Dr Domenico Giannino, visiting fellow at the Institute of Latin American Studies, looks back on the Escazú Agreement, the world’s first legally binding treaty on environmental democracy that compels states to investigate and punish killings and attacks on people defending their land or environment.
‘Decolonisation’ has become a buzzword. However, few of those who deploy the term know much about its history, and perhaps more surprisingly, the same is true for ‘enlightenment’. This blissful tandem of historical ignorance is not as innocent as it appears. For many of today’s ‘postcolonial’ and ‘decolonial’ critical theorists and activists, the Enlightenment is the […]
Lucy McMahon, a contributor to Creative Spaces: Urban Culture and Marginality, published by the Institute of Latin American Studies, reflects on the challenges for creativity in Brazil’s favela neighbourhoods.
Dr Ainhoa Montoya, a lecturer at the Institute of Latin American Studies, and international lawyer and researcher, Constanza Pauchulo, report on a project that created a database of legal actions relating to mining conflicts in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.
Courts have increasingly become the locus of environmental disputes. Dr Ainhoa Montoya looks at one such case, which occurred in El Salvador, where resource extraction has preoccupied many of its citizens for more than a decade.
Ahead of Thursday’s (7 March) World Book Day, the annual celebration of books, authors and illustrators, Dr Maria Castrillo, head of special collections and engagement at Senate House Library, turns the page on a set of unique cardboard publications from Latin America, which ‘offer a window to hope through creativity’.
Dr María Soledad Montañez, a research fellow in community at the School of Advanced Study (SAS), outlines a new initiative in support of London’s Latin American community, which links several programmes prioritising collaboration, partnership and strategic change.
Amid the stresses of classes, essay writing, deadlines, and preparing for upgrade exams, postgraduate students whose work focuses on Latin America and the Caribbean face an additional challenge: preparing for their first fieldwork trip. It can become something of a silent anxiety.
Europeans and North Americans may be loath to give up their Latin American stereotypes, but the accessibility of sophisticated Mexican shows to foreign audiences may, slowly, work against the clichés says Professor Paul Julian Smith.
Image (© 2018 Richard Price) Though Suriname’s Saamaka people have already achieved a remarkable victory at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights that guarantees their right to their territory and the rainforests within it, the state’s continued push towards extractive development means their fight is far from over, writes Richard Price.