UPCOMING EVENTS & COURSES


FRIDAY 19 FEBRUARY, 15:30h
Working in Chains? – Human Security in Global Production Networks between Brazil and the Netherlands
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Lee Pegler
ISS – Erasmus University

MA 4. The New Urban Transition
Period: 29 Feb – 25 April 2016
Time: Monday 14– 17h +INFO

FRIDAY 4 MARCH, 15:30h
Changes in social policies in Chile 

Rossana Castiglioni 
Universidad Diego Portales
Latin American studies,
Universiteit Leiden

FRIDAY 11 MARCH, 15:30h
From informal urbanism to gentrification in Mexico: a new colonialism?

Ann Varley
Dept. of Geography
University College London

FRIDAY 8 APRIL, 15:30h
Colombian literature in
conflict and peace 

Héctor Abad, fellow NIAS
Author of Angosta (2004) 
El Olvido que Seremos /
Oblivion: A Memoir (2006)

FRIDAY 22 APRIL, 15:30h
Insecurity and Informality in a Bolivian Market

Daniel Goldstein
Dept. of Anthropology,
Rutgers University

FRIDAY 20 MAY, 15:30h
Las nuevas formas de participación en América Latina

Albert Noguera
Universitat de València


El Quinto Piso del CEDLA

10/02/16 Another edition of GreenDocs
Working in Chains? – Human Security in Global Production Networks between Brazil and the Netherlands

This time exploring the effects of climate change on the coastal zones of the Caribbean with the screening of the documentary ‘1.5 Stay Alive’. The documentary takes a creative approach to explaining the effects of climate change on the region’s beautiful environment and people by using a combination of music and climate science! Following the screening, a panel discussion will be held with climate change experts on the region, including Hebe Verrest. Hebe is a specialist in urban issues in the Carribean who is currently researching spatial planning and climate change.

Join us at 8 pm on the 10th of February in CREA theatre to learn more about this wonderful region and the disastrous affects of climate change on it, from the perspective of both researchers and victims. Admission is free for students of the UvA and HvA, and 5 euro for all others.


  • UPCOMING LECTURE 19/02/16
    Working in Chains? – Human Security in Global Production Networks between Brazil and the Netherlands

    Lee Pegler, ISS – Erasmus University
    Time: 15:30h
    Venue: CEDLA (room 2.02), Roetersstraat 33



    The conditions applying to workers supplying (global) value chains has become a lively area of analysis. Existing studies of chains suggest that they often lead to uncertain and precarious conditions, especially for those at the beginning of chains in agricultural sectors and buyer driven situations. There is also much debate on our understanding of the governance and coordination of chains. The question is how other actors may help to improve labour conditions?

    The GOLLS (governance of labour and logistics for sustainability) project addresses this theme for the case of the Brazil-Netherlands relationship via a series of studies. It is aimed at improving our understanding of chain governance and its outcomes by taking an along-the-chain view of labour conditions in the context of the two countries. This historical relation is showing a growing involvement of the Dutch private and public sectors in key areas, including those of logistics and ports (a key aspect of value generation/coordination). What does this mean for today’s trade relations and, especially, for workers along these chains?
    This lecture presents the variety of consequences that this process is generating. Case studies show the diversity of products, production processes, actors and politics of chain management (at both a local/global and public/private level). At the level of social (human) relations, there seems to be considerable value gained by moving beyond standard measures of wellbeing and to consider people’s sense of security. Understanding the complexity of governance seems key. Regarding workers, the question is whether they are able to influence the actions of the corporate sector, who often control both local processes of accumulation and global processes of distribution.

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    FUNDACIÓN SLICHER VAN BATH DE JONG 2016 para la promoción del estudio y la investigación de la historia de América Latina

    SLICHER VAN BATH DE JONG FONDS 2016 ter bevordering van de studie en het onderzoek van de geschiedenis van Latijns-Amerika

    SLICHER VAN BATH DE JONG FUND 2016 for the advancement of study and research on the history of Latin America

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