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Pink tides, right turns in Latin America Seminar

juin 12 @ 9:00 - juin 13 @ 5:30 EDT

The current decline of Latin America’s “pink tide” seems to signal the end of what has been a three decades long leftward cycle that began with massive movements against neoliberalism in the 1990s. The hope expressed in recent decades by the popular calls of “Another World is Possible”, “21st Century Socialism” and “Buen Vivir” is now being eclipsed by the rise of new right-wing forces throughout the region. Mauricio Macri in Argentina, Michel Temer and Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil, and Sebastian Piñera in Chile are the leading figures of this new rightward trend, one that has been accompanied by highly volatile, politically heterogeneous and often fragmented popular mobilizations.grass-roots.

How do we interpret this crucial moment in the region’s political-economic history? Is this the start of a new right-wing cycle? If so, what is its social, political and economic basis? How has the relationship between grassroots movements and left governments evolved in recent years? Are new movements resisting or feeding into the emerging right wing? How are social movements reacting to or developing political alternatives beyond the pink tide?

The seminar aims at mobilizing critical research on contemporary themes by bringing together researchers based in the Americas or working on the Americas. It will critically debate the current decline of the pink tide, as well as emerging forms of Left and Right politics in order to reach an understanding of their meaning, their
achievements, their effects on democratic structures, as well as their structural, economic and political impacts.


Conference Themes

Social Movements, Pink Tide, New Right, Extractive Industries, Neo-structuralism, Neo-developmentalism, Populism, De-democratization


Actors, characteristics, and origins of the new right and the politics of dedemocratization

The consequences of the political economy of neo-structuralism, neo-developmentalism, and extractivism

The dynamics, advances, and legacies of social movements and the Pink Tide, particularly in the areas of decolonialisation, poverty reduction, equality, and inclusion.

Uncivil society and the role of militias, narcos and traffickers in civil society, state institutions, and political

Keynote Speakers

Professor Lena Lavinas (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro), and Professor Joe Foweraker (University of Exeter).

Scientific Committee

Justin Paulson (Carleton), Daniel Chavez (Transnational Institute), Cristina Rojas (Carleton), Pierre Beaudet (Ottawa), Thomas Chiasson- LeBel (University of California Santa Cruz), Tina Hilgers (Concordia), Nora Nagels (L’Université du Québec à Montréal), Simone Bohn (York), Laura Macdonald (Carleton), Thomas Collombat (Université du Québec en Outaouais)

Conference Sponsors

Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO), Équipe de recherche sur l’inclusion et la gouvernance en Amérique latine(ERIGAL), Le Réseau d’études latino-américaines de Montréal (RÉLAM)

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