The Cuban agricultural model: a paradigmatic case in Latin America?

Thursday, 25 January, 2018 -
12:45 to 14:00
LAC Seminar Room, 1 Church Walk, Oxford

Whereas the majority of Latin American countries promoted non-traditional exports and ‘Agriculture of Change’ (based on large scale monocrops) in the early 1990s, Cuba was forced to implement an alternative model.

Elisa Botella-Rodríguez, Lecturer in Economic History, Economics and Economic History Department and Instituto de Iberoamérica, University of Salamanca, Spain.

Latin American Centre Seminars: Joint seminar with the Spanish Real Instituto Elcano/ 2018: Electoral Year in Latin America – Round Table Discussion

Friday, 16 February, 2018 -
16:30 to 18:30
LAC Seminar Room, 1 Church Walk, Oxford

Carlos Malamud is Senior Analyst for Latin America at the Elcano Royal Institute, and Professor of Latin American History at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), Madrid, Spain.

Professor Carlos Malamud, Real Instituto Elcano, Spain
Maryhen Jimenez, LAC
Oswaldo Amaral, State University of Campinas (Unicamp)
Carlos Pérez-Ricart, LAC

Fernanda Novaes Cruz

Fernanda Novaes Cruz is a Brazilian sociologist. She did her Undergraduate and Master Degree in Social Sciences at UERJ and a second Undergraduate in Social Communication at UFRJ. Currently, she is a Ph.D. Sociology student at Institute of Studies of Sociology and Politics (IESP-Uerj). She is also a researcher at Analysis of Violence Laboratory (LAV-Uerj) and part of GEPESP (, an interdisciplinary group to study and research about suicide and prevention. She has experience with qualitative and quantitative research in violence field including diagnoses of homicides and suicides and strategies to reduce and prevent them. The study of use and abuse of drugs, Military Police and paramilitary groups are also among her fields of expertise and interest. In addition to academic academic activities, she was part of the Human Rights Council of the State of Rio de Janeiro. Her thesis is aiming to discuss the use of drugs among police officers in the Military Police of the State of Rio de Janeiro and their strategies to manage it. She won a Brazilian scholarship from the Brazilian government to spend a term at LAC supervised by Dr. Leigh Payne. 

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Saskia Hoskins (Year 2)

I'm half British and half Polish though given recent events, I currently lean more towards my Polish side. I studied History at Mansfield College, Oxford for undergrad before completing an MSc in Development Studies at SOAS. My current research focuses on conceptualisations of pregnancy among adolescents in Peru from migrant indigenous communities. I currently work for two NGOs in Oxford, as a Recruitment Assistant for Mango, an Oxford-based NGO, and as the Regional Administrator for Christian Aid Oxford. In the future, I hope to work as a researcher in international development, particularly in women's sexual and reproductive rights.

Philippe Voigt

I was born and raised in Mexico City, where I graduated from the Universidad Iberoamericana with a B.A. in International Relations.  I have a strong passion and interest in history, politics, and public service, which is what led me to the LAC. My research focuses on the Mexican political system, particularly on the Presidential figure. I am the current President of the Oxford Latin American Society, where we promote the cultural and political diversity of our region.  My free time activities include reading and discussing Mexican politics, as well as cycling around Oxford’s beautiful landscapes. 

Thomas Webb

I'm a Zimbabwean Brit who studied Spanish and Portuguese at Bristol. I spent the third year of my BA living between Bogotá and São Paulo and almost didn't come back. After graduating, I set aside a year to "find myself", but ended up working in London in Public Affairs and for a Member of Parliament. My research interests here at Oxford include Brazilian foreign policy and LGBTQ law in Brazil. Aside from all things Latin America, I split my time between playing rugby for Wadham Trinity RFC and stepping on toes in salsa bars.

Julian Valladares Urruela

The Guatemalan Peace Accords were signed when I was two years old, yet my upbringing was shaped by their shortcomings, which resulted in the continuation of violence, extreme poverty and racism. As a member of Guatemala’s initial post-conflict generation, I recognised a sense of duty towards aiding the consolidation of a long lasting culture of tolerance and peace. Therefore, I’ve always been attracted to the study of politics and economic development. Last year I completed my undergraduate degree in International Relations and Management at the University of St. Andrews. I decided to further my studies at the Latin American Centre at the University of Oxford to obtain a holistic interpretation of the issues and challenges that Latin American countries have faced since their independence. I believe that studying the economic and political development of Latin American countries abroad is ideal to avoid the ideological polarisation that still dominates perspectives in some of these countries. The MSc in Latin American studies is perfect for Latin American students who have the desire to not only understand the region from a local perspective, but also through an international lens.

Daniel Cuty Ninahualpa (Year 2)

I’m an Ecuadorean who has always been curious about how ideas could shape concrete circumstances regarding human life. I currently have two strong interests that I want to explore further which are social movements and narratives. I have always found it fascinating how initiatives coming from the civil society can challenge or put limits on power dynamics coming either from the state or economic elites. I’m currently researching the Ecuadorean indigenous movement and how its composition has been transformed from neoliberal times towards the rise of pink tie governments. In terms of narratives, I film documentaries with the purpose of understanding specific social contexts through the personal experience of its characters.


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