LALS-CLRC Series on Contemporary Political Economy of Latin America, Tuesday, November 28, 11:30am-1:30pm, Charles E. Merrill Lounge

September 01, 2017

By , Associate Professor 

The Clash of Civilizations, Santiago, Chile. Photo by Fernando Leiva. 
Dr. Fernando Leiva (above, UC Santa Cruz) and Dr. Thomas Chiasson-LeBel (below, York University) will both present on Tuesday, November 28, 2017.
Latin America's political economy currently is undergoing profound changes. The natural resource boom that underwrote much of the region's economic growth for a decade-and-a-half has ended. The wave of diverse left governments that began to sweep the region at the turn of the century, known as the "pink tide," is now receding. This is evidenced by recent right wing advances or electoral victories in Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay and Venezuela.

In this context of economic uncertainty, a new wave of social conflict has emerged, as both popular and elite sectors seek to defend past gains. Contradictory efforts to create a more socially just alternative to neoliberalism, be it through reformist or more radical means, appear to be unravelling. With so much turmoil and change, we have a privileged opportunity for analysis and for deepening our understandings of emerging dynamics. We invite members of the UC Santa Cruz community and public to the following events:

Fall 2017
Post-capitalist Struggles in 21st-century Latin America
Dr. Manuel Larrabure (York University)
Discussion of his paper: Post-capitalist Development in Latin America's Left Turn: beyond Peronism and the Magical State
Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 11:30am-1:30pm
Charles E. Merrill Lounge

Grupos Económicos and the Left: Approaches to studying the political and cultural influence of economic conglomerates in Latin America
Dr. Fernando Leiva (UC Santa Cruz) will discuss his paper: Chile's Grupo Luksic and the "New Spirit" of Capital
Dr. Thomas Chiasson-LeBel (York University) will discuss preliminary results from his current research in the talk "Domestic Conglomerates in Ecuador: Five Strategies for Politicizing Economic Activity under a Left Government".
Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 11:30am-1:30pm
Charles E. Merrill Lounge

Winter 2018
Capitalists and Extractive Rent: Evolution of the Class Struggle in Venezuela and Ecuador
Dr. Thomas Chiasson-Lebel (York University)
Date and location TBA.

These free, public events are cosponsored by the CLRC and Department of Latin American and Latino Studies.

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