October 26

08.00-10.00:  Registration

10.00-10.15 Welcome and opening session

  • Rector Sigmund Gr√łnmo, UiB
  • Coordinator Jon Askeland

10.15-11.30 Session 1: Norwegian interests and strategies in Latin America: government, business and research

  • Hege Araldsen, Director Latin-America Section, Ministry of Foreign Affairs:¬†Latin America in Norway‚Äôs foreign policy: out of the shadows? (20 min)
  • Harald Martinsen, The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO): Norwegian business in Latin America: from marginality to a seat at the table (15 min)
  • Benedicte Bull, NorLARNet, UiO: The role of research in Norway‚Äôs Latin America strategy (15 min)
  • Q & A:¬† 25 min
  • Chair:¬† Jon Askeland

11. 30-11.45 Coffee Break

11.45-13.00 Session 2: Violence, security and human rights in Latin America

  • Elin Skaar, CMI: Progress and Setbacks in the Struggle for Human Rights (15 min)
  • Mariano Aguirre, Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Center (NOREF): The new regional security challenges in Latin America (15 min)
  • Siri Gloppen, UiB: Violence and the Judiciary in Latin America (15 min)
  • Q&A: 15 min
  • Chair: Leiv Marsteintredet

13.00-14.00 Lunch + mingling in area with posters/book exhibition etc.


14.00-15.15 Session 3: Brazil: National politics and international ambitions

  • Kees Koonings, Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation (CEDLA), Netherlands:¬† Brazil: democracy, inclusive policies and the emergence of a new ‘middle power‘ (30 min)
  • Einar Braathen, Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research (NIBR):¬† Towards an oiled social democracy? Brazil‚Äôs new politics and administration of petroleum resources ‚Äď compared with Norway (15 min)
  • Harald Martinsen, The Brazilian-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce (BNCC): Future challenges and responsibilities for the Norwegian business community in Brazil: Can research play a role? (15 min)
  • Q&A: 15 min.
  • Chair: Benedicte Bull

15.15.-15.30 Coffee Break

15.30-17.15 Session 4: Politics and natural resources

  • Arnt Fl√łysand, UiB: Aquaculture, Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Development: The¬†Rise and Fall¬†of¬†The Salmon Industry in Chile/Chilo√© (15 min)
  • John Andrew McNeish, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB): The Devil Never Left: Resource Extraction and Conflicting Developmentalities in Bolivia and Beyond (15 min)
  • Iselin Str√łnen, CMI/UiB: The oil that didn’t trickle down: Reflections on the politics of (broken) promises in Venezuela (15 min)
  • Mar√≠a Guzm√°n-Gallegos, Rainforest Foundation Norway: Oil Extraction in the Peruvian Amazon: Thwarted promises of wealth, corporate clientelism and continuous environmental destruction (15 min)
  • Kjetil Visnes, Statoil:¬†Politics and business: State and oil company relations in Latin America (15 min)
  • Q&A: 15 min
  • Chair: H√•vard Haarstad

17.15-17.30 Closing session

17.30-18:30 NorLARNet meeting

19:30- Conference Dinner: Scandic Hotel Bergen City


October 27

Four parallel paper sessions

Session 1

Panel 1-1: Crime, Violence and Security in Latin America 1a: Violencia: medición y definiciones

  • Ricardo C√≥rdova, Perceptcions about public insecurity in Central America
  • Hannes Warnecke, Formas de la violencia en San Salvador, Kingston Belmopan
  • Sebastian Huhn, Discursos sobre violencia en Costa Rica

Panel 1-2: Business Strategies and Economic Development in the New Global Context 1: Colombian strategies of globalization and regionalization (in Spanish)

  • Karelys Ayala, Desarrollo y desaf√≠os de la pol√≠tica exterior colombiana en la integraci√≥n econ√≥mica internacional
  • Julieth Curtis, Comportamiento economico de las exportaciones e importaciones Colombianas con los demas paises de la Comunidad Andina (CAN)
  • Brenda Bertel, Influencia de la pol√≠tica exterior de Colombia en los procesos de integraci√≥n con Am√©rica Latina

Panel 1-3: Religion and Politics in Latin America

  • Maren Bjune, The Pentecostal and the Political in Guatemala:Religious affiliation and political elites, towards an analytical framework
  • Hans Egil Offerdal, The Prophetic bishops: Angels or politicians?
  • Hans Geir Aasmundsen, The integration of the Argentinean Pentecostal community in the Argentinean society
  • Bj√łrn Ola Tafjord, Religions and politics in Talamanca
  • Einar Berntzen, Religion and Politics in Nicaragua: What Difference Does a Revolution Make?

Panel 1-4: Norwegian Relations to Latin America 1820-1940

  • Steinar A. S√¶ther, Nordmenn i Latin-Amerika, 1820-1940: presentasjon av et p√•g√•ende forskningsprosjekt
  • Clarisse Figueiredo Carvalho, Norske ‘eventyrere’ i Brasil, 1850-1940
  • Lars Lang√•s, Norwegian letters from Mexico: Ola Apenes’ journey from engineer to Maya expert
  • Anki Furuseth, Da freden br√łt l√łs: Norsk NS-utvandring til Argentina etter 1945

11.00-12.30 Session 2

Panel 2-1: Crime, Violence and Security in Latin America 1b: Políticas de Seguridad, Violencia y Derechos Humanos

  • Stalin Ballesteros Garc√≠a, Conflicto y Violencia sociopol√≠tica en el Departamento del Magdalena, Colombia. Per√≠odo 2000-10
  • Kaare Torgny Pettersen & Trond Heitmann, Violence: The Role of Humiliation of Poverty
  • Mar√≠a Alegre, Violence and Youth in Latin America

Panel 2-2: Business Strategies and Economic Development in the New Global Context 2: Large business groups and small producers: strategies to confront globalization in Central America and Mexico (in English)

  • Anna Birgitte Milford, Co-operative or coyote? Choice of sales channel for small scale coffee producers in Central America
  • Yuri Kasahara, Should I stay or should I go? The impact of policies on business groups‚Äô financial sector strategies in Central America
  • Benedicte Bull, Elites in transition: El Salvadoran diversified business groups confronting transnationalization

Panel 2-3: Poverty politics in contemporary Latin America: comparative and critical views

  • Felipe J. Hevia, How to reduce the risk of Conditional Cash Transfer Programs. Comparative analysis of the design and implementation of programs to combat poverty in Brazil and Mexico
  • Einar Braathen, Unsustainable poverty reduction: Second thoughts about Brazil’s recent successes
  • Line N. Sundt N√¶sse, Layers and portrayals: Elite perceptions of poverty and democracy in Paraguay

Panel 2-4: Contemporary Latin American Film

  • Juan Pellicer, La obra cinematogr√°fica de Alejandro Gonz√°lez I√Ī√°rritu, de AMORES PERROS a BIUTIFUL
  • Alvaro Ram√≠rez, Title to come
  • Jon Askeland, El relato oral y sus alrededores: Jogo de cena como laboratorio narrativo m√ļltiple

12.30-13.30 Lunch


13.30-15.00 Session 3

Panel 3-1: Crime, Violence and Security in Latin America 2a: Conflicto, justicia y Derechos Humanos

  • Anne Margrethe S√łnneland, How much do you think one should receive for a disappeared? The contested implementation of the program of individual economic reparations in Peru
  • Jennifer Sep√ļlveda Arboleda, Influencia de la pol√≠tica de seguridad en la pol√≠tica exterior de Colombia
  • Marta Lucia Restrepo, Viabilidad del retorno de los colombianos que fueron desplazados entre 1985 y 2010
  • Leiry Cornejo Ch√°vez, The Protection of Socio-Economic Rights in the Inter-American System and its Implications on Sexual Violence: Revisiting Article 5 of the ‚ÄúConvention of Bel√©m do Par√°‚ÄĚ

Panel 3-2: Extracting Justice?: Resource Extraction and Development in Latin America

  • Camilla Gianella, Participation of indigenous peoples and extractive industries in Peru: From legal and political correctness to actual participatory process
  • H√•vard Haarstad (with Cecilia Campero), Limits to participation? Stakeholder involvement and the economic imperative in the Bolivian hydrocarbon sector
  • Einar Braathen, The Norway of Latin America? Brazil and its non-environmental discourse on petroleum resources
  • Tami Okamoto (with Esben Leifsen), Oil spills, contamination and unruly engagements with indigenous peoples in the Peruvian Amazon

Panel 3-3: The Grass Root and the State (part 1)

  • Cecilie Hirsch, Bolivia and the TIPNIS conflict: positions, actors and interests
  • Asle J√łssang (with Hanne Haaland), Remaking Bolivia: towards an intercultural, unified state or a reversal of old lines of division?
  • Ida Elise Magnussen, Demarcating indigenous territories in the Peruvian Amazonia

Panel 3-4: Language and culture in Latin America (Las presentaciones de este panel ser√°n todas en lengua espa√Īola)

  • Miguel Angel Quesada Pacheco, Language and identity in Spanish America. The role of Spanish as a dominant language in a multicultural region
  • Silje Drevdal, Attitudes towards language correctness among native speakers of Spanish
  • Ana Beatriz Chiquito, What’s in a name. A welcome answer to an undending debate
  • Diana Andrea Giraldo Gallego, Language and identity: the case of Muisca language in Colombia

15.15-16.45 Session 4

Panel 4-1: Genealogy of the current Mexican Violence (Genealogía de la violencia actual mexicana)

  • Tanius Karam C√°rdenas, The media coverage of the Mexican Drug War in historical perspective
  • C√©sar Morales Oyarvide, El fracaso de una estrategia: una cr√≠tica a la guerra contra el narcotr√°fico en M√©xico, sus justificaciones y efectos
  • Mario Ram√≠rez-Orozco, M√©xico-Colombia:¬ŅIgual problema, igual soluci√≥n?
  • Lars Leer, The doublespeak of the Mexican drugwar: consequences for social protest and the rule of law

Panel 4-2: Environmental Politics and Resources in Latin America

  • √Ālvaro Rom√°n (with Jonathan R. Barton), Glocal asymmetries perpetuated by fragmented social organisation positions: the case of Chilean forestry
  • John Linnell, Exploring tensions between jaguar conservation and environmental justice: mapping stakeholders and their engagement
  • Jorge Balarezo (with Henrik Wiig), The mighty few vs. the silent majority ‚Äď Barriers to resource extraction for poverty reduction in Peru
  • Hein Bjerck, Marine ventures: comparative perspectives on the dynamics of early human approaches to the seascapes of Patagonia and Scandinavia
  • William Cayax, Potentials for developing Biodiversity Enterprises from the Association of Private Nature Reserves of Guatemala

Panel 4-3: The Grass Root and the State (part 2)

  • Ana Lorena Ruano, From designing to implementing policy: a power analysis of participation in Palencia, Guatemala
  • Margit Ystanes, Multi-sector collaboration and the conditions for trust in Guatemala
  • Silje Fj√¶restad Tollefsen, Bluefields encounters with the state ? local organizations at the Carribean Coast of Nicaragua

Panel 4-4: The Impact of Transitional Justice Processes in Latin America

  • Elin Skaar, Understanding the Impact of Transitional Justice on Peace and Democracy
  • Camila Gianella, Transitional Justice Efforts in Peru: TRC a watershed
  • Natalia Fl√≥rez Mej√≠a, Uruguay: The (re)construction of peace and democracy through transitional justice

Panel 4-5: Crime, Violence and Security in Latin America 2b: Crimen organizado

  • Mark Ungar, Organized Crime and Security Policy in Mexico and Central America: A Policymaker‚Äôs View
  • Ricardo Saenz, Pol√≠tica y estructuras criminales en Guatemala: una aproximaci√≥n territorial
  • Matias Dewey, Mercados ilegales en Argentina

1700 Closing session

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