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17:30 - 19:30 10 April 2015

The politics of autonomy in Latin America: the art of organising hope

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Lecture Theatre 103 | UCL – Institute of the Americas (link Map)
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Dr Ana Cecilia Dinerstein, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Bath

'The Power of Autonomy in Latin America: the Art of Organising Hope' by Ana Cecilia (Bath) offers a much-needed critical review of the concept an practice of autonomy. By establishing an elective affinity between autonomy and Bloch's philosophy of hope, the book defines autonomy as 'the art of organising hope', that is, the art of shaping a reality which is not yet but can be anticipated by the movements' collective actions. The politics of autonomy is the struggle that simultaneously negates, creates, deals with contradictions and, above all, produces an excess beyond demarcation that cannot be translated into the grammar of power. Reading Marx's method in key of hope, the book offers a prefigurative critique of political economy and emphasises the prefigurative features of indigenous and non-indigenous autonomies at a time when utopia can no longer be objected.

Organised by The Radical Americas Network and UCL Institute of the Americas.


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Oscar Martinez
+44 (0)20 3108 9721 | ucl-ia@ucl.ac.uk


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