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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 In view of a future publication, we would encourage proposals of original, unpublished work not under consideration for publication elsewhere.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.

Successful ISA Conference Grant Applicants announced

Wednesday 3 October 2012
The Institute for the Study of the Americas is delighted to announce, following its recent call for applications, that successful applicants to the ISA Conference Grants scheme for 2012-2013 have been selected. The Conference Grants scheme at the Institute for the Study of the Americas supports scholars at any level convening academic conferences pertaining to the Americas (including North and South America, Canada and the Caribbean) across broad discipline and subject areas.

Successful ISA Fellowship Applicants announced

Wednesday 3 October 2012
Following its recent call for applications, the Institute for the Study of the Americas is delighted to announce that the Visiting Stipendiary Fellows joining the Institute during academic year 2012/2013 will be Dr. Tom Packer (former of the Rothermere American Institute), Dr. Annabel Pinker (University of Manchester) and Dr. Mattia Toaldo (British School at Rome).

Professor Eric Hobsbawm 1917-2012

Wednesday 3 October 2012
The Institute was saddened to hear the news of the death of Professor Eric Hobsbawm, Emeritus Professor of the University of London and, amongst many other academic associations, an Honorary Research Fellow of the Institute for the Study of the Americas. Professor Hobsbawm was world-famous as a prolific and insightful scholar, and his passing marks the loss of one of the most gifted minds in the history of the University. He will be remembered with great fondness by all colleagues that met him and benefitted from his remarkable work.

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