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Transnational Counterrevolutions: Ideas and Practices of the Right in Latin America’s Cold War

November 10, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Transnational Counterrevolutions:

Ideas and Practices of the Right in Latin America’s Cold War

Columbia University, November 9-10, 2018

Sponsored by the Columbia History Department, the Columbia Institute of Latin American Studies, the Columbia Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought, the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities, and the Janey Program at the New School for Social Research.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10 (Jerome Greene Hall 104, Columbia Law School)

9:00 – 9:30            Light Breakfast

 9:30 – 11:15         Panel 3: Transatlantic Networks and Inspirations

Luis Herran Avila (University of New Mexico). “A Vanguard for the Counterrevolution: The Project of Ciudad Católica in 1960s Argentina.”

Daniel Gunnar Kressel (Columbia University). “The ‘Spiritual Technocrat’ and the Theory of the “Post-Ideological” Society in Spain, Argentina, and Chile (1957-1977).”

Kirsten Weld (Harvard University). “A Guatemalan Reconquest: Falangist Ideology and Arbenz’s Overthrow.”

Discussant: Nara Milanich (Barnard College)

11:15 – 11:30       Coffee Break

11:30 – 1:15         Panel 4: Neoliberalism and Right-Wing Theories of Progress

Benjamin Cowen (University of California, San Diego). “A Hemispheric Moral Majority: Brazil and the Transnational Construction of the New Right.”

Cos Tollerson (New York University). “Not One, But Many Brazils: Race-Thinking, Regionalism, and the 1964 coup d’état.”

Mary Roldán (Hunter College/CUNY Graduate Center). “Foundation(al) Fictions: The Alliance for Progress, Corporate Philanthropy, the Catholic Church, and Neoliberal Development in Colombia.”

Discussant: Rachel Nolan (Society of Fellows, Columbia University)

1:15 – 2:15            Lunch

2:30 – 4:15            Roundtable: The Latin American Right and the Global Counterrevolution

Featuring Federico Finchelstein (New School), J. Patrice McSherry (Long Island University), Luca Provenzano (Columbia University), and Colleen Woods (University of Maryland). Moderated by Bernard Harcourt (Columbia University).

4:15 – 4:30            Coffee Break

4:30 – 6:00            Keynote 2: The Importance, Insights, and Challenges of the Study of Transnational Counterrevolutions. Margaret Power (Illinois Institute of Technology)

6:00 – 6:30            Closing Remarks




November 10, 2018
9:00 am - 6:00 pm


Jerome Greene Hall 104, Columbia Law School
435 W 116th St,
New York, NY 10027 United States