24/01/20 CEDLA LECTURE

    Why drug seizures matter: Discriminatory policing and violence on Brazil's drug markets
    Jean Daudelin, The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University

    Recife is a large and extremely violent metropolis in Brazil’s poor Northeastern region. Much of that violence, according both to authorities and drug market participants, is tied to the workings of a large market for illicit drugs. Building on extensive fieldwork and an original dataset that collates all official drug seizures in the city since 2001, this presentation documents the extent to which policing reinforces dynamics that concentrate violence in the markets catering to the poor, while helping middle-class ones remain remarkable devoid of tension.
    This research is realized with José Luiz Ratton (Federal University of Pernambuco), together we published the book "Illegal Markets, Violence and Inequality" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).

    TIME: 15:30h
    VENUE: CEDLA, Roeterstraat 33, Amsterdam, Lecture room 2.02 (second floor).
    REGISTRATION: This event is free and open for all to join!


    ‘Cartooning Repression and Resistance’by Pedro X Molina, Nicaragua
    can be seen at CEDLA until 31 January 2020.

    Pedro X Molina (Estelí, 1976) is a well-known and politically engaged Nicaraguan cartoonist. He was forced into exile this year when the Ortega-Murillo government violently shut down the news platform Confidencial. However, Confidencial continues to work from abroad, and Molina's work continues to appear on the platform daily. From exile Molina scrutinizes and critiques the political situation in Nicaragua and other countries with his drawings. His work also points to the importance of cartooning in the social struggle against state-led injustice and repression. In Dutch newspaper “De Volkskrant” Molina is named and praised for his admirable work in adverse circumstances. Earlier this year, he received a prestigious Cabot Prize for Journalism from the University of Columbia. With his cartoons Molina contributes to the peaceful struggle for the realization of the sustainable development goals (SDG’s) as set out by the United Nations. For more information see: www.NicaraguaKaravaan.org.

    *We are honoured to have Pedro X Molina with us during the opening of the exhibition on Monday 2 December at 16.30.* During the opening, he will tell us more about his work and his journey, and CEDLA postdoc Julienne Weegels will provide a short introduction to the situation in Nicaragua.We hope you will join us in welcoming Pedro X Molina!

    Biography: Pedro X. Molina’s cartoons and illustrations appear daily on www.Confidencial.com.ni. His work has been published in different newspapers and online publications around the world, for example The Dallas Morning News, Courier International, Politico, France 24, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, BBC, China Daily, El Universal, El Mercurio, La Nación and Folha de S.Paulo. His work takes on corruption and human rights abuses committed in his home country, the Americas and around the world. He is a 2019 recipient of the Maria Moors Cabot Prize, received the 2019 Courage in Editorial Cartoon Award from Cartoonists Rights Network International and a 2018 Journalistic Excellence Award from the Inter American Press Association (IAPA), and was recently named one of the Top 5 political satirists in Latin America by American Quarterly Magazine.

    14/02/20 CEDLA LECTURE

    Urban floods and the political ecology of the state in Brazil
    Robert Coates, Wageningen University

    The governance of hazardous urban environments has become a critical area for state intervention across Latin America and worldwide. Brazil is no exception, with significant flood and landslide disasters blighting many cities and especially those in the heavily urbanised Atlantic Forest biome. In this presentation, Robert Coates questions what hazardous urbanisation means for processes of citizenship building and the exercise of state power. Drawing on longstanding research in inland Rio de Janeiro and elsewhere, he asks why the failures of past urban engineering, population displacements, and environmental monitoring continue to justify the same interventions as solutions. And why is state citizenship without a reappraisal of urban nature likely to continue reproducing hazards and disasters?

    TIME: 15:30h
    VENUE: CEDLA, Roeterstraat 33, Amsterdam, Lecture room 2.02 (second floor).
    REGISTRATION: This event is free and open for all to join!

    AMSTERDAM 17 - 18 April 2020

    Early bird registration: 15 November 2019 to 15 February 2020
    SLAS 2020 will be an opportunity for explorations of any aspect of Latin American Studies, from any disciplinary and theoretical perspective. We have an optional conference theme that speakers are invited to address, which is: Mind the gap: Strengthening connections in Latin American Studies. The choice of topic comes from a need we feel to address the current climate of increasing exclusion and inequality, as well as antagonism and polarization (on a global scale), which have intensified different kinds of distances within and beyond the region. +INFO