News and announcements
The last two months have been marked by massive protests against corruption in several countries in Central America. The vice president of Guatemala has resigned, and in Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua there are mobilizations in the streets, writes Mariel Aguilar-Støen, University of Oslo, in an article on Radikal Portal 21 June (in Norwegian).
Latin American heads of state raise their glasses for increased independence from the United States, but are they better off in China's enclosed courtyard (siheyuan)? asks Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 16 June 2015 (in Norwegian).
Initially Archbishop Romero distanced himself clearly from the leading liberation theologians, but within a short period as the church's leader he underwent a radical personal and theological transformation and became a crystal clear and politically powerful voice for social justice, writes Sturla J. Stålsett, Norwegian School of Theology (Menighetsfakultetet), in an article (in Norwegian) in Vårt Land 23 May 2015.
Regardless of what one might think about the similarities between Romero and Jesus, it is a fact that Pope Francis now points at Archbishop Romero of El Salvador – the defender of the poor – as an example and hope for the world's Catholics, states Hans Egil Offerdal, University of Bergen, in an article (pdf, in Norwegian) in Dagen 22 May 2015.
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In recent months, corruption scandals have hit one Latin American government after the other. For many it is disappointing that left governments have been equally involved as their counterparts from the right. This can be understood as a result of asymmetric democratization, argues Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 12 May 2015 (in Norwegian).
The article “Noruega non grata”(in Norwegian) in Bistandsaktuelt 26 April, on Norwegian official support to organizations opposing the construction of a cement factory in Guatemala, has caused a debate with contributions by researchers from the Centre for Development and the Environment at the University of Oslo; see the debate in Bistandsaktuelt (in Norwegian).
Fifty years have passed since more than 2,000 Dominicans and 44 soldiers from the United States were killed as a result of the US invasion of the Dominican Republic, but the Dominicans have not used the experience to create an enemy image of the USA, writes Leiv Marsteintredet in an article in Dag og Tid 30 April 2015 (pdf).
NorLARNet will award a scholarship of 4,000 kroner per month for a period of 10 months (second semester 2015 and first semester 2016) to a master student enrolled at an academic institution in the Oslo area.
Deadline for applications: 28 May 2015
The Brazilian counterpart for Francis Underwood in "House of Cards", Eduardo Cunha, the social conservative president of the national assembly, plays for high stakes to weaken President Dilma Rousseff, writes Yuri Kasahara, Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research, in an article in Klassekampen 21 April 2015.
This weekend the head of states of USA, Canada and the Latin American countries will meet for the summit of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Panama. It should have been the summit to mark the end of the exclusion of Cuba from the good company, but US sanctions against Venezuela have created new problems in the Inter-American cooperation, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 7 April 2015.
Based on a huge corruption scandal in the state-owned oil company Petrobras, a Pandora's box of revelations about corruption and money laundering has been opened in Brazil. This is not entirely negative, as we can also make out the contours of a nation that gradually will have a legislation that not only in principle but also in practice, applies equally to all, writes Trond Heitmann, Østfold University College, in an article in Bergens Tidende 4 March 2015.
The Academic Blog on Latin American Development, Alternautas, administered by four young scholars from South America and Europe, is looking for new members to their editorial team. See the call for editors.
Alternautas has recently published all the 2014 contributions in a Journal format; see the journal.
An article by Iselin Åsedotter Strønen, Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) has resulted in the critical comments by other academics, and two more articles by Strønen.
The call for papersfor the 8th conference of the Nordic Latin American Research Network, to be held at the University of Helsinki, Finland, 11-13 June 2015, is available at the conference web site.
Deadline: 30 MARCH 2015.
Archbishop Romero was shot and killed at the altar in El Salvador in 1980. By declaring him a martyr Pope Francis sends a crystal clear signal that he really wants a church where the poor are at the centre, writes Hans Egil Offerdal, University of Bergen in an article in Bergens Tidende on 15 February 2015.
Once again film censorship is taking place at the time for historical events in Cuba, but when “Retour à Ithaque” (in Norwegian: “Himmelen over Havanna”) by French director Laurent Cantet was denied screening at the film festival in Havana in December, the scandal disappeared in the cheering for the historic rapprochement between the US and Cuba, writes Håkon Tveit, University of Bergen, in an article in Nordlys on 13 January 2015.
Mexico has become the world's most dangerous country for Catholic priests. The priests who are most actively engaged in work for human rights and social justice, are now risking their lives, writes Hans Egil Offerdal, University of Bergen, in an article in Dagsavisen on 21 January 2015.
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Brazil's truth commission submitted its final report on December 10 and concluded that the military regime's human rights violations must be considered as crimes against humanity. Nevertheless it is expected that the torturers will go free. The generals and their political backers still have much power in Brazil, writes Torkjell Leira, University of Oslo in an article in Dagsavisen on 2 January 2015.
The Cuba agreement alters the policy dynamics of the entire American continent. The upcoming dialogue may prove to be US’s gate-opener to Latin America, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article on NRK Ytring on 22 December 2014.
The course will be organized by the newly established Oslo Academy of Global Governance at University of Oslo (UiO), together with NorLARNet and the Research School at the Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM) at UiO.
The course will be held 8 to 10 April, 2015 at SUM. Applications are invited from January, 2015. The application deadline is 1 February, 2015.