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Americas Research Group Events for Semester 1, 2013/14

ARG Events - Semester 1

Divergences and Transformations in the Americas: exploring the reconfiguration of a region.
Venue: The Culture Lab, Space 4 and 5
Date: Friday 21st March 2014
Keynote: TBC

In the recent history of the Americas the geopolitical map of power has been subject to fundamental shifts and instances of radical change. These transformations manifest in diverse ways across the political, economic, social and technological spheres with interconnected ramifications that are felt locally, regionally, nationally and beyond. As crises end, new ones are presented with continual implications for the power balance of the Americas. Vibrant debate has been sparked across numerous academic fields regarding the intricacies and complexities of these dynamics, informing discussions on issues such as resistance, autonomy, dependency, interconnectivity, culture and power. This interdisciplinary postgraduate conference seeks to explore the socio-historical, political, economic and cultural contexts that have given rise to these processes and asks; what are the implications for the present-day? How may they shape future trajectories? And what contradictions remain?
This one-day conference aims to engender interdisciplinary and inter-regional discussion of this broad theme in a friendly, informal environment. The Americas Research group welcomes abstracts from Masters, PhD and early career’s researchers from any discipline working on the Americas (North, South, Central and the Caribbean) and papers could address but are not limited to, the following themes:
- Patterns of historical change
- Emerging economies and shifting power relations
- The social characterisation of protest and collective action
- Insecurity, instability and precarity
- Equality - how has this been achieved/what is still left to do?
- Emerging minority groups
- Identity shifts
- New visibilities and persisting exclusions
- Representations of change and transformation – art, literature, music, media
- The re-signification of place and space
- Innovation in industry
- ICT as an agent of change
- The management of ecological and cultural resources

Please submit abstracts of up to 250 words to: americas-conference@newcastle.ac.uk
Deadline for Abstract Submission: 20th January 2014

For further information about the Americas Research Group at Newcastle University, please visit our website at: http://americasresearchgroup.wordpress.com and http://www.ncl.ac.uk/hss/frdg/americas


Friday 1st November, 10-12, Alnwick Room, Kings Road Centre, Newcastle University
Professor Serge Gruzinski

Latin American history and global history: Why the colonial new world could be a mirror to understand better our global world?

Professor Serge Gruzinski, Research Director at the National Scientific Research Center (CNRS, Paris), Director of Studies at l'École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and a current Visiting Scholar at the Programme of Latin American Studies at Princeton University, is one of the most distinguished historians of Hispanic-American cultures. Gruzinski has been recognized for his fruitful and significant contribution to the progress of American and global history. Some of his most recent books are The mestizo mind: The intellectual dynamics of colonization and globalization (1999, translated to English in 2002); What time is it there? America and Islam at the dawn of modern times (2002, translated to English in 2010); Les Quatre parties du monde. Histoire d'une mondialisation (2004), L’aigle et le dragon. Démesure et mondialisation au XVIe siècle (2012). An example of the impact of his vision and work is reflected in the exhibition he curated in 2008, "Planète métisse : to mix or not to mix", for the Musée du quai Branly in Paris.

Abstract: What kind of pasts - in plural - could we teach in Europe to our mixed populations, to the old ones as well as to the new ones? What could be today the meaning of XVIth century Global Renaissance and the making of the New World? A lot of questions related to our present appeared in the context of the colonization of the Americas which often does appear as a mirror that can help us to revisit the European pasts in their relations with the rest of the world, and specially with the Americas. The making of a global history and the importance of the New World, not only as two academic topics but above all as two main elements for rewriting the European memory, will provide the main focus for this talk.

Malandros, Mugre, Mufa, and Magia: an acoustic recital of flute and guitar music from Argentina and Brazil
Jessica Quiñones (USA, Flute)
Hans Michael Anselmo Hess (Brazil, Guitar)

9th October 2013
Clement Stephenson Lecture Theatre, Agriculture Building, 5 - 6 p.m.

Come join Jessica Quiñones (USA, Flute) and Hans Michael Anselmo Hess (Brazil, Guitar) for an informal and light-hearted lecture recital about the fascinating cultural elements that give Brazilian and Argentinean popular music styles like the tango, choro, maxixe, bossa nova and samba distinct flavour and international presence. Both specialists in Latin American music, they will be performing a colourful acoustic mix of musical works by Astor Piazzolla, Celso Machado and Tom Jobim.

Stay for another hour after the recital to share a glass of wine and nibbles to greet and meet new colleagues and students.


Workshop: “Tourism in the Americas”
Venue: Research Beehive, 2.20, Old Library Building, Newcastle University, UK
Date: Thursday, 21st November 2013

This one-day workshop aims to fill a gap in the current scholarly debate about tourism in the Americas. We hope that this event may establish lasting networks between post-graduate research students and early career scholars in this relatively neglected but important area of research.

Please click on the link for more information: Call for papers - "Tourism in the Americas"

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