News and announcements
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.
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 Tvedt, University of Bergen, in an article in Nordlys on 13 January 2015.
Welcome to a national gathering of master students focusing on Latin America!
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.
The emerging economic growth is fragile in Colombia. Is it over now? asks Kalle Moene, University of Oslo, in an article 21 November in Dagens Næringsliv.
The 43 missing and probably killed teacher students from Ayotzinapa are unfortunately not an exceptional event. It fits into a horrific pattern, writes Hans Egil Offerdal, University of Bergen in an article on 18 November in Bergens Tidende.
The Research Council of Norway has developed roadmaps for research collaboration with the eight priority partner countries outside the EU / EEA, among them Brazil.
See article on NFRs web site (in Norwegian).
Agreements have recently been signed between The Research Council of Norway (NFR) and their Brazilian counterpart, The National Council for Scientific and Technologial Development (CNPq); and between NFR and Innovation Norway and the Brazilian counterpart of Innovation Norway, the Studies and Projects Financing Agency (FINEP). The agreements open for joint calls for proposals in all areas.
See article on NFR's web site (in Norwegian).
The European Council for Social Research on Latin America (CEISAL) will organize it’s 8th international conference in Salamanca, Spain from 28 June to 1 July 2016. The call for proposals for symposiums is open up to 1 March 2015. See the conference web site.
Dilma Rousseff’s narrow victory in the 2014 president elections – 51.64 percent against Aécio Neves’ 48.36 percent – offers more questions than answers.
The call for panels for 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 for panel proposals: 15 DECEMBER.
Aarhus University (Denmark) will organize an interdisciplinary Brazil Conference 12 - 14 March 2015. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 1 December 2014.
Access the call for abstracts at the conference web site.
The Norwegian Association for Development Research (NFU) has announced that the winners of the award for the best master thesis 2013/2014 are:
Lisa Govasli Nilsen from the University of Oslo, Department of Political Science, with the thesis “Patterns of wartime sexual violence. Perspectives from Colombia”
Anna Gudbjört Sveinsdottir, from the University of Oslo, Centre for Development and the Environment, with the thesis “Land Tenure and Tourism Development in Nicaragua. A case study from Playa Gigante.”
From Che Guevara to Pope Francis: the Third World lives on in Latin America. Article by Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo in Manifest tidsskrift 8 October 2014.
The candidates in Brazil’s elections are strikingly similar in their proposals, writes Einar Braathen, Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research in an article (pdf) in Klassekampen 4 October 2014.
It is not a shortage of progressive ideals that is to blame for the left's currrent lack of inspiration by Latin America, writes Even Sandvik Underlid, University of Bergen, in this article in Manifest tidsskrift 30 September 2014.
A call has been published by ERANet-LAC, a European Union (EU) project aimed at promoting a unified European approach to collaborating with Latin America and the Caribbean countries (LAC) in the field of science and technology research for innovation and sustainable development. Application deadline 27 November.
See the information published by the Research Council of Norway. There will be an information meeting at (the new offices of) the Research Council, Drammensveien 288, Lysaker on Wednesday 9 October at 11:30 – 14:00. If interested in attending the meeting, please inform Ellen Vollebæk: firstname.lastname@example.org
The US non-governmental organization Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) has launched a new resource, called WOLA University, for academics and students with links to recent publications, live panel discussions, and opportunities to engage with human rights leaders throughout Latin America.
See letter from WOLA (pdf).
Latin America protests against the war in Gaza, and Israel would do well to take the criticism seriously, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in this article in Dagbladet 11 August 2014.