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Dancing Jacobins: A Venezuelan Genealogy of Latin American Populism

November 14, 2016 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

The South Seminar (former The Americas South Seminar) in the Department of Anthropology is pleased to invite you to the final Fall 2016 conversation, which will take place Monday November 14 at 2:30pm in the Sheldon Scheps Memorial Library (Room 457 Schermerhorn Extension, Columbia University).


Rafael Sánchez (The Graduate Institute Geneva) will be in conversation with Claudio Lomnitz (Columbia) and Rosalind Morris (Columbia) about Dancing Jacobins: A Venezuelan Genealogy of Latin American Populism.


The trope of civilization against barbarism, as irreconcilable poles, has remained pervasive in Latin America’s republican imaginary. This book apprehends that trope as the phantasmatic projection of postcolonial elites fearful of the popular sectors and as symptom of the cyclical insistence with which the subaltern populations menacingly return to the nation’s public spaces in the form of crowds.


Please email Anna: aks2217@columbia.edu for more information.

Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology & ISERP.


The objective of the South Seminar is to employ Latin America and the Caribbean as a prism for rethinking broader theoretical issues in anthropology today. We hope to address theoretical questions within contemporary anthropology by bringing anthropologists who work on Latin America and the Caribbean in conversation with those working on other regions. We therefore seek to curate presentations and cross-disciplinary conversations that include subject matters that transcend the region. Discussions that include class, politics, economics, securitization, race, racism, colonialism, gender, human-nature relations, affect, environmental studies are of particular concern. 


November 14, 2016
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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