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The People Against the Elites: Conference on Populism in Latin America and Europe / Friday 16th of May / University of Bath, UK

Politics in times of economic crises puts the conceptual notion and socio-political dynamics of populism back into de agenda. The rise of extreme right-wing parties advancing a xenophobic and anti-immigration rhetoric is challenging the ideological centre governing the dominant political parties across Europe. Social movements like Occupy London or the indignados resisting the mainstream response to the economic crises have tended to express their demands from the margins of traditional political institutions if not opposing electoral politics altogether. In Latin America, opposition to the ‘Washington Consensus’ gave rise to left-wing coalitions in Ecuador, Venezuela, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. These governments forged strategic alliances with social movement organisations and introduced inclusive and participatory institutions leading to the deepening of democracy for some and the disruption of the democratic order, for others.

The question lying underneath these multiple forms of contestation on both side of the Atlantic refer to the sovereignty of the people that stands in tension with ideas of citizenship established by the Constitutional-liberal canon. As a consequence, the frontiers delimiting populism, democracy and the enactment of the people become contentious. In itself the emergence of a movement claiming to mobilise ‘the people’ is seen as a pathological symptom, for some, or essential for democracy to restore its true meaning, for others.  An open discussion that relates theoretical problems to empirical puzzles in a cross-regional perspective is thus critical to understanding the nature of contemporary transformations in the political order. 

In the light of this debate the conference has three interconnected aims: a) to discuss theoretical innovations around the notion of populism; b) to apply this reasoning to case studies in Europe and/or Latin America and c) to compare and contrast European and Latin American experiences. 

Please send a 250-word abstract and your contact details to Dr Juan Pablo Ferrero by 4th April 2014.

Keynote speaker: Professor Yannis Stavrakakis (School of Political Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki). Director of the EU funded research project POPULISMUS: populist discourse and democracy.

Dr Juan Pablo Ferrero

Lecturer in Latin American Studies

Politics, Languages and International Studies

University of Bath

Bath BA2 7AY, UK

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Sociology Special issue 2014

Call for Tenders

Sociological perspectives on major global events

The Editorial Board of Sociology invites proposals for a special issue on one or more of the following themes:

(1) Austerity and protest;

(2) The global economic crisis;

(3) The resurgence of rightwing populism and the reconfiguration of conservative movements. 

Sociology is acknowledged as one of the leading journals in its field.  For more than three decades it has made a major contribution to the debates that have shaped the discipline and it has an undisputed international reputation for quality and originality. The journal now seeks a special issue that will examine the social in context of recent events. 

The successful proposal will have broad, mainstream appeal.  It will engage conceptually and explicitly with sociology and present a strong rationale for exploring the theme(s), drawing on key areas of sociological work (the social imaginary, generation, youth, emotions, gender, work, etc.). The special issue of Sociology (vol. 48) will be published in October 2014.

The team should consist of two or more editors. Applicants should have a clear vision of the purpose and content of their special issue. Issue content may be recruited by inviting submissions and open call.  Applicants are encouraged to include details/abstracts of any invited contributions at the time of application.  All submissions will be peer reviewed.

Deadline for tenders: Monday 8 October 2012

A proforma application is available from Alison Danforth, BSA Publications Officer.  Please email for a full list of criteria and information on how to apply.

Alison Danforth, BSA Publications Officer

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THE LEFT IN LATIN AMERICA: History, Present, Perspectives

International Symposium

Universityof Sao Paulo- FFLCH – History Department               

September 11, 12 and 13, 2012 (from 9am to 10pm)




Tuesday, September 11

OPENING: Emília Viotti da Costa

09:00 h. (AH): FROM PETISM TO LULISM: THE PT YESTERDAY AND TODAY: André Singer – Lincoln Secco – Tales Ab’Sáber – Cyro Garcia

09:00 h. (AG): LEFT, DICTATORSHIPS AND HUMAN RIGHTS Pedro Pomar – Jorge Souto Maior – Olgária Matos – Sergio Adorno

09:00 h. (CPJ): INTELECTUALS AND MARXISM IN LATIN AMERICA: Bernardo Ricupero – Lidiane Soares Rodrigues – Marcos Napolitano – Maurício Cardoso

14:00 h. (AH): COMMUNISM IN THE HISTORY OF BRAZIL: Milton Pinheiro – Apoena Cosenza – Frederico Falcão – Marly Vianna

14:00 h. (AG): CHINA AND LATIN AMERICA: Wilson N. Barbosa – Marcos Cordeiro Pires – Luis Antonio Paulino – Vladimir Milton Pomar

14:00 h. (CPJ): CUBA: PAST AND PRESENT OF THE REVOLUTION: Luiz E. Simões de Souza – Joana Salém – Silvia Miskulin – José R. Máo Jr.

17:00 h. (AH): NATURAL RESOURCES, ENERGY AND CONTINENTAL INTEGRATION: Ildo Sauer – Ariovaldo U. de Oliveira – Mónica Arroyo – Raimundo Rodrigues Pereira

17:00 h. (AG): COMPENSATORY SOCIAL PROGRAMS: THE WAY OUT OF POVERTY?: RuyBraga- Eduardo Januario – Maria Cristina Cacciamali – Fúlvia Rosenberg

17:00 h. (CPJ): PERU, ECUADOR, BOLIVIA: INDIANISM AND ANDINE COSMOVISION: Vivian Urquidi – Enrique Amayo – Tadeu Breda – Mónica Bruckmann

17:00 h. (RXCP): LANGUAGES AND LITERATURE: RESISTENCE DISCOURSES: Elvira Narvaja de Arnoux – Graciela Foglia – Adrián Fanjul – Pablo Gasparini

19:30 h. (AH): THE STUDENTS STRUGGLE IN LATIN AMERICA: Clara Saraiva – Alejandro Lipcovich – Lucia Sioli – Mario Costa

19:30 h. (AG): LATIN AMERICA IN INTERNATIONAL GEOPOLITICS: André Martin – Leonel Itaussu A. Mello – Rodrigo Medina Zagni – Manoel Fernandes

19:30 h. (CPJ): COMMUNISM IN LATIN AMERICA: Antonio C. Mazzeo – Marcos Del Roio – Victor Vigneron – Kennedy Ferreira


Wednesday, September 12

09:00 h. (AH): VENEZUELA AND  THE BOLIVARIAN REVOLUTION: Rafael Duarte Villa – Gilberto Maringoni – Flavio Benedito – Flavio Mendes

09:00 h. (AG): SOCIAL NETWORKS, DIGITAL ACTION AND POLITICAL ACTIVISM: Sergio Amadeu – Raphael Tsavkko – Rodrigo Vianna – Luiz Carlos Azenha

09:00 h. (CPJ): BOLIVIA: FROM THE POPULAR ASSEMBLY TO EVO MORALES: Everaldo Andrade – Diego Siqueira – Cristian Henkel – Igor Ojeda

14:00 h. (AH): MARXISM IN LATIN AMERICA: Michael Lowy – Osvaldo Coggiola – Luiz Bernardo Pericás – Carlos Guilherme Mota

14:00 h. (AG): MEXICO: FROM ZAPATA TO ZAPATISM: Waldo Lao Sánchez – Igor Fuser – Jorge Grespan – Azucena Jaso

14:00 h. (CPJ): LEFT BOOK PUBLISHERS IN LATIN AMERICA: Marisa Midori – Flamarion Maués – Rogerio Chaves  – Sandra Reimão

14:00 h. (RXCP): SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY: A LEFT WING APPROACH: Renato Dagnino – Carlos Sanches – Ciro T. Correa – Marcos B. de Oliveira

17:00 h. (AH): ANARCHISM IN LATIN AMERICA: Edson Passetti – Marcos A. Silva – Ricardo Rugai – Margareth Rago

17:00 h. (AG): THE LEFT AND THE POPULISM: Maria Helena Capelato – Maria Ligia Prado – Antonio Rago – Fernando Sarti Ferreira

17:00 h. (CPJ): COLOMBIA: FROM ‘VIOLENCE’ TO THE ENDLESS WAR: Antonio Carlos R. de Moraes – Yuri Martins Fontes – Ana Carolina Ramos – Pietro Lora Alarcón

17:00 h. (RXCP): SOCIALISM AND ANTI-IMPERIALISM IN LATIN AMERICA: Vitor Schincariol – Carlos César Almendra – Fabio Luis – Alexandre Hecker

19:30 h. (AH): MARXISM IN BRAZIL: Paulo Arantes – Dainis Karepovs – Armando Boito – Ricardo Musse

19:30 h. (AG): ARMED STRUGGLE IN BRAZIL: A BALANCE SHEET: Carlos Eugénio Clemente – João Quartim de Moraes – Ivan Seixas – Antonio R. Espinosa

19:30 h. (CPJ): FEMINISM AND SOCIALISM IN LATIN AMERICA: Fernanda Estima – Cecília Toledo – Sara Albieri – Janete Luzia Leite


Thursday, September 13

09:00 h. (AH): PICKETS, OCCUPIED FACTORIES, SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Néstor Pitrola – Josiane Lombardi – Atenágoras Teixeira Lopes – Rodrigo Ricupero

09:00 h. (AG):  THE LEFT AND THE ENVIRONMENT: Francisco del Moral Hernández – Mauricio Waldman – Ana Paula Salviatti – Gilson Dantas

09:00 h. (CPJ): SOCIALISM AND SOCIAL-DEMOCRACY IN LATIN AMERICA: Adalberto Coutinho – Gonzalo Rojas – Lucio Flavio de Almeida – Claudio Batalha

14:00 h. (AH): THE STRUGGLE FOR LAND IN LATIN AMERICA: Gilmar Mauro – Zilda Iokoi – Horacio Martins de Carvalho – Valeria De Marcos

14:00 h. (AG): THE LEFT FRONT IN ARGENTINA(AND BRAZIL): Luis Mauro S. Magalhães – Pablo Rieznik – Valério Arcary – João Batista Araújo ‘Babá’

14:00 h. (CPJ): LATIN AMERICA: IMMUNE TO THE CRISIS?: José Menezes Gomes – Plínio de Arruda Sampaio Jr. – Leda Paulani -Ramón Peña Castro

17:00 h. (AH): THE WORKING CLASS IN LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY: Ricardo Antunes – Agnaldo dosSantos- Sean Purdy – Mauro Iasi

17:00 h. (AG): LEFT, CHURCHES, SEXUAL DIVERSITY AND HOMOPHOBIA: Laerte – Horacio Gutiérrez – Jean Wyllys – Maria Fernanda Pinto

17:00 h. (CPJ): UNIVERSITY DILEMMAS IN LATIN AMERICA: Gladys Beatriz Barreyro – Afrânio Catani – César Minto – João Flavio Moreira

17:00 h. (RXCP): PARAGUAY: FROM THE WAR TO ITAIPU: Cristiana Vasconcelos – Dorival Goncalves – Brás Batista Vaz – Filipe Canavese

19:30 h. (AH): LATIN AMERICA, THE WORLD CRISIS AND THE LEFT: Plínio de Arruda Sampaio – Jorge Altamira – Ricardo Canese – Valter Pomar

19:30 h. (AG): DRUGS, DRUG TRAFICKING  AND CAPITALISM IN LATIN AMERICA: Henrique Carneiro – Julio Delmanto – Rosana Schwartz – José Arbex

19:30 h. (CPJ): LIBERATION THEOLOGY IN THE 21st CENTURY: Fernando Torres Londoño – Lucelmo Lacerda – Valéria Melki Busin – Jung Mo Sung

AH: History Amphitheater / AG: Geography Amphitheater/ CPJ: Caio Prado Junior/ RXCP: Reinaldo Carneiro Pessoa


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Free Entrance   Frequency certificates will be provided

Organization:LincolnSecco – Osvaldo Coggiola – Rodrigo Ricupero – Jorge Grespan – Marcos A. Silva – Francisco Alambert

Co-Organization: PROLAM (Post Graduation Program in Integration of Latin America) – USP




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The American Road to Capitalism: Studies in Class-Structure, Economic Development and Political Conflict, 1620–1877

By Charles Post
Publication year: 2011

Historical Materialism Book Series, 28
ISBN-13 (i):
978 90 04 20104 0
90 04 20104 1
Number of pages:
xvii, 300 pp.
List price: € 99.00 / US$ 141.00

Most US historians assume that capitalism either “came in the first ships” or was the inevitable result of the expansion of the market. Unable to analyze the dynamics of specific forms of social labour in the antebellum US, most historians of the US Civil War have privileged autonomous political and ideological factors, ignoring the deep social roots of the conflict. This book applies theoretical insights derived from the debates on the transition to capitalism in Europe to the historical literature on the US to produce a new analysis of the origins of capitalism in the US, and the social roots of the Civil War.

Charles Post, Ph. D. (1983) in Sociology, SUNY-Binghamton, is Associate Professor of Sociology at Borough of Manhattan Community College-CUNY. He has published in New Left Review, Journal of Peasant Studies, Journal of Agrarian Change, Against the Current and Historical Materialism.

“Explaining the origin and early development of American capitalism is a particularly challenging task. It is in some ways even more difficult than in other cases to strike the right historical balance, capturing the systemic imperatives of capitalism, and explaining how they emerged, while doing justice to historical particularities… To confront these historical complexities requires both a command of historical detail and a clear theoretical grasp of capitalism’s systemic imperatives, a combination that is all too rare. Charles Post succeeds in striking that difficult balance, which makes his book a major contribution to truly historical scholarship.” — Ellen Meiksins-Wood, York University, author of The Origins of Capitalism: A Long View.

“In The American Road to Capitalism, Charles Post offers a brilliant reinterpretation of the origins and diverging paths of economic evolution in the American north and south. The first systematic historical materialist account of US development from the colonial period through the civil war in a very long time, it is sure to be received as a landmark contribution.” — Robert P. Brenner, University of California-Los Angeles, author of Agrarian Class Structure and Economic Development in Early Modern Europe and Merchants and Revolution: Commercial Change, Political Conflict, and London’s Overseas Traders, 1550-1653.

“Charles Post has written an excellent book on the origins of American capitalism in the antebellum North, on plantation slavery in the Old South and on the cataclysmic conflict between them. His interpretation is bold and controversial; it will have to be considered by all scholars in the field.” — John Ashworth, University of Nottingham, author of Slavery, Capitalism and the Antebellum Republic

“This is the most original and provocative materialist interpretation of the origins and dynamics of US capitalism for a long time. Post combines impressive command of the historical sources with a sharp analytical understanding, not least of the centrality of agrarian questions to the development of capitalism.” — Henry Bernstein, University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies and China Agricultural University, Beijing, emeritus editor Journal of Agrarian Change.

“Over the past three decades, Charles Post has been developing an original and powerful interpretation of the American road to capitalism. This volume brings together his most important essays in what is sure to be a landmark volume. Post brilliantly analyzes the structural basis of economic development in both the North and the South, culminating in a powerful interpretation of the social basis of the Civil War. The book is one of the best examples of historical sociology that I have seen in recent years, effortlessly melding theory and historical research. This is engaged scholarship of the highest order.” — Vivek Chibber, New York University, author of Locked In Place: State Building and Late Industrialization in India.

Table of contents:

Foreword by Ellen Meiksins Wood

1. The American Road to Capitalism
i. Plantation-slavery
ii. Agrarian petty-commodity production
iii. Capitalist manufacture and industry
iv. Conclusion: the Civil War

2. The Agrarian Origins of US Capitalism: The Transformation of the Northern Countryside before the Civil War
i. Rural class-structure in the North before the Civil War
ii. Debating the transformation of northern agriculture
iii. The transformation of the northern countryside, c. 1776–1861

3. Plantation-Slavery and Economic Development in the Antebellum Southern United States
i. The ‘planter-capitalism’ model
ii. The ‘non-bourgeois civilisation’ model
iii. Class-structure and economic development in the antebellum-South

4. Agrarian Class-Structure and Economic Development in Colonial British North America: The Place of the American Revolution in the Origins of US Capitalism
i. The commercialisation-staples model
ii. The demographic-frontier model
iii. Agrarian social-property relations in colonial British North America
iv. Colonial economic development, the American Revolution, and the development of capitalism in the US, 1776–1861

5. Social-Property Relations, Class-Conflict and the Origins of the US Civil War: Toward a New Social Interpretation
i. Ashworth’s social interpretation of the US Civil War
ii. A critique of slavery, capitalism and politics in the antebellum-republic
iii. Toward a new social interpretation of the US Civil War

Conclusion: Democracy against Capitalism in the Post-Civil-War United States
i. Democracy against capitalism in the North: radicalism, class-struggle and the rise of liberal democracy, 1863–77
ii. Democracy against capitalism in the South: the rise and fall of peasant-citizenship, 1865–77
iii. The defeat of populism, ‘Jim Crow’ and the establishment of capitalist plantation-agriculture in the South, 1877–1900


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The Daniel Singer Millennium Prize Foundation congratulates Sheila Cohen, winner of the 2010 Singer Prize for her essay Starting All Over From Scratch?  A Plea for ‘Radical Reform’ in Our Own Movement.

We invite submissions to the 2011 competition.  The $2,500 prize will be awarded for an original essay in English, Spanish or French of not more than 5,000 words, which explores the question:

“Submissions must be received by July 31, 2011, and the winner announced in December 2011.  Essays can be sent either by post or e-mail to:

The Daniel Singer Millennium Prize Foundation
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Lecture by Stephen Duncombe
Monday February 14, 2011
Time: 08:30 PM
Location: de Balie (Salon), Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 10, Amsterdam
Entrance: 5 Euro

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A co-production of SKOR | Foundation Art and Public Domain and De Balie.

On February 14, the American sociologist and researcher Stephen Duncombe will give a lecture in De Balie in Amsterdam to mark the publication of Open 20, titled The Populist Imagination: On the Role of Myth, Storytelling and Imaginary in Politics.

His presentation explores the possibilities of a new democratic imaginary. Duncombe advocates a dreampolitik that could serve as a counterweight to the nostalgic fantasies that are currently being promoted by right-wing populist movements.

Stephen Duncombe is a professor at the Gallatin School, New York University, where he teaches the history and politics of media.

As a political activist he writes about the intersection between culture and politics. His published works include Dream: Re-imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy (2006). Duncombe is co-director of the College of Tactical Culture and of the School for Creative Activism in New York.

This lecture is a prelude to the one-day symposium on Friday March 18, which deals with the roles played by imagination, storytelling and myth creation in politics today. Among the theoreticians, artists and graphic designers who will participate in this symposium are Rudi Laermans, Merijn Oudenampsen, Sarah Farris, Oliver Marchart, Aukje van Rooden, Steve Lambert and John Kraniaukas.

Open Cahier on Art and the Public Domain is iniated by SKOR | Foundation for Art and Public Domain and published in partnership with NAi Publishers. Open 20 was guest-edited by Merijn Oudenampsen and deals with imagination and myths in politics, in populism and beyond.

‘All power to the imagination!’, is a popular slogan identified with the 1968-generation. Now, right-wing populist movements such as the Italian Northern League Party (Lega Nord), the American Tea Party movement, the Dutch Party For Freedom (PVV, led by Geert Wilders) and many others are storming the political stage in Europe and the United States. These groups are using the political imagination to sharpen and fix identities, to appeal to an imaginary past, and to cultivate myths.

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