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With support of the UCL Institute of the Americas, the UCL Doctoral School, and the UCL IAS Octagon Small Grants Fund, we are pleased to present the 4th Annual Conference of the Americas Research Network, which will be hosted under the theme of Intersections in the Americas by UCL Institute of the Americas at various venues from 2-4 May, 2018.

We are also very pleased to announce our three Keynote Speakers: Dr Jelke Boesten (King’s College London) and Dr Althea Legal-Miller (Canterbury Christ Church University).

Alborada will be screening two short films between 5.30pm and 6.30pm on Wednesday 2 May (free admission).

The Americas Research Network has welcomed presentations on many aspect of the Americas, as well as those relating directly to the conference theme of Intersections in the Americas, covering a range of periods and regions in the hemisphere. The conference’s guiding theme this year draws on contemporary issues of division in the geopolitical, societal and domestic spheres. Today the need to interrogate the concept of intersections between peoples, nations, cultures, ideologies and historical periods is increasingly clear. The relevance of intersections to the Americas can be read in terms of climate change, development, security and growing political tensions. Here we imagine the meeting point between cultures or geopolitical players, the junction between modernity and the past, and the intersection between differing political and cultural mentalities in an increasingly polarised world. While study of intersections has gained prominence thanks to civil rights groups including LGBT, feminist and anti-racism campaigners, we welcome this theme to be used as a metaphor not only for the interconnection between oppressive institutions but also the crossing of paths, the meeting of polarities and the overcoming of dichotomies.