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Latin America Research Day Away

A panel discussion with researchers working on Latin America at the University of Warwick

6 December, 2:00 pm, H2.03

Recent activities

LAWN-EASG talk: Strategies towards a great power: government Alingment with china's core Interests

A talk by Diego Telias (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)

28 Nov, 2:00 pm, E2.02


The rise of China has generated a debate about how countries, whether neighboring states or middle powers, position themselves toward this great power. Why have specific governments imposed bans on Chinese companies participating in 5G bidding processes while others have refrained from such actions? Or why do countries adopt contrasting positions when faced with allegations of human rights violations in Xinjiang? This investigation endeavors to comprehend how governments of developed small countries have strategically positioned China's core interests and to discern the factors that elucidate the diverse strategies adopted. The research compares two pairs of countries from different regions (Chile - Uruguay in Latin America and the Czech Republic - Hungary in Central Europe) and through an in-depth analysis of official documents and 120 interviews, this research analyses if economic leverage, a crucial factor mentioned in the literature, is the main explanation that influences those positions.


Diego Telias is currently a PhD candidate in Political Science at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, academic collaborator of the Centre for Asian Studies at the same university, and editorial assistant of the Revista de Ciencia Política. He is also a professor and deputy coordinator of the BA in International Studies at Universidad ORT Uruguay. He is also Associate Research of the Millenium Nucleus ICLAC. His areas of interest are foreign policy analysis and Latin America-East Asia relations.

GHCC/LAWN event: Writing the History of Consumption; Writing the History of Food

13 Nov, 2:00 pm, FAB 2.25, "Writing the History of Consumption; Writing the History of FoodLink opens in a new window," workshop and roundtable, LAWN with GHCC, with Rebekah Pite and Katie Sampeck

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ERASMUS+ / LAWN VISIT: Sergio Caballero, Deusto University

  • Latin America at Warwick Network (LAWN) is hosting Sergio Caballero, an Erasmus+ scholar from the University of Deusto in Bilbao, Spain. Dr Caballero is associate professor of international relations and the UNESCO Chair for Latin America. His research has focused on EU-Latin American relations, Brazilian foreign policy, and Latin American regionalism. During his visit, he will present one paper and host an informal discussion of Brazilian foreign policy today (details below). He is also keen on meeting colleagues and students, with shared interests. For more information or to arrange a meeting with Sergio, please contact LAWN.
    • Tue, 26 Sep 2023, 15:30-17:00, S1.50, "Spanish foreign policy towards Latin America: time for redefinition?", with Sergio Caballero, Erasmus+, Deusto University

    • Wed, 27 Sep 2023, 10:30-12:00, E2.02, "Brazil--From Latin American regionalism to 'Global South'?", with Sergio Caballero, Erasmus+, Deusto University

13 Feb 2023, 3:00 pm GMT, R1.04

The Revolution Unfulfilled. Brazil's Foreign Policy under Bolsonaro


18 Jan 2023, 4:00 pm GMT, FAB 0.23

"Pathways toward Peace in Colombia: A Practitioner's View"


17 Nov 2022, 12:30 pm GMT, Wolfson Exchange Rex 2 & 3 (Main Library, 3rd Floor)

"Cherished Consumers: Global Connections, Local Consumption, and Foreign Commodities in Nineteenth-Century Colombia"

A book workshop by Ana María Otero-Cleves (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia)


5 Oct 2022, 3:00 pm BST, Room HO.52 (Humanities Building)

"An Inclusive Trade Agenda and the US-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement: Feminist and Labour Rights Contestation"

A talk by Prof. Laura Macdonald (Carleton University & Hallsworth Visiting Professor)

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The Event

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is commonly seen as launching a new era of neoliberal globalization in the region, characterised by a “race to the bottom” in wages and social standards. Labour activists decried the weakness of the labour side accord, which they viewed as toothless, and feminists denounced the way in which neoliberal restructuring exacerbated traditional gender disparities, particularly in Mexico’s maquiladora sector. The re-negotiation of the NAFTA under the Trump administration resulted in the eventual approval of the United States-Canada-Mexico Agreement (USMCA) in 2019, which many characterised as merely NAFTA 2.0. Nonetheless, despite the right-wing character of the Trump administration, the agreement contained several novel elements that may signal the emergence of a more “inclusive” approach to trade, particularly around labour rights in Mexico, but also to a more limited extent around gender relations in the region.

This presentation will review debates regarding so-called inclusive approaches to trade, examine the dynamics around the negotiation of the USMCA and its provisions around labour rights and gender. It will document how civil society actors are using the agreement to combat the race to the bottom, and evaluate the potential use of trade agreements to promote labour rights and gender equality.

Venue: HO.52

20 May 2022, 10:30 BST

REWIND: A discussion with director Ramon Ayres and Professor Alison Ribeiro de Menezes (Hispanic Studies, Warwick)

More information about REWIND here: Rewind (part of the Resonate festival)


25 April 2022, 13:30 BST

Misrecognised, misfit and misperceived: Why not a Latin American School of IPE?

With Diana Tussie (IR, FLACSO), Fabricio Chagas-Bastos (Pol. Science, University of Copenhagen), Lena Rethel (PAIS, Warwick) and Ben Clift (PAIS. Warwick)

Venue: R0.12

09 February 2022

13:00 GMT

GHCC Discussion: Global History and Latin America (Online)

Register here

Event organised by the Global History and Culture Centre of the University of Warwick

This GHCC reading group session will be an opportunity to reflect on the often fraught relationship between global history and Latin American history, as well as ways to redress this. The conversation will draw on the following readings:

  • Matthew Brown, 'The Global History of Latin America', Journal of Global History (2015), and
  • Gabriela de Lima Grecco and Sven Schuster, 'Decolonizing Global History? A Latin American Perspective', Journal of World History (2020).

1 February 2022 - 14:00 GMT

LAWN Launch 2022: A conversation with Ben Smith (F2F)

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FACE-TO-FACE - 01 FEB 2022

Event organised by LAWN - All Welcome!

26 January 2022 - 16:30 GMT

PSLAC Presents: Organised crime in Mexico and the implications to the state (Online)


Event organised by PSLAC - All welcome!

21 January 2022 - 17:00 GMT

LAWN and LAC (U Oxford) Round Table: Academic Freedom in Mexico (Online)

As many of you may have seen, there has been an ongoing dispute between students and staffLink opens in a new window at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia y Económicas (CIDE) and Mexico's national science agency, CONACyT. While CIDE has received many of the headlines, the dispute has also drawn attention to questions of academic freedom and university autonomy across Mexico. To learn more about the situation at CIDE and elsewhere, we'll be joined by a group of Mexican colleagues for a virtual round table. The event will be in English; please do invite any students and colleagues who may be interested.
Dr Jorge G. Arenas Basurto, Professor, Universidad de las Américas, Puebla
Dr Lorena Ruano, Professor, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, Mexico City
Lic Jesús Palafox Yáñez, Secretario General del Sindicato de Trabajadores Académicos, Universidad de Guadalajara
Ms Ximena Millán, student leader, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, Mexico City
Moderated by Tom Long, Associate Professor, University of Warwick

25 February 2020

Book launch: US Hegemony and the Americas, by Arturo Santa-Cruz

Professor Arturo Santa-Cruz of the Universidad de Guadalajara visited the University of Warwick on Tuesday, 25 February 2020 to present his new book. All are welcome!

4:00-5:30pm, 25 February
Ramphal R0.12

1 November 2019

Día de muertos. A celebration of life!

The Postgraduate Hub along with the REx Staff, Rafael, Brenda, and Ricardo are co-organising a Mexican Día de muertos altar dedicated to late Mexican-Zapotec artist Francisco Toledo (17 July 1940 – 5 September 2019).

We would like to encourage the LAWN network to join, share some pan de muerto (a type of Mexican brioche with bone-shaped phalange and skull, and orange blossom water), fruits, pot coffee (coffee, damara sugar, and cinnamon), and chocolate atole (chaqueta). Mexican crafts from Michoacan and Oaxaca will be displayed at the PG Hub and at the Graduate. The programme includes the screening of the children’s film Coco (we would have preferred Macario...)


12:00 ~ 2:00 Altar, food and crafts exhibition. Screening of children’s film Coco.

4:00 ~ 6:00 Drinks at The Graduate, along with the MexSoc UniWarwick

All welcome!

26 November 2019

Interviewing local NGOs and migrants: collecting data in the context of Central American migration in Mexico

Forming part of the Comparative American Studies seminar series, co-organised by the Warwick Oral History Network, this seminar will be a discussion of the research of LAWN member Erika Herrera Rosales of the Sociology Department.

13.00-14.00, in R1.04.