The Future in Question: History and Utopia in Latin America (1989-2010)
Coronil, Fernando - City University of New York

2011-04-07 16:04:00-04:00
Ann Arbor, MI - University of Michigan - Tisch Hall Room 1014
Duration: 01:52:36

As remarkable as Latin America’s move to democracy since 1989 has been, the future prospects of the “turn to the left” depend as much on the way the future is imagined as on how the past has been experienced, understood and represented. At a moment when economic and social polarization coexists uneasily with democratic aspirations, the imperative of greater equality propels an expansive democratizing political process across the continent. indigenous concepts of el buen vivir –living well – that is, well-being for all, confront the long dominant logics of the capitalist “West.”

Latin America’s decolonizing movements challenge the ethnocentrism of Western modernity and open spaces for alternative imaginaries. A powerful drive for change searches for ways to connect desire and reality. While aspiring to a “socialism of the twenty-first century,” the left looks anxiously, filled with doubt, toward an open horizon of expectation.

Commentary by Professors Geoff Eley and Margaret Somers

Fernando Coronil is the Presidential Professor of Anthropology at The City University of New York.


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