Auditorio Alberto Carvalho da Silva, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of São Paulo, Brazil
Through an interdisciplinary analysis of a region with extreme inequality, the symposium hopes to provide a stage for a debate on the relationship between inequality and identity in contemporary political, economic and social processes. The specific purpose of the symposium is to bring together active researchers from different research fields and countries to discuss the impact of unequal power relations on personal and social identities in contemporary Latin America, as well as to shed light on the consequences of these complex identities.
The symposium welcomes scholars from the fields of politics, economics, international relations, philosophy and social psychology. The concepts under discussion may not at a first sight be obvious ones, but they are crucial to the understanding of today’s Latin America. These include: theorizations of power, disadvantage, recognition and indifference, mimicry, post-colonial subjectivities, power relations in international affairs; they will help us understand the various ways inequality determines who we are, and who we think we are, when we relate to ourselves and to others in unequal power relationships. It is hoped that through the better understanding of these notions and relationships it will be possible to counteract the oppositions between the weak and the powerful in local, regional and international relations, and to oppose the world-view in which the struggle for domination is the crucial determinant of social life.
Jonathan Wolff (University College London, Philosophy)
Julia Buxton (University of Bradford, Center for International Cooperation and Security)
Vladimir Safatle (University of Sao Paulo, Philosophy)
Szilvia Simai (University of Sao Paulo, Institute of Advanced Studies)
Margarita Palacios (Birkbeck College, Psychosocial Studies)
James Copestake (University of Bath, Economics and International Development)
Armida de la Garza (University of Nottingham, International Communication)
Derek Hook (London School of Economics and Political Science, Social Psychology)
All welcome! Registration is free, but space is limited – please register as soon as possible.
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