How Bolivia curbed coca production by moving away from violent crackdowns

Dr Thomas Grisaffi is a social anthropologist currently working as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute of the Americas (University College London). His main research focus is the political ascent of the Chapare coca growers’ union in Bolivia.

Thursday 6 April 2017, 18.30
Room G34, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Tickets, including refreshments:
non-members £8, members £6, students (with valid ID) £5

Bolivia is the world’s third largest producer of cocaine, a drug manufactured from coca leaf – which is central to Andean culture. On coming to power in 2006 President Morales made a radical break with the previous US-backed anti-drugs strategy, which focused on the forced eradication of coca leaf and the criminalisation of coca growers. That approach resulted in two decades of violence, and neither reduced coca production nor restricted the flow of drugs reaching the US. Bolivia’s new policy, often referred to as ‘coca yes cocaine no’, draws on the coca growers’ own distinction between coca leaf and cocaine. The strategy legalized the cultivation of a small amount of coca leaf in specific zones, encourages the coca unions to self-police to ensure growers do not exceed this limit, and envisions the industrialization and export of coca-based products.

The overriding aim of the policy is to reduce harmsto coca grower communities. Drawing on extensive ethnographic fieldwork carried out in the Chapare coca-growing region Thomas Grisaffi provides a bottom up account of the new coca policy.

 

Decolonising witchcraft: Portraits of traditional healers in Bolivia

A collaboration between :
Photographer David X Green and Geographer Dr Kate Maclean

Photographs of chifleras and amautas. The indigenous wisdom in these women’s work involves the rituals, artifacts and medicines that play a central role in culture, health and spirituality in Bolivia although it has been been sidelined as “witchcraft” under colonial powers.

Exhibition 4-25 March 2017

Peltz Gallery, Birkbeck, University of London School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square London WC1H 0PD

For more infomation please visit:
www.bbk.ac.uk/arts/research/peltz-gallery

3 March 2017: Panel discussion 4-6 pm Private view 6-8 pm www.davidxgreen.com 

For tickets:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/decolonising-witchcraft-implications-for-knowledge-and-health-tickets-30921422808

Umaturka “The call of the water”

Screening of the Documentary By:
Giovanna Miralles & Dr. Peter Wilkin
Thursday, 8 December 2016 at 18:30

Joint presentation with the Institute of Latin American Studies Room 22 / 26, Senate House, Malet Street, WC1E 7HU

Tickets: Non-members £8, Members £6, Students (with valid ID) £5 Glass of wine and refreshments included.

For booking email:  anglobolivian@gmail.com

In the Bolivian Andes members of the Aymara community of Quillacas perform an annual ritual to summon rain clouds at the end of the dry season that reflects the ecological co-dependency of the Andes and the Amazonian region. In Umaturka artist, writer and filmmaker Giovanna Miralles and environmental anthropologist Peter Wilkin allow the protagonists in the events to relate a sometimes fraught and contentious narrative. The result is an unsentimental portrait of the reality of an ancient tradition in a modern world. In November 2015 Giovanna and Peter presented the film’s trailer to Anglo-Bolivian Society members and friends who can now enjoy the completed documentary. There will be a stall offering merchandise, the proceeds from which will go towards funding the modification of the museum in Quillacas so the film can be permanently available to the community.

“Boqueron: The Story that must be told”

The Bolivian Embassy & Anglo-Bolivian Society cordially invite you to:
“BOQUERÓN:
THE STORY THAT MUST BE TOLD”
Tonchy Antezana – Director
Friday November 18th 2016, 19.00
Bolivar Hall, 54-56 Grafton Way
London W1T 5DL
FREE ENTRY
SPANISH FILM WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
(Not suitable for children under the age of 12)
Boquerón was the first major battle of the Chaco war fought between Bolivia and Paraguay
from 9 to 29 September 1932 at a fort where 600 Bolivian soldiers held back the
Paraguayan advance of over 12,000 troops.
“Boquerón, the story that must be told” by scriptwriter and director Tonchy Antezana (“Evo
Pueblo” and “Cementerio de Elefantes”) is the first Bolivian motion picture about the Chaco
War (1932 – 1935), the last and bloodiest conflict of the twentieth century in South America,
fought between Bolivia and Paraguay in the heart of the continent.

Booking required: please RSVP by November 10th to
anglobolivian@gmail.com or embol@bolivianembassy.co.uk

“Revisitando la Historia de Bolivia”

Desde el periodo pre-colombino

hasta la Independencia (1825)

Mariana Swann – escritora y profesora de idiomas

www.marianaswann.com

Sábado 22 Octubre 15:00

Iglesia St John’s Waterloo, Crypt

Waterloo Road, London SE1 8TY

(frente a la estación de Waterloo)

Refrescos y bocadillos incluidos. Entrada gratuita. Cupos limitados. Estudiantes bienvenidos

Para reservar sitio enviar correo electrónico a:

anglobolivian@gmail.com         

La historia de un pueblo es fascinante, con una narrativa similar a un cuento o una novela. Diferente a lo que nos enseñaron en el colegio con fechas de batallas y nombres de héroes.

Una historia donde el rol protagónico del pueblo quedo silenciado.

Esta revisita de nuestra historia en el periodo anterior a la Independencia servirá para:

  • recordar y valorar nuestra cultura
  • comprender los motivos de nuestra situación
  • sentirnos orgullosos de lo que somos y podemos llegar a ser
  • servirá sobre todo para compartir y difundir lo que sabemos

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