• 24/01/18 NEW SEMINAR SERIES: Dialogues with Civil Society

    CEDLA and NALACS are organizing a series of seminars titled Dialogues with Civil Society. The goal of these dialogues is to bring together a broad audience of academics and non-academics to discuss relevant societal issues in The first guest in this series is human rights defender Lolita Chávez leader of the K’iche’ Peoples Council from Guatemala. Owing to her role in the struggle for the protection of the environment, gender equality and the recognition of indigenous rights, Lolita is one of three final nominees for the Sakharov Prize 2017, a renowned human rights award presented by the European Parliament.

    Based on her personal experiences, Lolita will discuss the context of human rights defenders in Guatemala. Furthermore, she will address issues related to women’s rights, environmental rights and the problems that emerge from the presence of multinational companies on indigenous lands.

    Please note that the event will be in Spanish! The meeting will take approximately one hour followed by a small reception.

    Date and Time: Wednesday 24th of January from 4 till 6 PM

    Venue: CEDLA, Roetersstraat 33, Amsterdam - Lecture room 2.02 - 2nd floor.

    The entrance is free, yet, due to limited space please sign up by sending an email to:

  • 09/02/18 CEDLA LECTURE
    The Rise and Fall of the Mexican Developmental State (1920-80) with Alan Knight

    This paper applies the notion of the ‘developmental state’ to Mexico during the period c. 1920-c.1980, that is, the two decades of state-building and social reform which followed the armed revolution and the four decades which witnessed the hegemony of the PRI. It considers how to conceptualise the ‘developmental state’, first, in narrow terms, drawing on the literature devoted to East Asia, then, more broadly, in order to help the model ‘travel’ – safely and usefully - to twentieth-century Latin America, especially Mexico. The application of the model(s) involves a schematic chronology, emboding four periods, each evaluated according to ‘developmental’ criteria (economic growth, the role of the state, social – including agrarian - reform, and welfare). It concludes that, as a good model should, that of the developmental state offers a valid, useful and, in some measure, original way of looking at and understanding the distinctive trajectory of Mexico’s political economy in the decades following the armed Revolution and culminating in the hegemony of the PRI.

    Alan Knight is Professor Emeritus at the University of Oxford, where he previously held the Chair of Latin American History and was Director of the Latin American Centre. He previously taught at the Universities of Essex (UK) and Texas, Austin. He is the author of ten books, most dealing with Mexican/Latin American history, in particular the Mexican Revolution. He has also co-edited volumes dealing with the Mexican oil industry, Mexican caciquismo (boss politics), the Great Depresion of the 1930s, and superstition in history.

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