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ISA welcomes the launch of School of Advanced Study Leverhulme Trust Fellow, Dr Isabel Yaya's book 'The Two Faces of Inca History: Dualism in the Narrative and Cosmology of Ancient Cuzco'

Wednesday 21 November 2012
The historical narratives of the Inca dynasty, known to us through Spanish records, present several discrepancies that scholarship has long attributed to the biases and agendas of colonial actors. Drawing on a redefinition of royal descent and a comparative literary analysis of primary sources, this book restores the pre-Hispanic voices embedded in the chronicles. It identifies two distinctive bodies of Inca oral traditions, each of which encloses a mutually conflicting representation of the past that, considered together, reproduces patterns of Cuzco’s moiety division.

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Tuesday 13 November 2012
The Institute for the Study of the Americas, School of Advanced Study, is pleased to announce the creation of a new online collection of PhD and masters theses pertaining to the study of the Americas (north America, Latin America or the Caribbean). Comparative theses, or those focusing on foreign policy of states in the Americas, are equally welcome. Completed theses may now be deposited, free of charge and in perpetuity, in the School of Advanced Study’s online research repository called SAS-Space. The advantages of depositing your thesis with us are:

Dr Matthew Hill, ISA Lecturer in US Politics, interviewed on BBC breakfast following 2012 US Presidential Elections

Tuesday 13 November 2012
Speaking to the BBCs Tim Muffett,  Dr Hill offered an international perspective to the US presidential election. He suggested that support for President Obama in the world would not be as effusive as in 2008 because Obama’s politics and responses to issues was a now a known quantity. An example to demonstrate this more measured support can be seen in the initial reluctance to support the Egyptian people wanting political change during 2011.

New podcast: The Cuban Missile Crisis - regional perspectives 50 years on

Friday 2 November 2012
Professor Antony Kapcia (Speaker), Prossor Hal Klepak (Speaker), Carlos Alzugaray Treto (Speaker), Piers Ludlow (Chair) 18 October 2012, Thursday, Hong Kong Theatre, 6:30pm - 8:00pm This public discussion was organised by LSE IDEAS with the cooperation of the Institute for the Study of the Americas to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis. It presented a Cuba-centric perspective of the crisis, as an alternative to the standard narrative that focuses on the superpowers. To this end, specialists on Cuban history came to IDEAS from the UK, Canada, and Cuba.

ISA hosts welcoming reception for Director Professor Linda Newson and celebrates the start of a new academic year

Friday 19 October 2012
Professor Linda Newson was welcomed as new Director of the Institute for the Study of the Americas by staff and fellows as well as students, academics, diplomats and others with an interest in the study of the Americas. At her welcome reception on Wednesday 10 October, Professor Newson commended the work of the Institute and reflected on its national and international position within the interdisciplinary field of the study of the Americas.

Two new interviews added to Women and US Foreign Policy Repository

Wednesday 17 October 2012
Andrea Prasow a Senior Counterterrorism Counsel and Advocate at Human Rights Watch discusses her time working as a defense attorney for people detained at Guantanamo on charges relating to terrorism. Former Deputy Assistant Secretary Prudence Bushnell discusses her experiences working as an Ambassador in Kenya and Guatemala as well as the difficulties of the US preventing humanitarian disasters before they turn into a crisis because of short-term focus in addressing issues.

Second and final Call For Papers: ‘Arts and Belonging in the Americas Today’

Thursday 11 October 2012
Following our first call for papers, we are pleased to announce that the Institute for the Study of the Americas (ISA, University of London) has confirmed partial funding for this one-day interdisciplinary conference to be held on Friday the 12th of April, 2013. In view of a future publication, we would encourage proposals of original, unpublished work not under consideration for publication elsewhere. More Information

ISA Director, Professor Linda Newson, contributes to the Leverhulme Trust Annual Report 2011, 'Apothecaries and the medicine trade in 16th and 17th century Peru'

Wednesday 3 October 2012
Much has been written about the collection and dissemination of American plants, such as cinchona bark (from which quinine is extracted) and guaiacum (a treatment for syphilis), which were incorporated into European materia medica following the Spanish conquest. However, little is known about the medicines that were traded and used in the Americas at this time. (p21) To read the entry in full click here.

Dr Deborah Toner presented paper on Liberalism on the Americas at Open University

Wednesday 3 October 2012
Dr Deborah Toner, former ISA Postdoctoral Fellow, presented her paper 'Liberalism in the Americas: Building an International Network, Digital Library and Virtual Research Community' at the 'AHRC Commodity Histories Project: Networking Workshop 1. Designing a Collaborative Research Web Space: Aims, Plans and Challenges of the Commodity Histories Project' , at the Open University London Regional Centre, 6-7 September.

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