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Centre of Latin American Studies


Michaelmas 2019

MEXICAN FEMINISM IN PROTEST: The Photography of Ana Victoria Jiménez, 1964-1990 (Curator's talk listed below)
Ongoing exhibition - Common Room, CLAS, Second Floor, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT 
“The work of Ana Victoria Jiménez makes up one of the largest feminist archives in the world and this exhibition seeks to expand the focus of feminist exhibitions in the UK,” concludes curator Mónica Lindsay-Pérez. Further information including short film made by Mónica.

Friday 4 October & Saturday 5 October
Information & Registration

Wednesday, 16 October, 7 - 9pm (Film screening) 
TEATRO DE GUERRA / THEATRE OF WAR (Lola Arias, 2018) Theatre of War follows six veterans from the Malvinas / Falklands War (1982). Almost 35 years after the conflict, three British and three Argentine veterans spent months together sharing their war memories and reenacting their experiences alongside one another. Followed by Q&A with British veteran Lou Armour and Erika Teichert, CLAS PhD candidate
Seminar Room SG1, Ground Floor, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT

Thursday, 17 October, 6 - 8.30pm (Film screening) 
IXCANUL (Jayro Bustamante 2015) is a film about an active volcano close to where teenage María lives with her parents in a small Kaqchikel village. They grow coffee, isolated from a globalised world. The film portrays indigenous Guatemalans and their relationship with the USA, immigration and globalisation. Followed by Q&A led by Callie Vandewiele (PhD graduate of CLAS, Cambridge, 2019), who will be taking up a lectureship in Global Studies, University of Auckland, 2020 & Diego Azurdia, (second year Guatemalan PhD student in Spanish & Latin American studies, Cambridge), currently working on spatial paradigms in nineteenth & twentieth century Central America. Discussant, Françoise Barbira Freedman, medical anthropologist and affiliated lecturer, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge. 
Cynthia Beerbower Room, Dorothy Garrod Building, Newnham College, Sidgwick Avenue, CB3 9DF

**Thursday, 24 October, 5 - 6.45pm (Film screening) 
SUITE HABANA (Fernando Pérez, 2003) is one of the most significant films in the post Special Period era in Cuba. Between documentary and fiction, through the everyday life of fourteen characters, the film portrays a city (and a country) between hope and despair, still fighting for its dreams. An inspiring audio-visual piece to reflect on Cuba past, present and future in the light of the 60th Anniversary of the Cuban Revolution.
Followed by Q&A with specialist in Cuban cinema, Sandra del Valle, CLAS PhD candidate.
Lecture Room 2 (LR2), West Road Concert Hall, 11 West Road, CB3 9DP

Thursday 24 October (Concert & talk)
**VIVA CUBA! Classico Latino
Marking the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, Classico Latino launch their critically acclaimed new album Havana Classic. 
Delicious food and cocktails will be available to purchase on the Sidgwick Site. Festival of Ideas Programme 
West Road Concert Hall, 11 West Road, CB3 9DP

Friday 1 November, 5 - 6.30pm (Presentation)  
Open Event CLAS
Join our lively postgraduate community at the interdisciplinary Centre of Latin American Studies in Cambridge and benefit from individual and small-group teaching, world-class research facilities, and a full programme of workshops and events held throughout the year. Further information on postgraduate degrees at CLAS, Cambridge.
Seminar Room 204, Second Floor, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT   

Wednesday, 6 November, 5.30 - 7pm (Seminar)
Human Rights & Defence of Democracy in Latin America
Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS)
Audit Room, King's College, Cambridge

Friday, 8 November, 5pm (Curator's talk)
MEXICAN FEMINISM IN PROTEST: The Photography of Ana Victoria Jiménez, 1964-1990
Exhibition - Common Room, CLAS, Second Floor, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT
Mónica Lindsay-Pérez, curator of Mexican Feminism in Protest, recently finished her Master's Degree at the University of Oxford and is currently completing an exchange at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. Mónica will give a talk on Friday 8 November, 5pm, about the exhibition. 

Thursday, 14 November, 4 - 7pm (Roundtable)
Argentine Presidential Elections 2019
Gabriela Ippolito-O'Donnell, Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Juan Grigera, Political Economy of Development, King's College, London and Guillermo Makin, Research Associate, CLAS, Cambridge. Chair & discussant: Charles Jones & Grace Livingstone.
S1, First Floor, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT

Tuesday, 19 November, 12.30 - 1.45pm  (Book Launch)
Oneiromancy (bilingual edition) by Winétt de Rokha translated by Jessica Sequeira, PhD Candidate, CLAS, Cambridge.
Come celebrate with refreshments & a brief introductuion & poems read in Spanish & English. Further information
Room 204, CLAS, Second Floor, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT

Wednesday, 20 November, 12.30 - 1.45pm  (Lunchtime Seminar)
(Un-)Thinking anti-racism through anti-blackness and relationality: research notes from Latin American and European contexts
Silvia Rodríguez Maeso, Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra & Visiting Scholar, CLAS, Cambridge
Room 204, CLAS, Second Floor, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT


Lent Term 2020 

SALVADOR ALLENDE MEMORIAL LECTURE - 14 February2 -  6pm, SG2 Ground Floor, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT

Bureaucracies after death: the aftermath of forced disappearance in dictatorship and democracy
This Salvador Allende Memorial Lecture will consist of a case study followed by a lecture on major themes under discussion among forensic anthropologists working in the wake of the many atrocities which the world has been witnessing.

2pm Micro-technologies of disappearance by State bureaucracy: an archaeological perspective about necropolitics in dictatorship and democracy in Brazil (abstract)
Márcia Lika Hattori  Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Fellowship (MSCA), Institute of Heritage Sciences – Incipit & Spanish National Research Council – CSIC
Discussant: Dacia Viejo-Rose Cambridge Heritage Research Centre & Lecturer in Heritage and the Politics of the Past, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge

3.30 – 4pm   Refreshments

The politics of death: bodies, rights and memory in post-conflict Peru (abstract)
José Pablo Baraybar  Forensic Anthropologist, Center for Justice & Accountability (CJA) & Trans-regional Forensic Coordinator for Migration in Europe, International Committee of the Red Cross, (ICRC) Paris
Discussant: Cath Collins Director of the Observatorio de Justicia Transicional, Universidad Diego Portales (Chile) & Professor of Transitional Justice, Ulster University, Northern Ireland

5.30 – 6pm   Final comments
Followed by wine Reception at CLAS. All Welcome.This event is free but please register here for catering purposes.

Lunchtime Seminar - 18 February 
Coffee is not Forever: Converging Economic and Ecological Challenges to Coffee Production in Latin America since 1990
Stuart McCookHistory, University of Guelph, Canada

Easter 2020

Celso Furtado Centenary Commemoration events

Video essay: Decolonizing Nature in Latin American Art

Available to watch on YouTube featuring the work of several contemporary Latin American artists who use science and technology to explore new ways of relating to nature.

Video book launch: Geopolitics, Culture, and the Scientific Imaginary in Latin America

María del Pilar Blanco and Joanna Page are pleased to announce the recent publication of an edited volume, Geopolitics, Culture, and the Scientific Imaginary in Latin America (University of Florida Press). Some of the CLAS researchers and alumni who have contributed to the book also feature in a short video "book launch" - to view it, please click here.

BBC Sounds Interview 05 September 2020
Crafting Resistance - Bordando por la Memoria (Embroidering Memory)
Sewing to protest in a Chilean prison camp - BBC Sounds Released 05 Sep 2020 Presented by Grace Livingstone