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17:30 - 19:00 4 September 2015

Old and new populisms in Latin America: lessons for Europe?


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 Omar Acha, Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Dr Juan Grigera, British Academy Post-doctoral Fellow, UCL Institute of the Americas
Samuele Mazzolini, Journalist, El Telegrafo (Ecuatorian newspaper)

A series of governments arising from the processes of social mobilization against neoliberalism in Latin America usually identified as a new "Pink Tide" have sparkled a renewed interest in the question of populism. Alongside a reconstruction of the conditions of capital accumulation and several changes in the role of the state and politics they have been successful in incorporating a set of demands of the social movements and conflicts. At the same time, the publication of groundbreaking theoretical perspectives on this classical issue in Latin American social sciences (such as Laclau On populist reason) has reshaped the ongoing debate since 1960s, saving the concept and practice a of ‘progressive populism’ from its status as a pathological form of politics.

This panel will explore both the conceptual history of the concept and the cases of Argentina, Brazil and Ecuador.


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


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