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Revolutions in Bolivia

The Institute of Latin American Studies and The Anglo-Bolivian Society are pleased to announce a CFP for their joint conference “Revolutions in Bolivia”, to mark the Society’s 25 Anniversary.

Call for papers

Revolutions in Bolivia

16th March 2018,
Bloomsbury Room, Senate House, London WC1E 7HU

January 2018 will mark twelve years since the inauguration of Evo Morales, leader of the Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS), as President and the start of one of the longest continuous periods of government in Bolivia’s history. The twelve years of MAS rule is not however unique and finds precedent in the twelve years of Movimiento Nacionalista Revolucionario (MNR) rule, 1952-1964.

We take this opportunity to place Bolivia’s current processes of change in historical context. We invite papers that reflect upon the similarities and differences between these two periods of revolution, as well as those that take a long view of MAS policies and the striking period of economic, political and social change that Bolivia has experienced since 2006.

The conference seeks to explore the shifting meanings of revolution, nation, social class, ethnicity and transformation in Bolivian history, and the elements of continuity and change in:

Power and Governance
  • political parties, elections and populism
  • constitutional law and structures
  • citizenship rights and territorial governance
Culture and Society
  • identity, ethnicity, ‘race’, generation and gender
  • social movements, inclusion/exclusion
  • media and popular culture
  • natural resources, business and technology
  • informality, illicit trade, organised crime and corruption
  • land use and reform, climate change

We welcome papers, performances and interventions from academics, policymakers, artists, business people and activists, and we are open to a range of potential formats – panel sessions, roundtables, film, Q&As etc.

Please send your proposal, maximum 200 words, to anglobolivian@gmail.com by 15th January 2018.

Website: http://angloboliviansociety.org
E-mail: anglobolivian@gmail.com

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E-mail: ilas@sas.ac.uk

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
To book, email: anglobolivian@gmail.com

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
To book, email: anglobolivian@gmail.com

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

To book, email: http://anglobolivian@gmail.com

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.

“Fiesta Boliviana” Summer Picnic in Regents Park on Marylebone Green

Sunday, 31 July 14:30 till 18:00

All ABS members, friends, families, children are cordially invited. Please bring drinks, refreshments, juices, salads, pasta, quinoa, salteñas – Bolivian specialities most welcome — sandwiches, cake, nibbles and fruit to share.

Don’t forget balloons, blankets, sunglasses, funny hats, umbrellas, sun cream. Bring sweets, biscuits, energy bars to fill the piñata. We will have lots of fun playing Bolivian games and listening to Bolivian music. Everybody welcome

Marylebone Green is in Regents Park, close to Regents Park tube. Turn left as you leave the station, walk along Marylebone Road. Turn right into Park Square West and at the end of this street cross the Outer Circle and enter the park. There is a coffee bar on the left and a children’s playground on the right. Beyond the playground is a wooded area where you will spot us.


Call 07711 707 402 or 07931 936 209 for confirmation / weather check before leaving home.


Andrés de Santa Cruz reexamined 1792-1865

Dr. Natalia Sobrevilla
Reader in Hispanic Studies
University of Kent
Thursday, 24 September 2015 at 18:30
Joint presentation with the
Institute of Latin American Studies
Room G22/26 Senate House
Malet Street, WC1E 7HU
Tickets: £10 entry (£5 for students & concessions)
Glass of wine, refreshments included.
For booking email: anglobolivian@gmail.com

Andrés de Santa Cruz y Calahumana was born in the city of La Paz in the Viceroyalty of Río de la Plata in 1792 at the very end of the colonial period, when the Andes were still firmly under the control of the Spanish monarchy. He grew up in the aftermath of the greatest indigenous rebellion seen in 300 years and lived through the convulsed times that led to independence. Santa Cruz was an important participant during this time of change. He had the opportunity to lead and fought to shape the newly established republics in the Andes. He was president of Peru and Bolivia and between 1836 and 1839 he established a Confederation between these countries.
In this talk Dr. Sobrevilla will reflect upon life and the challenges Santa Cruz faced growing up as an empire broke down and the role he played in creating independent states. This presentation coincides with the 150th anniversary of the death of Andrés de Santa Cruz.

Bolivia en la Haya; La fuerza de una causa justa

Presidente Carlos Mesa
Vocero oficial de la causa marítima

Miércoles 8 Julio a las 18:30

Presentacion conjunta con la
Embajada Boliviana en el Reino Unido
University College London
31-34 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PY

Entrada Gratuita.
Plazas limitadas, presentacion sera solo en Español
favor reservar asiento por email


Uno de los pilares principales de la Política Exterior Boliviana desde los años 1960, época en la que Bolivia corta todas las relaciones diplomáticas con Chile, se funda en el principio de la resolución pacífica de controversias, orientada a la solución de la causa Marítima. Desde entonces, Bolivia ha realizado incansables esfuerzos por encontrar una solución pacifica que brinde al país una salida soberana al Océano Pacifico.

En este contexto, el gobierno del Presidente Evo Morales, ha presentado el 24 de Abril de 2013, una demanda en contra de Chile ante el más alto tribunal internacional, La Corte Internacional de Justicia de la Haya (CIJ), que busca que la Corte dictamine la obligación por parte de Chile de negociar una salida soberana al Océano Pacifico. Asimismo, ha nombrado en 2014 al ex Presidente Carlos Mesa como vocero oficial de la causa Marítima.

En esta ocasión, después de que las dos partes han presentado sus alegatos orales ante la Corte Internacional de Justicia, Carlos Mesa dará una explicación general de los fundamentos, alcances y avances de esta controversia y una ilustración de lo que pide Bolivia a la Corte.

How do Social media reflect Bolivia’s political process

Alberto Souviron

Digital media specialist with a strong background

in social media and online journalism.*

Thursday 11 December 18:00 for 18:30

Joint presentation with the

Institute of Latin American Studies

Bedford Room (G37), Ground Floor

Senate House, Malet Street, WC1E 7HU

Email: anglobolivian@gmail.com

Latin America is one of the most active regions in social media and Bolivia is a good example. Bolivians use social media for various purposes: personal, commercial and mostly political. They use social media to express their views and ideas, rationally and passionately. Political and social actors also know the power of social media and have extended their arguments and views to new platforms. The conversation and political debate is no longer in traditional media but in the social web.

*Alberto Souviron is currently working for Lloyd’s Register as its social media strategist. He was also Interactive and Social Media Editor for the BBC World Service, playing a proactive role in coordinating the editorial content for 26 Language Services to enable the BBC to offer a truly, global interactive output and strength in its social media presence in all languages.