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LAC-CAF Conference in Brasília: “The Future of Social Policy in Latin America: Is the Good News Fading?”

On 14 March 2016, the LAC held its third biennial conference in Latin America co-organised with CAF-Development Bank of Latin America. The topic was “Social Policy in Latin America” and the local partner was IPEA (Institute for Applied Economic Research, government of Brazil).


'The Andean Region Today: Political, International and Economic Challenges' Conference

Thursday, 5 May, 2016 - 14:00 to Friday, 6 May, 2016 - 17:00
Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony's College

The Latin American Centre and the Universidad Andina in Quito are together organising a conference on the contemporary scene in the Andean republics (Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia) on May 5 and 6, 2016. 

Mengzi and Lévinas: the Heart Pained by the Other and Subjectivity as Sensibility

Thursday, 5 May, 2016 - 17:00
Lecture Theatre, China Centre

At the very beginning of the preface to his book Totality and Infinity, French philosopher Emmanuel Lévinas (1906-1995) writes that “everyone will readily agree that it is of highest importance to know whether we are not duped by morality.” This does not mean that Lévinas, a survivor of

Prof Xiaoming Wu (伍晓明)

Latin American History Seminar: The Roots of an Elusive Andean Identity: A Brief History

Thursday, 5 May, 2016 - 17:00 to 18:30
LAC Seminar Room, 1 Church Walk, Oxford

Enrique Ayala Mora was until recently Rector of the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar in Ecuador.  He completed his DPhil in modern history at Oxford and has published extensively on the history and politics of Latin America, with a focus on Ecuador.  His publications include: (ed

Enrique Ayala, Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar