• 17/04/19 O PROCESSO

  • Organized in collaboration with Nalacs, KRITERION x IDFA and CEDLA

    O Processo (The Trial) portrays the impeachment trial of former Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, focusing on the defense team, who struggles to prove her innocence against a majority vote by a Congress riddled with corruption. A tale of betrayal and corruption, the film presents Rousseff’s personal story: herself imprisoned and tortured by the country’s former military dictatorship, she now faces impeachment accused of fiscal crimes.Rousseff declares herself innocent and accuses the right-wing opposition of perpetrating a parliamentary coup d’état. The Trial witnesses how the impeachment triggers a profound political crisis in Brazil. It looks at the collapse of the democratic institutions and at the economic and geopolitical interests at the very heart of this crisis. The film offers a behind-the-scenes look at this historical moment. The filmmaker was granted unique access to the defense team, to deputies and senators and to President Rousseff herself. Ramos’ technique is wholly observational, without interviews and narrations. The camera captures physical and conversational interactions in private and political spheres while offering viewers a glimpse of the outdoor mass demonstrations. +INFO

    The screening will be followed by talk with director Maria Ramos, Fábio de Castro (Nalacs/Cedla) and Celia Alldridge (Coletivo Amsterdam pela Democracia). This event is organized in collaboration with Nalacs (Netherlands Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies).

    After the screening there will be music by Eddu Grau,a Brazilian singer and composer who takes you on a danceable journey through the most prominent Brazilian musical genres. From samba, carioca funk, Brazilian Popular Music to reggae, with influences from the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro and popular rhythms from the Northeast of Brazil. Born and raised in one of the biggest favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Eddu Grau’s songs provoke a reflection on the daily life between the favela and the “formal city” and between love and violence.

  • 18/04/19 Dialogues with Civil Society: FEMICIDE IN MEXICO

  • On Thursday, April 18th, 2019, Nalacs and CEDLA are organising the 8th edition of the ‘Dialogues with Civil Society’ series. This time we will focus on the femicide in Mexico together with Mexican Pedro Miguel and Mexican animator/filmmaker Adriana Ronquillo, who will also show his short animation film ‘La Llorona’ on the topic.

    Have you ever heard of femicide? This is the murder of women, because they are women. Femicide is a major social problem in Mexico, along with other forms of violence against women. Last year the Dutch/Mexican band Snowapple decided they had to do something. Since then, they have gathered a group of artists, researchers, teachers, mothers, activists, and journalists from the Netherlands and Mexico to join them on a mission raising support for change. In March, the band released the single ‘La Llorona’ (the weeping woman), an old Mexican Folk song with new lyrics on femicide written by the Mexican Journalist Pedro Miguel (La Jornada) who is currently working together with the new president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrad on a strategy against the femicides. On April 18th you have the chance to listen to Pedro Miguel and watch the short animated video of ‘La Llorona’ by the filmmaker Adriana Ronquillo, followed by a dialogue with them! Snowapple has invited Pedro Miguel to Europe with the hope to increase the urgency on the political agenda of Mexico and to get political support from the European Union.


    Pedro Miguel currently writes for the Mexican newspaper La Jornada. He has published in Unomásuno, El Día, Punto y La Jornada;El País (Madrid), Libération (París), Yomiuri Shinbun (Tokio) and La Opinión (Los Ángeles) and is co-author of the book ‘Oye, Trump’ with the current Mexican president.
    Adriana Ronquillo is a Mexican animator/filmmaker who was praised on Festival de Cannes in 2018, for her critical short movie ‘Ticho’. Her work received many recognitions, such as the first prize at the Think Forward Film Festival in Venice, Italy; Ojo Latinoamericano award from Bolivia’s International Human Rights Festival; and the National University’s first prize during the International Animation Day in Mexico. Snowapple is a group of multi-instrumentalists/singers from Amsterdam and Mexico. Playing original songs which they describe themselves as pop/folk/opera/avant-garde-cumbia. The group is currently touring the US, Mexico and Europe and is working on their 4th studio album. Their music has been played multiple times on BBC Radio and they made several appearances on international TV. DATE Thusday, April 18th, 2019, 15.30-18:00 hrs

    15:30 hrs – Opening by Snowapple
    15:35 hrs – Presentation by Pedro Miguel and Adriana Ronquillo, including the screening of 'La Llorona'
    16:30 hrs - Q&A with Pedro and Adriana
    17.00 hrs – Bites and drinks
    18:00 hrs – End


    The film will be in Spanish with English subtitles. The language of the seminar will be in English.

    This event is free and open for all to join!

    TIME: 15:30-18h
    VENUE: CEDLA, Roetersstraat 33, 1018 WB Amsterdam

  • 26/04/19 The Rise, Fall and Rise Again of State Ownership in Latin America's Mining and Oil:
    Codelco and Petrobras

  • Jewellord T. Nem Singh, Universiteit Leiden

    TIME: 15:30-17h
    VENUE: CEDLA, Roetersstraat 33, 1018 WB Amsterdam

  • 06/05/19 Punitive Democratization: protecting democracy through sanctions

  • By SPUI 25 In cooperation with ARTES

    We are currently at a critical juncture. While illiberal political movements and autocratic leadership are on the rise, liberal democracy is under threat in all regions of the world. Regional organizations such as the European Union and the Organization of American States are striving to keep member states complying with regional norms of democracy-protection. Can regional organizations really be guardians of regional democratic norms? Venezuela, Hungary, and Egypt are only among the most recent cases of countries that have faced some form of sanction by regional organizations for breaching liberal democracy in their domestic affairs. In this lecture and round-table discussion we will discuss the ideas behind the adoption of democracy-protection norms, their institutionalization, and how they have been put in practice by regional organizations in the Americas, Africa, and Europe.

    About the speakers
    Stefano Palestini is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Political Science of the Catholic University of Chile and, currently, a visiting scholar at ARTES in Amsterdam.. He holds a Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute and he has been research fellow at the Free University of Berlin and at the American University, in Washington D.C. He was consultant at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP-Chile), and he regularly contributes to political blogs and media on topics related to international politics.
    Barbara Hogenboom is Professor of Latin American Studies at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), and director of the Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation (CEDLA-UvA). Barbara Hogenboom’s field of study is the politics and governance of development and environment in Latin America.
    Pola Cebulak (moderator) is a Assistant Professor in European Law at the European Studies Department. Previously, she worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at iCourts – the Centre of Excellence for International Courts at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen (2016-2018), as a Lecturer of EU law (2015/16) at the University of Geneva and as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Chair of Public International and European Law at the University of Fribourg (CH) (2014/15). She holds a double doctoral degree (2010-2014) from the Université libre de Bruxelles (Institute for European Studies) and the University of Geneva (Global Studies Institute). She benefited from a fellowship of the European Commission awarded within the framework of the GEM PhD School - Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate on Globalization, the EU and Multilateralism (2010-2013). Pola spent the autumn semester 2012 as a visiting scholar at Boston University (Centre for the Study of Europe).

    You can sign up for this program for free. If you subscribe for the program we count on your presence. If you are unable to attend, please let us know via spui25@uva.nl | T: +31 (0)20 525 8142.

  • 17/05/19 Wall as Weapon: Infrastructure, Injury and Rescue on the US-Mexico Border

  • Ieva Jusionyte, Harvard University

    Criminalization of immigration since the 1990s, aggravated by concerns with terrorism in the aftermath of 9/11, led the United States government to designate the border with Mexico as a source of threats and waging there what has been called “a low-intensity warfare.” The wall is a key component of what the Border Patrol calls “tactical infrastructure,” a weapon against those who try to cross into the United States without authorization. Based on ethnographic fieldwork with emergency responders on both sides of the border, where they rescue injured migrants as well as fight fires that know no political jurisdictions, this talk examines the negative effects of deploying both the built environment and the natural topography in the name of national security.

    TIME: 15:30-17h
    VENUE: CEDLA, Roetersstraat 33, 1018 WB Amsterdam

  • WORKSHOP FOR YOUNG RESEARCHERS: Studying water as a transdisciplinary challenge, from environmental governance to knowledge and territorial politics

    May 29, 2019 – Delft Institute for Water Education (IHE)

    Objective – This workshop is intended to bring a space of dialogue for young researchers (PhD students, Postdoc…) working on issues related to water resources governance, commons, knowledge politics, territoriality, and justice. Indeed, water is often connecting various environmental challenges for example in the case of mining protests, social movements, urban-rural connections, or climate justice. Therefore, thinking about water as a transversal and connecting challenge in grassroots mobilizations, environmental movements and multi-actor partnerships can bring valuable insights to the academic debate.

    The objective of this workshop is to connect young researchers from different academic institutions in the Netherlands (CEDLA Amsterdam, Delft IHE, University of Wageningen, Groningen, Utrecht, Rotterdam, VU, Radboud, etc.), and other academic institutions in Europe. The workshop is intended to provide a highly participatory and collective format with several parallel thematic master classes.
    Format – There will be four parallel master classes focusing on specific issue, involving five young researchers and one water/commons scholar. This format is intended to give maximum time for discussion, with 5 minutes presentation (one student presents the work of another one) and 40 minutes discussion by the scholar and the other participants. The discussion will be based on a material that can be a thesis chapter, a draft paper, a research proposal, etc. It implies that every participant of the group previously must have read the works of the others. One of the student participants will share the main reflections of each group at the end of the day during a plenary session, which will continue with some drinks and food. The workshop will continue with a lecture where a water/commons keynote speaker will present, followed by debate, and drinks.

    1. Water materialities, technicization, knowledge and expertise
    Coordinator: Prof. Margreet Zwarteveen (Delft IHE)

    2. Grassroots mobilizations, multi-scale strategies and water commoning
    Coordinator: Dr. Fabio de Castro (CEDLA)

    3. Territorial struggles, water justice and discourses
    Coordinator: Prof. Rutgerd Boelens (Wageningen University/CEDLA)

    4. Polycentric governance, socio-ecological systems and water-grabbing
    Coordinator: Dr. Jampel Dell’Angelo (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

    Registration – If you are interested to participate to the workshop, please send an abstract (200 words max.) before January 18, 2019, to dupuits.emilie@gmail.com. Notification on the acceptance will be sent in February. For the accepted participants, their written contribution (chapter/article) will be asked by May 16, 2019.

    Preliminary Program
    May 29th, 2019 (Delft IHE)

    8:30 Participants arrival and registration
    9:00 – 9:15 Plenary – Welcome and introduction
    9:15 – 10:30 Academic-activist dialogue: to be defined
    10:30 – 10:45 Coffee break
    10:45 – 11:30 First presentation in group sessions
    11:30 – 12:15 Second presentation in group sessions
    12:15 – 13:00 Third presentation in group sessions
    13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
    14:00 – 14:45 Forth presentation in group sessions
    14:45 – 15:30 Fifth presentation in group sessions
    15:30 – 15:45 Coffee break
    15:45 – 16:30 Plenary – Conclusions
    16:30 – 18:00 Open Lecture – Guest speaker
    18:00 Drinks

  • 14/06/19 Minerals, Power, Imagination: Latin America and the World

  • Barbara Hogenboom, CEDLA-UvA
    Venue: Inaugural Lecture, UvA Aula (Singel 411)