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The Burguesia Chola and the changing cityscapes of El Alto and La Paz

Dr. Kate Maclean
Lecturer in Geography at Birkbeck, University of London
Thursday 11 February 2016 at 18:30
Joint presentation with
the Institute of Latin American Studies
Bedford Room (G37), Senate House, Malet Street, WC1E 7HU Tickets: Non-members £8, Members £6, Students (with valid ID) £5 Refreshments included.
For booking email:  anglobolivian@gmail.com

Explosions of colour and the uniquely vivid Andean symbology woven into the architecture herald the rise of the socalled ‘chola bourgeoisie’ – the ‘new rich’ of El Alto and the north of La Paz, who have made their money in commerce, often informally.  In addition to the spectacular architecture, El Alto also now boasts luxury hotels and some of the most expensive property in the country.  Mobility between the two cities is also changing, as the ‘new rich’ seek property in the more salubrious areas of La Paz, such as La Zona Sur.  The development of new urban transport networks – the cable car and Puma bus – have opened up new connections in the city that are changing culture and identity, and transforming social divisions that are centuries old.  In this talk, Kate Maclean reports back on the first stage of her Leverhulme project on the changing cityscapes of El Alto and La Paz.  She will look at particular examples of the dramatic changes to the urban and cultural landscape in the two cities, and discuss reasons for the rise of the ‘chola bourgeoisie’.

UMATURKA – The call of the Water

Giovanna Miralles & Dr. Peter Wilkin

Documentary Film Producer and Director

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 at 19:30

Joint presentation with the

Institute of Latin American Studies

Bedford Room, Senate House, Malet Street, WC1E 7HU

Tickets: Free entry

Glass of wine, refreshments included.

For booking email:  anglobolivian@gmail.com

The documentary UMATURKA – The Call of the Water follows the aymara community of Quillacas, who continue to challenge the encroaching modern world and culture by performing the annual Umaturka ritual to call the clouds and rains following the dry season. UMATURKA serves as a memory of the Quillacas’ customs, culture and traditions that form part of the present, reality and life in the contemporary Andes. Giovanna Miralles and Dr. Peter Wilkin completed the different stages of production for the documentary with their own resources and are seeking support to cover the costs of image post-production. Luzmila Carpio, a North Potosi artist, singer, composer, former Bolivian Ambassador to France, contributed one of her songs for the documentary.  Miralles and Wilkin will exhibit the trailer, give a talk on the film and the crowdfunding campaign launched to finish the film.

Conversaciones con Yapita

Prof. Juan de Dios Yapita
Presidente, Instituto de Lengua y la Cultura Aymara (ILCA)
Jueves, 8 Octubre 2015 a las 18:30
Iglesia Our Lady of the Rosary,
211 Old Marylebone Road, Marylebone, NW1 5QT.
Estacion Edgware Road Linea Bakerloo (frente a Sussex Gardens)

Entrada: £2 (Gratis para: estudiantes / jubilados / concesiones)
Habrá refrescos y bocaditos. Favor confirmar asistencia al correo:  anglobolivian@gmail.com
El profesor Juan de Dios Yapita, lingüista Boliviano, dirigirá un conversatorio informal sobre las características y difusión del idioma aymara en Bolivia. Todos los miembros y amigos de la comunidad boliviana y latinoamericana en Londres están cordialmente invitados a asistir.
Juan de Dios Yapita, aymara-hablante boliviano, ha luchado por más de 25 años para que la lengua de sus ancestros se difunda y sea introducida en el currículum nacional. Ingresó en 1968 en la Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, en La Paz, para enseñar la lengua aymara y en 1979 colaboró en crear allí la carrera de lingüística, con mención en la especialidad de lingüística aymara. En 1972, fundó el Instituto de Lengua y Cultura Aymara, ILCA, para llevar constantes cursos de aymara hablado y escrito, y su difusión a través de radio y televisión. A nivel internacional participó en el Programa de Preparación de los Materiales de Enseñanza de la lengua aymara en la Universidad de Florida y enseñó lingüística aplicada y gramática a nivel de licenciatura y posgrado en Bolivia, Chile y Perú, los Estados Unidos, Inglaterra y Escocia. Sus publicaciones y co-publicaciones incluyen: Aymara: Compendio de estructura fonológica y gramatical (1988), Curso de aymara paceño (1991), Método fácil (1994) y La dinámica aymara: Conjugación de verbos (2008).

Katari and the Seacoast during the Bolivian Gas War

Sue Iamamoto

PhD Candidate, School of Politics and International Relations

Queen Mary University of London

Capes / Brazil

Thursday 19 March 18:30

Joint presentation with the

Institute of Latin American Studies

Torrington Room (104), First Floor

Senate House, Malet Street, WC1E 7HU

Glass of wine, refreshments and nibbles included

                       Send email for booking at anglobolivian@gmail.com                       

Eleven years ago, in September / October 2003, a powerful social mobilisation paralysed Bolivia to demand nationalisation of natural gas. The setting for this struggle was mainly the highland provinces of the department of La Paz and the city of El Alto, overlooking the seat of the government of La Paz. After more than 50 protestors were killed by the army, President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada resigned on 17 October 2003. This presentation will focus on the power of collective memories during these days, more specifically how the protestors incorporated narratives of two particular events: the anti-colonial rebellion of Tupac Katari in 1781 and the War of the Pacific in 1879-1880, in which Bolivia lost its seacoast. These collective memories were entangled with the protestors´ national and ethnic identities and were central to frame and make sense of new political projects for Bolivia’s future.