Dr Anna Cant was featured on the Historias podcast to discuss her new book Land Without Masters: Agrarian Reform and Political Change under Peru's Military Government in conversation with Carmen Soliz. Both have published books this year on land reform, bringing together conversations about the subject from the perspectives of Peru and Bolivia. Listen here (in Spanish).
Communication technologies in Latin American societies
Dr Cant and PhD Student Charlotte Eaton have produced a new podcast series. Featuring contributions from recognised experts in the field, Dr Cant provides an introduction to major themes in the emergence of new communication technologies and their impact on Latin American societies. Listen on SoundCloud.
Land without Masters: Agrarian Reform and Political Change under Peru’s Military Government was released by University of Texas Press in April. Dr Cant's first manuscript offers a fresh perspective on the way the Peruvian government’s major 1969 agrarian reforms transformed the social, cultural, and political landscape of the country. Read more
Dr Cant discusses radio education in the Andes during the second half of the 20th Century in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History. The article analyses the hundreds of small radio initiatives that emerged over the course of the 1960s and 1970s across the Andes. Amid widespread illiteracy, entrenched poverty, and a mountainous terrain that limited access to state institutions and the mainstream media, radio was seen as a technology of immense promise that could increase education levels and stimulate development, leading to primarily Catholic-led radio schools. Read more
LAC History Seminar Series
Dr Anna Cant spoke at Oxford’s Latin American Centre History Seminar Series on 4 February. She discussed “Agrarian Reform and Political Change under Peru’s Military Government”. Find out more.
“’Vivir Mejor’: Radio Education in Rural Colombia (1960-80)”, published in The Americas journal, discusses how the Acción Cultural Popular’s articulation of what it meant to “live better” changed over time, reflecting the struggles of a religious organization to remain relevant in a rapidly changing world. While ACPO saw itself as the bearer of modernity, it was often confronted by independent processes of change already occurring in rural communities. Read more
Conference in Paris
Dr Anna Cant recently attended the European Rural History Organisation Conference in Paris. Her paper was part of a panel on negotiating land reform programmes from the eighteenth to the twentieth century, which included cases as diverse as the Algarve in the eighteenth century and Chile under Allende’s Popular Unity government. Her paper, “Competing Visions of Peasant Mobilisation in Peru’s Agrarian Reform", discussed the ways in which local actors, including peasant communities and left-wing political parties, responded to the 1969 agrarian reform introduced by the military government of Juan Velasco Alvarado. Read more about the conference.
Dr Anna Cant, LSE Fellow in the department 2018-19, was appointed Assistant Professor in April 2019 and will be taking up her new post from 1 September 2019. Dr Cant is a historian of Latin America with expertise in twentieth-century politics, cultural history and rural development. She gained her PhD in History at the University of Cambridge (2015) and is currently revising the thesis as a book titled Land Without Masters: Agrarian Reform and Political Change in Peru, 1968-75.