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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:

Jeff Webber:



Room 105
Institute of Americas / UCL
51 Gordon Square


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


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