Workshop: Whither Latin Americanism? with Dr. Abraham Acosta

This workshop -arranged as a round table- will address the current state and future directions of Latin Americanism. Latin Americanism is a critical discursive mechanism at the service of the institutional formation that is the university. Recently, however, new currents of thought have challenged the field and its relation to the institution. Most visibly, Decoloniality has been postulated as a unique non-Eurocentric critical discourse to rival theoretical perspectives such as Marxism, Deconstruction, and Postcolonial studies. But other currents such as Infrapolitics and Posthegemony have in turn destabilized long-held theoretical assumptions that have dominated the field and its premises. Prompted by Jacques Derrida’s gesture about the future of Marx in a post-Communist world, we are interested in remapping Latin America and Latin Americanism (from both the North and the South) in these new times.

Participants are encouraged to read two articles provided in PDF by the organizers:

“(De)colonial Sources: The Coloniality of Power, Reoriginalization, and the Critique of Imperialism” by Abraham Acosta AND “Introducing Settler Colonial Studies” by Lorenzo Veracini.

Articles will be made available upon RSVP confirmation

Liu Institute for Global Issues – Boardroom (3rd floor)
Light Lunch will be served
Limited spots. RSVP at J.hernandez@alumni.ubc.ca

This workshop will be followed by a reception at Koerner’s Pub from 2-4pm.