News and announcements
When Brazilian President Lula wanted to give people more control, a history book by Norwegian historian and politician Berge Furre played a key role, writes Vegard Bye, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 18 January 2016 (in Norwegian).
In 2016 we might see more pragmatic political changes in Latin America, but in general there will be no change from red to blue, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 5 January 2016 (in Norwegian).
Welcome to a national gathering of master students writing about Latin America!
Venezuela is in a deep crisis, but how the parties are thinking to resolve the problems is not clear, write Leiv Marsteintredet, University of Oslo and University of Bergen, and Audun Solli in an article in Dagsavisen 9 December 2015 (pdf, in Norwegian).
The UK association for the study of Latin America invites all interested to become a member of the association. To see the benefits of becoming a member, see SLAS’s web site.
The upcoming call will be related to the oil industry. See the Research Council of Norway’s web site (in Norwegian).
The Venezuelan government is likely to lose the upcoming parliamentary elections on 6 December as it is no longer able to use the country's oil wealth to improve the lives of the ordinary man and woman. The regime's legitimacy has been founded on a promise to create an inclusive government that puts an end to poverty. Fewer and fewer believe in this promise, write Audun Solli and Leiv Marsteintredet in an article in Morgenbladet 4 December 2015 (in Norwegian).
Major changes are taking place in Latin America. What happened to the conservative Catholic stronghold, asks Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 1 December 2015 (in Norwegian).
Human evil is central to Roberto Bolaño,s novel 2666, one of the most important books in Norwegian this year. Bolaño's translator, Kristina Solum, University of Oslo, explains how in an article in Vårt Land 22 November 2015 (in Norwegian).
Brazil is by far the largest recipient of Norwegian development aid, but at the same time Brazil donates humanitarian and development aid to poorer countries. This paradox explains much about a changing world and Brazil's desire for world power status, write Torkjell Leira, University of Oslo, and Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert, the Peace Research Institute Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 16 November 2015 (in Norwegian).
Despite pessimism and the impression that there are only villains everywhere, there are also positive news to take back from Brazil these days. Heroes exist. They are named institutions, write Yuri Kasahara, Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research, and Leiv Marsteintredet, University of Oslo and University of Bergen, in an article in Bergens Tidende 16 November 2015 (in Norwegian).
Since 2010, there are more migrants travelling from Europe to Latin America than in the opposite direction, and more money is sent home from European migrant workers in Latin America than vice versa. It's time to start thinking about Latin America as part of the solution to the world's migration challenges, and not the problem, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 27 October 2015 (in Norwegian).
Haiti is one of the prioritized countries in this call from the Norwegian Programme for Capacity Building in Higher Education and Research for Development (NORHED). Deadline for applications: 15 February 2016
The Rafto Prize to Padre Melo can draw greater international attention to the defense of freedom of expression and democracy in Honduras, writes Leiv Marsteintredet, Universities of Oslo and Bergen, in an article in Bergens Tidende 24 September 2015.
Padre Melo is a shining example of a person who fearlessly fight for human rights. But he is also a living testimony that religious belief can provide unsuspected strength and courage in the fight for human dignity, writes Hans Egil Offerdal, University of Bergen, in an article (pdf, in Norwegian) in Dagen 5 October 2015.
With an economic growth forecast of measly 0.5 per cent for Latin America next year, the discussion now rages about who is to blame for the economic recession and investment drought. In many countries we see a crisis in varieties of social democratic experiments that sought to support the poor through cash transfers, jobs and increased minimum wages, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 22 September 2015 (in Norwegian).
The 52nd Annual Conference of the Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS) will take place at the University of Liverpool, 7-8 April 2016. Deadline for submission of paper and panel proposals: 8 October. See announcement.
The 8th International Conference of the European Council for Social Research on Latin America (CEISAL) will take place at the University of Salamanca, Spain 28 June – 1 July 2016. Deadline for submission of paper proposals: 30 October. See announcement.
According to plans, on Sunday 6 September the Guatemalans will go to the polls. It happens in the middle of the country's biggest political crisis in over 20 years. Since April, hundreds of thousands have participated in weekly demonstrations in reaction to a series of revelations of high-level corruption. writes Benedicte Bull and Mariel Aguilar-Støen, both University of Oslo, in an article in Bistandsaktuelt 4 September 2015 (in Norwegian).
Investment agreements are meant to attract foreign investors to a country. However, experience shows that they often bring more harm than good, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 18 August 2015 (in Norwegian).
The Anuario Americanista Europeo, published by the Consejo Europeo de Investigaciones Sociales de América Latina (CEISAL) and the Red Europea de Información y Documentación sobre América Latina (REDIAL), has announced a call for articles for the next edition. The central theme of this edition is "Hacia un nuevo latinoamericanismo: desafíos y complejidad del diálogo entre las disciplinas". See the call for articles.
The past decade parts of Latin America have been marked by a bloody peace. The level of violence in El Salvador is now higher than in most war zones in the world, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 15 July 2015 (in Norwegian).
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).