Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies


Upcoming Events

Find details of upcoming events, research workshops and conferences.

  • Abolition of the Army in Costa Rica, 70 years on: Issues of Institutional Violence, Power, and Political Economy

    Date/Time: Tuesday 24th April 2018, 1:00-6:00pm

    Venue: Research Beehive 2.21

  • PGR Workshop: 'Participatory action research and the work of Orlando Fals Borda´ with Nick Morgan

    Date/Time: Thursday 31st May 2018, 1:00-2:30pm

    Venue: Old Library Building 6.02

  • PGR Workshop: Decolonising methodologies

    Date/Time: Wednesday 25th April 2018, 1:00-2:30pm

    Venue: Percy Building G.09

  • Research Seminar: Lusophone Black Atlantic Abolition: Mendonça’s Freedom Discourse, Brazil, Africa and Europe, XVII Century

    Date/Time: Wednesday 2nd May 2018, 4-5pm

    Venue: Armstrong Building 1.05, Newcastle University

  • Seminar: Art Collectives and the Pedagogies of Dissent in Peru

    Date/Time: Thursday 3rd May 2018, 16:00-17:00

    Venue: Barbara Strang Teaching Centre 1.46

  • Seminar: Haunted Cosmopolitics: Rethinking violence, gender, and indigeneity in Highland Mexico

    Date/Time: Thursday 17th May 2018, 4:00-5:00pm

    Venue: Barbara Strang Teaching Centre 1.46

  • Past Events

    Find resources, outcomes, comments and reflections from our past events.

    • International Conference: ¿La paz es ahora? Examining the question of peace and violence in Colombia

      Location: Room 2.16, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University 
      Date: 29 September 2017

      The aim of this conference was to bring together scholars from different disciplines and backgrounds to discuss what we really mean when we talk about peace, and about violence, in the Colombian context. Discussions throughout the day ranged from meditations on the applicability of our theoretical concepts (what is the state and according to who?) to analyses of case studies where in some cases everyday peacebuilding has been put into practice (how do the Indigenous Guard in Northern Cauca do it?) and in other cases grand corruption continues unimpeded by grand gestures of peace. The practices of various state institutions, from lawmakers to educators, were compared and contrasted to those of activists, artists and filmmakers, with special attention paid to how different groups in different situations perceive and respond to questions of memory, human rights and media narratives.

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    • Researching Everyday Geopolitics In Latin America

      Location: Research Beehive, Old Library Building, Newcastle University 

      Date: 8 September 2017

      The ‘Researching everyday geopolitics in Latin America’ seminar (funded by the University’s International Partnership Fund) organised by the School of GPS and CLACS brought together ten international scholars working on geopolitical issues in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Falklands/Malvinas, Mexico and Peru. The presenters reflected on  a diverse set of topics including youth (counter) cultures in Lima and Bogota, the ‘war on drugs’ in Mexico, popular geopolitics and memory in Argentina, border contestations in Chile-Peru and the ‘geopolitics of the periphery’ in Chilean Patagonia. The day offered an opportunity for extended discussion, networking and future collective publications are planned. 

    • After the Thaw: Cultural approaches to research on Cuba

      Location: Research Beehive, Old Library Building, Newcastle University 
      Date: 12 May 2017

      This seminar series, with the support ILAS Regional Seminar Grant Series, jointly organized by the University of Edinburgh and the University of Newcastle, followed the recent détente between the USA and Cuba to discuss the implications of the thaw to Cuba. Departing from an approach to Cuban cultural politics and its historic consequences for economic, scientific and international relations, experts on contemporary Cuban Studies (Michael Chanan, University of Roehampton and Dunja Fehimovic, University of Newcastle) addressed the complex dynamics of Cuban cultural production in a globalised context, analysing the impact of health and education in and beyond the island; and how Cuba can lead the way in the region in sustaining impressive accomplishments in human development, departing from examples in the arts, culture, and science.


    • Slavery Workshop

      Slavery: dialogues across time and place

      Location: Research Beehive, Newcastle University

      Date: 12 May 2017

      The event (sponsored by School of History, Classics, and Archaeology and CLACS) brought together scholars working on human trafficking and enslavement in a wide variety of chronological periods and geographical locations, from Egypt in the sixth century to Britain today. The event showed the strengths of international slavery studies in the Northeast and at Newcastle in particular.

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    • Bregando: Navigating the Everyday

      Location: Research Beehive, Old Library Building, Newcastle University 
      Date: 28 April 2017

      This postgraduate conference explored 'the art of bregar'. Coined by Arcadio Díaz Quiñones (2000), 'bregar' describes the constant hard work involved in navigating the processes of everyday life. Across the Caribbean and Latin America, the art of bregar describes not only historical and cultural heritage, but the unpretentious mechanisms of coping.

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    • Rethinking Difference Collage

      Rethinking difference: Beyond Language, Culture, and Indigeneity

      Location: Percy Building, Newcastle University 
      Date: 30 - 31 March 2017

      The innovative format of this event promoted an optimum amount of high quality debate around a crucial topic within the field of anthropology and adjacent disciplines. Our aim was to explore the range of scholarly approaches to the analysis of cultural difference, seeking to get beyond the pitfalls of relativism and binary thinking that this may entail.

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    • Vanessa Knights Memorial Lecture

      Location: Barbara Strang Teaching Centre, Newcastle University
      Date: 16 March 2017

      This is the second in a series of annual lectures in memory of Vanessa Knights (1969-2007) who was lecturer in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies at Newcastle University from 1995 until her early death. Vanessa was well known and respected in her field. Her work dealt with Spanish-speaking cultures of the Iberian Peninsula and, especially, Latin America, focusing on music, literature, and popular culture.

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    • New Perspectives on Hispanola, Past and Present

      Location: BSTC and Herschel Building, Newcastle University

      Date: 8 June 2016

      Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz returned to Newcastle University in June 2016 to give a public lecture as part of the 11th annual ¡Vamos! Festival. The author gave a public lecture I will build a great wall: Immigration and Xenophobia in the Age of Disruption as part of a wider CLACS organised conference in his honour, titled ´New perspectives on Hispaniola Past and Present'.

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    • Society for Caribbean Studies Conference

      Location: Percy Building

      Date: 6-8 July 2016

      It was our great pleasure to host the 2016 Society for Caribbean Studies (SCS) Annual Conference. This was a very special conference for SCS, as it was their 40th!  

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