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  • Indigenous Peoples and the Environment in Brazil: Public Anthropology and Activist Perspectives

    Speaker: Henyo Barretto (University of Brasilia) and Adriana Ramos (Climate Observatory) 17 March 2023, 16.00-17.30 Venue: CEDLA, Roetersstraat 33 | 1018 WB Amsterdam - 2nd Floor Activity: CEDLA Lecture The lecture will propose an understanding of recent transformations in Brazilian socio-environmental policy and arena, with an emphasis on the social effects of national development projects on territorial (and other) rights of indigenous peoples and traditional communities. It will be an attempt to understand the country’s recent political context based, in part, on the production of the commissions of the Brazilian Association of Anthropology (ABA), understood as a peculiar site of knowledge production and political advocacy. Evidences from the documents show that the assaults against the environmental legislation and the rights of indigenous peoples and traditional communities are not a recent phenomenon in Brazil. A tentative assessment of the prospects of these trends under the new Lula administration will be sketched by way of conclusion. Henyo T. Barretto Filho is professor at the Department of Anthropology of the University of Brasília, Brazil and was coordinator of Indigenous Affairs Commission of the Brazilian Association of Anthropology (ABA). Adriana Ramos is journalist and activist, former coordinator of the Socioenvironmental Policy and Law Program of the Instituto Socioambiental (ISA), and is currently member of the Coordination of the Civil Society Organizations’ coalition Climate Observatory. Picture: Indigenous women in Brazil have lead protests during Bolsonaro's rule | Survival International

  • Seminar: The Digital Politics of Elections

    Speaker: Carolina Maurity Frossard (CEDLA-UvA & VU), Kees Koonings (CEDLA-UvA & UU), Imke Harbers (Political Science-UvA) and others. 9 December 2022 Venue: CEDLA, Roetersstraat 33 | 1018 WB Amsterdam - 2nd Floor Activity: This seminar – hosted by CEDLA – was part of the project "It’s Election Year Everywhere: The Digital Politics of Elections and Electioneering Amongst Brazilians Abroad", made possible by a Global Digital Cultures Seed Grant.

  • The politics of social protection in times of crisis: COVID-19 and cash transfers in Latin America

    25 November 2022, 15:30-17:00 Venue: CEDLA, Roetersstraat 33 | 1018 WB Amsterdam - 2nd Floor Organization: CEDLA Lecture Merike Blofield, University of Hamburg The socio-economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic were particularly severe for the most vulnerable households in Latin America. Governments’ social protection responses determined whether families could still cover their basic necessities during this crisis. In a new comparative study on the cash transfer responses in ten Latin American countries, Professor Merike Blofield and colleagues have found a huge variation, ranging from generous responses in Brazil and Chile, to virtually no response in Mexico. In her lecture, Blofield will discuss the main findings and the three interactive variables that explain for this variation: policy legacies, divided government, and fiscal space. Her research shows that in times of crisis, the politics of social policy can change profoundly, with traditional factors like ideology and electoral competition playing a less central role than under normal circumstances.

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  • CEDLA Lectures & Events | | Latin American Studies - University of Amsterdam

    CEDLA Events Join our mailing list! To ensure that you don't miss out on events, exhibitions, engaging educational programs, latest courses, research, publications and other news, please join our mailing list today! We will not spam your mailbox, but send you a newsletter around twice per month. JOIN MARCH 31 The Human Costs of the War on Drugs: Attitudes towards Militarization of Security in Mexico Juan Masullo J. , Leiden University 31 March 2023, 15.30-17.00 Venue: CEDLA, Roetersstraat 33 | 1018 WB Amsterdam - 2nd Floor Activity: CEDLA Lecture The militarization of security enjoys strong popular support in various crime-ridden countries, particularly in Latin America. Yet, we know little about the determinants of such support. Do people support militarization even in the face of human fatalities? We tackle this question in the context of Mexico's "war on drugs". In three experimental studies, we assess the presence of human costs in a military operation against a drug lord and present arguments either justifying or condemning these costs. We consistently find that, even in successful operations, Mexicans’ support for militarization decreases when military operations involve civilian casualties, but not when casualties are cartel-related. This finding holds both for victims and non-victims of cartel-related violence. These and other findings shed light on the public opinion side of the militarization of security debate, with important implications for security policy reform and democratic politics in Latin America and beyond. APRIL 21 Energy transition and environmental conflict in the Andes:The case of lithium extraction in Argentina’ Felix Dorn, University of Vienna 21 April 2023, 15.30-17.00 Venue: CEDLA, Roetersstraat 33 | 1018 WB Amsterdam - 2nd Floor Activity: CEDLA Lecture The global transition to a ‘green’ energy system is increases the demand and extraction of certain ‘critical’ resources, including lithium. This growing demand for raw materials has sparked a new debate on the global interdependencies and unevenness of the emergent energy transition. In this lecture, Felix Dorn discusses this strand of literature, and argues that the global interconnections of the green energy transition influence the transition imaginaries, ideas, goals, and decisions of different localities of extraction. Highlighting actors, institutions, conflicts, narratives and material dimensions, the political economy of lithium mining and energy transition in Argentina reveals the reproduction of an emerging new ‘green’ consensus based on techno-optimism, ecological modernization and green growth. MAY 12 Book presentation: After the Decolonial. Ethnicity, Gender and Social Justice in Latin America David Lehmann, University of Cambridge 12 May 2023, 15.30-17.00 Venue: CEDLA, Roetersstraat 33 | 1018 WB Amsterdam - 2nd Floor Activity: CEDLA Lecture Based on Lehmann’s recent book, this lecture will examine the sources of Latin American decolonial thought, its reading of precursors like Fanon and Levinas and its historical interpretations. In extended treatments of the anthropology of ethnicity, law and religion and of the region’s modern culture, Lehmann will set out the bases of a more grounded interpretation, drawing inspiration from Mexico, Brazil, Bolivia and Chile and from a lifelong engagement with issues of development, religion and race.

  • CEDLA | Master's Latin American Studies - University of Amsterdam

    Registration Information Session 30 March MA Latin American Studies REGISTRATION Register here for the hybrid information session on the MA Latin American Studies of the University of Amsterdam on Thursday 30 March, 15.30 - 16.30 hrs (CET). EEA and non-EEA student who wish to apply for student housing should apply before 1 April 2023. These students are recommended to not wait until this Info Meeting before sending in their application! Non-EEA students who do not wish to apply for student housing have until 1 May 2023 to apply and EEA student can apply until 1 June 2023. STUDY AT CEDLA Bachelor, Master and PhD's CEDLA has promoted Latin American Studies in the Netherlands, Europe and beyond. We do this by conducting and stimulating relevant and original research on developments in Latin America and distributing the results of this research internationally via academic education at BA, MA and PhD levels MASTER THESES Final Theses MLAS Here you can find examples of MLAS final theses. These theses represent many topics and different realities in Latin America. +INFO MASTER Master Latin American Studies (MLAS) In this video Dr. de Castro and the student Ricardo Díaz explain in 5 minutes how this Master is structured and what the unique aspects are. WATCH IT SCHOLARSHIPS The Slicher van Bath de Jong Foundation We welcome applications for the Slicher van Bath de Jong Foundation. The deadline for project proposals is 15/4/23 ERLACS ERLACS, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Open Access, scientific journal. It publishes peer-reviewed articles in English and Spanish +INFO LIBRARY Nuestra Biblioteca An extensive collection covering the social sciences, economy, human geography, history and culture of Latin America +INFO EVENTS CEDLAFilms on YouTube CEDLA has a broad and interdisciplinary offer in lectures. Our events are free and open to everybody PAST EVENTS PUBLICATION China's role in Latin America and the Caribbean in Latin America These three reports were prepared for the China Knowledge Network (CKN). The research for and the production of the reports was carried out within the framework agreement for the CKN. The aim of the CKN is to promote strategic knowledge development about China for the national government of the Netherlands. MINOR Start with our Minor Latin America: a complex and multi-faceted region that is not always easy to understand +INFO FONDS Onderzoek naar Latijns-Amerika Het bevorderen van onderzoek naar Latijns- Amerika in Nederland en het ondersteunen in brede zin van de doelstellingen van het CEDLA +INFO

  • CEDLA | Master's Latin American Studies - University of Amsterdam

    CEDLA-Amsterdam-Latin-American-Studies-University_edited.jpg Master Latin American Studies Programme (MLAS) In the advanced Master's in Latin American Studies you will study social transformations through a multi-disciplinary lens, including a broad range of social science disciplines. You will design your own research plan, do field research in this exciting region and become a critical academic. The Master's in Latin American Studies is research-driven, small-scale and internationally oriented. ​ ____________________ _______ ​ ¿Buscas un programa asequible para desarrollar tu investigación académica sobre Latinoamérica? ¡Ven a CEDLA, la pequeña América Latina en Ámsterdam! El programa avanzado de Maestría en Estudios Latinoamericanos (MLAS) de la Universidad de Ámsterdam cuesta 3000 euros al año y te ayudará a generar un pensamiento crítico sobre la región, y elaborar planes de investigación social y académicamente que te permitan un trabajo de campo exitoso en América Latina. A través de una lente interdisciplinaria, aprenderás sobre las transformaciones sociales, mientras diseñas tu propio proyecto en esta dinámica región. Todos los estudiantes del programa de maestría serán elegibles para una beca de investigación de 1000 euros para cubrir parte de los costos de su trabajo de campo. Además puedes aplicar a una beca adicional, disponible para estudiantes afiliados a uno de nuestros proyectos de investigación MLAS. Nuestra matrícula reducida nos permite generar un espacio único de intercambio Global Norte-Sur, donde capacitar tus habilidades académicas en Europa para aplicarlas en América Latina. ¡Este puede ser tu año para vivir en dos lugares emocionantes a través de crear un proyecto académico de investigación! Inscripciones abiertas hasta el 1 de abril. +INFO ____________________ _______ You will delve into the most recent developments in the region and learn about topics like the new wave of economic, social and political crises that deepen inequality, insecurity and unsustainability. On the other hand you will also discuss innovative practices by indigenous and other social movements in rural and urban spaces that offer new hopes for social transformations in Latin America. The Master's in Latin American Studies provides a solid foundation for a career in research or academia, with civil society agencies, governmental and non-governmental organisations, and at research institutions both in the Netherlands and abroad. In addition, the Master's in Latin American Studies degree has proven to serve as a good starting point for pursuing a PhD. +INFO ​ Following the guidelines of the Dutch government, the tuition fee & the CEDLA fieldwork grant for the Advanced Master’s in Latin American Studies will be reduced by 50% for all students. The tuition fee for 2023-24 will be 1500 euros and all students will be eligible for a 500 euro grant during the programme. The application deadlines are as follows: 1 April 2023: EEA and non-EEA students who wish to apply for student housing. 1 May 2023: Non-EEA students who need an entry/student visa for the Netherlands but do not wish to apply for student housing. 1 June 2023: EEA students who do not need student housing. The Master's in Latin American Studies remains scheduled to start in September 2022. In case of a continued outbreak of the Coronavirus, we will take the necessary steps to ensure the continuance of the programme for all enrolled students. Studying at CEDLA CEDLA is considered to be one of Europe’s leading Latin American Studies institutes. Its staff members are experienced researchers and qualified teachers. CEDLA has a large library with a unique collection. Facilities such as student work stations, internet and computer access, and lecture rooms are excellent. CEDLA is pivotal to the Latin American Studies community in the Netherlands. It publishes an academic journal (ERLACS), organises monthly lectures, dialogues, and many other events. It also houses the Netherlands Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (NALACS) and the Latin American Studies Programme (LASP). INFORMATION SESSION Register here for the hybrid information session on the MA Latin American Studies of the University of Amsterdam on Thursday 30 March, 15.30 - 16.30 hrs (CET). REGISTRATION FINAL THESES Here you can find examples of MLAS final theses. These theses represent many topics and different realities in Latin America. The programme provides you with critical knowledge, academic skills and an in-depth understanding of the academic literature. You are trained to become a social science researcher who is able to conduct research out in the field, in Latin America, and whose research will contribute to our knowledge of currents trends in that area. FINAL THESES DISCOVER LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES In this video, teachers and students of the Master’s Latin American Studies share their experiences with the study programme at the University of Amsterdam. EXPERIENCE OF A STUDENT: RIYA In this video Riya will tell you more about the Master's Latin American Studies and why she chose this Master. RESEARCH GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS ​ All students of the Master’s programme will be eligible for a research grant (1000 euros) to cover part of their fieldwork costs, but an additional scholarship may be available for those interested in joining one of the MLAS-affiliated research projects. With a small tuition fee of 3000 euros per year the Master’s programme provides a unique opportunity to have a Global North-South experience at a cost-effective way by training your academic skills in Amsterdam and applying them in Latin America!

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