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CEDLA Researchers

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Prof Dr Michiel Baud


Director of CEDLA (from April 2000 - January 2018)


Michiel Baud is Professor in Latin American Studies at the University of Amsterdam.
He graduated in Contemporary History at the University of Groningen in 1982 and received his Ph.D. cum laude in Social Sciences at Utrecht University in 1991. From 1995 to 2000 he was Professor of Latin American Studies at the University of Leiden. See more details at the personal page at UvA website +INFO


His Ph.D research was carried out in the Dominican Republic, where he studied the social history of a tobacco producing peasantry in the northern part of the country. In doing so he combined traditional historical documentary research with anthropological fieldwork techniques. After finishing his Ph.D he did research in southern Ecuador and North-Eastern Brazil. His current research interests are indigenista ideologies and their influence on present-day academic interpretations of the Andes, the role of ethnic movements in Latin American politics, the social history of Latin American borders,
the analysis of Latin American modernity and the construction of collective memories in present-day Latin America.

Confianza: Governance and Trust in
Latin America and the Netherlands

Valedictory lecture given by Michiel Baud, Professor in Latin American Studies at the University of Amsterdam. 23 November 2018


Visitors of Latin America will often hear someone saying: Don’t worry, this person is “de confianza”, you can trust him! Or entering a friend’s house, he or she will open the fridge, or pointing to the kitchen, tell you: You can take what you want, “estás de confianza”. Often adding the customary phrase: “Es su casa!” These phrases exclaimed in so many different ways and forms; what do they mean? What do they say about Latin American society, about its social and human relations, about the meanings of trust? In the past decades, I have often pondered these simple questions, and the complexity of their possible answers. Today looks like a good opportunity to go deeper into them.

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