• 16/11/18 CEDLA LECTURE

  • On Friday, November 16th, 2018, Nalacs and CEDLA: Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation are organising the 5th edition of the ‘Dialogues with Civil Society’ series.

    This time we will receive Mexican human rights defender Diana Gutiérrez, with an introduction by Mexican activist-researcher Fernando Hernandez. The session will be moderated by Rosanne Tromp.

    Future Mexican president Andrés Manuel Lopéz Obrado (AMLO) has already made a lot of promises in the area of human rights for his upcoming turn. However, how much do Mexican human rights defenders believe of those promises? Diana Gutiérrez is a Mexican human rights defender who unites families of disappeared people to seek justice. She will discuss her work in the context of AMLO’s promises. The afternoon will be introduced by the Mexican activist-researcher and co-founder of human rights collective SMX Fernando Hernandez.

    Diana Gutiérrez is a human rights defender from Mexico who focuses on the issue of disappearances. In 2017 she co-founded a collective. This organisation works alongside civil organisations and families to help track their missing loved ones. This can involve searching media dissemination (press, internet television), extensive research, checking hospitals, asylums and shelters while coordinating with the Institute of Forensic Sciences (Incifo) and Forensic Medical Service (Semefo). Searches can require travelling to different provinces in Mexico and the organisation frequently becomes a family’s first point of contact in the event of a disappearance, as police responses are notoriously slow. In addition the organisation provides workshops, seminars and conferences to help educate the public and has also contributed to the alternative report to the Committee against Forced Disappearances (CED) of the United Nations. During her stay at Peace Brigades International - The Netherlands, Diana hopes to acquire new tools and knowledge applicable to her pursuit of strengthening human rights in Mexico. Furthermore she wishes to expand her contact networks so she may be exposed to new ideas, projects and perspectives.

    DATE: Friday, November 16th, 2018, 15.30-18:00 hrs

    15:30 hrs – Introduction by Fernando Hernandez
    15:45 hrs – Presentation by Diana Gutiérrez followed by a discussion
    17:00 hrs – Drinks and snacks
    18:00 hrs – End

    VENUE: CEDLA, Roeterstraat 33, Amsterdam, Lecture room 2,02 (second floor).

    LANGUAGE: The event will be in Spanish.

    REGISTRATION: Admission is free. Please do confirm your attendance with an e-mail to info@nalacs.nl23/11/18 Valedictory lecture of Michiel Baud

    23/11/18 Valedictory lecture of Michiel Baud

    Confianza: Governance and trust in Latin America and the Netherlands
    Michiel Baud, CEDLA-UvA

    This lecture will argue that confianza, as a concept that refers to trust relations in Latin America, is vital to understand the dynamics of social change in the region. It allows us to look at day to day resilience among Latin American populations and the ways they build their lives, find alternatives and construct alternative processes of development. In this presentation I will discuss the elements of Latin American confianza and its importance for societal development using some concrete examples from different Latin American countries. To conclude I will make some observations about how in the Netherlands we could borrow some of the insights the concept of confianza has given us.

    VENUE: UvA Aula (Singel 411)
    Aula - Oude Lutherse kerk
    Singel 411 | 1012 XM Amsterdam

    TIME: 16:00h


  • Na Bolom, Mexico: No hay que Olvidar, el Pasado es un Regalo

    In the Mexican state of Chiapas the Maya culture is still very present. There, more than five different groups of Maya continue to live their own culture. These cultures, of course, are changing too. This makes it important for them to safeguard and document their cultures, something that is of interest beyond the indigenous groups too.

    The No Hay Que Olvidar exposition shows hand-printed photographs of the Maya in Chiapas between the 1950’s and 1970’s. They are part of the photographic archive of Asociación Cultural Na Bolom in San Cristóbal de Las Casas. At Na Bolom, photographic material is kept of the Maya culture until the early 2000’s, but the Na Bolom archives also contain audiovisual material, recordings, archeological pieces and their documentation, diaries and documentation of expeditions, old hand-drawn maps, and a library. This makes it one of the most important archives of Maya culture in the south-east of Mexico. Na Bolom was originally founded in 1950 as a centre for scientific research by Frans Blom and Gertrude Duby (an archeologist from Denmark and a photographer-journalist from Switzerland), it is currently maintained in this vein by a group of Maya and Mexican collaborators.

    Two of these collaborators will be present in the Netherlands for the opening of the exposition. They are Gregorio Vázquez López, a historian and the coordinator of the archives in Na Bolom, and Ramón Folch González, an archeologist who has used the archives for his research. These two experts will give an opening presentation (in Spanish) and guided tour of the exposition on 30 November. During the presentation, they will discuss the importance of the archives for the Maya culture. They will discuss not only the archeological sites, but also how researchers go back to the researched communities to document culture as it unfolds. With Na Bolom being one of the most important sites of historical research in Chiapas and the south-east of Mexico, for scientists but also for the Maya people themselves, we hope you will much enjoy learning about this centre and its extraordinary collection!

    Date: 30 November 2018
    Presentation starts: 15.30 hrs, followed by a guided tour of the expo and drinks
    Venue: CEDLA, Roetersstraat 33, 1018 WB Amsterdam

    The exposition will be on display at CEDLA until 15 February 2019.

    If you have any questions about Na Bolom, this exposition, or the lecturers please contact the exposition organizer José Welbers at jfcmwelbers@gmail.com.

  • 14/12/18 CEDLA LECTURE

  • 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.

    VENUE: CEDLA, Roetersstraat 33, Amsterdam - Lecture room 2.02 - 2nd floor
    TIME: 15:30h

    Studying water as a transdisciplinary challenge: from environmental governance to knowledge and territorial politics

    January 24, 2019 – Delft Institute for Water Education (IHE)
    January 25, 2019 – CEDLA

    The objective of this workshop is to connect young researchers from different academic institutions in the Netherlands. The workshop is intended to provide a highly participatory and collective format with several parallel thematic master classes.
    Registration – If you are interested to participate to the workshop, please send an abstract (200 words max.) before September 15, 2018. +INFO