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CESAM Talks: Politics, Resistance and Collective Action in Latin America

  • data:04/10 - 18/10
  • tijd:18:00 - 19:30
  • locatie:Gent University Campus / Online (Livestream)
  • kosten:Free

The first edition of the CESAM Talks brings together researchers from different fields of social sciences and cultural studies to share their work on Latin America with students, staff, NGOs and society at large.

Seeking to contribute to the critical discussion of Latin America´s past, present and future in Ghent, the series of talks offers an approach to politics, resistance and collective action in the region.The sessions are open for everyone and can be attended in person or watched via live stream.

Session 1: Culture, Politics and Extractivism in Venezuela
4 October 2022, 18h – Het Pand, Onderbergen 1, Ghent

The first session will focus on Venezuela´s oil culture in the 20th century and will connect the development of the petrostate to current extractivist projects. It will also reveal the links between the international and the domestic arenas in extractivist societies like Venezuela in order to understand how plans for economic transformation are made in rent-dependent, oil-exporting countries.

  • Gianfranco Selgas (University College London)
  • Luíza Cerioli (University of Kassel)


Session 2: Feminism, Resistance and De/Coloniality in Guatemala and Mexico

11 October 2022, 18h – Het Pand, Onderbergen 1, Ghent
The second session will reflect on the practices of Guatemalan communitarian feminism facing patriarchal, colonial and extractive violence, followed by a talk on the embodied/enfleshed resistance to the erasure of ways of knowing-being and racialized-gendered-feminized bodies in Mexico.Speakers:

  • Laura Welsch (Ghent University)
  • Paulina Trejo Méndez (Independent scholar & artist)



Session 3: Political Activism and Social Explosion in Chile 

20 October 2022, 18h – de Krook, Miriam Makebaplein 1, Ghent
The last session will discuss the political challenges posed by the massive protests that took place in Chile in 2019 –also known as “social explosion” –, and will draw attention to the political activism of women in Chile by focusing on the agency and strategies of female nurses as a specific form of collective action.  Speakers:

  • Patricio Silva (Leiden University)
  • Ricardo Ayala Valenzuela (Ghent University, University of the Americas)



Download the program here (pdf) and register here for free >>