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9780230272088THE POLITICS OF AUTONOMY IN LATIN AMERICA: THE ART OF ORAGANISING HOPE

Book Launch

The Radical Americas Network and UCL Institute of the Americas are pleased to invite you to the launch of:

The Politics of Autonomy in Latin America: The Art of Organising Hope

Written by Ana Cecilia Dinerstein
FOREWORDS by W. Bonefeld and G. Esteva
April 10, 2015 5:30 PM – UCL: Institute of the Americas,
51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PN

REGISTRATION: http://organising-hope.eventbrite.co.uk

The Power of Autonomy in Latin America offers a much-needed critical review of the concept and practice of autonomy. By establishing an elective affinity between autonomy and Bloch’s philosophy of hope, the book defines autonomy as ‘the art of organizing hope’, that is, the art of shaping a reality which is not yet but can be anticipated by the movements’ collective actions. The politics of autonomy is a struggle that simultaneously negates, creates, deals with contradictions and, above all, produces an excess beyond demarcation that cannot be translated into the grammar of power. Reading Marx’s method in key of hope, the book offers a prefigurative critique of political economy and emphasises the prefigurative features of indigenous and non indigenous autonomies at a time when utopia can no longer be objected.

SPEAKERS: John Holloway, Werner Bonefeld, Jeff Webber, and Ana Cecilia Dinerstein

Published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/book-launch-the-politics-of-autonomy-in-latin-america

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‘THINK HOPE, THINK CRISIS’: JOHN HOLLOWAY AT UCL

Professor John Holloway, of the Autonomous University of Puebla (see http://www.johnholloway.com.mx/), will be giving a public talk entitled “Think Hope, Think Crisis” at UCL, London, on May 7th.

Professor Holloway is an internationally renowned radical Marxist theorist whose two most recent books, Change the World Without Taking Power (2002) and Crack Capitalism (2010) have had a profound impact in debates over social change in both social movements and universities worldwide. Holloway argues that we need to rethink the concept of revolution in the 21st century, away from the idea of taking power via the state (or indeed any institution) and towards an everyday struggle to bring together our own “power-to-do”.

His talk, which will take place on Wednesday 7th May, 5-7pm in Room G03, 26 Bedford Way, WC1H 0AP, will engage with the potentials for social change in a time of crisis (see abstract below).

For more information please contact sam.halvorsen.10@ucl.ac.uk

Please note, attendance will be on a first come basis (no tickets). We have a capacity of 120, but please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Abstract for talk:
“At the beginning of his great work The Principle of Hope, Ernst Bloch challenged us to learn hope. Now, sixty years later, his challenge is both more difficult and more urgent than ever. How can we think hope, the radical hope of a different world, in the present situation? And how do we relate it to the present crisis of capitalism? The crisis as rupture of capitalist domination should open the world, but it seems to close it. Think hope, think crisis, but how?”

 

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