Does International Solidarity with Latin America work?

Does International Solidarity with Latin America work?
21 Mar 2017, 16:00 to 21 Mar 2017, 18:00
Athlone Room 102, First Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Dr Grace Livingstone , Institute of Latin American Studies, School of Advanced Study

Elena McGrath, Institute of Latin American Studies, School of Advanced Study

Professor Julia Buxton , School of Public Policy at the Central European University Budapest

Marieke Riethof, University of Liverpool

This workshop will look at the impacts of transnational solidarity with Latin America at home and abroad. What are the consequences of solidarity campaigns on Latin American civil society and governments? How do such campaigns shape the policies of domestic governments and multilateral institutions? Julia Buxton (CEU) and Grace Livingstone (ILAS/Cambridge), Elena McGrath (ILAS) will compare the historical and contemporary consequences of solidarity with Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, and Venezuela, and will discuss the role of international labour organizations. The panel will also explore the ethical dilemmas and unforeseen results of international solidarity actions.

Dr Grace Livingstone is a research fellow at the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London, and teaches at the Centre of Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge.  She is the author of Inside Colombia: Drugs, Democracy and War (LAB/Rutgers University Press, 2003) and America's Backyard: Latin America and the United States from the Monroe Doctrine to the War on Drugs, (Zed Books, 2009).   Her forthcoming book Corporations, Social Movements and Foreign Policy: British Policy towards the Dictatorships of Argentina and Chile, 1973-82 will be published by Palgrave Macmillan next year. She is also a journalist and has reported for the BBC World Service, The Guardian, the Independent on Sunday and The Observer.  

Elena McGrath is a historian of revolutions and identity in Latin America and a Fellow at the Institute for Latin American Studies at the University of London. She received her PhD in History from the University of Wisconsin in October, 2016. She is currently working on a book manuscript, Devil’s Bargains: The Limits of Revolution in Bolivian Mines, highlighting the struggles of workers and the state to reconcile nationalist development with the racial, cultural, and economic legacies of colonialism in the Andes.

Julia Buxton is Acting Dean and Professor of Comparative Politics at the School of Public Policy at the Central European University Budapest and Senior Research Associate at the Global Drug Policy Observatory, Swansea University. She previously led the Venezuela program at Georgetown University in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.  Her publications on Venezuela / Latin America include:   ‘Forward into History: Understanding Barack Obama’s Latin America Policy’ Special Edition of Latin American Perspectives, Summer 2011; ‘Understanding Participatory Processes’ in D. Smilde and D. Hellinger (eds)Participation and Politics in Venezuela’s Bolivarian Democracy, (2010, Duke University Press).; ‘European Perspectives on Hugo Chavez’ in T. Maingot (ed) Ten Years of Bolivarian Foreign Policy, (2010, University of Miami Press); ‘Bolivarianism as Venezuela’s Post-Crisis Alternative’ in J. Grugel and P. Riggirozzi (eds) Governance after Neoliberalism in Latin America, (2009, Palgrave); ‘Venezuela: The Political Evolution of Bolivarianism’ in G. Lievesley and S. Ludlam (eds) Reclaiming Latin America: Experiments in Radical Social Democracy, (2009, Zed). 

Discussant: Marieke Riethof is a lecturer in Latin American politics at the University of Liverpool. Her latest publications include Labour Movements, Globalization and Militant Mobilization: The Case of Brazil (New York: Palgrave, forthcoming 2017) and various recent articles on socio-environmental conflicts, human rights and foreign policy in Brazil. Her latest research interests focus on Latin American solidarity campaigns and exile in the 1970s and 1980s, with a particular focus on Chile.

This event will followed by the associated ILAS/ASC/ARN event “Human Rights in Argentina and Chile: Then and Now” from 6:30-8:00pm in Room 347.


Olga Jimenez
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