Obama’s foreign policy: Who needs democracy promotion when you’ve got democracy assistance?

Monday 7 January 2013
With presentations from ISA Director, Professor Linda Newson and Lecturer in US Politics, Dr Matthew Alan Hill, the forthcoming School of Advanced Study Deans Seminar will explore the impact the international arena, in particular the consequences of the US missions in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as its engagement in the Arab Spring’s Libya, had in this re-focussing of the way in which US national interests were to be either attained or explained. For more information click here. 16 January 2013, 12:30 - 14:00 Room 246 Senate House Malet Street London WC1E 7HU 

Employment Opportunity - Atlantic Archive Project Research Administrator

Wednesday 2 January 2013
An opportunity has arisen for a Research Administrator to work on our Atlantic Archive project under the supervision of Dr Matthew Alan Hill. An opportunity has arisen for an individual to provide dedicated administrative support to assist the Project Manager in selecting which government documents should be prioritised for digitisation. The postholder will be responsible for visiting The National Archives (TNA) to create digital images of the documented to be digitised, and to review digital images of documents already taken and create meta-data.

ISA Associate Fellow Rachel Sieder Co-Edits Gender Justice and Legal Pluralities:Latin American and African Perspectives

Monday 17 December 2012
Gender Justice and Legal Pluralities: Latin American and African Perspectives examines the relationship between legal pluralities and the prospects for greater gender justice in developing countries. Rather than asking whether legal pluralities are ‘good’ or ‘bad’ for women, the starting point of this volume is that legal pluralities are a social fact.

Call for Papers - Fifty Years without JFK: Rethinking Global Diplomacy

Monday 3 December 2012
For more information click here.  We invite paper proposals on any topics related to the conference themes. Please submit paper proposals of 350 words to Matthew Alan Hill and Luc-André Brunet . Any questions about any aspects of the submission process should also be directed to the academic convenors. The deadline for abstract submission is Monday, 14 January 2013. An earlier submission is encouraged. Successful submissions will be notified by 25 January 2013.

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.

Improve the Impact and Visibility of your PhD Research for Free

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.