Hola a tod@s,
You are warmly invited to our first research seminar of the semester on Tuesday 21st of March. Our first guest speaker is Dr Rubén Pérez-Hidalgo who has recently joint the Spanish and Latin American Studies Department at the University of Sydney.
There will be some refreshments to celebrate the start of a new semester and to welcome our new colleague, so I’d be grateful if you could RSVP by Monday 20th COB.
Full details of the talk are below.
Our full programme will be uploaded on our webpage http://sydney.edu.au/arts/spanish_latin_american/about/events/index.shtml
SURCLA Seminar Series
All presentations will begin promptly at 5:30pm
SLC Common Room 356, level 5, Brennan-MacCallum Building A18.
21 March 2017
Rubén Pérez-Hidalgo (University of Sydney)
"Populism as trauma: Re-thinking populist theory in Latin America”
Since Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe’s consolidated populist theory around the construction of political desires through what they termed as “empty signifiers,” populism has generally been thought from a “positive” paradigm. That is to say, populism in this regard always aims at constructing new political subjects appealing to the sublime, even to the political libido. However, in this talk I propose to explore populism as the result of the very opposite: In my opinion, populist subjects are born in trauma and develop their political desires by repressing an original traumatic experience. Populism then differs, for instance, from more traditional attempts at organized popular empowerment –as the guerrilla leftist militias in the 70s and 80s –in that it necessarily leaves aside most ideological pretensions. It needs to become otherwise an aesthetic manifestation, a poetic catharsis, in order to be able to conquer the previously mentioned original trauma through the art of political communication.
Rubén Pérez-Hidalgo holds a PhD in Hispanic cultural studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research focuses on the representation of popular subjects from a comparative as well as a transatlantic angle. His latest publication in the Fall of last year is a theoretical reading of desire in the anarchist culture during the Spanish Second Republic. He has one forthcoming article that deals with the lack of a working-class culture in the Mexican Revolution.
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