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BOLIVIA UNDER MORALES

Dear Reader,

Latin American Perspectives is pleased to announce the upcoming release of a dual special issue,

“Bolivia Under Morales”

ISSUE EDITORS: BENJAMIN KOHL & ROSALIND BRESNAHAN

Part 1 Available May 1, 2010
CONSOLIDATING POWER, INITIATING DECOLONIZATION

Part 2 Available July 1, 2010
NATIONAL AGENDA, REGIONAL CHALLENGES, AND THE STRUGGLE FOR HEGEMONY

The 2005 election of Evo Morales as the first indigenous President of Bolivia was a watershed not only for Bolivia but for the all of the Americas. The breadth of the political, economic, social, and cultural changes envisioned in the “decolonization” advocated by the MAS (Movement toward Socialism) movement headed by Morales places Bolivia at the forefront of social change in Latin America. As Morales begins his second term, Latin American Perspectives presents a broad-ranging collection of articles from leading Bolivian, U.S. and other international theorists and scholars that offer multiple perspectives on the rise of the MAS, its program for the decolonization of Bolivia, and the conflicts engendered by this struggle for social transformation.

May 2010 – Part 1 – Table of Contents

“CONSOLIDATING POWER, INITIATING DECOLONIZATION”

INTRODUCTION

Bolivia under Morales: Consolidating Power, Initiating Decolonization

BENJAMIN KOHL AND ROSALIND BRESNAHAN

ARTICLES

Morales’s MAS Government: Building Indigenous Popular Hegemony in Bolivia

NANCY POSTERO

Political Processes and the Reconfiguration of the State in Bolivia

PABLO REGALSKY

Carlos Mesa, Evo Morales, and a Divided Bolivia (2003-2005)

JEFFERY R. WEBBER

Confounding Cultural Citizenship and Constitutional Reform in Bolivia

ROBERT ALBRO

Evo Morales and the Altiplano: Notes for an Electoral Geography of the Movimiento al Socialismo, 2002-2008

FERNANDO OVIEDO OBARRIO

Bolivia under Morales: A Work in Progress

BENJAMIN KOHL

A Neoliberal Nationalization? The Constraints on Natural-Gas-Led Development in Bolivia

BRENT Z. KAUP

Decolonization and Its Paradoxes: The (Re)envisioning of Health Policy in Bolivia

BRIAN B. JOHNSON

The Localism of Bolivian Science: Tradition, Policy, and Projects

KATHERINE MCGURN CENTELLAS

Language, Signs, and the Performance of Power: The Discursive Struggle over Decolonization in the Bolivia of Evo Morales

ROSALEEN HOWARD

COMMENTARY
Beyond the Earthquake: A Wake-Up Call for Haiti

ALEX DUPUY

July 2010 – Part 2 – Table of Contents

“NATIONAL AGENDA, REGIONAL CHALLENGES, AND THE STRUGGLE FOR HEGEMONY”

INTRODUCTION

Bolivia under Morales: National Agenda, Regional Challenges, and the Struggle for Hegemony

BENJAMIN KOHL AND ROSALIND BRESNAHAN

ARTICLES

Taking the High Road: On the Campaign Trail with Evo Morales

JAMES LERAGER

Controlling State Power: An Interview with Vice President Álvaro García Linera

LINDA FARTHING

The State in Transition: Power Block and Point of Bifurcation

ÁLVARO GARCÍA LINERA

When States Act Like Movements: Dismantling Local Power and Seating Sovereignty in Post-Neoliberal Bolivia

BRET GUSTAFSON

Agrarian Capitalism and Struggles over Hegemony in the Bolivian Lowlands

GABRIELA VALDIVIA

Between the Romance of Collectivism and the Reality of Individualism: Ayllu Rhetoric in Bolivia’s Landless Peasant Movement

NICOLE FABRICANT

Migrants’ Voices: Negotiating Autonomy in Santa Cruz

JOSHUA KIRSHNER

A Distinguished People: Autonomist Populism in Santa Cruz

CLAUDIA PEÑA

Anatomy of a Regional Conflict: Tarija and Resource Grievances in Morales’s Bolivia

DENISE HUMPHREYS BEBBINGTON AND ANTHONY BEBBINGTON

Savina Cuéllar and Bolivia’s New Regionalism

MIGUEL CENTELLAS

Approaches and Limits of the National Development Plan as a Political Economic Strategy in Evo Morales’s Bolivia

CLAYTON MENDONÇA CUNHA FILHO AND RODRIGO SANTAELLA GONÇALVES

Social Control: Bolivia’s New Approach to Coca Reduction

LINDA FARTHING AND BENJAMIN KOHL

Women’s Voices on the Executive Council: Popular Organizations and Resource Battles in Bolivia and Ecuador

PAUL DOSH AND NICOLE KLIGERMAN, with photographs by JAMES LERAGER

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Manufacturing Happiness

 

CALL FOR PAPERS:

Manufacturing Happiness: Investigating Subjectivity, Transformation, and Cultural Capital

The Graduate Students of George Mason University invite paper proposals for our 4th Annual Cultural Studies Conference. The Conference will take place on Saturday, September 19, 2009 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia

This conference considers practices, institutions, and products that promise happiness, in a sense of inducing “the good life,” typically expressed as self-realization or finding one’s purpose-borrowing Agamben’s term, subjective technologies that have a specific relationship to social and political forces. How do practices designed or claimed for such diverse purposes as personal stress management, recovering from colonization, parenting, global conglomeration, and corporate development work? What kinds of transformations do they bring, in terms of personality, power, and communitas? And what becomes of the living cultural traditions from which these practices are abstracted, as in the care of the psychotherapeutic practice of “western Buddhism,” which Zizek claims is the “hegemonic ideology par excellance of late capitalism?” From the transmission of packaged idealisms and practices with a putative relationship to traditional sources to the commodified transactions for services and goods, the conference organizers seeks papers that investigate the growing cultural industries, both global and local, devoted to manufacturing happiness.

The wide-ranging contexts for our investigation include, but are not limited to: the social positions within the family, home, workplace, community, or nation-state; geographical and global considerations of institutional development and affiliation; the political economy of corporate training models; cultural capital and legitimation; media and mediation (print, television, DVD, Internet, radio, etc.); religious connections and origins; the confirmation and construction of identities (gender, physical, class, spiritual, national, sexual, and race) in social or political realms; and the rise and intensity of ecological subjectivities.

Examples:
* Integral Institute, Integral Naked, and Ken Wilber
* Est Training
* Shambhala Training
* Eckhardt Tolle and Oprah’s Book Club
* Weight loss and Constructing Beauty
* The “Human Potential” Movement
* The Zen Alarm Clock
* The Secret
* Hollywood Kabballah Centre
* Transpersonal Psychology
* The “Self-Help” Industry
* Magazines such as What Is Enlightenment?

Please e-mail a 500-word abstract of your presentation along with a short CV to Michael Lecker (mlecker@gmu.edu) no later than June 15, 2009.

 

Additional information:

http://www.allconferences.com/conferences/2009/20090427183905/

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=168118

http://culturalstudies.gmu.edu/happiness/

 

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