News and announcements
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.
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.
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.