‘In Conversation with George Ciccariello-Maher’

The Radical Americas Network and the LSE Department of International History wish to announce the following event:

‘In Conversation with George Ciccariello-Maher’ chaired by William Booth

Monday 6th March at 17.00
Vera Anstey Room, LSE Old Building, Houghton Street, WC2A 2AE

This event is free, but please RSVP to radicalamericas@gmail.com so that we can monitor numbers.

George Ciccariello-Maher is Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics at Drexel University. In conversation with Dr. William Booth (Radical Americas Network and LSE), Dr. Ciccariello-Maher will discuss the current state of the Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela, as well as his new book – which brings the theories of Sorel, Fanon and Dussel to a Venezuelan context – and the challenges for radical academics in the current conjuncture.

He is author of ‘We Created Chavez: A People’s History of the Venezuelan Revolution‘ (Duke University Press, 2013), ‘Building the Commune: Radical Democracy in Venezuela‘ (Verso, 2016) and ‘Decolonizing Dialectics‘ (Duke University Press, 2017)

This event is facilitated by the Radical Americas Network and the LSE Department of International History.

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Brazil in Crisis

The Radical Americas Network and UCL Institute of the Americas present a panel discussion:

Brazil in Crisis

on Tuesday 13th September at 5pm
at UCL Institute of the Americas,
51 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PN
Francisco Dominguez,
Roxana Pessoa Cavalcanti and
Vinicius Mariano de Carvalho

Radical Americas Symposium 2016

UCL Institute of the Americas – 12th and 13th September
Decolonizing Americas

The theme of this year’s Radical Americas symposium is ‘Decolonizing Americas’, acknowledging the long arc of struggle for freedom since the period of European colonization of the Western Hemisphere in the 15th century. Our collaborative effort will be to consider how histories within the US, Latin America, and the Caribbean converge and depart in relation to the experience of anti-colonial and decolonizing social movements, many of which continue today. We will also consider the ways that cultural efforts, collectives, art, and intellectual projects shape radical imaginaries of freedom

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Book Launch

The Politics of Autonomy in Latin America: The Art of Organising Hope,
written by Ana Cecilia Dinerstein

FOREWORDS by W. Bonefeld and G. Esteva
April 10, 2015 5:30 PM – UCL- Institute of the Americas,
51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PN

REGISTRATION: http://organising-hope.eventbrite.co.uk

The Power of Autonomy in Latin America offers a much-needed critical review of the concept and practice of autonomy. By establishing an elective affinity between autonomy and Bloch’s philosophy of hope, the book defines autonomy as ‘the art of organizing 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 a 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.

SPEAKERS: John Holloway, Werner Bonefeld, Jeff Webber, and Ana Cecilia Dinerstein


Panel discussion: “Violence Against Women in Mexico and Central America”

Laura Carlsen (CIP Americas Program), Marilyn Thomson (CAWN – Central America Women’s Network) and Lorena Fuentes (Birkbeck College, University of London)

UCL Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PN
Monday 9th March at 17:30

Free of charge, but registration required here…

The Radical Americas Network organises and UCL Institute of the Americas hosts this thought-provoking panel discussion, with the participation of these three distinguished speakers. Introduced by Dr William Booth (Radical Americas Network).

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London Latin American Marxist Reading Group

Accompanying the uneven and contradictory lurch to the left in parts of Latin America over the last 15 years there has been a revival of innovative and critical theoretical and political writings in the region, drawing on a range of radical, and particularly Marxist, traditions. Varieties of Latin American historical materialism and explorations of core Latin American questions have found expression in a plethora of new journals, intellectual groupings, and book publications. Part of this intellectual Marxist renewal has meant a re-engagement with classical texts and traditions of the past. However, much of this theoretical ferment has passed relatively unnoticed in the English-language literature on the economies, politics, and societies of the region.

In London, as a modest attempt to help reverse this inattention, we are forming a fortnightly reading group on classical and contemporary Latin American Marxist thinkers. We will meet every second Monday from 16:00-18:00 in room 105 at UCL’s Institute of the Americas. Although several texts will be in Spanish, the discussion will be conducted in English to be as inclusive as possible.

Our first meeting will be on Monday 17 November. We will be discussing the following texts:

  1. Michael Löwy “Introduction” in Marxism in Latin America from 1909 to the present: an anthology, or the original text in Spanish: “Introducción: Puntos de referencia para una historia en América Latina,” in El marxismo en América Latina: Antología, desde 1909 hasta nuestros días (pp. 9-67) [PDFs for these will be made available to those who confirm their plans to attend]

  2. Omar Acha y Débora D’Antonio, “Cartografía y perspectivas del “marxismo latinoamericano”,’ in A Contra Corriente, 7, 2 (Winter), 2010: 210-256. Available here.

To express your interest in attending please contact the organizers of the reading group.

Juan Grigera: j.grigera@ucl.ac.uk
Jeff Webber: j.r.webber@qmul.ac.uk
Room 105
Institute of Americas / UCL
51 Gordon Square


    Every second Monday:
First meetings: November 17, December 1, December 15, January 12, January 26