Maradona: Global Icon

Date: 10 December 2020, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm

Organised by: UCL Institute of the Americas

Book Free Ticket: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/maradona-global-icon-registration-130779730695 The organisers will contact you with further details of how to access the online event once you have registered here.

Diego Armando Maradona (1960-2020) was one of the best football players in the world and one the most popular icons of contemporary history.

As a football player, Diego Maradona was revered from Buenos Aires to Naples. Born in a slum, his story of success and loyalty to his family made him the subject of popular devotion. A contradictory character, he became a paradox of Latin American popular culture. An icon of the Left, and a symbol of anti-colonialism, he lived a life of capitalist excess while becoming a hero to the poor. To assess his impact on world football, his iconicity, and his likely cultural legacies, UCL Institute of the Americas brings together specialists on the history of Latin American sport and popular culture to discuss Maradona in and beyond football.

Speakers:

Brenda J. Elsey is Professor of History at Hofstra University. She is the author of Citizens and Sportsmen: Fútbol and Politics in Twentieth Century Chile (2011) and co-author of Futbolera: A History of Women and Sports in Latin America(2019). Her new book, Losing to Win: The Joy, Agony, and Politics of Sport in Latin America, is forthcoming from UNC Press.

Matthew Brown is Professor in Latin American History, University of Bristol. He is author of From Frontiers to Football: An Alternative History of Latin America since 1800 (2014), and co-editor of Connections after Colonialism: Europe and Latin America in the 1820s (2013).

Ernesto Semán is an Associate Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages at the University of Bergen, he is the author of Ambassadors of the Working Class: Argentina’s International Labor Activists and Cold War Democracy in the Americas(2017).

All are welcome to this free event, which will be held via Zoom. Please register your attendance via Eventbrite to receive the joining link.

Links:

Professor Brenda J. Elsey – academic profile

Professor Matthew Brown – academic profile

Dr Ernesto Semán – academic profile

Image:

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Stop the closure of the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London!

Argentina Research Network wishes to express its solidarity with the staff, postgraduate researchers, alumni and everyone connected with the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London over the unexpected decision to close ILAS and the Institute of Commonwealth Studies down in November 2020. Below is the letter that we have sent to the Acting Dean and Vice-Chancellor of University of London. We would encourage all our followers to write their own letters and to also sign and share the petition that calls for a reversal of this terrible decision.

 

https://www.change.org/p/professor-jo-fox-and-professor-wendy-thomson-stop-the-closure-of-the-institute-of-latin-american-studies-sas-university-of-london

Online UK Premiere: Fondo [Argentina’s Debt Crisis] + Director Q&A

Online UK Premiere: Fondo [Argentina’s Debt Crisis] + Q&A with Alejandro Bercovich, Director

July 8th 2020 – 7.30 BST

Join us for an exclusive free online film screening and Q&A with the Director of ‘Fondo’, a new documentary film shedding light on Argentina’s perpetual debt crisis and its disastrous effects on Argentinians, brought to you by Jubilee Debt Campaign, Global Justice Now and Action for Argentina UK to mark Argentinian Independence Day.

Right now the government of Argentina is intense negotiations with private creditors on whether they will be able to restructure their debts following their ninth debt default in the country’s history. But what we don’t see is what the debt crisis means for the people of Argentina, or how the decisions of governments and international institutions have led the country to the brink.

Book your space for this first UK showing of the film which will be followed by a live Q&A with Director Alejandro Bercovich.

Click here to Register and you will receive a link to the screening nearer the time https://jubileedebt.org.uk/events/film-screening-argentinas-debt-crisis

Film in Spanish with English subtitles

Webinar: Argentina: A Perfect Storm?

Date: 4pm Wednesday 27th May

Organised by: Canning House

Free registration link to Zoom meeting: https://www.canninghouse.org/events/argentina-a-perfect-storm

Speaker: Dr Jill Hedges – Canning House Associate Fellow & Deputy Director of Analysis, Oxford Analytica

 

Canning House Associate Fellow Jill Hedges provides an update on Argentina’s political, economic & social spheres as the country faces interwoven challenges including the Covid-19 pandemic & a potential debt default.