19 Apr 2018 - 20 Apr 2018 All day SG1 and SG2, Alison Richard Building


Registration for this conference is now closed.



Sam Halvorsen (Queen Mary University of London)

Grace Livingstone (University of Cambridge)

Iberia Pérez (Latin America C-MAP Fellow, Museum of Modern Art)



This two-day conference brings together researchers across multiple disciplines interested in new spaces of resistance and protest that have opened up in Latin America in recent years. Much attention has been given to the left-wing 'Pink Tide' that swept across governments in much of the region, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile Ecuador, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Uruguay and Venezuela. During this time, grassroots actors continued to innovate with new forms of resistance that have existed in a complex relation with state actors: at times in cooperation but also through co-optation and repression. Most recently, with a (re)turn to conservative and neoliberal governments, new political coalitions and actors have had to mobilise quickly and improvise with new repertoires of contention, from the new media collectives in crisis-ridden Brazil to multi-sector alliances against the hike in utility fees in Argentina.

2018 marks a unique opportunity to reflect on new spaces of resistance in Latin America – those opened up during years of 'post-neoliberal' development, and those even newer spaces created in response to recent transformations in state-based politics. Bringing together leading scholars working on Latin America and resistance the conference will draw out emerging research agendas and discuss a range of questions, including:

  1. What new spaces of resistance have been opened up in Latin America and what is their broader significance?
  2. What role has art and social media played as spaces of protest?
  3. How have different tactics been shared and travelled across the region and beyond?
  4. How have social movements related to the state? What have been the benefits and costs for co-operating with progressive governments? What have state-led popular participation initiatives in Latin America achieved? What lessons can be learned?
  5. What new spaces of resistance are being created in opportunities to the recent right turn, especially in Argentina and Brazil?
  6. What broader lessons can be learned from the successes and failures of recent protests in Latin America?

Day 1 will be focused around three panels: new digital technologies and resistance; arts and resistance; and social movements, the state and the new right. It will end with a keynote presentation by Professor Maristella Svampa (UNLP/Conicet, Argentina).

Day 2 will be focused on panels addressing issues of gender, racer and resistance; and new geographies of contention. It will end with a roundtable discussion on new directions of resistance in Latin America




Supported by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), the University of Cambridge's Centre of Latin American Studies, and the Latin America Bureau.


Administrative assistance: events@crassh.cam.ac.uk


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Day 1 - Thursday 19 April
9.00 - 9.15


9.15 - 9.30

Welcome and Introduction

9.30 - 11.00

Panel 1: New Digital Technologies and Resistance

Chair: Iberia Pérez (Museum of Modern Art)


Kasia Buzanska (University of Cambridge)

'Technologies of Digital Decoloniality in the Andes'


Maite Conde (University of Cambridge)

'Social Media and Social Mobilization in Brazil: Mídia NINJA and the June 2013 Protests'

11.00 - 11.30


11.30 - 13.00

Panel 2: Cultural Practices and Resistance

Chair: Lucy Foster (University of Cambridge)


Juan Miguel Kanai (University of Sheffield)

'Sustaining Spaces of Queer Resistance after the Pink Tide'


Erica Segre (University of Cambridge)

'Occupations: Problematizing the Spatial Poetics of Dissent in Contemporary Latin American Art'

13.00 - 14.00


14.00 - 14.10

Tom Gatehouse (Latin America Bureau, London)

'Latin America Bureau's Voices of Latin America'

14.10 - 16.10

Panel 3: Social Movements, the State and the New Right

Chair: Grace Livingstone (University of Cambridge)


Ronaldo Munck (DCU/University of Liverpool)

'Social Movements in Latin America: Of Mapping, Paradigms and Social Transformation'


Marcela Lopez Levy (Latin America Bureau, London)

'Human rights and state power: Tracing the history of the forty years of the Madres de Plaza de Mayo against the changes in policies and actions of the state in Argentina'


Julia Buxton (Central European University)

'Resistance(s) in Venezuela'

16.10 - 16.30


16.30 - 18.00


Chair: Joanna Page (University of Cambridge)


Maristella Svampa (UNLP/CONICET Argentina)

'Latin American Debates – Political Regimes, Extractivism and Social Movements'

Day 2 - Friday 20 April
9.30 - 11.00

Panel 4: Gender, Race and Resistance

Chair: María Moreno (University of Cambridge)


Mo Hume (University of Glasgow)

'A River with rights? Interrogating spaces for socio-environmental resistance in Chocó, Colombia' 


Mónica Moreno Figueroa (University of Cambridge)

'Internalised oppression and the tensions around resistance'

11.00 - 11.30


11.30 - 13.00

Panel 5: New Geographies of Contention

Chair: Sam Halvorsen (Queen Mary University of London)


Bernardo Mançano Fernandes (UNESP/CNPq)

'Socioterritorial movements in Matopiba and Apodi, Brazil'


Sarah Radcliffe (University of Cambridge)

'Going Underground: Organisational exhaustion and telluric politics in the Ecuadorian Andes'

13.00 - 14.00


14.00 - 15.00

Roundtable: New Directions of Resistance in Latin America

Chair: Sam Halvorsen (Queen Mary University of London)


Julia Buxton, Fernando Calderon, Bernardo Mançano Fernandes, Ronaldo Munck, Maristella Svampa

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