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Next MeXsu seminar: “Indigenous resistance in contemporary Mexico”

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The next Centre for Mexico-Southampton Collaboration (MeXsu) seminar will take place on Wednesday 1st March 2017 from 5:15-6:45pm in Building 65 Room 1177 at Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled “Indigenous resistance in contemporary Mexico: The struggle of the Chiapas toques, the National Indigenous Congress and the proposal of an independent candidate to the presidency of the republic in 2018” and will be presented by Fortín Domínguez Rueda from the University of Guadalajara. All welcome! Please note that this talk will be delivered in Spanish. Read more…

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MeXsu film screening and seminar: “Hip Hop Revolución” (Documentary)

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The next Centre for Mexico-Southampton Collaboration (MeXsu) event will be a film screening and seminar, hosted jointly with the Department of Film, which will take place from 5:15-7:00pm on Wednesday 1st February 2017, in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled “Hip Hop Revolución” (Documentary, Alborada Films, 60 mins, 2015) and will be presented by the documentary director, Pablo Navarrete. All welcome!

Here is the abstract for this seminar:
British activist Jody McIntyre travels to Venezuela with UK-Iraqi rapper Lowkey to spend time with ‘Hip Hop Revolución’, a dynamic collective of musical revolutionaries. They witness their inspiring grassroots work and share music and ideas, exploring the cultural and political changes taking place in the country. At its heart, this film is about the power of music, community and the spirit of rebellion.

Pablo Navarrete will be joining us to discuss the film after the screening. He is a British-Chilean journalist and documentary filmmaker. He is the founder and editor of www.alborada.net, a website covering Latin America related issues such as politics, media and culture and is co-editor of Alborada Magazine. Besides directing acclaimed films and work for television, he has co-authored a book on Venezuelan politics and spoken and written on many occasions about Latin American political issues.

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Next MeXsu seminar: ‘Volcano activity and other possible natural hazards in Mexico and its impact on the surrounding rural communities and urban settlements’

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The next Centre for Mexico-Southampton Collaboration (MeXsu) seminar will take place at 6pm on Friday 16th December 2016, in Room 1177, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled “Volcano activity and other possible natural hazards in Mexico and its impact on the surrounding rural communities and urban settlements” and will be presented by Dr Carlos Valdés Gonzales, General Director CENAPRED, National Centre for Disaster Prevention in Mexico.

In the seminar, Dr Valdés will explain how different natural hazards are monitored on daily basis in order to ensure the safety of the populations at risk in México. When disaster strikes, effective and early warnings are paramount. How can Mexico hold an excellent record for ensuring its population safety since the mayor earthquake in 1986? All welcome! Wine and refreshments will be served.

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Día de los Muertos – the Mexican Day of the Dead at Avenue Campus

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There has been an altar celebrating the Day of the Dead at the Avenue Campus at the University of Southampton each year for a number of years, and this year is no exception!

In Mexico, Día de los Muertos which, despite the name, celebrates life, is celebrated on 2nd November with a national holiday. You can find out about how Mexico City has been celebrating in this report on the Guardian website.

Over the two weeks that the altar is on display at the Avenue Campus, schools will be visiting to learn more about the tradition and learn some Spanish. The altar can be visited at Avenue Campus until 11th November.

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Next MeXsu seminar: “Onwards and downwards: labour market experiences of onward Latin American migrants in London”

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The next Centre for Mexico-Southampton Collaboration (MeXsu) seminar will take place from 5:00-6:30pm on Wednesday 11th May 2016, in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled “Onwards and downwards: labour market experiences of onward Latin American migrants in London” and will be presented by Cathy McIlwaine from the School of Geography, Queen Mary University of London. The seminar will include a short film on the experiences of Latin American onward migrants in the city. All welcome!

Here is the abstract for this seminar:
Drawing on recent research with the Latin American community in London, this seminar outlines the particular experiences of Latin Americans who have migrated from other European countries with a specific focus on their labour market experiences. In conceptually re-thinking the notion of the ‘migrant division of labour’ (Wills et al, 2010), the discussion will explore how the global economic crisis prompted increased movement from Spain in particular and how perceived employment opportunities in London attracted migrants to the city. It highlights how in moving onwards, Latin Americans can secure low-paid work in cleaning, which effectively represents downward occupational mobility. Yet, while cosmopolitan London is deregulated market of migrant division of labour exploitation, it is also a paradoxical space of migrant rights and convivial life. As such, the paper argued that the process of onward migration complicates how we think about any continuum of labour exploitation.

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Next MeXsu seminar: “Popular music and migration in the northeast of Mexico. Circuits and conjunctures in a transnational context.”

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The next Centre for Mexico-Southampton Collaboration (MeXsu) seminar will take place from 5:00-6:30pm on Wednesday 20th April 2016, in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled ‘Popular music and migration in the northeast of Mexico. Circuits and conjunctures in a transnational context’ and will be presented by Dr José Juan Olvera Gudiño (CIESAS Unidad Noreste, Monterrey, Mexico). All welcome! Please note that this paper will be presented in Spanish (with Powerpoint slides in English). Translators will be on hand for questions.

Here is the abstract for this seminar:
This paper will provide a sociological perspective on popular music and migration in the northeast of Mexico and the south of Texas. It will analyze and reflect on: a) differentiated circuits of migration (regional and bi-national), and particular socio-cultural dynamics; b) how these human mobilities combine with the cultural industries and their impact on the configuration of musical cultures in the Northeast; c) the specificity of place in understanding these dynamics. I explore this with three cases drawing on empirical work I have conducted over the last two decades: the ‘Colombian music of Monterrey’, conjunto norteño music (accordion and bajo sexto) and rap music.

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Next MeXsu seminar: ‘Racism, privilege and whiteness in Mexico’

MeXsuThe next Centre for Mexico-Southampton Collaboration (MeXsu) seminar will be taking place from 5:00-6:30pm on Wednesday 2nd March 2016, in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled ‘Racism, privilege and whiteness in Mexico’ and will be presented by Dr Mónica Moreno Figueroa Fellow in Social Sciences, Downing College Sociology, University of Cambridge. All welcome! Read more…

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Mexico Week 2015

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This year’s Mexico Week, organised by MeXsu in collaboration with the student Mexican Society, promises a week of varied and exciting activities and events to showcase contemporary Mexico. These will take place both in the University and across the City, from 27th October to 4th November 2015, in partnership with organisations including the Phoenix Film Society, the City Council, Solent University, Turner Sims Concert Hall and Element Arts. There are also two other city-wide events happening during Mexico Week: the Southampton Film Festival and the So: To Speak cultural event.

In particular, celebrations will mark the ‘UK-Mexico Year 2015’ as it draws to an end. Details of the full programme will be available shortly on the MeXsu website, and Mexico Week Facebook page.

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A day of Mexican culture at Avenue Campus: ‘Challenges and Opportunities in Contemporary Mexico’

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In celebration of the special ‘UK-Mexico Cultural Year 2015’, MeXsu (Centre for Mexico-Southampton Collaboration) will be hosting a day of talks and exhibitions as part of Mexico Week around the theme of ‘Challenges and Opportunities in Contemporary Mexico’, taking place on Saturday 31 October from 10:00 to 15:00 at the University of Southampton Avenue Campus. The event will include talks on the current threats to Mexico’s social, cultural and ecological environment from political and social to natural influences, and discussions around culture and music in contemporary Mexico.

For further details about this event, including information on how to book your free place, visit the Humanities events pages.

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Modern Languages welcomes visitors from Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México (UAEM) Toluca

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Modern Languages is pleased to welcome a group of academics from Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México (UAEM) Toluca who are studying with us for 1 week beginning Monday 18 May through to Friday 22 May 2015. The UAEM delegates will be attending a course in “Teaching and Learning through the medium of English” at Avenue Campus.

We welcome the group to the University and wish them an enjoyable time with us! The group will be in the Avenue café from 10:45 to 11:15 each morning and visitors are welcome to join them for an informal chat.

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