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Conference: The Politics of the Popular in Latin America

Friday, March 7, 2014, 8:00 a.m.

King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center (KJCC) Auditorium, 53 Washington Square South, New York University, New York NY 10012 (map)

The NYU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Institute for Latin American Studies at Columbia University present their joint conference: The Politics of the Popular in Latin America. This one-day event offers a multidisciplinary approach to the question of the politics of the popular. Bringing in analysis of various Latin American countries, institutions, and popular actors, it hopes to contribute to a broader understanding of how the conference’s key themes translate globally and to such issues as Occupy, Indignados, Middle East uprisings, as well as the recent unrest in Venezuela.

The ‘popular’ and ‘populism’ are central threads in Latin American history and have returned to prominence in the last decade and a half. Although the phenomenon appears to have spread across the entire region, it has been most visible since the 1999 election of Hugo Chávez, and he, more than anyone or thing else, has been central to discussions of the popular and populism. His death in 2013 encourages scholarly reflection on more than simply his government, biography, or policies, but on the idea of the popular within Latin America, the political modalities that it has taken, and how scholars have struggled to make sense of these.

The event is free and open to the public. Photo ID required to enter building.


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