The South American ‘Mozart’: life and work of Pedro Ximénez Abrill

Karin Cuéllar Rendon is a Bolivian violinist specialising in Historical Performance at the Royal Academy of Music. She is currently a beneficiary of both the San Marino and the Vincent Meyer scholarships and is pursuing an Advanced Diploma under the guidance of Maggie Faultless.

Friday 27 October 2017, 18.30
Room G349, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Tickets, including refreshments: non-members £6, members £5, students (with valid ID) £3
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Pedro Ximenez Abrill Tirado was a Peruvian composer from the end of the 18th century and beginning of the 19th century. He is one of the biggest exponents of the Classical and early Romantic styles in South America, for which he has been compared with W.A. Mozart. Ximenez’ music, however, incorporates folkloric elements from Peruvian and Bolivian traditional music into a predominantly European musical aesthetic. His work, therefore, has become an important source for the study of the music scene in South America in the time of the early Republics.

100 years of exploration in the Llanos de Moxos: Reflections on past, present and future of the archaeology of eastern Bolivia

Dr Eduardo Machicado-Murillo is currently working as a field archaeologist for the Cambridge Archaeological Unit (CAU), and a research associate of The Charles McBurney Laboratory for Geoarchaeology. He has been carrying out research in Bolivia since 2001. Eduardo received a Licenciatura from Universidad Mayor de San Andres (2009) and has a MPhil in Archaeological Research (2011) and a PhD from the University of Cambridge (2017).

Friday 27 October 2017, 18.30
Room G34, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Tickets, including refreshments: non-members £6, members £5, students (with valid ID) £3
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The history of Amazonia remains shrouded in mystery, as the largest natural reserve and final frontier for exploration in the continent. Within the basin, the Llanos de Moxos in eastern Bolivia has attracted a fair amount of scientific interest in recent decades. In this talk, Eduardo will tell us about the archaeology of the region and highlight the unexpected discoveries that are changing our modern perception of Pre-Columbian life in the tropical forest.

For almost a century, Amazonia was considered peripheral to the development of American civilisation. However, recent investigations show that it was home for dense and highly organised societies, contemporaneous with the expansion of the Tiwanaku Empire (800 – 1200 AD).

Scientific exploration in the Llanos de Moxos has an important effect on conservation policy and economic development of eastern Bolivia. This is particularly important, in the face of highly controversial development projects and claims to political autonomy.

Bolivian Space Agency – a new technological era

Paola Escobari is a UK Chevening Scholar doing a master’s degree in RE & Microwave Engineering at the University of Surrey, which undertakes cutting-edge research in wireless communications, space technology and advanced microwave technologies. She graduated in electronic and telecoms engineering from San Andres University in La Paz and undertook VSAT systems and satellite teleport training at the China Academy of Space Technology.

Wednesday 6 September 2017, 18.30
Room G35, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Tickets, including refreshments: non-members £8, members £6, students (with valid ID) £5

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A new technological era began in Bolivia with the launch of the country’s first telecommunications satellite in 2013 and the creation of the Bolivian Space Agency. This presentation describes the services, projects and responsibilities of the Bolivian Space Agency, as well as future plans in the technological field. The talk will also show the evolution and economic projection of the project, highlighting its commercial and social benefits.

Conservation through coexistence: Andean bears and people in Bolivia

Ximena is a conservation fellow at Chester Zoo UK, and research associate at WildCRU, University of Oxford. Based in Bolivia, Xime has been actively involved in the study of the ecology and  conservation of Andean bears. She has an M.S. in Geographic Information Systems from the  University of Leicester, UK, and a Ph.D from the University of Antwerp, Belgium

Thursday 25 May 2017, 18.30
Room G34, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Tickets, including refreshments: members and non-members £5, students (with valid ID) £3

Conserving large carnivores is a pressing issue worldwide.  The ecological and conservation roles of bears, as keystone and umbrella species, and even the cultural importance of this group addressed by the scientific community, is rarely reflected at the local level where communities suffer diverse costs from coexisting with bears. In Bolivia 45% of people live in poverty, and Inter-Andean dry forest (IADF) poverty reaches the 90%. This is a joint project of Chester Zoo and WildCRU to assess human-bear conflict in the Inter – Andean dry forest of Tarija, Bolivia, an ecosystem identified as a priority for Andean bear research and conservation, and to estimate bear’s population size.

 

Brazilian organized crime and drug gangs – an international problem with international consequences

Dr. Vinicius Mariano de Carvalho is Lecturer in Brazilian Studies at King’s College London  and Honorary Professor for Brazilian Studies at Aarhus University in Denmark.  He researches in Brazilian Defence and Security issues.

Tuesday 16 May 2017, 18.30
Room G35, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Tickets, including refreshments: non-members £8, members £6, students (with valid ID) £5

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Organized crime and drug gangs are increasing their activities in Brazil in recent years. Violent crimes related to territorial dispute by drug gangs are creating a feeling of war zone in many urban centers in Brazil, with very high homicide rates. This problem is, however, not restricted to Brazilian territory, but is affecting the region as a whole. This talk will present the current situation of organized crime in Brazil and discuss the international consequences of this issue, especially regarding Bolivia, Colombia and Paraguay.

Our aim is to promote and encourage social, cultural and commercial relations between Bolivia and the United Kingdom.