Business & Opportunity in Latin America: The Canning Conference

Monday 14 October 2013
This Wednesday, 16th of October, the Lord Mayor of London, Roger Gifford, and Foreign & Commonwealth Office Minister of State, Hugo Swire will deliver their assessments on business and opportunity in Latin America. Regional experts will provide delegates with updates on Latin America’s economic, political and regional developments. Delegates will hear The Lord Mayor’s feed-back on his recent business visit to Latin America and his impressions on how to win business in the region.

Forthcoming Latin American Music Seminar hosted by ILAS

Monday 7 October 2013
Save the date in your calendar for the upcoming session of The Latin American Music Seminar (LAMS) on 2nd November 2013. LAMS is a UK-based interdisciplinary forum for Latin American music research, which aims to bring together scholars, students, musicians and members of the public to share interest, knowledge, and critical perspectives on Latin American music. The day will consist of a series of presentations and discussions, culminating in a live music show.

CALL FOR PAPERS – the impact of race on music

Tuesday 10 September 2013
The Race in the Americas (RITA) group seeks papers from postgraduate students and established academics on the theme of race and music. Submissions on all forms of music are welcome but we are particularly interested in submissions dealing with the blues, jazz, hip-hop, avant garde music, reggae/ska, reggaeton, calypso, dancehall, gospel, and all forms of African and Latin American music.  The papers will be presented at the second annual RITA conference, which will take place in Manchester, 15th/16th April 2014. DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS:  Monday 30th September 2013.

Important Announcement Regarding Changes to the Institute for the Study of the Americas

Monday 22 July 2013
With effect from 1 August 2013, the Institute for the Study of the Americas will change to focus solely on Latin America and the Caribbean, and will cease to support the study of North America. As a result, the Institute will be changing its name to the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS). The Institute is in the process of informing a wide range of its stakeholders about these changes and their implications. For more information, please read an open letter from Professor Linda Newson, the Director of the Institute .

Rethinking the US Right: Are there lessons for Britain?

Thursday 13 June 2013
In a keynote address at a conference organized by University of London , the leading US political scientist and Columbia University Professor Richard Pious will discuss differences in American attitudes to federal and state control, for example over the use of drones. That the split is no longer along party lines proves interesting parallels to the UK.

Presenter funding secured for forthcoming conference, 'Globalisation & American Grand Strategy in a Time of Austerity'

Wednesday 5 June 2013
ISA and the Women and US Foriegn Policy Interview Project team are pleased to announce that funding has been secured for 6-8 people to help pay for part of their travel, full attendance and accommodation costs for the forthcoming conference, 'Globalisation & American Grand Strategy in a Time of Austerity'. Please indicate in your abstract submission whether you wish to be considered for funding. The funding is prioritised (but not exclusive) to early career academics including doctoral candidates. For more information click here. 

ICwS fellow John Cowley presents at Bocas Lit Fest in Trinidad and Tobago

Thursday 23 May 2013
The NGC Bocas Lit Fest, based in Trinidad and Tobago, is an annual celebration of books, writing, and writers. The third annual NGC Bocas Lit Fest was scheduled for 25 to 28 April, 2013. Express Publications Editor Deborah John went one-on-one with John Cowley, author of  'Carnival, Canboulay and Calypso - Traditions in the Making', to discuss Lovey's Original Trinidad String Band and its musical significance. To read the Trinidad Express article in full click here. 

Forthcoming Deans Seminar: Enlightening the khipu: views on the Incas’ writing system in 18th century learned circles

Tuesday 14 May 2013
Eighteenth-century Europe provided an unprecedented scene for the elaboration of a literature, both scholarly and fictional, on the Inca civilization. In a context of reflexion on imperialistic rules and the related debate on the diversity of the human mind, the historical chronicles on the Inca Empire inspired many political writings, philosophical essays, novels, plays and operas.

Relaunch of the Latin American and Caribbean Research Portal

Friday 3 May 2013
The Institute for the Study of the Americas is pleased to announce the re-launch of the Latin American and Caribbean Research Portal , the searchable directory of academics, thesis, libraries and centres, formerly known as “The Handbook”. We have redeveloped this directory in order to simplify the registration process, to improve the searching functions, and to increase its accuracy thanks to the addition of ORCID identifiers, and would like to invite you to re-register your details. It should take you less than a minute.