sociology.

Applications are invited from graduates wishing to undertake research in any area of Sociology. The main interests of the College are in Economics, Politics and Sociology, but these are broadly construed to include, for example, social science approaches to history, social and medical statistics, international relations, social psychology, public policy, and social policy. The College normally offers separate Fellowship competitions for applicants researching in Economics and in Politics. Applicants who wish to undertake interdisciplinary research in social science may apply to one or more of the Fellowship competitions. Applicants who wish to undertake research in Economic History, or interdisciplinary research in Sociology which includes Economics and/or Politics are welcome to apply for the PPRFs in Sociology. The Sociology Group particularly encourages applications from candidates who work or plan to work in the field of one or more of the College's Sociology Fellows.

PPRFs' main responsibility is to engage in scholarly research (collaborations with Fellows and postdocs in College and around Oxford are of course welcomed). They have no teaching or administrative obligations but are expected to participate in the intellectual life of the College. They will be expected to organise a seminar or workshop in their subject area during the three-year term of their appointment and the College can help finance and organise these activities.

To be eligible, candidates should hold a bachelors and/or masters degree and should by 1 September 2015 have completed, or be close to completing, a doctorate. Candidates must not have spent more than a total of eight years in postgraduate study, teaching or research in the social sciences by the date of taking up the Fellowship, and should not have previously held a research fellowship similar to that advertised.

The Fellowships are to be taken up on 1 September 2015. The appointment will be for 3 years.

Further particulars are available from the College web page: or from the College Registrar, Nuffield College, Oxford OX1 1NF. Email:

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 30 September 2014.

The College exists to promote excellence in education and research, and is an equal opportunities employer committed to equality and valuing diversity. Applications are particularly welcome from black and minority ethnic candidates, who are currently under-represented in posts in the College.

WZB-ISSC Global Fellowship Programme
Berlin, Germany

DEADLINE 30 September 2014

Located in the heart of Berlin, the WZB Berlin Social Science Center is one of Europe’s largest non-university research institutes. The WZB conducts basic social science research with a focus on problems of modern societies in a globalized world. Around 160 German and international researchers work at the WZB, including sociologists, political scientists, economists, legal scholars and historians. The WZB offers a modern working environment, where both equal opportunities and the compatibility of work and family are highly valued.

The International Social Science Council (ISSC) ( is an international organization that works to bring the best social science to bear on the biggest challenges of our time. It does this, for example, by:

The ISSC aims to help build the next generation of social science leaders who can create knowledge for solutions to global challenges. In this programme, talented early career social scientists are brought together at seminars to create new, interdisciplinary perspectives on a global challenge. Following the seminars, World Social Science Fellows are part of a network that is expected to be the start of new, international research collaborations.

The WZB-ISSC Global Fellowship Programme is a cooperation between the WZB and the ISSC. They are inviting applications for:

Both the WZB and the ISSC strongly encourage female researchers to apply.

Through their Global Fellowship Programme, the WZB and the ISSC aim to contribute towards building a new generation of outstanding social scientists in developing countries, who are willing and able to contribute to solving current global problems. The WZB-ISSC Global Fellowship Programme enables an outstanding early career social scientist from a developing country to spend four to six months in 2015 in the exciting and stimulating environment of an exceptional social science research organization in the heart of Germany. Besides allowing the Fellow to focus entirely on a dedicated research project, he/she is invited to participate in the intellectual life at the WZB. The Fellow will also become a member of the network of early career scientists the ISSC is building via its World Social Science Fellows programme.

While in residence, the selected fellow is required to:

On return to his/her home country, the Fellow is expected to share his/her knowledge with the scientific community there, as well as to contribute to the further development of the local science and education system. This could be achieved, for instance, through teaching Master’s or PhD level courses (where ap-propriate), based on the research done at the WZB.

In addition, the selected fellow will be encouraged to:

The WZB offers a grant for up to six months at a level commensurate with a German postdoctoral re-searcher, as well as a contribution to local accommodation (up to EUR 500 per month). Economy travel costs to and from Berlin will be reimbursed according to the German Federal Travel Expenses Regula-tions. We offer workspace (equipped with PC, Internet and email access, telephone), as well as full li-brary privileges and additional technical services. The ISSC will support the participation of the selected Fellow in the World Social Science Forum 2015.

Selection Process
Candidates should submit the following documents:

  1. A letter of motivation (what is the project, why is it important, what will be the outcome), includ-ing the preferred timing of the research stay at the WZB in 2015, as well as an explanation of the difference the stay will make in their personal careers and in their home institutions (maximum 1 page).
  2. A summary of their main research and teaching contributions, indicating how these relate to the research topics at the WZB. Candidates should also address the societal relevance of their re-search (maximum 1 page).
  3. 2 letters of recommendation from current or past senior colleagues.
  4. A curriculum vitae, including information on education, publications, participation in research pro-jects and networks, teaching experience, awards and prizes received and other pertinent experi-ences. (Note: The majority of the degrees should have been awarded in developing countries).
  5. An indication of their English language proficiency.
  6. Agreement from their home institution to the research stay in Germany, if selected (applicable only if the candidate will be employed during the proposed period of the Fellowship).

Applications should be submitted electronically, preferably in one PDF document, to

Please direct your questions about the programme to



Teaching Fellow in Latin American Economics
Institute of the Americas, UCL
Part Time, 7.3 hrs a week, 0.2 FTE (2014/15 term 2)
£37,152 to £40,313, per annum

DEADLINE 21 September, 2014

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 post is available for one term only (2014-15 term 2).

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

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.

Further Details
A job description and person specification can be found here.

To apply for the vacancy please click here.

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