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“Everything in music is nature; it is singing and playing; it is Whatuku. Because the whole area of the river, the water, the wind stick, the breeze - everything sings, and we also sing to them to be grateful for what we received from nature”.

Mamo Eusebio Conchagui Sauna, August 2023

The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Colombia is a biodiverse region where the mountains meet the Caribbean Sea. It is also home to various Amerindian communities, including the Wiwa. Between 2011 and 2023, Laura Triana Gallego visited the Wiwa living around Siminke in the Ranchería River basin, first as a team member of an NGO and later as an independent researcher and PhD candidate at CEDLA (FGw-UvA)


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Sexual Culture and Transition to Democracy in Argentina: A History of the Reconstruction of Society   

SPEAKER: Natalia Milanesio, University of Houston
DATE: 8 March
TIME: 15.30-17.00, followed by drinks and snacks
VENUE: CEDLA Room 2.02 (2nd floor)

This talk answers this question by examining the unparalleled sexualization of Argentine culture and society after the fall of the last military dictatorship that contemporaries called the destape. Omnipresent, sex was not only about fantasies and indulgence, but was also imbued with a myriad of social, political, and cultural positive meanings—including citizenship, social progress, national development, and modernity. These meanings made sexual culture into a powerful metaphor for democracy and the reconstruction of Argentine society.

The Myth of the ‘Golden Age’: Unpacking Javier Milei’s Claims about Early 20th Century Argentina

SPEAKER: Lucas Poy, VU Amsterdam
DATE: 5 April
TIME: 15.30-17.00, followed by drinks and snacks
VENUE: CEDLA Room 2.02 (2nd floor)

His campaign videos, featuring a chainsaw as a symbol of his promise to cut state expenses, captured global attention. Since his inauguration as Argentina’s president in December 2023, Javier Milei has lived up to his promise, implementing neoliberal reforms, layoffs, and privatizations. Venturing into historical comparisons, Milei claimed that he wants to restore Argentina to its past glory, asserting that it was ‘the richest country in the world’ in the early 20th century. He refers to a period when Argentina was governed by an oligarchic regime that combined liberal economic policies with fraudulent electoral practices. The claim that Argentina experienced a ‘golden age’ under such liberal governments remains more than dubious. The prosperity was certainly not experienced by the mass of workers who tirelessly contributed to the export boom in rural settings, nor by those who worked in factories and dwelled in tenement houses in the big cities. It was even less golden for the indigenous population, systematically displaced and subjected to violence. In this lecture, Dr. Lucas Poy provides an overview of Argentina during the years of the ‘orden conservador’ (1880-1916), focusing on the main weaknesses of the export boom, the working and living conditions of the working class, and their struggles for labour and democratic rights.


This year the conference will also include an additional day for postgraduates organised by PILAS (Postgraduates in Latin American Studies).

CEDLA is delighted to invite proposals for the SLAS conference and PILAS day once our submission system opens on Friday 15 September 2023.

SLAS Conference, 1-3 July 2024
PILAS Day, 4 July 2024
Deadline for all proposals: CLOSED
Registration deadline: 11 March 2024

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