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Centre of Latin American Studies


Summer 2014

Conference: The Politics of Aesthetics and the Aesthetics of Politics in Contemporary Venezuela
This two-day conference aims to engender interdisciplinary discussion of the aesthetic manifestations that emerge with, against, or alongside the State apparatus in contemporary Venezuela. 
10-20 September 2014​
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Easter 2014

Conference: The Figure of the Child in Contemporary Latin American Visual Cultures
The figure of the child in contemporary global visual cultures has undoubtedly become a focus for academic debate in recent years. While much of the discussion has focused on Europe and North America, Karen Lury (2005) has called for the need for specificity when dealing with ‘childhoods and children represented via filmmaking in other areas of the world’...
17 May 2014​
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Conference: Indigenous Media and Political Resistance in Latin America
Discussing how indigenous peoples use both traditional and new media to combat discrimination, advocate for resources and rights, and preserve their cultures, languages, and aesthetic traditions.
25 April 2014​
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Lent 2014

The Catholic Church & Politics in Argentina
The Centre of Latin American Studies invites you to attend a special event, “The Catholic Church and Politics in Argentina”. It will take place between 2.30 and 6.00pm on 20th February, in Room 204, Centre of Latin American Studies, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge. 
20 February 2014​
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The 20 Year Anniversary of the Zapatista Uprising
A roundtable discussion followed by a film screening of Carazón del Tiempo
18 February 2014​
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Rivers of Meeting/Rios de Encontro 2014: Time to change the future 
Dan Baron Cohen presents his most recent activist-research from the five-year project 'Rivers of Meeting'. 
6 February 2014
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Lady Margaret Lecture: Troubled by Culture: Global Reflection in a World of Change 
A triad of presentations from Professor Aida Hernandez (CIESAS / Simon Bolivar Chair, CLAS, Cambridge), Dr Susan Bayly (Social Anthropology, Cambridge) and Professor Sarah Radcliffe (Geography, Cambridge), chaired by Dr Joel Isaac (History, Cambridge). 5:30pm, Yusuf Hamied Theatre, Christ's College, St Andrew's Street, Cambridge.
22 January 2014

Research Day on Latin America
The Centre hosted a Latin America Research Day on 10 January 2014, at which PhD students from across the university presented their research on aspects of Latin American history, education, ethnic identities, architecture, indigenous politics, cinema, anthropology, social welfare, literature and human rights. It was an excellent opportunity to hear about new research in different fields, and to meet students and staff working on Latin America in other departments and faculties, over lunch and drinks afterwards.
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Michaelmas 2013

Lunchtime book launch: 
Cuba and its Neighbours: Democracy in Motion, Arnold August

Montreal-based writer, journalist and lecturer, Arnold August, author of Democracy in Cuba and the 1997–98 Elections explores Cuba’s unique form of democracy in his latest book presenting a detailed analysis of the country’s electoral process and the state’s functioning between elections. Comparing the Cuban system with practices in the US, Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador, he describes Cuba as a laboratory where the process of democratization is continually in motion, and argues for better understanding, avoiding either blanket condemnation or idealistic political illusions.
4 December 2013

Book launch: 
Colección Revelación Intramuros

The Centre of Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge, invites you to a presentation of Colección Revelación Intramuros; narrativa, poesía y ensayo de mujeres en prisión ‘Intramural disclosures’ a compilation of biographical, poetic, visual and methodological reflections by women being and working in a Mexican prison. 
2 December 2013
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One-day Symposium on Chilean film
Stifled or exiled for the duration of the Pinochet dictatorship, the cinema of Chile has recently burst onto the international stage, with films such as Nostalgia de la luz (2011) making the official selection list at Cannes, and Pablo Larraín's No (2012) being nominated for best foreign picture at the Oscars. Yet this is just the tip of the iceberg, and forty years on from the coup, time is ripe to reconsider the challenges and innovations of a burgeoning national cinema. 
23 November 2013
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