Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

From Resistance to Neoliberalism to the Second Wave of Incorporation Workshop

October 24th, 2012 - October 27th, 2012

LBC Room 209

Comparative Perspectives on Reshaping the Political Arena in Latin America

Conference and Edited Volume Workshop
Eduardo Silva (Tulane University) & Federico M. Rossi (Tulane University)


Latin America’s neoliberal critical juncture- which began in the mid-1970s- transformed many of the region’s key social, economic, political structures, institutions, and actors. The very same process, however also generated intense waves of resistance that contributed to the resurgence of the left. A growing literature has examined the turn to left governments. But none have systematically studied how the redefinition of the organized popular sectors , their political allies, and their struggles, have reshaped the political arena to include their interests. If the neoliberal period marginalized the popular sectors, the peasantry, and the political forces that supported them from politics the turn to left governments raises expectations for a second wave of incorporation.

The conference and the proposed edited volume under discussion will address three central questions applied to the cases of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador and Venezuela: How did neoliberal adjustment and second generation reforms affect the transformation of key popular sector social and political actors, their interests, demands, and actions? How have reconstituted organized popular sectors been reincorporated into politics in left governments and what is their role in the social coalitions that support them? What are the consequences of the mode of incorporation for policy and politics? Separate panels will focus respectively on unions, political parties and social movements. Each panel will also explore sources of cooperation and tension among the principal actors and how they affect emerging conflict and consensus around key policy and political issues regarding reforms to free-market economics and procedural democracy.

Conference participants and book contributor include:
Eduardo Silva and Federico Rossi (conference conveners and general editors)
Adalberto Cardoso (Instituto Universitário de Pesquisas do Rio de Janeiro)
Ruth Berins Collier (University of California, Berkeley)
Catherine Conaghan (Queen’s University)
Steve Ellner (Universidad de Oriente, Puerto La Cruz)
María Pilar García-Guadilla (Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas)
Julián José Gindin (Instituto Universitário de Pesquisas do Rio de Janeiro)
Daniel Hellinger (Webster University, St. Louis)
Jorge León (CEDIME, Ecuador)
Pierre Ostiguy (Pontífica Universidad Católica de Chile)
Kenneth Roberts (Cornell University)
Aaron Schneider (University of Denver)
Susan Spronk (University of Ottawa)

Please see the tentative Schedule of Events here.




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Loyola University to host talk by Ward Churchill on Indigenism in North America

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Loyola University is excited to welcome acclaimed activist-intellectual Ward Churchill, author of the new book Wielding Words like Weapons: Selected Essays in Indigenism, 1995–2005 and 30 Year Anniversary edition of Pacifism as Pathology: Reflections on the Role of Armed Struggle in North America.

Ward will give an explanation of indigenism, moving from there to the concepts of the Fourth World and the three-legged stool of classic, internal, and settler-state colonialism. He will discuss historical and ongoing genocide of North America’s native peoples and the systematic distortion of the political and legal history of U.S.-Indian relations.

A prolific American Indian scholar/activist, Ward Churchill is a founding member of the Rainbow Council of Elders, and longtime member of the leadership council of the American Indian Movement of Colorado. In addition to his numerous works on indigenous history, he has written extensively on U.S. foreign policy and the repression of political dissent, including the FBI’s COINTELPRO operations against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement. Five of his more than 20 books have received human rights awards.

Please contact Nathan Henne ( for additional information.

Sponsored by
The Loyola Latin American Studies Program
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Loyola
The Department of Language and Cultures
The Department of English

Bate Papo! Practice your Portuguese and enjoy some Brazilian treats: bolo de aipim

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Bate Papo! Drop by the LBC mezzanine floor for a slice of manioc sponge cake. We will be spread out across the green couches so come by to take a load off and chat for a bit. This event is sponsored by TULASO and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Admission is free. All levels welcome. For more information, please contact Megwen at

Bate Papo! Practice your Portuguese and enjoy some Brazilian treats: Romeo & Julieta

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Bate Papo! Join us once again in the LBC mezzanine area to sample the most romantic treat in all of Brazil: Romeo & Julieta. Never heard of it? Come give it a try! It is like nothing you’ve ever tasted before… This event is sponsored by TULASO and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Admission is free. All levels welcome. For more information, please contact Megwen at

Office of Multicultural Affairs: International Food and Music Festival

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The International Food and Music Festival is a tradition for Tulane University and the surrounding New Orleans community. It is not possible without the participation of the international community at Tulane. We need your help to represent your culture, country, or community. Share food, crafts, cultural history, language, performance, and have fun at this beautiful outdoor festival.

This event is FREE for all Tulane faculty, staff and students. You must present your Splash Card. Non-affiliated Tulane attendees can purchase tickets here.

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Bate Papo! Practice your Portuguese and enjoy some Brazilian treats: pave

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Bate Papo! End your Friday afternoon on the Jones Hall patio with a classic Brazilian layer dessert. This event is sponsored by TULASO and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Admission is free. All levels welcome. For more information, please contact Megwen at

Chantalle Verna to Present Research on U.S. and Haitian Relationships in Post-Occupation Haiti

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Join us at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies in welcoming Dr. Chantalle Verna for a talk on her book Haiti and the Uses of America: Post- U.S. Occupation Promises on April 26, 2018, at 6:00 PM.

In her book, Dr. Verna makes evident that there have been key moments of cooperation that contributed to nation-building in both countries. Dr. Verna emphasizes the importance of examining the post-occupation period: the decades that followed the U.S. military occupation of Haiti (1915-34) and considering how Haiti’s public officials and privileged citizens rationalized nurturing ties with the United States at the very moment when the two nations began negotiating the reinstatement of Haitian sovereignty in 1930. Their efforts, Dr. Verna shows, helped favorable ideas about the United States, once held by a small segment of Haitian society, circulate more widely. In this way, Haitians contributed to and capitalized upon the spread of internationalism in the Americas and the larger world.

Dr. Verna received her Ph.D. from Michigan State University and is currently a professor in the History Department in Florida International University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Dr. Verna focuses on the culture of foreign relations, specifically concerning Haiti and the United States during the mid-twentieth century.