Latin American Studies Association 2015 Congress

LASA – Conference Panel:

LASA’s mission is to foster intellectual discussion, research, and teaching on Latin America, the Caribbean, and its people throughout the Americas; to promote the interests of its diverse membership; and to encourage civic engagement through network building and public debate.

During the 2015 LASA Congress, our research team will present a Panel entitled: “Slums on Show: Poverty and Violence as Spectacular Commodity” into the Track: Mass Media and Popular Culture for This event will take place May 27 –30 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Stakeholder Meeting in Rio de Janeiro

Rio Stakeholder meeting

Stakeholder meetings will be held in the four field sites to disseminate research results through research presentations and active discussions with, and input from, participants. These workshops will include all researchers/PIs, and bring together stakeholders from tourism and urban development agencies, commercial tour companies and community-based organizations. In addition, this project will be able to make a significant societal impact through its relevance to non-academic stakeholders, and its activities aimed at including them.


The workshops will create a space for cooperation between different stakeholders (slum residents, policymakers, academics) from all four countries, bringing together actors who are rarely connected.

The first of these stakeholder meetings will be held in Rio from the 10th to the 16th of April 2015.

Rivke Jaffe Selected for the Young Academy

Rivke Jaffe selected for the Young Academy

The Young Academy selects ten new talented researchers annually for a period of 5 years. The academy is a dynamic and innovative group of top young scientists and scholars with outspoken views about science and scholarship and related policies.

The Young Academy organises activities for various target groups focusing on interdisciplinarity, science policy, and the interface between science and society. Its members represent a broad spectrum of scientific and scholarly disciplines and work at Dutch universities and a wide range of research institutes.

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences decided to set up the Young Academy in 2005. The Young Academy operates independently within the Royal Academy. It has its own working plan, organises its own events and is responsible for its own viewpoints.

The official induction of the new members will take place 26 March 2015 at the Trippenhuis of KNAW.