Events

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Upcoming Events

Presented by The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies (ANCLAS) and the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Australia

The Simón Bolívar String Quartet
Wednesday 3 May, 7:00pm

Location
BIG BAND ROOM
ANU School of Music
William Herbert Place, Canberra

Artists
Alejandro Carreño, violin
Boris Suarez, violin
Ismel Campos, viola
Aimon Mata, cello

The Simón Bolívar String Quartet is made up of principal musicians of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. Each player brings a strong personality and individual musical character to the group, together combining to create a thrilling and multi-faceted ensemble with a unique flair. The Quartet led by José Antonio Abreu, arose from the passion of its members to explore chamber music and the wealth of benefits it can offer, not only to its musicians but also to the children and young people who make up the Foundation.
The Simón Bolívar String Quartet has performed in concerts across Venezuela, throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, as well as taking part in education and community events

This concert is free and open to the public. For catering purposes please RSVP: by Friday, 28th April to rsvp@venezuelaembassy.org.au

 

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25th Anniversary of the Salvadoran Peace Accords

Public lecture presented by the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies (ANCLAS), the Embassy of the Republic of El Salvador and the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) Canberra Committee

25th Anniversary of the Salvadoran Peace Accords
Thursday 27 April, 6:30pm

Speakers
Ambassador of the Republic of
El Salvador, H.E Luis Menendez
and
Dr. Alastair Greig, ANU

Location
The Allan Barton Room

2nd Floor, Building 26C, CBE,

Kingsley St Acton, ANU

On January 16th 1992 the Government of El Salvador signed a peace accord with the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front to end the 12-year conflict that caused the death of 75,000 people. The agreement, which included a Truth Commission to investigate the atrocities and a comprehensive schedule of democratic changes to Government institutions, then became a model for similar conflicts in the region. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the accord, the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies (ANCLAS),
Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) Canberra Committee and the Embassy of the Republic of El Salvador will host a Public Lecture about the agreement, its problems and limitations,
the implications of the declaration of unconstitutionality of the amnesty, and the current situation of the country.

H.E Luis Menendez a Career Diplomat since 1982, Ambassador Luis Menéndez presented his Letter of Credence as Ambassador of El Salvador to Australia on February 24, 2016. Ambassador Menendez has served his country in various posts for the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs, both in the context of bilateral relations and to international organizations. In San Salvador, he was Director for Asia-Pacific Affairs, Director for International Economic Organizations, Director for European Affairs and Head of the
Human Rights Unit. He was appointed as Chargé d’Affaires to the Kingdom of Belgium and to the European Community, Ambassador Menéndez served as Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS),
where he also acted as Deputy National Coordinator to the 7th Summit of the Americas in 2015.
Dr. Alastair Greig is an Emeritus Fellow in Sociology at the ANU. His expertise lies in developmental issues and he is the co-author of the Palgrave MacMillan book Challenging Global Inequality, among other works.
Alastair has had a long-standing interest in Central America ever since he conducted his doctoral fieldwork there in the 1980s.

The lecture will be followed by light food and beverages through the kind support of the Embassy of the Republic of El Salvador
Free and open to the public. No RSVP required.

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30 Years of Argentine Democratization: Consolidation or Recurrent Crisis?

Public lecture presented by the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies (ANCLAS), the Australian Centre for Federalism (ACF) and the Embassy of the Argentine Republic.

Wednesday 26 April, 6:30pm

Speakers
ANCLAS and ACF Visitng Fellow Dr Lucas González (UNSAM)

Location
The Allan Barton Room

2nd Floor, Building 26C, CBE,

Kingsley St Acton, ANU

Delegative democracies are neither representative nor consolidated (i.e., institutionalized) democracies, because they maintain serious deficits in the mechanisms of horizontal accountability (O’Donnell 1994). In this work, I provide an empirical classification of some Latin American cases based on the different dimensions in O’Donnell’s definition of delegative democracies. I observe variations between delegative and representative democracies as well as variation inside each of the two groups. Even more important, there is also within-case variation over time: some countries have been going through a gradual but steady transition to a more representative democracy. In others, there has been a continuous erosion of their representative democracies. In a third group of cases, there has been an oscillating trend, or “recurring delegativeness.” I argue this has been the case in Argentina after the transition from authoritarian rule in 1983. I discuss why I classify Argentina as a recurring delegative democracy and explore why this and others delegative democracies are enduring and recurrent in some countries, while not in others.

Speaker:

Lucas González holds a PhD in political science at the University of Notre Dame, where Guillermo O’Donnell was his thesis advisor. He also holds an MA in Political Science (Notre Dame), an MSc in Latin American Studies (University of Oxford), and an MA in Public Policy (Georgetown University-UNSAM). He is researcher at the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET) and professor at the Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA) and Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM). He recently finished a postdoctoral visiting fellowship at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Watson Institute, Brown University. He published his book on the determinants of changes in the rules regulating the distribution of federal funds between the central government and sub-national units in Argentina and Brazil with Routledge in 2016. He has also coauthored two books and written articles, the last ones published in The Journal of Politics, Studies in Comparative International Development, Latin American Research Review, Latin American Politics and Society, Publius: The Journal of Federalism, América Latina Hoy (Spain), Revista de Ciencia Política (Chile), Revista Ibero-Americana de Estudos Legislativos (Brazil), Revista de la Sociedad Argentina de Análisis Político, and Desarrollo Económico: Revista de Ciencias Sociales (Argentina).

The lecture will be followed by light food and beverages through the kind support of the Embassy of the Argentine Republic.

Free and open to the public. No RSVP required.

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The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies (ANCLAS) presents:

Burial Rites: Mortuary Practises of the Prehistoric Cultures of Coastal Northern Chile

Wednesday 15 March 6:30pm

The Allan Barton Forum, 2nd Floor, Building 26C, CBE, ANU

Public lecture by
Dr Christopher Carter

The world’s oldest artificial mummies are found along the desert coast of Chile. The Chinchorro were hunter/fishers who lived on the coast of northern Chile and southern Peru from 9,000 to 4,000 years ago. During that period they developed a complex mummification
process that is far older than that of the Egyptians. Through time the resident population developed culturally and economically and this included several major shifts in funerary practises – from the complex Chinchorro mummies to the elaborate mummy bundles
dating from the Tiwanaku and Inca periods that included fine textiles and grave goods.
The talk will discuss the archaeological background of this region before concentrating on the range of funerary and mortuary rituals that are commonly seen today. We will also discuss how this area was regularly visited by collectors during the 19th and early 20th
century. People were fascinated by mummies which resulted in them being traded throughout the developed world.

About the speaker
Christopher Carter recently completed a PhD at the School of Archaeology and Anthropology, ANU. His thesis was titled ‘The Economy of Prehistoric Northern Chile’. Since gaining his initial degree in 1996, Chris has worked in commercial archaeology, acting as a heritage advisor for major projects such as mining and infrastructure developments. His research interests lie in Latin America, particularly the archaic and formative periods of the Atacama region of northern Chile and southern Peru. Diverting his attention from the commercial world, Chris also teaches a range of extra-curricular courses at the ANU Centre for Continuing Education, focussing on the archaeology of Latin America and Spain. He has also taken teaching outside the classroom by leading study tours and since 1996 Chris has led over 40 international study tours to a range of areas including Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Argentina, Paraguay, Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Spain, Ireland, Greece and Turkey.

Content Warning:
This lecture will contain images of deceased persons.

The lecture will be followed by light food and beverages. Free and open to the public.
No RSVP required.

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The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies (ANCLAS) presents:

Mapuche indigenous worldviews and political histories

Public Lecture by Jaime Huenchullan

Monday 14 November 6:30pm

Hanna Neumann,
Seminar Room G058,
Building #21, ANU

What are the aims of Mapuche struggles in Chile? What role should the state play as regards indigenous demands? What have left-leaning governments in Chile and South America meant for the long-lasting demands of indigenous people? Over several decades, networks of solidarity have arisen to further the demands of first peoples across the globe, and mobilisation—across ethnicities, class and culture—has been key to rendering visible the demands for justice, territory and autonomy by the Mapuche. Jaime Huenchullan, a well-known leader of the Mapuche in Wallmapu, southern Chile, will address these subjects and the role of an indigenous worldview or cosmovision in enabling the future histories of the Mapuche.

Biography
Jaime Huenchullan is a Mapuche leader from the autonomous community of Temucuicu in Wallmapu, southern Chile. Jaime is a well-known spokesperson of the Mapuche struggle for autonomy and self-determination in Chile. Jaime has also been involved in indigenous education with the UChile Indigena project. A recent interview can be seen through here: https://www.facebook.com/UChileIndigena/videos/1805898183027370/ Jaime has come to Australian through the work of the Melbourne-based Latin American Solidarity Network (LASNET).

Free and open to the public. No RSVP required.

The Hanna Neumann Building is located directly opposite Degree Cafe, and close to the entrance of MCC (Manning Clark Centre).

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The 5th annual DAY OF THE DEAD FIESTA hosted by Los Chavos!

Day of the Dead Fiesta
Saturday November 5th

3pm – 11:30pm

Ainslie Arts Centre, Elouera Street, Braddon,

Tickets available now (EventBrite)

A community celebration of Afro-Latin music and culture with live bands + interstate guests, DJs, performances, food & craft stalls, face painting, workshops and live art!

Come and experience the vibes and atmosphere of a Latin American fiesta at this family friendly event; get your face painted and learn a little about how vast and deep Latin culture is. Paint a skull, learn a dance or two and reflect on what’s important as we mark the Mexican tradition of the Day of the Dead by enjoying the best in life!

Things kick off in the courtyard from 3pm with music and acoustic and dance performances and then heat up as night falls and we open the main hall from 6pm to our hand picked line up of live bands that span the gamut from Latin jazz & reggae, West African pop, Brazilian Forro Roots and New Orleans Funk.

The 2016 edition of the fiesta will feature Los Chavos – Brass Knuckle Brass Band – Mandacaru Forro (MELB) – Zambezi Sounds Canberra and Los Que Son + Dance & Circus performances & more!

Our amazing new venue is the Ainslie Arts Centre where we will be able to spread out and make use of the amazing heritage listed building that was refurbished very recently. Expect great sounding bands and lots of space for stalls and events & dancing!

The main event will finish at 11:30pm but for those who still want to party we have a the Day of the Dead AFTER PARTY which will be very close to the CBD where we can dance, sing, jam and be merry until the early morning!

Tickets are available online through Eventbrite (Kids & Family tickets available)

For more information and updates check the Day of the Dead Fiesta 2016 [Facebook Event].

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Day.of.the.Dead.Fiesta.Canberra
INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/day.of.the.dead.canberra/
EMAIL: DAY.OF.THE.DEAD.CANBERRA@GMAIL.COM
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/DayoftheDeadCBR

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A heavy night of Latin vibes as Melbourne’s San Lazaro launch their album “La Despedida”

SATURDAY 22nd OCTOBER @ 8pm at the ANU Bar

It’s a tropical night. You hear the sound of congas and bongos, brass sections and chorus vocals. It’s a toe-tapping hip-rolling mambo and that cowbell is ringing and the bass is bouncing and while it’s a familiar sound, something seems different this time.

San Lazaros unique take on Latin music is a blend of old school salsa and classic Cuban Son. Beyond that, it references everything from psych funk to roots reggae to Spaghetti Western film soundtracks. It’s raw, noisy and electric one moment and sweet and soulful the next. They cut their teeth on the standards of salsa and mambo, and are respectful inheritors of those traditions, but now stand alone as providers of a truly individual Latin sound.

A tribe of long-lost Latinos, San Lazaro formed after wandering the desert continent of Australia in search of themselves and their music. With backgrounds from Chile to Cuba to Catalonia, destiny drew them together at the Southern end of the world to sing the songs they needed to sing and tell the stories they needed to tell. There are protest songs, songs of midnight ennui and songs that promise musical salvation.

The music is a synthesis of far flung elements from all over Latin America’s musical history: Afrocuban Rumba, Son Montuno, Peruvian Cumbia from the 1960s, New York Salsa from the 1970s, and more than a few echoes of the Chilean protest-folk movement that was extinguished in the coup of 1973. All the influences all together – unbound by borders or eras.

Signed to Melbourne’s HopeStreet Recordings, they will make their Canberra debut launching “LA DESPEDIDA” which you can listen to in its entirety right here. Their video for “Amor De Despedida“, a heavy salsa tune can be viewed here.

Supported by local favourites Los Chavos who channel the festival sounds and urban rhythms of Latin America to sway hips from Canberra to Colombia. With their signature energy coupled with complex arrangements and a large variety of rhythms; they never straying too far from their ska/reggae roots. Romantic ballads are given a ska/cumbia twist and hard-hitting merengue horns are mixed with calypso-hiphop.

The night will also feature special performances by local dance groups.

Tickets are available through Moshtix for $20 (+$5 booking fee) & at the door for $22.

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Duo Deconet

SPAIN & MEXICO
Where time meets both cultures

Thursday 13 October 7:00pm
The Big Band Room, Peter Karmel Building, School of Music, ANU

Duo Deconet celebrates the musical insights of Mexican and Spanish composers as innovators of their times.

Music by Pablo Sarasate, Enrique Granados. Manuel M. Ponce, Mario Kuri Aldana and Leonardo Coral. Australian premieres by Federico Mompou and Julian Carrillo and world premiere by Manuel Ruiz del Corral.

Duo Deconet – Henry Avila-violin & Irma Enriquez-piano

This event is proudly presented by The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies and the Embassies of Mexico and Spain.

The performance will be followed by light food and beverages through the kind support of the Embassy of Mexico and the Embassy of Spain.

Free and open to the public. No RSVP required.

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The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies (ANCLAS) and the Embassy of Uruguay present:

 Vaz + Šárkova: an afternoon Tango concert

Nestor Vaz (Uruguay) & Emily-Rose Šárkova

An afternoon concert of world-class Tango music with Bandoneonist Nestor Vaz and Pianist/Bandoneonist Emily-Rose Šárkova, as part of the Tango in the Spring festival. Plus pre-concert talk.

Emily-Rose is the Artistic Director of Australia’s premiere tango quintet, Tángalo, and she has put together a fantastic concert program with Nestor Vaz: intimate duo concert pieces. This unplugged acoustic concert will feature works by Piazzolla especially arranged for the duo, as well as double bandoneon piecs, some beautiful songs and haunting solo pieces. There will be a 30 minute pre-concert talk on the origins of tango in Uruguay and Argentina, and the Rio de la Plata.

When:  Sunday 2 October 2016, 2pm
(Pre-concert talk at 2pm. Music around  2.30, for about 1 hour)
Where:  Great Hall, University House, ANU, Canberra
Admission: free, but please arrive early to make sure you get a seat.
NB the venue will be set up in concert mode, without a dance floor.

For more information please visit: http://tangointhespring.org.au/an-afternoon-of-tango/

Supported by the Embassy of Uruguay in Australia, and the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies (ANCLAS).

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The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies (ANCLAS) and the Embassy of the Argentine Republic present:

TangoMundo

200 Years of Tango (1816-2016)
A concert to celebrate the bicentenary of Argentina’s independence

Thursday 7 July 6:30pm
The Larry Sitsky Recital Room, School of Music, ANU

ANCLAS is pleased to present TangoMundo in concert, to be introduced by the Argentine Ambassador, His Excellency Dr Hugo Javier Gobbi.

No other art form has conjured up a culture and society more than the Argentine Tango: a key presence in Argentine literature, poetry, music, dance, language, public commentary, history and sociology.

This concert will tell the story of Tango from its 19th century Afro-Argentine roots to the present day. It will use a dynamic mix of text, music, songs, images, historical materials and anecdotes to showcase the cultural influence and the unique entertainment of Tango.

The music will be performed by the ensemble TangoMundo (www.tangomundo.org), featuring favourite tangos, milongas and songs from La Guardia Vieja (9 de Julio, La Cumparsita); classics from the repertoires of D’Arenzio (Desde el Alma), Pugliese (La Yumba), Troilo (Nocturna by Plaza), Gobbi (Orlando Goñi), Salgán (Don Agustín Bardi); through to works by Astor Piazzolla (Balada para mi muerte, Reunión Cumbre, Libertango) and new original works.

The music and text will be accompanied by a rich visual narrative of tango iconography taken from historic sheet music covers, mural street art, photographs and urban imagery.

TangoMundo ensemble is led by composer, violist and tango scholar Guillermo Anad (Académico Correspondiente, Academia Nacional del Tango, Buenos Aires) with Faye Bendrups on piano and vocals and Dave Evans on piano accordion.

The performance will be followed by light food and beverages through the kind support of the Embassy of the Argentine Republic.

Free and open to the public. No RSVP required.

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The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies and the Embassy of Paraguay present:

Paraguayan Harp Concert

6:30pm Wednesday 18 May

The Big Band Room, Peter Karmel Building, School of Music, ANU

Please register your attendance at Eventbrite by COB Monday 2 May.

The Paraguayan harp is a cultural emblem, which represents not only the nation of Paraguay and its traditional music, but also a collective notion of paraguayidad—Paraguayanness. It is a touchstone for Paraguayans’ pride in their national territory, collective historical memory, Guaraní-Spanish bilingual reality, landmarks of the natural environment, and the rich legacy of folk traditions. The melodies, harmonies, rhythms, lyrics, and even song titles associated with it evoke in Paraguayan listeners’ notions of self-identity.

Marcelo Rojas is one of the new interpreters of the Paraguayan harp. Born in Yuty, in the state of Caazapá in Paraguay 1976, he began studying the harp at age 10 under the tutelage of his father, Don Aquiles Rojas. He regularly performed at the Festival del Ita Karu (magnetized stone) in Yuty, earning recognition at a young age for the quality of his interpretations. At 16, he moved to Encarnación, where he continued his studies with maestro Alfonso Garay, joining the permanent cast of the Encarnación Cultural Center, taking part in performances in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay.

Marcelo Rojas’s performances are known for the dexterity with which he plays and his ability to embrace a style within the pulsation of the harp, as well as for his interpretation of Paraguayan music. Behind a fine and precise touch, he has recorded several CDs marked by a melodious selection of songs. He has been described as one of the finest interpreters in this difficult musical field.

The performance will be followed by light food and beverages through the kind support of the Embassy of Paraguay. Free and open to the public.

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ELITE DEVELOPMENT THEORY: A LABOUR-CENTRED CRITIQUE

Public Lecture

Dr Benjamin Selwyn

6:30 PM, Thursday, November 12th

Haydon-Allen Lecture Theatre (The Tank), ANU

 

The objective of Development Studies, theory and practice is to uplift and empower the world’s poor. Much development theory, however, is based upon elite-led conceptions of social change. Whilst distinct from each other such theories form a broader unity of Elite Development Theory (EDT). EDT conceptualizes ‘the poor’ as human inputs into, or at best, as junior partners within elite-led development projects and processes, rather than as development ‘actors’ in their own right. In this talk Benjamin Selwyn argues that this elitism contributes to a) the continual (re)framing of the poor as passive beneficiaries of elite policy, b) legitimating economic exploitation and political repression of the poor, especially when they act against the pre-conceived objectives of elite-led development, and c) naturalizing the hierarchical social relations which nourish EDT. He illustrates these claims by discussing a number of EDT traditions – The Washington/Post-Washington Consensus, Statist Political Economy and Modernisation Marxism. He argues that EDT and practice contributes to a situation where the benefits of capitalism’s immense economic dynamism are concentrated in the hands of a minority of the world’s population. He concludes by proposing a non-elite comprehension of human development, conceived here as ‘labour-centred development’.

Benjamin Selwyn is Senior Lecturer in International Relations and International Development, and the Director of the Centre for Global Political Economy at the University of Sussex, UK. He conducted field work in North East Brazil throughout the 2000’s. He works at the intersection of International Political Economy, Economic Geography and International Development. His publications include Workers, State and Development in Brazil (Manchester University Press: 2012), The Global Development Crisis (Polity: 2014), and 21st Century International Political Economy: A Class-Relational Perspective (European Journal of International Relations, 2015). His research focuses on global development and in particular on the seeming paradox of global capitalism’s simultaneous generation of mass wealth and widespread poverty.

The lecture is followed by refreshments. Free and open to the public, no RSVP required.

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Colombian Film Festival

The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies and the Embassy of Colombia present over 3 consecutive weeks the Colombian Film Festival:

Sofia Y El Terco / Sophia and the Stubborn

Date & time
6.30pm 10 November 2015
Location
Haydon-Allen Lecture Theatre (The Tank), ANU
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El Viaje Del Acordeón / The Accordion’s Voyage

Date & time
6.30pm 17 November 2015
Location
Haydon-Allen Lecture Theatre (The Tank), ANU
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Gabo, La Magia De Lo Real / Gabo, The Magic Of Reality

Date & time
6.30pm 24 November 2015
Location
Haydon Allen Lecture Theatre (The Tank), ANU

For more information please visit:
http://politicsir.cass.anu.edu.au/centres/australian-national-centre-for-latin-american-studies/events

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Los Chavos proudly present the 4th edition of the

Day of The Dead Afro-Latin Festival!

6pm – Friday November 6th @ Teatro Vivaldi (ANU)

4pm – Saturday November 7th @ Croatian Club (TURNER)

Over two nights in November, Canberra will be treated to a stellar line-up of musicians & dancers from around the country who come together to showcase the deep cultural links that unite Latin America and Africa.

United under the theme of the 3000 year old Mexican tradition of “Day of the Dead” which celebrates friends and family members who have departed – the weekend is divided into two separate and unique nights:

November 6th – Friday – Acoustica!

Friday night will be a night dedicated to the human voice and the melodic vibes of the guitar; hosted in the intimate Teatro Vivaldi at the ANU campus.

A sit down evening of acoustic Afro-Latin music and poetry headlined by the Oscar Jimenez Trio and a host of local artists, poets and musicians. This will be an over 18+ event and is an intimate and special way to prepare and reflect for the festivities the next day. Born and Raised in Colombia, and best known as the front man of the ARIA nominated Latin Rock band WATUSSI, Oscar is an experienced performer of many styles whose music is on the vanguard, crafting a cross-cultural sound that mirrors his geographical journey. From Caribbean and South American traditional songs to reggae, funk and Latin jazz with a modern tip

Listen to his music here: http://oscarjimenez.bandcamp.com/album/distancia

View a video of Oscar in amazing acoustic mode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5e7y5KDtI0

November 7th – Saturday – Fiesta!

Saturday will be an all ages fiesta from the early afternoon well into the night that will be focused on the dance and the power of the drum. With arts and craft stalls, food stalls, face painting and DJs, the night will be sure to exceeded previous editions with our most ambitions line-up so far.

Joining the latin ska of locals Los Chavos on stage will be the amazing Keyimba, Australian’s leading West African band, Amaru Tribe’s amazing blend of Andean & Caribbean music, a rare and unique show by Melbourne’s Afro-Brazilian percussion and dance group Esterla Du Mar and a special masked performance from Sydney’s Bolivian dance troupe Sabor Boliviano. Closing out of the line up is the local latin fusion group FunkyTrop and the multicultural reggae vibes of Jambalaya.

Proudly supported by ANCLAS, BMA Magazine and Canberra YHA.

Pre-purchase tickets here: http://www.trybooking.com/162993
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Duo Deconet presents
CITY SUITE

6:30pm, Friday 30th October, 2015
Larry Sitsky Recital Room
ANU School of Music Childers Street
Canberra ACT

An evening of contemporary music and short films exploring urban
life and spaces, inspired by the poetry of Jacqueline Buswell

World Premieres
Australia – Elena Kats-Chernin
Spain – Jorge Grundman
Peru – Sadiel Cuentas

Australian Premieres
Cuba – Guido López Gavilán
Venezuela – Luisa Elena Paesano
Mexico – Eduardo Gamboa
Uruguay – Miguel del Águila

DUO DECONET
Henry Avila – violin
Irma Enriquez – piano

This event is proudly presented by ANCLAS-ANU and sponsored by the
Embassies of Mexico, Venezuela, Spain, Cuba, Peru and Uruguay.
The performance will be followed by light food and beverages through the kind
support of the participating embassies.
Admission is free. No RSVP required.

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“ MUJERES ARGENTINAS ”

7–10pm 7 August 2015
Larry Sitsky Room, ANU Canberra School of Music

Music: Ariel Ramirez – Lyrics: Felix Luna

Australian Premiere

Marcela Fiorillo, Piano – Louise Page, Soprano

Tickets: General $35, Cc $30

Bookings: To book tickets visit: http://marcelafiorillo.iwannaticket.com.au/ or at the door.

Includes: Your ticket includes a complimentary cocktail after the Concert

Courtesy of Argentine Embassy.

 

Pianist Marcela Fiorillo – Canberra Times award for the “top ten concerts” – 2007. “ Canberra Critics Circle Award 2007 “ for “ The Best Concert of theYear ”. Canberra Critics Circle Award 2008, Canberra Critics Circle Award 2014 – presents the new Australian Premiere of “Mujeres Argentinas“ by Ariel Ramirez and Felix Luna with special guest and gifted voice of Soprano Louise Page – Canberra Critics Circle Award for music in 2007 and the Canberra Times Artist of the Year award 2007. In the 2013, Louise was awarded an OAM for services to the performing arts in Australia.

Both talented performers will bring together the very well known Argentinean musical work honoring eight relevant women through eight pieces inspired by folk and dance rhythms performed around the World by who was called The Voice of Latin America : Mercedes Sosa.

As part of the program, Marcela Fiorillo invites you to be part of the World Premiere of her new composition: “ Poema Mistico “ for Piano and Percussion allowing the audience to share this first performance together with percussionist Charles Martin.

Don’t miss the opportunity of experiencing the music dialogue between composer, performer and the audience. It will be a truly great experience.

Something is very special when you are able to feel Music history and when new compositions come to life…Listen to very talented performers and after the Concert, enjoy a delicious Cocktail hosted by the Argentine Embassy.

Intimate space for inspiring music.

Enquiries: For more information, please contact Jorge Bagnini, at latinamericaalive@homemnail.com.au or call 0450960897

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The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies, School of Literature Languages and Linguistics, ANU and the Embassy of Paraguay present:

“From Hummingbirds to Shiraz: Paraguayan Literature from an Australian Perspective”

Public lecture by Professor Roy C. Boland

6.00pm Thursday 4 June
Manning Clark Centre, Theatre 4
Australian National University

 

Australia has a presence in Paraguayan history and culture. Australian Utopia-seekers founded two colonies in Paraguay at the end of the nineteenth century. One of their descendants became Paraguay’s outstanding anthropologist. Drawing upon these connections, this lecture establishes unexpected and provocative parallels between the literatures and cultures of Paraguay and Australia.

Speaker:
Roy C. Boland is Honorary Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia. His books include Oedipus and the Papa State: A Study of Individual and Social Psychology in Mario Vargas Llosa’s Novels of Peruvian Reality (1988), Culture and Customs of El Salvador (2001), and Una rara comedia. Visión y revisión de las novelas de Mario Vargas Llosa (2003). He is the general editor of Antipodas,  Journal of Hispanic and Galician Studies, and Associate Editor of LANTANA, Journal   of Australian and New Zealand Studies, published in the University of Coruña, Spain. In 2009 he was awarded the Cross of the Order of Isabel la Católica by the King of Spain, for his contributions to Hispanism.

The seminar will be followed by light food and beverages through the kind support of the Embassy of Paraguay. Free and open to the public, no RSVP required.

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The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies and the Embassy of the Republic of El Salvador present:

Monseñor: The Last Journey of Oscar Romero

(2011 – Documentary 97 mins)
Directors: Ana Carrigan and Juliet Weber

6:00pm Thursday, 28th May, 2015
Manning Clark Centre, Theatre 3, ANU

 

In El Salvador in the late Seventies, one man was the voice of the poor, the disenfranchised, and the disappeared – all struggling under the corrupt Salvadoran government. Appointed Archbishop in early 1977, Monseñor Óscar Romero worked tirelessly and in constant personal peril until the day he was assassinated in March 1980.

Romero broke off ties with the military and aligned himself with the poor, delivering messages of hope in weekly sermons which became national events. Encouraging direct action against oppression, Romero’s speaking impacted political events in El Salvador that still have meaning to this day.

With rare recordings and film footage from Romero’s own collection and a wide range of interviews from those whose lives were changed by Archbishop Romero, including church activists, human rights lawyers, former guerrilla fighters and politicians, Monseñor: The Last Journey of Óscar Romero is a timely portrait of one individual’s quest to speak truth to the rich and powerful forces which dominated his government. Thirty five years after his assassination, the Vatican has formally declared that Archbishop Óscar Romero was assassinated as a martyr for the Catholic faith and is to be beatified May 23 in San Salvador.

The showing of the documentary (97 minutes) will be followed by light food and beverages through the kind support of the Embassy of the Republic of El Salvador.
The Film is in Spanish with English subtitles. Admission is free. No RSVP required.
This movie is recommended for viewers 18 years and over.

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The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies and the Embassy of the Paraguay present:

Paraguayan Harp and Piano Concert

6:00pm Wednesday 27 May

Drill Hall Gallery

Kingsley Street, Canberra, ANU

 

On this occasion, Drill Hall Gallery Director Terence Maloon will welcome Esteban Bedoya, the Paraguayan Chargé d’Affaires, to introduce the accomplished Paraguayan harpist Marcelo Rojas who will be accompanied by the Australian pianist James Huntingford.
Come to the Drill Hall Gallery to enjoy this unique Paraguayan concert in an uplifting art setting, savor some wine and cheese to conclude a delightful evening.

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The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies (ANCLAS)

Policy Forum Series

The ANCLAS Policy Forum is an event series which brings policy-makers from Latin America together with Australia-based scholars, journalists, diplomats, and policy makers to discuss current and emerging issues in the region.

“Ecuador: Outcomes and Challenges for the Citizens Revolution”

Vice-Minister of Foreign Relations of Ecuador, Leonardo Arízaga

Wednesday 13th May, 6:00pm
The Allan Barton Forum, 2nd floor,
ANU College of Business & Economics,
Kingsley Place [Building 26C].
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Ambassador Leonardo Arízaga will present the historic transformation that Ecuador is undergoing and explain how these major evolutions are being pursued in the face of the ongoing challenges facing the country. Vice Minister Arízaga will also explain Ecuador’s development model and the benefits it has brought to the majority of the country’s citizens.

Ambassador Arízaga is presently the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, USA, and a Doctorate in International Studies from the Central University of Ecuador.  He has had training courses at the Diplomatic Academy of Ecuador, the Diplomatic Academy “Andrés Bello”, Chile, in 1990, and in the Politics and International Relations Faculty of the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, in 1999.

Mr Arízaga started his career as a diplomat in 1987. Since then he has held different positions in bilateral and multilateral affairs within the Ministry of Foreign Relations of his country, being Secretary for Bilateral Relations from 2009-10.
He served as a diplomat in Austria, Slovakia and Perú. He has also been Deputy Representative to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, UNIDO; the International Atomic Energy, IAEA; and the United Nation Office in Vienna, UNOV.
In 2010 he was appointed as Ambassador to China where he served until 2012 when he was named Ambassador to Venezuela until 2013.  He ended that posting for the present position of Vice Chancellor of Foreign Affairs.
He speaks English and German.
He was born in 1964, is married and has two children, presently living in Quito.

The forum will be followed by light food and beverages through the kind support of the Embassy of Ecuador.
Free and open to the public.
For catering purposes only please RSVP to anclas@anu.edu.au by COB Monday 11th May 2015.

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The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies and the Embassy of Colombia present:

Buscando a Gabo / Finding Gabo

(2007 – Documentary 52 mins)
Directed by Luis Fernando Bottia

Thursday, April 30th, 2015
Manning Clark Centre, Theatre 2, ANU

Please confirm your attendance on Eventbrite
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/finding-gabo-buscando-a-gabo-documentary-registration-16391463308?aff=ANCLAS

“BUSCANDO A GABO”, (“Finding Gabo”) is a documentary produced by the Colombian film director Luis Fernando Bottia in 2007, as a tribute to the 80th birthday of García Márquez and the forty years of publication of his novel “One Hundred Years of Solitude”.  The documentary presents a human portrait of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, as evoked by several intellectuals, such as Carlos Monsivais, a famous Mexican writer and journalist; Alvaro Mutis, Colombian novelist and poet; Roberto Pombo, currently Director of the prestigious journal El Tiempo and Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza, a journalist ad novelist who was one of Gabo’s closest friends; as well as members of his family. It presents the special circumstances that define who Gabo, the great Colombian writer was, and where Macondo and his magical realism originated.

Director:
Luis Fernando “Pacho” Bottía (Barranquilla – Colombia, 1954) graduated in Political Science at the Universidad de los Andes (Andes University) of Bogota.  His work in the cinema as filmmaker and screenwriter began in the 1980s decade. In 1981, he received a mention in the Colcultura Film festival (Colombia) for “Carnaval en blanco y negro” (screenwriter and director). He won the First Prize at the Bogota Film Festival (1983) and the same year the special mention in Huelva Latin Film Festival (Spain) for the film “El Guacamaya” (screenwriter and director).
His first feature film, “La boda del acordionista” (1986) won the Coral award for the Best First Work at the New International Festival of the New Latin American Cinema of Havana, Cuba.  In 1987 he directed the TV series “Corralejas”, which won the Simon Bolivar National TV prize and of the India Catalina award at the Cartagena Film Festival in that year. In 1990, his script Aluna was chosen by 2nd Call of the Film Projects for Children and Youth (Proyectos Cinematográficos para la Infancia y la Juventud )  in Mexico; thanks to this he was invited to participate at the International Projects Workshop that was organized by the Sundance Institute and the International Film and Television School of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba. In 1997, he directed the Colombian-Spanish documentary: ”La Cartagena de García Márquez”.
Since 2003, he is the Director of the Film and Audio-visual Program of the Magdalena University in Santa Marta, Colombia.

The showing of the documentary (52 minutes) will be followed by light food and beverages through the kind support of the Embassy of Colombia.

The documentary is in Spanish with English subtitles. Admission is free.

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The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies presents:

In search of the shadow fleet: Paraguay’s mau cars and the politics of bottlenecks across the triple-frontier

Public Seminar by Dr. Caroline Schuster

1:00pm Wednesday 6th May

L.J Hume Centre, Copland Building (24) 1st Floor, Room 1171, ANU

Within the tri-border area between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, the city of Ciudad del Este is infamous for stolen cars. Since Ciudad del Este is a crucial bottleneck for contraband in the continent, the saturated car market throws up a series of questions about legitimacy and commercial capitalism across the triple-frontier. Rather than a set of economic reforms aimed at unweaving a national social welfare safety net and privatizing state-supported industry, the anti-regulatory impulse in Paraguay has long been predicated on local histories and political claims around the role of commercial markets as engines of development. From the vantage of the driver seat of my 1973 Volkswagen Beetle, I take an ethnographic approach to the triple-frontier’s regulatory landscape. I show how the region takes shape through a series of bottlenecks, from traffic snarls on the international bridge, to the work of insurance actuaries who seize stolen vehicle, to an elite Customs task force charged with surveillance of Paraguay’s contraband cars, to the pleasures of cruising on suburban streets. By refocusing attention on region formation through a transborder vehicle fleet (and its shadows), I track efforts by actors within Paraguay and Brazil to individualize particular cars within the aggregate. I argue that the crowd and the bottleneck serves as powerful metaphors for explaining the distributional politics of freewheeling frontier capitalism, and especially the unequal forms of access that generate wealth for some more readily than others.

Speaker:
Caroline Schuster is a Lecturer in the School of Archaeology and Anthropology. She completed her PhD in socio-cultural anthropology at the University of Chicago based on two years of ethnographic fieldwork in Paraguay. Her forthcoming book, Social Collateral: Women and Microfinance in Paraguay’s Smuggling Economy will be published with University of California Press this year.

The seminar will be followed by light refreshments.  No RSVP required.

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SOLQUEMIA ESENCIAL – A night of Latin Guitar & Flamenco

Date: Friday 17th April
Venue: Teatro Vivaldi, (ANU Arts Centre, Acton)
Doors open at 7:00pm (Show starts at 7:30pm)

Admission: $25 (on the door and online here)

Supported by ANCLAS and Clandestino Events.



ANCLAS is proud to support a unique night in an intimate setting featuring SOLQUEMIA ESENCIAL at ANU’s Teatro Vivaldi.

Solquemia’s unique music is inspired by Latin jazz, flamenco and rumba, established in 2009 by Alejandro Florez as a means of experimenting with different sounds and instrumentation, both solo and in collaboration with other musicians. Now, with his longest guitar compadre, Juan Martinez, he presents Solquemia “Esencial”, a guitar duo that brings out the captivating magic of the Spanish guitar.

Alejandro and Juan have performed together for the last 15 years in various projects that have taken them around Australia and overseas. Solquemia “Esencial” combines Juan’s virtuosity and dazzling technique with Alejandro’s sensitivity and lyrical melodies to evoke primal emotions, stirring up feelings from deep within that can only be set free by two guitars in their purest form. Flamenco with traces of past experiences are woven together for a guitar experience not to be missed.

The night will also include music by locals The Night Cafe who draw inspiration from across the world with their repertoire of French Cafe tunes, Cuban salsa, Brazilian bossa, Argentinean tango, songs from the Romany and Gypsy Swing traditions and Jazz Standards. Listen to their music here.
Also performing a special solo acoustic set will be Karina Bontes Forward, and Don “Oudist Nudist” will open up the night with middle eastern vibes on the oud to round out an amazing night of music.

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El Son Entero ‘The Full Sound’ – Direct from Cuba

Date: Thursday 9th April 2015
Venue: Hellenic Club (Matilda Street, Woden)
Doors open at 7:00pm (Show starts at 7:30pm)

Admission: $30 (on the door, online here, or on 6281 0899)

One of the finest traditional Cuban’ band is touring Australia for the first time with its celebrated and passionate music, EL SON ENTERO.
Son is to Cuba what Tango is to Argentina; Son, meaning rhythm, is the central musical force in Cuba, it is the very soul of Cuban music.

You will be powerless to resist the temptation of the dance floor once EL SON ENTERO set the evening alight with their seductive syncopated and sultry melodies.
Be transported deep into the heart of son via the complex paths handed down through the music of Nigerian slaves. Deeply embedded in all Cuban music, these origins are inseparable from history, culture, politics and daily life in Cuba.

EL SON ENTERO will take you on a musical adventure into the scintillating energy and pulsating rhythms of Cuba’s musical styles Salsa, Son, Bolero, Cha Cha, Chanqui and Trova; from their origins in Spanish colonialism and African slavery to their current global popularity. The group captures a moment of living musical history, as quintessential Cuban band.

This is a unique opportunity to experience a journey into Cuban cultural history that has rarely been shared, offering audiences a unique insight into a complex, multi-layered and beautiful culture.

Proudly supported by ANCLAS, The Australia-Cuba Friendship Society, The Cuban Embassy in Australia and Clandestino Events.

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Supported by

DJPaisa – Resident DJ (ACT)
MC – Marcos Cruz Garcia
Coreographer – Alli Jury – Cuban Son – Salsa Suelta

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The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies presents the book launch of:

Australia and Latin America
Challenges and Opportunities in the New Millennium

Edited by Barry Carr and John Minns

We are honoured to have the book launched by His Excellency Mr Pedro Raul Villagra Delgado, Argentine Ambassador and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps

3:00pm Wednesday 29 April
L.J Hume Centre, Copland Building (24) 1st Floor, Room 1171, ANU

This is a good time to reflect on opportunities and challenges for Australia in Latin America. Impressive economic growth and opportunities for trade and investment have made Latin America a dynamic area for Australia and the Asia Pacific region. A growing Latin American population, Australia’s attractiveness to Latin American students, a fascination with the cultural vibrancy of the Americas and an awareness of Latin America’s increasingly independent stance in politics and economic diplomacy, have all contributed to raising the region’s profile. This collection of essays provides the first substantial introduction to Australia’s evolving engagement with Latin America, identifying current trends and opportunities, and making suggestions about how relationships in trade, investment, foreign aid, education, culture and the media could be strengthened.

About the editors

Barry Carr is Adjunct Professor at The Australian National University for Latin American Studies (ANCLAS) at the ANU and Senior Fellow of the Institute of Latin American Studies at La Trobe University. A historian of modern Latin America, he has researched and published widely on the twentieth century development of Mexico and Cuba. His most recent book is (with Jeffrey Webber) The Latin American Left: Cracks in the Empire (2013).

John Minns is the Director of the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies and Associate Professor in Politics and International Relations at The Australian National University.

The launch will be followed by light food and beverages. Free and open to the public, for catering purposes only please RSVP to Eventbrite by COB Tuesday 28th April.
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/australia-and-latin-america-challenges-and-opportunities-in-the-new-millennium-tickets-16572609120?utm_campaign=new_event_email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=eb_email&utm_term=viewmyevent_button

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MÉXICO JOVEN AUSTRALIA

3rd – 6th March 2015

The Drawing Room, University House, ANU

The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies and the Embassy of Mexico present México Joven (Young Mexico) Project.

A refreshing view of contemporary Mexican art, lectures, presentations, debates, workshops presented over 4 days, 3rd – 6th March 2015.

Presented by Maja Zawierzeniec, Ph. D., the author of the project,
and Brenda Razo and Hazzel Yen,  Mexican contemporary artists

Brenda Razo – painter, photographer and film maker; with vocation for social topics (social well-being, gender equality, environmental protection)
Hazzel Yen – poet and vingettist
Maja Zawierzeniec – Mexicanist, cultural promoter

Programme:

Tuesday 3rd of March 2015 – The Drawing Room, University House, 3pm thru to 5pm

Cultural relations between Australia & Mexico, and Latin American Studies in Australia
Prof. John Minns, ANCLAS – English
The Embassy of Mexico in Canberra – English

Mexican studies in Poland
Dr. Maja Zawierzeniec – English

Wednesday 4th March – The Drawing Room, University House, 9am thru to 2:30pm

Contemporary Mexican art and the México Joven  Project
Dr. Maja Zawierzeniec – Spanish
Presentations of Mexican artists and writers – Spanish

Thursday 5th March – The Drawing Room, University House, 9am thru to 2:30pm

Presentations of specific multicultural projects (“Los confines del arte, el arte de los confines”, “El cosmos y el arte”, “Polonia Imaginada”, etc.) – English/Spanish
Debate on  functions of art in the 21st century – English/Spanish

Friday 6th March – The Drawing Room, University House, 9am thru to 2:30pm

Management of cultural projects; Fostering creativity – workshops  – English/Spanish

http://mexjoven.blogspot.com.au/

 

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The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies and the El Salvador Australia Friendship Association present:

ROQUE DALTON, ¡FUSILEMOS LA NOCHE! (LET’S SHOOT THE NIGHT!)
Directed by Tina Leisch

6.30pm for 7pm screening, Friday 27th February

Haydon Allen Lecture Theatre (The Tank), ANU

Entry: $ 10

Roque Dalton, ¡Fusilemos la noche! (Let’s shoot the night!) is a poetic documentary, a manifesto both for reading poetry and for living a life that takes responsibility for the state of the world. Roque Dalton (1935-1975) is El Salvador’s most important poet. His life is an adventure, his poetry an exciting shower of sparks between political utopia and sensuality, revolutionary beliefs and lust for heresy. As playful as Roque Dalton’s poetry, this film interweaves interviews with his family, friends, lovers and contemporaries with touching readings of his works by students, actors, prostitutes, prisoners, famous friends and the children of the underprivileged protagonists of his works.

Tina Leisch biography:
Tina Leisch is a Viennese film and theatre director and author, well known for her experimental theatre projects. She developed the play  « Irrgelichter im Spiegelgrund » with patients of the notorious Steinhof psychiatric hospital  in Vienna. She wrote and staged the play “Elf Seelen für einen Ochsen – enajs dus za enega vola”, dealing with the anti-Nazi struggle of Carinthian partisans in World War II. She won the Nestroy Prize, Austria’s most important theatre award, for her staging of George Tabori’s « Mein Kampf ».  Since 2004 she has been developing plays with inmates of prisons. « Gangster Girls », her first feature length documentary, won a Special Mention in the 2008 Viennale. And « Dagegen muss ich etwas tun » portrays the resistance fighter Hilde Zimmermann.

Trailer and more information please visit: www.roquedalton.at.

 

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Pianist Marcela Fiorillo
Recital

Featuring Works by
Peter Sculthorpe 1929 – 2014
the Australia Premiere of Argentinean Composer Martin Kutnowski
Five Tango Etudes
and
Weereewa Suite
by Marcela Fiorillo

7:30pm Saturday November 8 2014

Larry Sitsky Room – Canberra School of Music
ANU School of Music Building 100,
William Herbert Place, Canberra

Tickets $35 – Cc $30 or at the door – Bookings :http://marcelafiorillo.iwannaticket.com.au/

After the great success of the Concert “ Sounding Brazil” Piano Recital, honouring Brazilian Composers at the auditorium of the Embassy of Brazil in August 2014, Marcela Fiorillo returns to the stage at the ANU School of Music on Saturday, November 8 at 7.30pm.The program will feature works by Peter Sculthorpe one of the greatest Australian Composers, the Australian Premiere of ” Five Tango Etudes” by Argentinean Composer Martin Kutnowski. These etudes contain many of the idiomatic gestures that belong both to the old and new Tango traditions. The Program will also include Marcela’s latest composition the “Weereewa Suite” – a rich musical journey celebrating the magnificence of the Weereewa Lake, its landscape and native spirit.The piece, commissioned by the Festival of Lake George Committee, was premiered in March 2014 with a great success of audience and reviews.
Away from Australia, Marcela’s presentation of “Five Tango Etudes “ by Martin Kutnowski and her own “Weereewa Suite” will be premiered during the Second International Piano Conference in December, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

This Concert is proudly sponsored by Australian National Centre of Latin American Studies and the Embassy of Argentina.

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Exploring the Latin America-Asia Pacific Nexus

Wednesday 10th September 2014

All day event
9:00am – 5:00pm

The Haydon-Allan Lecture Theatre (The Tank)
ANU

The 2014 Latin American and the Shifting Sands of Global Power Conference held by the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies (ANCLAS) at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. The conference will explore the extent and nature of the Latin America-Asia Pacific nexus, focusing on the areas of economics, international relations and corruption and governance.

Latin America and the Asia-Pacific have rediscovered each other. In the wake of the global financial crisis, both regions have thrived while traditional economic centres have struggled. This has created a shift in focus, with Latin American businesses and policy makers looking beyond China to include other countries in the Asia-Pacific and vice versa. This growing mutual awareness is reflected in trade, investment and tourism, leading to an enhanced sense of trans-Pacific opportunities.

Conference fee:

Earlybird (16 August 2014)            Full-time employed: AUD$100
Student: AUD$20
After 16 August 2014                     Full-time employed: AUD$120
Student: AUD$20

For registration and payment via MasterCard and Visa, please follow the link below:

http://onestop.anu.edu.au/cfrstep1.cgi?TRAN-NO=200&EVENT=14ANCLASCF&SEATS=1&ATTENDEE=&VOUCHER=

Conference email: anclas2014@anu.edu.au

Programme

8:30-9:00 Registration and Coffee

9:00-9:15 Welcome and Introduction

9:15-10:15 Keynote I – Jairo Acuna-Alfaro (Policy Advisor for Public Administration Reform and Anti-Corruption, UNDP Vietnam)

10:15-10:30  BREAK

10:30-11:15 Panel one: Corruption and governance
• Rual Sanchez-Urribarri (Latrobe) and Bjoern Dressel (ANU) “Judiciaries and Political Corruption: A Comparative Assessment of Latin America and Southeast Asia.”
• Rolando Ochoa and Adam Graycar (ANU, both) “Preventing Conflict of Interest: Policy Instruments from Asia and Latin America.”

11:15-12:15 Keynote II – (To be confirmed)

12:15-1:30 LUNCH

1:30-2:30 Panel: Brazil and China
• Sean Burges (ANU) “China’s Place in Brazil’s Rise: Confusion Without Conflict.”
• Ya-Nan Song (Macau University of Science and Technology) “Inter-linkage between Foreign Direct Investment and Trade in China-Brazil Relations.”
• Adrian Hearn (University of Melbourne) “China, Brazil, and the Politics of Soy”

2:30-2:45 BREAK

2:45-3:45 Panel: Trade, Investment and Trans-regional relations
• Gonzalo Paz (Georgetown), “Latin America’s Growing Relations with China in the XXI Century: Opportunities, Challenges and US Reactions”
• Xiaolei Tang (Macau University of Science and Technology), “What Drives Capital Flows Between Latin America and the Asia-Pacific”
• Evelyn Devadason (Malaya) “Whither Latin America? Scoping Export Potentials and Trade Barriers in Malaysia-Chile Partnership”

3:45-4:00 BREAK

4:00-5:00 Keynote III – Enrique Dussel-Peters (UNAM, Mexico)
5:15-6:00  Reception

Further details and the program will be posted on the ANCLAS website and the ANCLAS blog as they become available.

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Towards the Elimination of River Blindness in the Americas:
Yanomami – the Ultimate Challenge

Public lecture by  Dr Zeljko Jokic (ANU)

6.30pm Thursday 24 July
Haydon-Allen Lecture Theatre  (The Tank)
Australian National University

For the past twenty years, the Venezuelan Programme for Elimination of Onchocerciasis (river blindness) has been engaged in continuous struggle against this parasitic disease endemic in many Yanomami communities in the Upper Orinoco region. This Programme is part of a wider international initiative aimed at eradicating the disease from the American continent. Currently, out of thirteen endemic areas in six countries, the so-called Yanomami Focus, which comprises both Venezuelan and Brazilian Yanomami territories, is the only area left in the whole continent with the active parasite transmission. The key challenge for both countries and the entire American continent regarding the elimination of river blindness is a hard-to-reach frontier region.
This lecture will discuss the Programme’s main components and activities that are integrated within the overall regional strategy aimed at providing a comprehensive healthcare to indigenous populations in the Amazonas State. Particular emphasis is placed on a recent strategic plan to locate the unknown Yanomami communities (and those whose existence had been known but hitherto had not been reached) and incorporate them into the health system.

Speaker
Zeljko Jokic is currently a Sessional lecturer in anthropology at the School of Archaeology and Anthropology ANU and an Intern Research Assistant in the Native Title Research Unit of the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS). In his capacity as anthropologist-investigator within the Venezuelan National Program for the Elimination of Onchocerciasis, over the last few years he has led numerous scientific-medical teams to various frontier areas of difficult access to locate the unknown Yanomami communities and gather demographic and epidemiological data. Dr Jokic has recently completed a forthcoming manuscript based on his long-term research, The Living Ancestors: Shamanism, Cosmos and Culture Change among the Yanomami of the Upper Orinoco. His main areas of research interest include: indigenous health and wellbeing, indigenous rights and health policy, culture change and identity and the philosophical foundations of social theory and phenomenology.

The lecture will be followed by light food and beverages. Free and open to the public, no RSVP required.

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Gabriel García Marquez

In memoriam of Gabriel García Marquez, (1927-2014) Colombian Nobel Laureate, The Embassy of the Republic of Colombia and the Australian National Center for Latin American Studies present:

Public lecture by Professor Roy Boland and Her Excellency Clemencia Forero-Ucrós, Ambassador of Colombia.

Wednesday 18th June.
6.30 PM
Manning Clark Centre, Theatre 4
Australian National University

“The Magus of the South. A personal journey through the literature of Gabriel García Marquez” by Professor Roy Boland, Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney.
and
“Unfulfilled expectations in “No one writes to the Colonel” by Her Excellency Clemencia Forero-Ucrós, Ambassador of Colombia

Both lectures will be in English. Light food and beverages will follow.

Please RSVP to http://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-memoriam-of-gabriel-garcia-marquez-ticket… by COB 13 June 2014. – Limited seats available

 

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The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies presents:

The Challenges of Intercultural Bilingual Education in Peru

Public lecture by Professor Liliana Sanchez (Rutgers University)

6.30pm Thursday 12 June
Copland Lecture Theatre
Australian National University

Current legislation in Peru promotes language diversity and guarantees language rights for speakers of native languages along with Spanish, the socially dominant language in the country. The implementation of appropriate intercultural curricular materials, the development of assessment measures, literacy in native languages and Spanish and the improvement of bilingual intercultural teacher’s preparation are some of the current efforts undertaken by Peru’s Ministry of Education to comply with the current legislation.
These efforts, however, take place in a society with a strong tradition of centralized power and discrimination against native peoples that has generated diglossic communities characterized by language shift from native languages to Spanish.
This lecture will discuss the major developments in intercultural bilingual education that have taken place in Peru in the past 20 years as well as the challenges it faces.

The lecture will be followed by light food and beverages. Free and open to the public, no RSVP required.

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The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies presents:

 

TangoMundo plays Piazzolla: FRACANAPA
CD launch and concert

7pm Friday 16 May, Big Band Room, ANU School of Music
Peter Karmel Building 121, William Herbert Place, ANU, UBD Map 126 M11

Photo by Ponch Hawkes

This special concert will showcase the challenging works of Astor Piazzolla, performed by TangoMundo, who continue their ambitious Piazzolla Project with this latest CD Fracanapa.

We are honoured to have the CD launched by the Argentine Ambassador, His Excellency Pedro Villagra Delgado.

The TangoMundo ensemble is unique in Australia; specialising in both authentic tango standards and the repertoire of Astor Piazzolla, including many rarely-played works as well as his most popular songs. All arrangements are by Argentine tango scholar and composer Guillermo Anad (Académico correspondiente, Academia Nacional del Tango, Buenos Aires), and played by Anad on viola, Dave Evans on piano accordion and Faye Bendrups on piano and vocals.

Astor Piazzolla melded the best of traditional tango with Baroque fugue structures, jazz flourishes, echoes of klezmer and references to North American popular music styles. He had the vision and determination to reinvent this most emblematic of cultural expressions and to take it on the road around the world where he inspired musicians of all nations to take up the tango.

Admission is free. No RSVP required.

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The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies presents the first film in the Futbol Film Screening:

Maradona by Kusturica

2008, 90 mins, Dir Emir Kusturica

6:30pm Thursday 8 May
Manning Clarke Lecture Theatre 2, ANU

Kusturica, the ‘Maradona of cinema’  puts himself in the centre of the frame as he tells the engaging rags-to-riches tale of fallen anti-hero Diego Armando Maradona;  one of the sport’s most controversial and newsworthy figures.

The showing of the film (90 minutes) will be followed by light food and beverages.

The Film is in Spanish with English subtitles. Admission is free. No RSVP required.

This movie is recommended for viewers 18 years and over.

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The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies presents the second film in the Futbol Film Screening:

Pelé Eterno (Pelé Forever)

2004, 125 mins, Dir Aníbal Massaini Neto

6:30pm Thursday 15 May
Manning Clarke Lecture Theatre 2, ANU

National Living Treasure, the ‘King’, the ‘greatest footballer of all time’, ‘Athlete of the Century’, named in Time magazine’s list of 100 most influential people of the 20th century: soccer fans will find this documentary about Edson Arantes do Nascimento  -Pelé- as electrifying as his playing career.

The showing of the film (125 minutes) will be followed by light food and beverages.

The Film is in Spanish with English subtitles. Admission is free. No RSVP required.

This movie is recommended for viewers 18 years and over.

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The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies presents the third film in Futbol Film Screening:

 The Two Escobars

2010, 104 mins, Dir Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist

6:30pm Thursday 29 May
Manning Clarke Lecture Theatre 2, ANU

The Two Escobars is a riveting examination of the intersection of sports, crime, and politics. Colombian defender, Andrés Escobar, was shot and killed two weeks after scoring an own goal in the 1994 FIFA World Cup against the United States, which supposedly had caused gambling losses to drug lord Pablo Escobar.

The showing of the film (104 minutes) will be followed by light food and beverages.

The Film is in Spanish with English subtitles. Admission is free. No RSVP required.

This movie is recommended for viewers 18 years and over.

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ANCLAS is pleased to present a special evening of Brazilian culture with distinguished Brazilian linguist, Dr Bruna Franchetto.

ANCLAS Public Lecture and Film Screening

Brazil: Indigenous Language and Culture

Lecture by Dr Bruna Franchetto

6.30pm Thursday 10 April

The Hayden-Allen Lecture Theatre (The Tank), ANU

Film Screening:  As Hiper Mulheres (The Hyperwomen)

Dr Franchetto is Associate Professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, a member of the Postgraduate Programs in Social Anthropology and Linguistics, as well as a research fellow of the Brazilian Council for Scientific and Technological Development.

Dr Franchetto coordinates research and documentation projects on Amerindian languages. Since 2009 she has coordinated the Indigenous Languages Documentation Program (PRODOCLIN), an initiative of the Indian Museum and UNESCO. She is a member of the Technical Commission of the National Inventory for Linguistic Diversity (INDL, run by IPHAN, Ministry of Culture) and consultant for international programs for linguistic documentation of endangered languages.

Dr Franchetto will discuss her work and research interests, followed by a special screening of the film As Hiper Mulheres. There will be light refreshments served in a break between the lecture and the film screening.

ANCLAS gratefully acknowledges AIATSIS, the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, for their support of Dr Franchetto’s visit to Australia.

As Hiper Mulheres (The Hyperwomen) 2011, 80 mins

Director: Carlos Fausto, Leonardo Sette, Takumã Kuikuro
Fearing the death of his wife, an old man requests that his nephew perform the Jamurikumalu, the main women’s ritual of the Indigenous peoples of the Upper Xingu, so that she may sing one last time. The women start the rehearsals, but the only singer who really knows all the songs is seriously ill.

This movie is recommended for viewers 18 years and over.

For more information please follow this link: http://cinema.uol.com.br/album/2013/06/05/as-hiper-mulheres-2013.htm#fotoNav=1

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The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies presents:

The Andes and the Inka

Public lecture by Christopher Carter

6.30pm Thursday 20 March
Haydon-Allen Lecture Theatre  (The Tank)
Australian National University

When the Spanish arrived in South America in the 16th century, the Inka controlled an empire with a capital in the Peruvian Andes, extending through much of the Andes, from what is now Colombia in the north to Chile in the south.  Their’s was a spectacular culture with amazing monumental architecture, fine ceramics and textiles as well as gold and silver.

However, the Inka, as a significant cultural entity, were only around for a few centuries before the arrival of the Spanish.  Their culture was built on the developments that had taken place over thousands of years by those who preceded them.

This brief introductory talk will provide an overview of the Andean region and its cultural development to introduce such cultural groups as the Chavin, Nazca, Paracas, Moche, Wari, Tiwanaku and Chimu – collectively the ancestors of the Inka

Speaker:
Chris is an archaeological consultant and PhD candidate at the ANU.  His current research is a study of the prehistoric economy of coastal Northern Chile.  He has been a regular presenter of courses at the ANU CCE and University of Sydney CCE in recent years.  In his ‘spare’ time he leads archaeology study tours to Central and South America, Spain, Ireland, SE Asia, Morocco and Turkey as well as within Australia

The lecture will be followed by light food and beverages. Free and open to the public, no RSVP required.

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2014 Shifting Sands Latin American and the Shifting Sands of Global Power Conference

Exploring the Latin America-Asia Pacific Nexus

The 2014 Latin American and the Shifting Sands of Global Power Conference held by the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies at the Australian National University, Canberra.

Latin America and the Asia-Pacific have rediscovered each other. The resilience of economies on both sides of the Pacific Ocean in the face of global financial crisis has spawned a cottage industry of academic and policy publications explaining how both regions have thrived while traditional economic centres have struggled. This, in turn, has created a change in focus, with Latin American businesses and policy makers increasingly looking beyond China to other countries in the Asia-Pacific and vice versa. Mutual awareness is slowly rising along with trade, investment and tourism flows, leading to a growing sense that opportunities abound in trans-Pacific exchange and that similarities in social and economic structures across the two regions may offer valuable comparative policy insights. The purpose of the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies’ 2014 conference is to explore the extent and nature of Latin America-Asia Pacific nexus, focusing on the three areas of economics, international relations, and, corruption and governance.

Proposals are invited for individual papers or panels of three to five papers that fit within the three conference themes of economics, international relations and corruption/governance outlined below. Authors should submit a title, abstract, institutional affiliation and contact details to anclas2014@anu.edu.au by 1 June 2014. The organizers of the conference will invite a selection of the papers presented at the conference to be included in a series of peer-reviewed journal special issues and edited volumes. Papers to be presented at the conference will be due by 1 September 2014 and should be fully reference and no longer than 8,000 words.

Economics:
Although there has been a great deal of discussion about the rise of China as both a market for Latin American raw materials and a source of foreign direct investment in the Americas, the story is much deeper than this. Trade and investment levels between other countries in the Asia-Pacific and Latin America have quietly picked up and a number of the multilatinas are establishing themselves as important players on the Western side of the Pacific. Paralleling this has been a return to literature on the developmental state and impact that government policy can have on domestic growth and a countries international economic insertion. Papers in this conference stream will explore the evolving nature of the pan-Pacific economic relationship, be it from the perspective of trade and investment, international economic coordination, or mutual learning and experimentation with economic policy.
Section convener: Associate Professor John Minns (john.minns@anu.edu.au)

International Relations: Geography has simultaneously limited the depth of links and prevented conflict between countries on either side of the Pacific Ocean. Nevertheless, there is a pattern of issue-specific close consultation and collaboration between countries from both regions, often within multilateral governance institutions such as the United Nations system and the World Trade Organization. Paralleling this is a growing sense on both sides of the Ocean that there is potential for enhanced cooperation and collaboration. The question is in which policy areas, when and how. Papers in this conference stream will explore the nature of foreign relations across the Pacific divide as well as questions relating to the challenges and opportunities of forging bilateral and bi-regional relations.
Section convener: Dr Sean Burges (sean.burges@anu.edu.au)

Governance and Corruption: Following the end of authoritarian rule, providing citizens with security and confronting government corruption has emerged as two of the most serious challenges facing Latin American and Asia Pacific democracies. From decentralization, to public sector reforms, to participatory budgeting, various experiments have been undertaken across the two regions. Emanating from previous periods of one-party and military rule, the challenges to democracy of enduring corruption, neopotism, politicization, and patronage, remain real—embedded in both state and society. For this conference stream we are seeking papers that can speak to the enduring cross-region struggles to improve governance and citizen security. For example, how has decentralization impacted upon these challenges? What are the economic consequences of corruption and insecurity? Do political parties still control the law and justice? What do citizens want the government ‘to do’ about crime and corruption
Section convener: Dr Tracy Fenwick (tracy.fenwick@anu.edu.au)

Key dates:
Deadline for submission of paper/panel proposals: 1 June 2014
Decision on accepted papers/panels: 21 June 2014
Deadline for earlybird conference registration payment: 1 August 2014
Deadline for submission of draft papers: 1 September 2014
Conference Dates: 10-11 September 2014

Conference fee:
Earlybird (1 August 2014)
Full-time employed: AUD$100
Student: AUD$20

After 1 August 2014
Full-time employed: AUD$120
Student: AUD$20

Conference website: http://www.anclas.anu.edu.au/2014%20Shifting%20Sands

Conference email: anclas2014@anu.edu.au

Further details and the program will be posted on the ANCLAS website and the ANCLAS blog as they become available.

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               ANCLAS Call for Papers

ANCLAS’ Working Research Group’s: Brown Bag Lunch Series 2014

We are looking forward to an exciting upcoming year of ANCLAS Brown Bag Lunches. However, we need you to participate in order to have another successful year! If you are interested in participating, please submit to me directly your name, with a 250 words abstract (or sketch), of a paper or topic of research you would like to present, and the dates for when you would like it to be scheduled: tracy.fenwick@anu.edu.au We intend to schedule the lunch on Thursdays, fortnightly, beginning in Week 3, Thursday the 6th of March.

For this year, we welcome all work-in-progress, established research, country and election updates and briefs, PhD presentations, and focussed discussions (moderated by a guess convenor). We strongly encourage all ANCLAS associates and ANU faculty working on Latin American topics to participate in this series, particularly those in other disciplines outside of political science that were notably absent from our forum last year.

Please circulate this invitation widely, to graduate students and colleagues working on Latin American related research topics in other Schools, Universities and Faculties. Upon request, limited transportation costs are available for researchers travelling to ANU from interstate. Please email me if you require help covering your costs and, or expressing your interest in presenting your Latin American focussed research for this and other forums at ANU in collaboration with ANCLAS.

The Brown Bag Lunch Series provides an internal forum that is attended by Latin American experts from ANU and beyond, where faculty, associates, guests, and students can present their research in-progress and results, generate informed discussions, as well as an informal space to raise questions and discuss research conundrums with fellow associates working on Latin America. Our goal is to increase both the visibility and internal cohesion of ANCLAS’s research activities.

Our success in promoting Latin American Research in Australia and beyond is dependent on your participation. We look forward to seeing you at ANU and your participation in 2014.

It is with great pleasure that we would like to invite you to participate and attend our new Brown Bag Lunch Series 2014. Our series will be running every two months, on Thursdays throughout the year and into 2014. Our first session will be on Thursday, August 15th at 12:00 p.m. at ANU in the LJ Hume Centre in Room 1171 of the Copland Building.

The objective of our Brown Bag Lunch Series is to share, promote, and present our current research projects, international conference reports, empirical findings, awards, and research conundrums. We would strongly encourage all ANCLAS faculty members, associates, and graduate students, working on Latin American topics to attend this series and to participate. If you would like to present your working research, recent empirical findings, or discuss working research proposals, within a formal 15-30 minutes time slot, please email tracy.fenwick@anu.edu.au

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The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies and the Embassy of Colombia present the third film of the Colombian Film Festival:

Don Ca

(2012 – Documentary, 90 mins)
Directed by Patricia Ayala

6:30pm Thursday 12 December
Manning Clark Centre, Theatre 3, ANU

Mr. Ca is a portrait of a rich and complex character. Not an easy man to be classified. Heir of the best and worst of Colombian society, he decided to transform his life in a literary manifesto in which happiness means whishing the least to have the most. Yet, the World does not forgive: conflict arises and paradises are lost. Almost 40 years after a surprising twist in his life, Mr. Ca’s dilemma becomes whether to quit his own World, the one built at the Colombian Pacific Coast smelling both tropical jungle and river, but also tension, pain and danger.

Camilo Arroyo Arboleda, “Don Ca”, is a personality not easy to label: not a settler, not a Good Samaritan or a hippie misfit, but a man who decided to change his path out of the ones known as “correct”.

His story allows us to tackle the difficult issue of freedom. The freedom to make a path different  to the one proposed by modern society, the freedom that is still denied to Afro-Colombian communities, and not through the whip but through violence and poverty.

Director:
Visual filmmaker, journalist and university professor. In 2010, she received the Stimuli Award prize from the Colombian Film Development Fund, for her feature film “Don Ca” in the category of feature film production to end at 35 mm, and in 2011 she again was awarded with the same Prize for her project “Un Asunto de Tierras” (“A land issue”). In 2012, she received the Ibermedia Award.

For five years she was Manager and General Coordinator of the International Documentary Encounters (IDE) – Muestra Internacional Documental, the only documentary event in Colombia . In 2008, Patricia Ayala served as a Jury for the Documentary category for the Bogota´s Cinematheque Festival and has been a member of the committee of the International Documentary Encounters (IDE)

The showing of the film (90 minutes) will be followed by light food and beverages through the kind support of the Embassy of Colombia.

The Film is in Spanish with English subtitles. Admission is free. No RSVP required.
This movie is recommended for viewers 18 years and over.

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The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies and the Embassy of Colombia present the second film of the Colombian Film Festival:

La Cara Oculta / The Hidden Face

(2011 – Psychological thriller, 103 mins)
Directed by Andrés Baiz

6:30pm Thursday 5 December
Manning Clark, Theatre 3, ANU

Adrian’s life, both professionally and personally, couldn’t be better: he has been appointed as the new conductor of the Bogota Symphony Orchestra and his relationship with his girlfriend, Belén, is in a good place. However, everything comes crashing down when Belén starts to doubt his fidelity and disappears. To forget his troubles, Adrian goes to a bar, meets waitress Fabiana and the pair begin a new relationship. As time goes by, questions start to arise about the mysterious disappearance of Belén.

The film is a psychological thriller that displays and analyses the basic instincts of guilt, betrayal and fear that love can bring. The Hidden Face is an adaptation of the screenplay of Hatem Khraiche Ruiz-Zorrilla. It is a co-production between Colombia, Spain and the United States

Director
Promising film director and writer Andrés Baiz, born in Cali in 1975. He graduated from the New York University Tisch School of the Arts with a major in film and TV and a minor in cinema studies. Along his career, Andres Baiz has worked in the production department of 5 feature films: Bring Out the Dead, Zoolander, Cremaster 2, Maria Full of Grace and The Fittest
As a film director, his first feature was Satan (2007), based on the book of the same name, won the award for best film and best actor at the Festival Monte Carlo Film. In 2013, Andres Baiz will release in Colombia his third feature film “Roa”, fiction based in historical events of the death of politician Jorge Eliecer Gaitan.
In Colombia, the film won the Feature Film Awards (given by the Colombian Film Development Fund of the Ministry of Culture in 2009; in 2012, in the Macondo National Awards from the Colombian Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Clara Lago received the prize as Best Supporting Actress and Best Sound (Eduardo Castro y César Salazar).

The showing of the film (103 minutes) will be followed by light food and beverages through the kind support of the Embassy of Colombia.

The Film is in Spanish with English subtitles. Admission is free. No RSVP required.

This movie is recommended for viewers 18 years and over.

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The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies and the Embassy of Colombia present the first film of the Colombian Film Festival:

Un Tigre de Papel / A Paper Tiger

(2007 – Documentary, 114 mins)
Directed by Luis Ospina

6:30pm Thursday 21 November
Manning Clark Centre, Theatre 3

Pedro Manrique Figueroa the pioneer of collage in Colombia. His life is like an adventure novel that is both incomplete and contradictory, constantly linked to the sparkling uncertainties of oral tradition. Taking Manrique Figueroa’s life and work as a pretext, this mockumentary takes the viewer on a journey through history from the year 1934 up until 1981, when the artist mysteriously disappeared from view. A Paper Tiger is itself a collage, where art and politics rub shoulders, where truth and lies are placed side by side, where documentary and fiction intermingle.
With “ A Paper Tiger”, Director Luis Ospina created an open opportunity to retell and re- imagine a crucial period of modern Colombian history, creating a convincing story through “the use of credible documentary techniques”.

“Un tigre de papel” has been well- received by audiences and critics worldwide. After being released as part of Documenta Kassel 2007 (Documenta 12), one of the main events in contemporary art held in Germany, it was awarded the 2007 National Documentary Prize by the Colombian Ministry of Culture.

Director:
Born in Cali, Colombia in 1949, Ospina studied film in the University of South California (1968-69) and in the University of California (1969-72). He was the co-director of the Cine Club de Cali (1972-77) with Andrés Caicedo and co-founded with Caicedo and Ramiro Arbeláez the specialised magazine Ojo al Cine (1974-77).His work has been the subject of filmic retrospectives in New York, Caracas, Santiago, Buenos Aires, Toulouse, Barcelona, Madrid, Cali, Medellín, Barranquilla and Bogotá. His films have been awarded in several international festivals such as Oberhausen, Cádiz, Toulouse, Bilbao, Sitges, Habana, Biarritz, Lima, Caracas, Bogotá and Cartagena.

He is the author of Palabras al viento, Mis sobras completas (2007), a compilation of his writings on film. In 2009 was appointed as Artistic Director of the Cali International Film Festival.

The showing of the film (114 minutes) will be followed by light food and beverages through the kind support of the Embassy of Colombia.

The Film is in Spanish with English subtitles. Admission is free. No RSVP required.
This movie is recommended for viewers 18 years and over.

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Oil and the Yasuní ITT

9:00 am – 5:30pm, Friday 15 November 2013
Allan Barton Forum, College of Business and Economics,
Kingsley St, Australian National University
Canberra, Australia

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A joint conference between the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies at the ANU and Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar.

This is the second in the series of international conferences as part of a research project funded by AusAID and designed to investigate public policy towards the Yasuní-ITT initiative of the Ecuadorian government and, more broadly, issues of resource extraction, environmental protection, indigenous rights and development issues.

The study deals with the prospective effects of extremely large oil reserves in the Yasuní-ITT and the potentially devastating effects that their exploitation might have on the local environment (one which is extremely important for global biodiversity), on climate change and on the indigenous people of the region.

This is part of a wider series of proposals in the region aimed at balancing economic objectives with environmental aims and effects on indigenous peoples.

Further details and the program will be posted on the ANCLAS website and the ANCLAS blog as they become available.

For catering purposes please RSVP to anclas@anu.edu.au by COB 12 November 2013.

Conference Agenda

9:00 am – 9:30 pm          Coffee

  Panel 1 – “Development” and Extractive Industry – what is the future?

9:30am – 11:00am
John Minns, Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies, ANU
Carlos Larrea, Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar
Richard Denniss, Executive Director of the Australia Institute

11:00 pm – 11:30 pm  Morning Tea

  Panel 2 – Climate change and mitigation strategies

11:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Andrew Macintosh, Faculty of Law, ANU
Ian Fry, The Fenner School of Environment & Society, ANU

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm  Lunch

  Panel 3 – Deforestation

2:00pm – 3:30pm
Phil Gibbons,  The Fenner School of Environment & Society, ANU
David Romo, Universidad San Fransisco, Quito
Ian Fry, The Fenner School of Environment & Society, ANU

3:30pm – 4:00pm  Afternoon tea

  Panel 4 – Indigenous rights/health and extractive industry

4:30pm – 5:30pm
Doreen Montag,  Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar
Professor Mick Dodson, National Centre for Indigenous Studies, ANU
Nick Biddle,  Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR), ANU

5:30pm – 6:15pm  Reception

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The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies
Ad hoc Academic Seminar Program

Monday, November 11, 2013, Noon-1:00 PM
The LJ Hume Centre, Haydon-Allen Building
The Australia National University

The International Relations of Post-Chávez Latin
America:
Institutional and Regional Trends

Thomas Legler, Ph.D.
Research Professor of International Relations
Universidad Iberoamericana

Abstract:
In addition to his effect on domestic politics and society in Venezuela,
before his death earlier this year President Hugo Chávez contributed in a lasting way to
the crafting of a markedly different landscape in terms of the international relations of
Latin America. This included a renewed role for the state and developmentalism in
economic policy, the promotion of multipolarity, south-south or horizontal cooperation,
the assertion of regional autonomy, and the creation of new regional multilateral
institutions. This presentation explores current trends in Latin America with respect to
regionalism and international institutions. Although the Chávez impact persists in
important ways, the region is already moving in significant post-Chávez directions.

Speaker:
Thomas Legler is a Professor of International Relations at the Universidad
Iberoamericana in Mexico City. He holds a doctorate in Political Science from
York University. He is a member of the Mexican National System of
Researchers (SNI), Level 2. Dr. Legler has an ongoing research interest in the
international promotion and defense of democracy, comparative
democratization, global and regional governance, and multilateralism in Latin
America. He is the co-author of Intervention without Intervening? The OAS
Defense and Promotion of Democracy in the Americas (Palgrave MacMillan 2006), coeditor
of the edited volume Promoting Democracy in the Americas (Johns Hopkins
University Press, 2007), and co-editor of the textbook Introducción a las Relaciones
Internacionales: América Latina y la Política Global (Oxford University Press, Mexico,
2013). He has served as an international election observer for the Carter Center, the
Organization of American States, as well as various civic organizations in Argentina,
the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, and Venezuela. In 2011,
he was a consultant to the Honduran Truth and Reconciliation Commission (CVR).

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LATIN WINTER CARNIVAL

Come and warm up as we celebrate the passing of winter, LATIN STYLE!

Los Chavos (8 piece latin ska reggae) teams up with the Kokoloco dance crew for a night of hip swaying, head nodding activities at the small and intimate venue on-campus, TEATRO VIVALDI.

Hosted for your pleasure with the ANU Latin American Student Association (LASA) and The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies (ANCLAS) “LATIN WINTER CARNIVAL” offers you a night of live entertainment with music and dance performances.
A stress free way to spend your Friday night and a chance to enjoy the best of Latin American culture here in Canberra

FRIDAY 30th August @ Teatro Vivaldi (ANU)
Doors open from 7pm
Music at 8:30pm (2 sets)

$10 Entry

Delicious Tapas and Dinner is also available at Vivaldi from 7pm. For dinner reservation please call Teatro Vivaldi on T: (02) 6257 2718.

Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies (ANCLAS) Third Annual Conference

Latin America and the Shifting Sands of Global Power

Latin America and the Resources Boom

Wednesday 11th –Thursday 12th September 2013

All day event
9:00am – 5:00pm

The Allan Barton Forum, Level 2
College of Business and Economics
Kingsley Street, Building 26C, ANU

For more than a decade, many Latin American countries have benefited from the booming prices of oil, gas and minerals. Extractive industries – for good or ill – have had a profound impact on politics, society and environment in the region. This conference evaluates the resources boom in Latin America, its potential and its problems.

Free entry, RSVP is required for catering purposes only.  Please RSVP to anclas@anu.edu.au no later than COB Wednesday 4th September.

Program

Day 1 –    
(9:30-10:00) Coffee

(10:00 – 10:30) Opening

(10:30-11:30) Session 1

“Struggles over resource governance in Latin America’s extractive industries: the politics of institutional resistance and change”

Anthony Bebbington – Clark University, USA

(11:30-12:00) Break

(12:00 – 13:00) Session 2

“The International Oil Price Boom in Latin America: Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Nicaragua and Venezuela”

Mauricio Medinaceli –Former Minister of Hydrocarbons, Bolivia (2005-2006)
Consultant, Professor, FLACSO

(13:00-14:30) Lunch

(14:30 – 15:30) Session 3

“Extractivism, economic diversification and prospects for sustainable development in Ecuador”

Carlos Larrea – Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar University, Quito, Ecuador

(15:30 –16:00) Break

(16:00-17:00) Session 4

“Chile: The next generation of social and economic challenges for the resource industry”

Cristian Parra – The University of Queensland

Day 2 –    
(9:00 – 9:30) Coffee

(9:30 – 11:30) Session 5 – Panel

“Challenges of the mining boom for indigenous and non-indigenous actors in Australia and Latin America”

“Resource extraction and the politics of recognition in the Andes and Amazon”

Anthony Bebbington – Clark University, USA

 “Indigenous Political Mobilisation and the Impact of Australia’s “Resources Boom”
Ciaran O’Faircheallaigh – Griffith University

“Indigenous land rights, extractive industries and state policy in Australia”
Jon Altman – Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, ANU

“Access to resources and threats to indigenous rights in contemporary Brazil”
Zuleika Arashiro – Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies, ANU

(11:30 – 11:45) Break

(11:45 – 12:45) Session 6

“Extractivism and Economic Development: Some Lessons from History”

John Minns – Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies, ANU

(12:45 – 14:00) Lunch

(14:00 – 15:00) Session 7

“Institutional and political frameworks of mining environmental approval processes in Peru: Minas Conga and Tia Maria”

Diana Arbeláez-Ruiz – The University of Queensland

(15:00- 15:15) Break

(15:15 – 16:15) Session 8

“Mining conflicts in Latin America’s boom: Examining the behaviour of companies”

Madeleine Penman – Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies, ANU

(16:15 –16:30) Closing remarks

(16.30pm – 17:00) Closed session for paper presenters

(17:00-18:00) Reception

The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies and the Embassy of Ecuador present 3 film adaptations of Ecuadorian literature directed by film-maker Camilo Luzuriaga:

La Tigra (The Tigress) (1990)

6:30pm Thursday 8 August
Manning Clark Centre, Theatre 2, ANU

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Entre Marx y una Mujer desnuda (Between Marx and a naked Woman) (1996)

6:30pm Thursday 15 August
Manning Clark Centre, Theatre 2, ANU

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1809-1810 Mientras llega el día (1809-1810 As the day Arrives)

6:30pm Thursday 22 August
Manning Clark Centre, Theatre 2, ANU

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The showing of the films will be followed by light food and beverages through the kind support of the Embassy of Ecuador.

The film is in Spanish with English subtitles.  Admission is free. No RSVP required.

This movie is recommended for viewers 18 years and over.

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Alturas – Café con Tango

This Saturday night the Alturas tango group will be doing a live show at 7pm at Vivaldi restaurant at the ANU.

Vivaldi will offer a dinner and show package (3 courses gourmet dinner with show from $70).

View flyer: http://vivaldirestaurant.com.au/Alturas%20Canberra.pdf

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The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies and the Embassy of the Argentine Republic presents the first Argentine film directed by the renowned film-maker Leonardo Favio:

Crónica de un niño solo (Chronicle of a boy alone) (1964)

6:30pm Thursday 6 June

Copland Lecture Theatre, ANU

Chronicle of a Boy Alone, tells the story of the bleak life of eleven-year-old boy Polin, living in the harsh confines of a state-run orphanage. Through the constant physical and emotional abuse, Polin and his fellow inmates manage to keep their hopes alive with optimistic talk of freedom and bold plans of escape. One day, when the opportunity finally arises, and Polin learns that freedom, too, has its price. It is considered to be one of the best Argentine films of all time.

Director:
Fuad Jorge Jury, commonly known as Leonardo Favio, was an Argentine singer, actor, film director and screenwriter.
He was one of the most successful Argentine singers in the 1960s and 1970s and also starred in many films, but is unanimously agreed to be one of the best Argentine movie directors of all time. In 2010, Favio was appointed Argentina’s Ambassador of Culture by national decree of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.
Favio died in November 2012 at the age of 74, but his film legacy in Argentina and the world, is sure to live on for many years to come.

The showing of the film (80 minutes) will be followed by light food and beverages through the kind support of the Embassy of the Argentine Republic.

The film is in Spanish with English subtitles.  Admission is free. No RSVP required.

This movie is recommended for viewers 18 years and over.

 This movie is recommended for viewers 18 years and over.


The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies and the Embassy of the Argentine Republic presents the second Argentine film directed by the renowned film-maker Leonardo Favio:

Juan Moreira (1973)

6:30pm Thursday 13 June

Manning Clark Centre, Theatre 2, ANU

Tells the story of Juan Moreira, who is sent to prison for reclaiming his own rights. When set free, he decides to take justice into his own hands, forging his own path, leading to the persecution of those in power. While many others die, Moreira enlists with the troops of Alsina, resigning himself to accept their policies.. However, after being betrayed, he decides to join General Mitre instead. Through the political fighting, fraud and betrayal, Moreira realises that his only escape may well be death.

Director:
Fuad Jorge Jury, commonly known as Leonardo Favio, was an Argentine singer, actor, film director and screenwriter.
He was one of the most successful Argentine singers in the 1960s and 1970s and also starred in many films, but is unanimously agreed to be one of the best Argentine movie directors of all time. In 2010, Favio was appointed Argentina’s Ambassador of Culture by national decree of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.
Favio died in November 2012 at the age of 74, but his film legacy in Argentina and the world, is sure to live on for many years to come.

The showing of the film (105 minutes) will be followed by light food and beverages through the kind support of the Embassy of the Argentine Republic.

The film is in Spanish with English subtitles.  Admission is free. No RSVP required.


The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies and the Embassy of the Argentine Republic presents the third Argentine film directed by the renowned film-maker Leonardo Favio:

“Gatica, El Mono”(Monkey Gatica) (1993)

6:30pm Thursday 20 June

Manning Clark Centre, Theatre 2, ANU

Tells the story of the Argentine boxer José María Gatica, from his childhood to through to his tragic death in Buenos Aires en 1963.
The film portrays Gatica’s human side, the man behind the legend, who, in spite of being a nationally celebrated boxer, was a controversial man, plagued by alcohol, detached from society, but somehow maintained his charisma.

Director:
Fuad Jorge Jury, commonly known as Leonardo Favio, was an Argentine singer, actor, film director and screenwriter.
He was one of the most successful Argentine singers in the 1960s and 1970s and also starred in many films, but is unanimously agreed to be one of the best Argentine movie directors of all time. In 2010, Favio was appointed Argentina’s Ambassador of Culture by national decree of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.
Favio died in November 2012 at the age of 74, but his film legacy in Argentina and the world, is sure to live on for many years to come.

The showing of the film (136 minutes) will be followed by light food and beverages through the kind support of the Embassy of the Argentine Republic.

The film is in Spanish with English subtitles.  Admission is free. No RSVP required.

This movie is recommended for viewers 18 years and over.


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The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies and the Embassy of Brazil present:

 Oscar Niemeyer and Modernization in Brazil

6:30pm Tuesday 28 May

Manning Clark Centre, Theatre 3, ANU

The screening of the documentary: “Oscar Niemeyer, Life is a Breath of Air”, by Fabiano Maciel, is to celebrate the launch of the Portuguese Language Course while paying a tribute to one of the most important geniuses of the 20th Century, the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, who died in December 2012 at the age of 104. The screening of the documentary will be preceded by the introductory lecture “A Timeline of Political and Economic Modernization in Brazil during Niemeyer’s Life”, presented by Dr. Carlos Pio (Visiting Fellow at SPIR/ANU).

The film:
“Oscar Niemeyer, Life is a Breath of Air” (2007, 90 min) is based on face-to-face conversations with Niemeyer. Director Fabiano Maciel introduces a wide range of Niemeyer’s most well-known buildings in Brazil, France, Italy, and Algeria, while exploring the evolution of the post-war intellectual and political atmosphere through Niemeyer’s eyesight. The film depicts the Brazilian architect as a fighter for social justice. It also explores his role in the construction of Brasilia during the 1950’s, a time when reinforced concrete technology became available and the Western communist parties and workers’ organizations peaked.

The Portuguese Language Course:
The Portuguese Language Course will commence in the second semester of 2013 as an elective class for all Bachelor of Arts Programs at ANU and will also be open for M.A. and Ph.D students as well as to the wider Canberra community.. The Embassy of Brazil and the ANU School of Language Studies (SLS) have entered into a partnership to enhance the Portuguese Language Course students’ experience. During the course, the students will have the opportunity to take part in seminars, conferences and short extension courses on topics related to Brazilian culture, society and history with a Brazilian professor. Program Codes: PORT1001 to be taught in semester 2/2013, and PORT1002 to be taught in semester 1/2014.

Speaker:
Carlos Pio Bio: Carlos Pio is Professor of International Political Economy at Universidade de Brasília, since 1993. He was a Senior Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of California—Berkeley, and a visiting Academic at the University of Oxford, England. Since 2012 he has been affiliated with ANU’s School of Politics and International Relations and ANCLAS.

Food and beverages will be served after the screening of the documentary. No RSVP required.

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The Australian National centre for Latin American Studies and the Embassy of the Argentine Republic present:

Literature and decoloniality in Latin America

ANCLAS Seminar by Dr Guillermo Anad and Dr Eugenia Demuro

3:00pm Friday May 24
Manning Clark Centre, Theatre 4, ANU

The seminar will consist of a two-paper seminar by Dr Guillermo Anad (on Borges and Arguedas) and by Dr Eugenia Demuro (on Alejo Carpentier). Each paper will go for 30min. The seminar will last 60min and will be followed by a Q & A session.

Abstracts:

Decolonizing Fiction: Borges, Arguedas and the development of decolonial literature
By Guillermo Anad

This paper explores selected works of Latin American writers Jorge Luis Borges and José María Arguedas from the perspective of the current debate on the geopolitics of knowledge in and about Latin America. It will discuss their work in connection to some of the most powerful Latin American critical paradigms of the twentieth century, assessing their contribution to the current intellectual economy in and beyond the region.

Decolonial readings: The Lost Steps and the critique of Western modernity
By Eugenia Demuro

Alejo Carpentier’s novel The Lost Steps (1953) explores the relationship of Latin America and the West, presenting Latin America as a viable antidote to the endemic problems of a corrupted Western civilisation. In this gesture Carpentier attempts to elevate Latin American culture to a level of universality, with the aim of challenging its position on the periphery of the West. What this paper argues, however, is that inherent in Carpentier’s critique to Western modernity, and the assumption of Latin America as ‘authentic’, there is a reification of the myth of modernity (Quijano) and the fallacy of developmentalism (Dussel) integral in a Eurocentric account. Carpentier’s novel relies thoroughly on the binary structure of Western knowledge in the respective values accorded to the West and to Latin America as centre/periphery, modern/traditional, civilised/primitive, and developed/undeveloped.

Speakers:

Guillermo Anad
Dr Guillermo Anad is an independent scholar who has written extensively on Latin American culture and society. A past ANCLAS Visiting Fellow, he taught for the ANU in the Masters course Culture and Politics in Latin America. He is author of Tango, transmodernidad y desencuentro (New York, Peter Lang, 2011) and Versos tomados (Ediciones Al Margen, La Plata, 2000). He is Director of the Spanish ELE collection El tango se baila en español (Voces del Sur, Buenos Aires) and Académico Correspondiente for the Argentine National Academy of Tango. Dr Anad is also a musician and composer whose original works have been performed and recorded in Europe, the USA and Australia, most recently by TangoMundo on their CD Todo Buenos Aires (Move Records, 2012-13).

Eugenia Demuro
Dr Eugenia Demuro is the Acting Director of the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies (ANCLAS) at the ANU. She obtained her PhD in 2010 from the University of Sydney for a thesis on Latin American literature. In 2012 she published the monograph ‘Civilisation and Authenticity: The search for cultural uniqueness in the narrative fiction of Alejo Carpentier and Julio Cortázar’ (New York, Peter Lang, 2012). Dr Demuro has developed and taught intermediate and senior courses on the Latin American essayist tradition and on Latin American literature within the Spanish program at the Australian National University (2011). She has also worked as a poetry editor, and her translations of the Argentine poet Alejandro Carrizo have been published in Argentina and Australia. She is currently working on research into decoloniality and especially interested in decolonial literature and aesthetics.

The seminar will be followed by light food and beverages through the kind support of the Embassy of the Argentine Republic. Free and open to the public, no RSVP required.

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The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies and the Embassy of Brazil present:

Launch of the Portuguese Language Course at ANU

Tuesday 21 May at 6:00 pm

The Allan Barton Forum, Level 2, College of Business and Economics, Kingsley Street, Building 26C, ANU.

The formal launch of the Portuguese Language Course and of the partnership between the Embassy of Brazil and the ANU School of Language Studies (SLS) for the enhancement of the Portuguese Language Course students’ experience. The Portuguese Language Course will start in the second semester of 2013 as an elective class for all Bachelor of Arts Programs at ANU and will also be open for M.A. and Ph.D students as well as to the wider Canberra community.

Speakers:
– Dr Erik Lithander (Pro Vice-Chancellor for International & Outreach)
– Ambassador Rubem Barbosa (Ambassador of Brazil)
– Dr Eugenia Demuro (Acting Director, ANCLAS)
– Dr Catherine Travis (Chair of Modern European Languages)
– Dr Elisabeth Mayer (Coordinator of the Portuguese Course)

The launch ceremony will be followed by a cocktail reception.

RSVP: by e-mail to rsvp@brazil.org.au by May 15, 2013.

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Latin America in 100 words: Short story competition

When? Entries are open until 28th April 2013
Find out more: https://www.facebook.com/latinamericain100Words or email: latinamericain100words@gmail.com

When you think about Latin America, what is the first thing that comes to your mind?
The Latin American Student Association (LASA) of the Australian National University, and the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies (ANCLAS) present:

“Latin America in 100 words: Short Story Competition”.

Each person can submit up to two entries in word and PDF format to latinamericain100words@gmail.com. Submissions can be made in either English or Spanish, but Spanish entries must provide an English translation on the same page. The award ceremony will be held on 16th May 2013 at the Hedley Bull, ANU, Canberra.
Terms and conditions apply.
See: https://www.facebook.com/latinamericain100Words.

Questions? Please email:  latinamericain100words@gmail.com

ANU Latin American Student’s Association (LASA)
http://www.facebook.com/ANU.LASA

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The Australian National centre for Latin American Studies and the Embassy of Paraguay present:

The Harp of Paraguay
A performance by international artist Mariano Gonzalez

with special guest performance by Piper Major Richard Harris, and members of the City of Queanbeyan Pipes and Drums band

6:30pm Wednesday 15 May

Larry Sitsky Recital Room, School of Music, ANU

The Paraguayan harp is a cultural emblem, which represents not only the nation of Paraguay and its traditional music, but also a collective notion of paraguayidad—Paraguayanness. It is a touchstone for Paraguayans’ pride in their national territory, collective historical memory, Guaraní-Spanish bilingual reality, landmarks of the natural environment, and the rich legacy of folk traditions. The melodies, harmonies, rhythms, lyrics, and even song titles associated with it evoke in Paraguayan listeners’ notions of self-identity.

Mariano Gonzalez plays the Paraguayan harp with a truly unique sound mix of jazz, popular and semi-classical influences. Gonzalez was born and raised as a cowboy in Buena Vista, Paraguay, and is part of a long tradition of harp players. He lives in the USA and has performed there, Japan and the UK.

The City of Queanbeyan Pipes and Drums has been in existence since 1986.  The Band makes regular appearances at Queanbeyan events such as Queanbeyan RSL ANZAC Day March, Queanbeyan Primary School fetes, Church Fetes and Queanbeyan Community markets and festivals.

The Band regularly puts up to 12 pipers and 6 drummers in the field for competition and public performances.  In 2009, the Band competed at the Glasgow world Championships and the Irish National championships at Port Rush.  The Band participated in street marches and other events in Scotland and Ireland.

The Band sees itself as a Queanbeyan Band first and foremost and is proud to be involved in events within the Queanbeyan Community.

The Band is led by Pipe Major Richard Harris.

The lecture will be followed by light food and beverages. Free and open to the public, no RSVP required.

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Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies presents:

“Judicial Loyalties: Assessing the Politicization of the Venezuelan Legal System”

Public lecture by Professor Raul A. Sanchez Urribarri

6:30pm Thursday 9 May
Manning Clark Centre, Theatre 4, ANU

Why do Courts fail to uphold the rule of law in weakly institutionalized democracies?  In part, this is due to the nature of the relationship between judges and politicians.  Judicial decision-making may be largely conditioned by individual commitments based on particularistic goals, instead of public policy objectives.  This negatively affects the judiciary’s ability to become influential and assertive in the political arena, and impairs the beneficial effect of changes directed to empower the judiciary in developing democracies.  Raul’s research explores this argument in the context of Venezuela before and after Hugo Chávez’s arrival in power.  In this presentation, Raul briefly explains the theory, and offers a discussion grounded on qualitative and quantitative empirical analysis of constitutional review decisions during the past two decades.

Speaker:
“Raul Sanchez Urribarri is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Legal Studies at the School of Social Sciences, La Trobe University (Melbourne, Australia).  His teaching and research focus on judicial politics in comparative perspective, with an emphasis on Latin America.  His work has been published in Law and Social Inquiry, The Journal of Politics, and edited volumes.  He is currently writing a book on the politicization of courts through informal connections in developing democracies, covering Venezuela, Paraguay and Costa Rica.”

The lecture will be followed by light food and beverages. Free and open to the public, no RSVP required.

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The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies presents:

Latin America in the U.N. Security Council:  The Regional Economic Proposal (REP)

Public lecture by ANCLAS Visiting Fellow Professor Richard Hartwig

6:30pm Thursday 2 May
Manning Clark Centre, Theatre 4, ANU

Globalization creates Interdependence.  Interdependence means that, in many respects, the world has one set of problems which require collective solutions.  Unfortunately, we lack effective and legitimate institutions to address problems such as war and climate change, among others.   The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is frozen in the power structure of 1945.    Everyone knows that the membership of the Council must be changed, but it cannot be done.

In 2008, I gave a lecture at the ANU on my recently published proposal for radical reform of the UN Security Council in the year 2020 or so.   The proposal is for representation on the UNSC by ten world Regions, including Latin America, rather than by countries.  There would be no veto power.  Implementation of the plan would require revising the Charter of the United Nations.
This lecture will summarize the REP plan for UNSC reform, claim that current efforts to reform the Council are doomed to failure, argue that the REP has stood the test of time, and ask whether Latin American countries in particular are willing to push for radical change.

Speaker:
Richard Hartwig is Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University-Kingsville (Ph. D University of Wisconsin-Madison).   His publications include “Squaring the Circle:  A Regional/Economic Proposal for Reform of the United Nations Security Council,” Critical Currents No. 4 (May 2008): 41-75;  “Journalism & Organized Crime in Colombia and Mexico”, with John Bailey.  Urbana:  Urban Affairs and Public Policy 13 (Fall 2012): 1-73, and Roads to Reason: Transportation, Administration and Rationality in Colombia (University of Pittsburgh Press).

The lecture will be followed by light food and beverages. Free and open to the public, no RSVP required.

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Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies and the Embassy of Paraguay present the book launch of:

“The Apocalypse According to Benedict”

6:30pm Tuesday 23 April

Haydon-Allen Lecture Theatre (The Tank), ANU

Meet with the author Esteban Bedoya, Head of Mission of the Paraguayan Embassy and guest speakers Prof. Roy C Boland, University of Sydney and Dr Erik Lithander, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International & Outreach), ANU.

The Apocalypse According to Benedict is a collection of three short stories and a novella, from which the book takes its title. The novella is a captivating, some might think controversial, fictional biography of Benedict XVI written in 2008, when the Pope sat in full majesty on the throne of Saint Peter. Astoundingly and prophetically, the novella anticipates the resignation of Benedict, who, with full freedom and knowledge aforethought, hangs up his mitre and red shoes. In fulfilment of the third secret of Fatima, the Pope shocks the world by mobilising the forces of change in the right direction. Esteban Bedoya humanises this cold, grandiloquent theologian, turning him into a revolutionary and a visionary who, like other mortals, is not immune to gluttony, desire and carnal love.
In the short stories (“The González Espino Family”, “The Interior Path”, “Villa Eloísa”) Esteban Bedoya demonstrates that he is an artful storyteller. He experiments parodically with a variety of themes, settings, characters and styles: the magical realism of ghosts and haunted houses; the politics of torture, persecution and exile under Latin American dictatorships; the predatory capitalism and social pretensions of the bourgeoisie in the new Paraguay; the homoerotic fantasies of a traumatised youth in love with an angel called Freddy whose surname could be Mercury; a lost soul, trapped in a village of the damned in the Swizz mountains, whose fate recalls that of the guest in “Hotel California”, the legendary song by the Eagles: “You can check out any time you like/ But you can never leave!” Bedoya draws from sources as diverse as Borges, pop culture, Gothic literature, Latin American history and the Bible to blur the boundaries between reality and fiction as he challenges the reader to decipher the moral, psychological and epistemological paradoxes enshrined in these stories.

About the author
Esteban Bedoya was born in Asunción, Paraguay, in 1958. He completed his secondary studies in Buenos Aires, where he also graduated as an architect. His published work in Spanish includes La fosa de los osos (2003), Los malqueridos (2006), El Apocalispsis según Benedicto (2008) and La colección de orejas (2012). Some of his works have been translated into French,
German, Italian and English. El Apocalipsis según Benedicto won the prestigious PEN/Edward and Lily Tuck Award, 2010. Esteban Bedoya has also won awards from the Asociación Latinoamericana de Poetas (1982) and from Editorial Helguero (1983). After the fall of the Stroessner dictatorship in 1989, he returned to Paraguay, where he joined the diplomatic service. After representing his country in Switzerland, he was posted to Australia, where he is currently Head of Mission in the Embassy of
Paraguay.

The book has been translated by Roy C Boland, Professor of Spanish at the University of Sydney.

About the translator
Roy C. Boland is Honorary Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia. His books include Oedipus and the Papa State: A Study of Individual and Social Psychology in Mario Vargas Llosa’s Novels of Peruvian Reality (1988), Culture and Customs of El Salvador (2001), and Una rara comedia. Visión y revisión de las novelas de Mario Vargas Llosa (2003). He is the general editor of Antipodas, the Journal of Hispanic and Galician Studies of Australian and New Zealand. In 2009 he was awarded the Cross of the Order of Isabel la Católica by the King of Spain, for his contributions to Hispanism.

The book will be launched by Dr Erik Lithander, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International & Outreach), ANU

About Dr Erik Lithander
Dr Erik Lithander joined the Australian National University in the newly-created role of Pro Vice-Chancellor (International and Outreach) in June 2012. Prior to joining ANU, Erik spent six years as Director of International Affairs at University College Dublin, Ireland’s largest university, and was previously the Associate Director (International Relations) at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.
Originally from Sweden, Erik holds a Candidature in Political Science from Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium, a BSc (Econ) from the London School of Economics, and an MPhil and PhD from the University of Cambridge, where his research focus was on contemporary Latin American literature.
The Pro Vice-Chancellor (International & Outreach) provides leadership on international partnerships and international government relations, international students at ANU, national and international student recruitment and admissions, brand and reputation management and domestic institutional alliances.
The key ANU units which form part of this portfolio are the Division of International Operations and Student Recruitment (DIOSR), the ANU Marketing Office, the ANU North American Liaison Office in Washington DC, and the ANU Office of Strategic Communications and Public Affairs.

The launch will be followed by light food and beverages through the kind support of the Embassy of Paraguay. Free and open to the public, no RSVP required.

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The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies presents:

“A portrait of Spanish speakers in Australia”

Public lecture by Professor Catherine Travis

6:30pm Tuesday 16 April
Haydon-Allen Lecture Theatre (The Tank), ANU

According to the most recent Australian census (conducted in 2011), 117,500 people residing in Australia speak Spanish in the home, rendering Spanish the seventh most widely spoken community language in Australia (after Mandarin, Italian, Cantonese, Greek, Arabic and Vietnamese). This population is diverse, consisting of first, second and some third generation Hispanics who arrived in Australia under various immigration schemes from different parts of the Spanish-speaking world, the most well represented being Chile, Spain, Argentina, Colombia, El Salvador, Uruguay and Peru. This talk provides an overview of Hispanic communities in Australia, including their history and their current makeup, and considers what we might predict for the future of Spanish in Australia.

Speaker:
Professor Catherine Travis is Chair of Modern European Languages in the School of Language Studies at ANU. Her primary research areas are Hispanic Linguistics and bilingualism, and she is currently examining the language contact situations of Spanish speakers in Australia and the USA.

The lecture will be followed by light food and beverages. Free and open to the public, no RSVP required.

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Peruvian Film Festival

The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies and the Embassy of  Peru present the fourth film of the Peruvian film festival commemorating the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Peru and Australia:

“El destino no tiene favoritos” (Destiny has no favourites)

Director Alvaro Velarde (2003)

6:30pm Thursday 21March
Manning Clark Centre, Theatre 2, ANU

Ana is a rich, repressed housewife. Much to her annoyance, her husband rents out their garden to a soap-opera production and goes away on a business trip. In her dull solitude, Ana follows the shooting from her window, and soon becomes just as engrossed in the soap-opera as her two maids. When accidentally mistaken for an actress, she ends up being cast for a role – to the great dismay of the other actresses and her maids. The set soon becomes dominated by gossiping, intrigues and blackmail, while the boundary between her real world and the make believe world of soap-operas begins to blur. Ana finds herself entangled in a real life soap-opera all of her own when she tries to get everything back to normal before her husband comes home.

The showing of the film (90 minutes) will be followed by light food and beverages through the kind support of the Embassy of Peru.

The Film is in Spanish with English subtitles. Admission is free. No RSVP required.

This movie is recommended for viewers 18 years and over.

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The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies and the Embassy of  Peru present the third film of the Peruvian film festival commemorating the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Peru and Australia:

“Días de Santiago” (Days of Santiago)

Directed by Josué Méndez (2004)

6:30pm Thursday 14 March
Manning Clark Centre, Theatre 2, ANU

Written and directed by Josué Méndez, “Dias de Santiago,” Peru’s official entry for the 2004 Academy Awards, is a very striking, powerful movie; mixing beautiful visuals with a simple story. This movie has been awarded with more than 35 international prizes.

Santiago, an intense 23-year old man, trained exclusively for fighting, finds himself back in normal life after having served in the army. His wife leaves him and his family keeps its distance. With a large chip on his shoulder, he is frustrated in his aspiration to get an education, while his old comrades try to persuade him to join them in crime. He finally and hesitantly begins to move towards a new relationship, but things spin wildly out of control when his violent brother’s girl-friend starts making seductive overtures and pleads with him to kill her partner. It seems there is no escape from the cycle of violence once it has begun, in spite of his best intentions.

Skillfully interweaving black and white and color footage in a way that both heightens the film’s realism and the sense of despair and frustration of its protagonist, this young Peruvian director creates a distinctive portrait of life in Lima.

Awards:
• Montreal Film Festival, 2004, “Best Film” Award
• Miami International Film Festival, 2004, “Best Dramatic Film”
• Valladolid International Film Festival, 2004, “Golden Spike” for Best Director
• Bratislava International Film Festival, 2004, “Best Actor” to Pietro Sibille and “special mention” for director Josué Méndez.
• Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema, 2004, “Best Actor” to Pietro Sibille.
• Fribourg International Film Festival, 2004, “FIPRESCI” and “Gran Prix” prizes to Josué Méndez.
• Havana Film Festival, 2004, “Special Mention” for Best First Work to Josué Méndez.
• Kerala International Film Festival, 2004, “Golden Crow Pheasant” to Josué Méndez.
• Lima Latin American Film Festival, 2004, “Best Actor” to Pietro Sibille and “Critics Award” to Josué Méndez.

Cast:   Pietro Sibille

The showing of the film (83 minutes) will be followed by light food and beverages through the kind support of the Embassy of Peru.

The Film is in Spanish with English subtitles. Admission is free. No RSVP required.

This movie is recommended for viewers 18 years and over.

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The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies and the Embassy of  Peru present the second film of the Peruvian film festival commemorating the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Peru and Australia:

“Dioses” (Gods)

Directed by Josué Méndez (2008)

6:30pm Thursday 7 March
Haydon-Allen Lecture Theatre (The Tank), ANU

Elisa–the soon–to–be-wife of a wealthy industrialist is eager to shed her working –class background in favour of the opulence of her fiancé’s elite lifestyle. To her dismay, she soon realises her hopes to slip into magazine-ready images of domestic splendour must also include her future stepchildren: Diego, who is hounded by his overbearing father and reluctantly preparing to enter the family business, and Andrea, Diego’s party-girl sister and the object of both his desire and disgust. As Elisa embraces her new life of lavish parties and beachfront estates, Diego and Andrea rebel against their upper-class upbringing, setting the stage for an ironic contrast of fate and ambition in this biting satire of upper-crust wealth and privilege.

The showing of the film (91 minutes) will be followed by light food and beverages through the kind support of the Embassy of Peru.

The Film is in Spanish with English subtitles. Admission is free. No RSVP required.

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The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies and the Embassy of  Peru present the first film of the Peruvian film festival commemorating the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Peru and Australia:

Pantaleón y las Visitadoras
(Captain Pantoja and the Special Service)

Directed by Francisco Lombardi (1999)

6:30pm Thursday 28 February
Haydon-Allen Lecture Theatre (The Tank), ANU

Captain Pantaleón Pantoja (Salvador del Solar) is a straight-laced Peruvian military man recently married. Honest and hardworking, he has no choice but to follow orders when he is given the peculiar assignment of supplying entertainment and women to troops stationed in the Amazon so that they will stop hassling the limited supply of local girls. Trouble arises though, when Pantoja faces great sexual temptation in the form of one of the “working girls” (Angie Cepeda) and his cover is under threat of being blown by local authorities and media. Based on the novel by Mario Vargas Llosa (Literature Nobel Prize 2010) “Captain Pantoja and The Special Service” (“Pantaleón y las Visitadoras”).

Cast:
Angie Cepeda
Pilar Bardem
Salvador del Solar

The showing of the film (117 minutes) will be followed by light food and beverages through the kind support of the Embassy of Peru.

The Film is in Spanish with English subtitles. Admission is free. No RSVP required.

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The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies and the Embassy of Mexico present the film screening:

“Cinco dias sin Nora” (Nora’s Will)
(2008)
Directed by Mariana Chenillo  Time: 6:30pm

Date: Thursday 29 November

Location: Manning Clark Centre, Theatre 2, ANU

This story begins when Jose finds out that Nora, the woman he’d been married to for 30 years and then divorced, has committed suicide. The rabbi explains to Jose that due to the celebration of the Passover festivities, together with a few other factors, if Nora is not buried that same day, they will have to wait almost five days to be able to carry out the burial. It turns out that before she died, Nora devised a Machiavellian plan in order for him to take care of her funeral. But she missed something; a mysterious photograph left under the bed will lead to an unexpected outcome which will remind us that sometimes the greatest love stories are hidden in the smallest places.

The Film is in Spanish with English subtitles.

Admission is free. No RSVP required.

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The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies and the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela present the film screening:

A mí me gusta (The way I like it)

87 min  –  Comedy | Romance
Year: 2008 | Director: Ralph Kinnard | Writer: Rosa Clemente

Time: 6:30pm

Date: Thursday 22 November

Location: Manning Clark Centre, Theatre 5, ANU

Margartia’s dreams to become a famous Chef, come to a crumbling halt when immigration kicks her out of England – her arrival in Venezuela is very painful. But little does she know that the famous English Chef, Paul Welsare, (who she admired the most) is about to arrive in Venezuela and share a kitchen with her. The only problem is that Paul and Margarita are total opposites. Confrontation and hilarious events transpire, and both learn that “home” is where the heart is.

Cast: Mónica Pasqualotto, Jonathan Ashford and Diana Aboujian

The Film is in Spanish with English subtitles. Admission is free. No RSVP required.

The showing of the film (87 minutes) will be followed by light food and beverages through the kind support of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

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“The Explosion of Freedom of Information Laws in Latin America – Explaining Windows into Government and Window-Dressing”

Public lecture

Associate Professor Greg Michener (Fundação Getúlio Vargas University, Rio de Janeiro.)

Time: 6:30pm

Date: Wednesday 14 November

Location: Manning Clark Centre, Theatre 4, ANU

Over the last decade, a wave of transparency and freedom of information measures has swept across Latin America and the world. Globally, 94 countries now have freedom of information laws, and thirteen of those have been adopted in Latin America. Yet in a landscape marked by legacies of secrecy, authoritarianism and human rights abuses, do these measures serve as windows into government or mere window-dressing? Freedom of information across Latin America illustrate striking variation – while countries such as Mexico and Chile are changing cultures of opacity into openness, others have either delayed or resisted greater transparency. What explains this variation? The presentation illuminates the state of freedom of information across Latin America and provides evidence to suggest that two factors have had determinate effects on the performance of transparency and freedom of information: the activism of the news on the one hand and, on the other, the political control of presidents over the legislative and executive branches of government.

Greg Michener is Associate Professor of political science, public policy and international relations at the Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration, a department within the Fundação Getúlio Vargas University, Rio de Janeiro. A Canadian citizen and permanent resident of Brazil by way of marriage, Michener completed a B.A. at McGill University and both an M.A. in Latin American Studies and a Ph.D. in Comparative Politics and International Relations at the University of Texas at Austin. His doctoral dissertation (2010), “Surrendering Secrecy: Freedom of Information in Latin America”, is the basis for a book under contract with Cambridge University Press (forthcoming 2013). Michener has published technical reports on transparency and freedom of information for international organizations such as Article 19 and the Open Society Institute, and academic articles in periodicals such as the Journal of Democracy. He is a regular editorial contributor to Al Jazeera International, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Latin American Advisor, and hosts the blog “Observing Brazil.” In addition to transparency and disclosure, Michener’s research interests include the politics of the media, technology and open government, corruption, accountability, and legislative agenda-setting.

This lecture will be followed by light food and beverages. Admission is free. No RSVP required.

The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies and the Embassy of Ecuador present:

THE DUO PAGANINI
6:30pm Tuesday 6 November

Larry Sitsky Recital Room, School of Music, ANU
Childers Street, Canberra ACT

Formed by two of the most renowned Ecuadorian virtuosos, violinist Jorge Saade-Scaff and guitarist Julio Almeida, the Duo Paganini has performed in  New York, London, Beirut, Istanbul, Berlin, Budapest, Rome, Stockholm, Paris, Madrid, The Hage, Brussels, Geneva, Washington, Moscow, Warsaw, The Vatican, Buenos Aires, Lima, Montevideo, Quito, Cologne, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Bonn, and has made recordings for RADIO NETHERLANDS in Holland, RADIO NACIONAL DE ARGENTINA, RADIO BARTOK in Budapest, RADIO VISION in Ecuador.

The duo has performed in such prestigious halls as the famous CARNEGIE  HALL in New York, the PURCELL ROOM at the ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL in London,  the TEATRO COLON in Buenos Aires, the KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS in Washington DC, the UNESCO in Paris,  the “MARBLE ROOM” and the “DUNA PALACE” in Budapest, the ROYAL PALACE in Warsaw, the UNITED NATIONS in Geneva, the NATIONAL THEATER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS in Beijing,  among others.

The performance will be followed by light food and beverages through the kind support of the Embassy of Ecuador.

Admission is free. No RSVP required.

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DAY OF THE DEAD FESTIVAL
LOS CHAVOS
ALBUM LAUNCH

WHO:  Los Chavos + Friends
Chirimeros (Syd)
Inka Marka (Melb)
Brass Knuckle Brass Band
The Night Café
Dance Crews

WHERE:   3rd Nov @ ANU BAR, 8:00pm
After Party @ Digress Cocktail Bar

Canberra based LOS CHAVOS will host a ‘Day Of The Dead’ mini-festival to launch their debut album and showcase Latin American music and culture in Canberra!

Saturday 3rd November will see Los Chavos take the stage in full effect with their signature high energy blend of ska, reggae, cumbia and samba as the ANU BAR is transformed into the setting for a Latin Carnival Street Party!

Featuring sets by Chirimeros + Inka Marka and a special performance by street funk masters BRASS KNUCKLE BRASS BAND, the concert will also feature a mystery dance crew who will perform a unique Day of The Dead performance.

Los Chavos, regular performers in Canberra’s music and festival scene, have been working on their debut album “Supermeng” for two years and will bring their signature live energy coupled with complex arrangements and a large variety of rhythms to the night. Never straying too far from their ska/reggae roots, the band’s romantic ballads are given a ska/cumbia twist and hard-hitting merengue horns are mixed with calypso-hiphop. A night of carnival madness, dancing skeletons, funk vibes and a chance to see modern urban Latino sounds at their best right here in Canberra! Expect dancing skeletons and the dancefloor to burn!

Finally, Digress Cocktail Lounge (Akuna St, Civic) will host the afterparty for the ‘Day Of The Dead’ where DJ sets by Los Chavos members will spin reggaeton, cumbia, dancehall, salsa well into the early morning!

All tickets come with a FREE COPY of the first LOS CHAVOS EP!

ALBUM LAUNCH PARTY @ ANU Bar: $20 (full) $15 (pre-sale)

AFTERPARTY @ DIGRESS: Free for ticket holders – $5 entry from Midnight

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Music, videos and information at http://www.loschavos.net

http://www.facebook.com/loschavosmusic

MEDIA/PRESS CONTACT: Rafael Florez / raf.florez@gmail.com / 0406 647 296

Festival supported by: ANCLAS, Guzman Y Gomez, Caltex, The CMC
http://www.guzmanygomez.com     http://www.caltex.com.au     http://www.canberramusiciansclub.org.au

All-ages Latin America information and performance night

Learn about Latin American study opportunities at the ANU and experience Latin American culture first hand

In association with the exciting Latin American band, Los Chavos, and the Canberra Musicians Club, the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies (ANCLAS) at the ANU, will hold a family-friendly, all-ages event at the White Eagle Polish Club (Turner). ANU has the only Bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies in Australia. This event is a chance for students going to university soon to find out more about the many courses and other activities which we offer.

It is also going to be a spectacular presentation of Latin American culture. Featuring performances by special guests CHIRIMEROS (Syd) playing their energetic roots and folkloric music showcasing African influences mixed with indigenous Colombian coastal rhythms and INKA MARKA (Melb) with their infectious brand of Andean music that combines traditional and contemporary elements of woodwind, percussion and strings. Add to this, dance performances, an opening set by local gypsy-latin-jazz trio The Night Cafe and a special stripped back acoustic performance by Los Chavos themselves, the night is also the prelude to the launch of the new Los Chavos CD. Experience first hand the vibrant music and culture from this part of the world and enjoy the unique atmosphere of the Day of The Dead festivities.

WHAT:      Latin America information and performance night
WHO:        Los Chavos + Friends
Chirimeros (Syd)
Inka Marka (Melb)
Brass Knuckle Brass Band
The Night Café
Dance Crews

WHERE:    2nd Nov @ The Polish Club (Turner), 7:30pm

ALL AGES SHOW @ The Polish Club:
$15 (full) $12 (CMC Members) $10 (Students + under 18’s). Tickets at the door.
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The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies and the Embassy of Colombia present the third film of the Colombian Film Festival:

Confesión a Laura (Confession to Laura)

 (1991 – Drama, 85 mins)
Directed by Jaime Osorio Gómez

6:30pm Tuesday 30th October

The Haydon-Allen Lecture Theatre, (The Tank), ANU

April 9th 1948: Jorge Eliecer Gaitan, a Liberal leader and candidate for the presidency of Colombia is killed in Bogota and his death shocked the nation. Gaitan’s followers take over the city, protesting and demanding punishment: the city is chaotic, protesters clash against the security forces while the government tries to control the disorder. This is the local situation while Josefina makes a cake to celebrate Laura’s birthday who turns 45 on April 10th.

Laura, and old school teacher, lives in an apartment right in front of Josefina and her flat mate, 55 year-old Santiago, a public employee. With the political situation in climax, the three characters will be forced to live a never imagined situation: they will be under siege for 24 hours, surrounded by snipers, and protesters and their own fears. In the end their own truth will force them to show them as they are or as they would have liked to be.

In 1990, the script of the film participated in the workshop of the Sundance Institute and received a special award at the Festival de Cine y Televisión de La Habana (Cuba, 1989). Confession to Laura receive many awards and was exhibited in several festivals such as the, the Festival de Cine de Huelva (Spain, 1990), the International Movie Festival of Cartagena de Indas (Colombia, 1991); Trieste Movie Festival (Italy, 1991), where it received a special award: “Reconocimiento de la ciudad de Trieste”; the Biarritz Movie Festival (France, 1991), the New York Latin Movie Festival (USA, 1991), United States, and the Berlin Movie Festival (Germany, 1992), among others.

The Director:

Born in 1947, Jaime Osorio studied law at the Universidad Autónoma de Colombia. He began his career in the 70’s producing TV adverts and political documentaries. In the decade of the 80’s, with Colombian director Mauricio Pardo, Osorio directs some chapters of the Colombian awarded documentary series “Yuruparí”.
In 1991, Jaime Osorio produced and directed the movie “Confesión a Laura” (“Confession to Laura”) which receive many awards and was screened in different festivals in Europe and America.
In 1999, Jaime Osorio was executive producer of the Colombian-French film “La Virgen de los sicarios” (“Our Lady of the Assassins”) by acclaimed director Barbet Shroeder. In 2002, he coproduced the film “Maria, llena de gracia” (“Maria, Full of Grace”) for HBO Films, directed by Joshua Marston and starring Catalina Sandino. In 2004, he produced the movie “La sombra del caminante” (also known as “the wandering shadows) from colombian director Ciro Guerra, and in December 2005 he released his latest film “Sin Amparo” (“without Amparo”) written, produced and directed by him.
Jaime Osorio died in 2006.

The showing of the film (85 minutes) will be followed by light food and beverages through the kind support of the Embassy of Colombia.

The Film is in Spanish with English subtitles.

Admission is free. No RSVP required.
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The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies and the Embassy of Colombia present the second film of the Colombian Film Festival:

El Embajador de la India (The Ambassador from India)

  (1986 – Comedy, 85 mins)
Directed by Mario Ribero

6:30pm Tuesday 23 October

Manning Clark Centre, Theatre 2, ANU

Based on true events, “El Embajador de la India” (“The Ambassador from India”), is a Colombian comedy written and directed by Mario Ribero. The story follows inveterate liar Jaime Florez (Hugo Gomez), who tells two fellow bus travelers that he is an ambassador from India traveling incognito as a tourist. By speaking a mixture of English and bad Spanish, Jaime soon lets his practical joke get out of hand. When the bus arrives at a small Colombian town, the word of the ambassador’s visit spreads quickly, and soon the local high society are fascinated with him: “People see what they want to see,” is the maxim here.

The Director:

Mario Ribero Ferreira is a well-known director of film and television in Colombia.

Born in 1948 in Confines (Santander, Colombia). He started his career in 1961 as an actor in the play “Death Squad”, directed by Spanish director Juan Perez Bausa. In 1968, he moved to Bogota and began working at the Teatro Popular de Bogotá (TPB) with Jaime Barbini and Jorge Alí Triana; two years later, Jaime Barbini and him created the group Teatro Acción (Action Theatre).

In 1971 he traveled to Russia to study at the Moscow Film Institute where he was credited as Director of Film and Television with the Russian master Ferguei Gerasimov. Then he made a three-year specialization in Writing and Direction of Documentary Photography. His debut as director was in 1986 with the movie “The Ambassador from India”.

In 1987, Ribero started working as a professor at the National University in the department of Film and Television Department.

He is best known for his television works such as the Colombian comedies “Vuelo Secreto” (1992), “El hijo de Nadia” (1998), and the soap opera “Yo soy Betty, la Fea” (Ugly Betty, 1999), for which he received many national and international awards. In 2011, after 25 years work, he released his second feature “Mamá, tomate la sopa”.

The showing of the film (85 minutes) will be followed by light food and beverages through the kind support of the Embassy of Colombia.

The Film is in Spanish with English subtitles.

Admission is free. No RSVP required.

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The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies and the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela present the film screening of :

“Indigenous Venezuela: Sounding Universe”

6:00 Friday 12 October

Manning Clark Centre, Theatre 2, ANU

This film will be presented by Professor Arelis Sumabila, a Venezuelan forensic anthropologist, based in Australia who has specialized in the Venezuelan ethnography and has taught at Macquarie University.  Professor Sumabila is also affiliated to the International Project of Health of the UN.
The film “Indigenous Venezuela: Sounding Universe”, is a documentary which presents images and content related to the songs and words, body and dance, sounds and objects and the Venezuelan constitution.
This film was produced by the Ministry of Popular Power for Culture and it will feature comments and reflections on the indigenous world by Professor Arelis Sumabila.

The showing of the film will be followed by light food and beverages.

Admission is free. No RSVP required.

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The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies and the Latin American Student’s Association (LASA) of ANU present:

Those who remain  (los que se quedan)

 Documentary
Directed by Juan Carlos Rulfo y Carlos Hagerman

Thursday 4 October 6:30pm
Manning Clark Theatre 2, ANU

Those who remain is a film about the families of those who have crossed the border to the United States in search of better opportunities. A film that explores the melancholy, memories and identity of those who remain, who continue to wait, to love and to dream. A film about absence, about the families whose lives are defined by the voids migration has created. Migration has an enduring impact, not just on the families who remain, but on entire communities, towns and cities.
For more information please visit:http://losquesequedan.com/index_eng.html

The showing of the film will be followed by light food and beverages. 

Admission is free. No RSVP required.

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Please note due to unforeseen circumstances this lecture has been cancelled.

The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies and the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba present:

Sexual, Gender & Women’s Rights in Cuba

Public lecture

Mariela Castro Espin

6:30pm Monday 15 October
Manning Clark Centre, Theatre 3, ANU

Mariela has lead campaigns against homophobia and for the acceptance of homosexuality, bisexuality, transvestism, and trans-sexualism. She helped push through a 2008 law which gives transgender persons access to free sex-change operations and campaigns for same-sex marriage in Cuba.

Speaker:

Mariela’s responsibilities includes:
• Director of National Centre for Sex
• Director of CENESEX journal
• President of Cuban Multidisciplinary Centre for the Study of Sexuality
• President of the National Commission for Treatment of Disturbances of Gender Identity.
• Member of the Direct Action Group for Preventing, Confronting, and Combating AIDS, and
• Executive member of the World Association for Sexual Health.

The lecture is followed by refreshments.  Free and open to the public, no RSVP required.

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The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies and the Embassy of Colombia present the first film of the Colombian Film Festival:

Gordo, Calvo y bajito (Fat, Bald, short man)  (2011 – Animation, 90 mins)
Directed by Carlos Osuna

6:30pm Tuesday 16th October
Manning Clark Centre, Theatre 2, ANU

“Gordo, Calvo y Bajito” (“Fat, Bald, Short man”) is an animated film with a black humor tone that tells the story of Antonio Farfán a 46 year old man working in a notary’s office who has always believed that his personal and professional failure is the inevitable result of his looks: he is bald, short and fat. Though his mind is never silent, his life goes almost uneventfully until the new notary arrives: a fatter, balder and shorter man that, unlike Antonio, is successful and loved by others. Dazed and confused, Antonio is now thrown out to the real world where he faces his own fears and ends up living pretty unexpected situations.

Released in Colombia in May 2012, one of the most striking aspects of this production of Malta Cines is the experimental and innovative proposal of Director Carlos Osuna of using mixed media animation such as rotoscoping, traditional 2D animation and 3D animation, in the design of the locations, to create a story in which the main character moves between two environments: the real one and his thoughs in which the spectator discovers Farfán’s fears and insecurities.

The film has been awarded with important prizes such as “Best Feature Film Project” (International Film Festival of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia 2010), “Fix Comunicación Guadalajara Construye 5,” and “Digital Art Guadalajara Construye 5” Awards from the International Film Festival in Guadalajara (Mexico, 2011). It also won the Audience Award at the 17th edition of Festivalíssimo, the Latin American Film Festival of Montreal (March, 2012).

During 2012, “Fat, Bald and Shorty” has been presented at several international exhibitions in the US and South America, and was featured in prominent venues such as the MoMa in New York on a selection of the Global Film Initiative and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Be There Corfu Animation Film Festival and competition of Animated Film Festival in the Netherlands. By 2013, it is planned presentation at the Cleveland International Film Festival (USA, April)

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The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies presents:

The ‘Dark Side’ of the Migration-Development Nexus in Latin America

Public lecture
Professor Nicola Phillips (University of Sheffield, UK)

6:30pm Thursday 20 September

Manning Clark Centre, Theatre 4, ANU

The connections between migration and development in Latin America, as in the rest of the world, have excited sustained attention and debate in recent years. The starting point of my paper is that the parameters and conclusions of this debate have been unsatisfactory, particularly because we fail to distinguish between national (or regional) development defined by aggregate economic growth, and human development, which refers to the material and social conditions in which people live and work. I argue that a focus on the former often leads to simplistic and unduly optimistic assessments of the relationship between migration and development in the region, ignoring as it does the forms of exploitation and inequality that can both drive and result from contemporary dynamics of labour migration. I start the paper by sketching the contours of contemporary migration patterns in Latin America, both within the region and to destinations outside it, and then move on at greater length to think about the political-economic drivers of these patterns. I draw attention to four key themes: (a) the construction of economic models and labour markets to which low-cost, highly exploited migrant labour is central, sometimes taking the form of forced and trafficked labour; (b) the dynamics of poverty and inequality which drive migration in the region and its developmental outcomes; (c) the expansion of recruitment, smuggling and trafficking industries across the region; and (d) the combined effects of immigration policy, labour law and anti-trafficking initiatives, or their absence. I then turn to reconsider the implications of this discussion for an assessment of the relationship between migration and development in Latin America.

Speaker:
Nicola Phillips is Professor of Political Economy in the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield. She took up this post in May 2012, having previously held the same title at University of Manchester. Her research and teaching focuses on the political economy of development, with specific current interests in labour in global production networks, unfree labour and human trafficking, and migration and development. Her most recent books are Development (with Anthony Payne, Polity, 2010), and, as editor, International Political Economy: Debating the Past, Present and Future (with Catherine Weaver, Routledge, 2010), and Migration in the Global Political Economy (Lynne Rienner, 2011). Her work has also recently been published in such journals as the Review of International Political Economy, Economy and Society, Global Networks and Studies in Comparative International Development. Professor Phillips currently holds a three-year Major Research Fellowship from The Leverhulme Trust, for research on forced labour and human trafficking for labour exploitation in the global economy. She is an editor of New Political Economy and sits on the editorial or international advisory boards of a number of other journals.

The lecture is followed by refreshments.  Free and open to the public, no RSVP required.

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The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies presents:

“Brazilian Democracy from Lula to Dilma.”

Public Lecture
Dr Timothy Power (University of Oxford, UK)

6:30pm Tuesday 18 September

Haydon-Allen Lecture Theatre (The Tank)

The lecture explores the changes in Brazilian democracy over the past 10 years. Special emphasis is placed on the legacy of President Lula, on the presidential election of 2010 in which Dilma Rousseff defeated José Serra, and on the challenges of the first 18 months in power of President Dilma.

Speaker:

Timothy J. Power is University Lecturer in Brazilian Studies and a Fellow of St Cross College at the University of Oxford, where he is also Director of Graduate Studies in Politics. From 2008 to 2012 he directed the university’s Latin American Centre and from 2004 to 2006 he served as president of the Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA). A former visiting professor at the University of Brasília and the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Dr Power is the author or co-editor of several books on Brazilian politics, including The Political Right in Postauthoritarian Brazil (Penn State University Press, 2000), Democratic Brazil Revisited (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008), and Corruption and Democracy in Brazil (University of Notre Dame Press, 2011). Some of his publications to appear in 2013 include (with Paul Chaisty and Nic Cheeseman) “Rethinking the ‘Presidentialism Debate’: Coalitional Politics in Cross-Regional Perspective,” forthcoming in Democratization; with Cesar Zucco (Rutgers University), “Elite Preferences in a Consolidating Democracy: The Brazilian Legislative Surveys, 1990-2009,” forthcoming in Latin American Politics and Society 55, no. 2, and also with Cesar Zucco, “Bolsa Família and the Shift in Lula’s Electoral Base, 2002-2006: A Reply to Bohn,” forthcoming in Latin American Research Review 48, no. 2.

The lecture is followed by refreshments.  Free and open to the public, no RSVP required.

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The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies presents:

Duo Deconet’s

new album

“Laberintos”

6:30pm Thursday 30th August, 2012
Band Room, Peter Karmel Building, School of Music, ANU
Childers Street, Canberra ACT

An eclectic, vibrant and contemporary album of Iberoamerican music, will be launched in Canberra at the ANU-ANCLAS. This unique event also includes new premieres in Asia Pacific.

Come and enjoy the great compilation and collaboration of Duo Deconet, musicologist and international composers from:

ARGENTINA, BRASIL, COLOMBIA, COSTA RICA, MEXICO, SPAIN, PERU  AND URUGUAY

Henry Avila and Irma Enriquez are proudly sponsored by the ANU-ANCLAS, Embassy of Mexico, Embassy of Argentina, Embassy of Colombia and the Embassy of Spain.

For more information please visit: www.duodeconet.com.au

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“Growing Change” a journey inside Venezuela’s food revolution

6:30pm Tuesday 4th September
Manning Clark Theatre 4, ANU

Documentary
Directed by Simon Cunich
Duration: 60 minutes

Growing Change follows the filmmaker’s journey to understand why current food systems leave hundreds of millions of people in hunger.  It’s a journey to understand how the world will feed itself in the future in the face of major environmental challenges.

The documentary begins with an investigation of the 2008 global food crisis, looking at the long-term underlying causes. Will expanding large-scale, energy-intensive agriculture, be the solution or re problems? If we already produce enough food to feed the world why do so many people go hungry?

The showing of the film (60 minutes) will be followed by light food and beverages through the kind support of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

For more information please visit: http://www.simoncunich.com.au

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Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies (ANCLAS) second conference:

 Regional Reactions to the Rise of Brazil –
Latin America and the Shifting Sands of Global Power, 2012

Wednesday 12 September and Thursday 13 September

All Day Event

9:30am – 6:00pm

The Haydon-Allen Lecture Theatre (The Tank)

Australian National University

Brazil has risen. Whether through discussions of the BRIC emerging market countries in the international media, the succession of Brazil cover stories in magazines such as The Economist and Newsweek, or the stream of official government visits from nearly all nations to Brasília, there is a public consciousness that Brazil has arrived on the global scene. But this is often where the discussion stops. Even within Brazil and Latin America precious little attention has been given directly to what the rise of Brazil means for the region and how countries within the Americas are responding to the increasingly muscular giant in their midst. The 2012 edition of the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies annual conference Latin America and the Shifting Sands of Global Power will take up this theme by focusing on regional reactions to the rise of Brazil.

Program

Day 1 – Country Cases

Session 1 – Setting the stage – Brazil’s rise and ambitions (9:15-10:45)

a. The Rise of Brazil in Latin America
Dr. Sean Burges – ANU

b. Brazilian aims and Ambitions in Latin America
Prof. Carlos Pio – UnB, Brazil

BREAK (10:45-11:15)

Session 2 – The Mercosur Neighbourhood (11:15-12:45)

a. Socio-environmental conflicts in South American regionalism
Dr. Marcelo Saguier – FLACSO, Argentina

b. Paraguay: A Brazilian Satellite?
Assoc Prof. Miguel Carter – American University, USA

LUNCH (12:45-14:15)

Session 3 – Contesting leaders Regional Middle Powers (14:15-15:45)

a. Inter-connection versus integration: Venezuela-Brazil cooperation and the Abreu e Lima refinery
Mr. Guy Emerson – ANU, Australia

b. Beware the Awakening Giant of Latin America: Mexico’s Reaction to the Emergence of Brazil as a Regional Superpower
Dr. Daniella di Piramo – Griffith University, Australia

BREAK (15:45- 16:15)

Session 4 – The Latin Jaguar (16:15-17:00)
a. Some implications of new international status of Brazil: National interest versus regional compromise?
Prof. Roberto Durán – Universidad de Chile, Chile

RECEPTION (17:00-18:00)

Day 2 – Regional and thematic issues

Session 5 (9:00-9:45)
a. Juan Jose Garcia, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of El Salvador

BREAK (9:45-10:00)

Session 6 – Integration & Security (10:00-11:30)

a. Brazil’s Rise and its Neighbours: Balancing Global Ambitions and Regional Constraints.
Dr. Mahrukh Doctor, University of Hull, UK

b. Colombia’s reactions to the Rise of Brazil
Prof. Sandra Borda – Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

LUNCH (11:30- 13:00)

Session 7 – People & Resources (13:00-14:30)

a. Physical integration between brazil and peru: Balance of a decade and impact on regional development and bilateral relations
Dr. Rosario Santa Gadea – Universidad del Pacifico and Peruvian Center for International Studies, Peru

b. The social foundations of economic expansion: Migration, labour and inequality in Brazil and Latin America
Prof. Nicola Phillips – University of Manchester, UK

BREAK (14:30-15:00)

Session 7 – Brazilian implications of the regional reactions (15:00-15:45)
a. Dr. Tim Power – University of Oxford, UK)

Session 8 – Round Table discussion (15:45-16:45)

RECEPTION (16:45-18:00)
For more information please visit: www.anclas.edu.au

 

 

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