Centre for Advanced International Theory (CAIT)

Annual Symposium 2018-19

The last day of oppressionWednesday, 30th of January 2019

CAIT will hold its Annual International Theory Symposium, Wednesday, 30th of January 2019, 3-5pm, Fulton 213. We will discuss Jeffery Webber's The Last Days of Oppression, and the First Day of the Same: The Politics and Economics of the New Latin American Left (Pluto Press 2017). The book was ranked joint third at the 2018 CAIT International Theory Prize, and we thought that its topicality and quality deserve a proper engagement.

We will be joined by Jeffery Webber, who has just moved from Queen Mary's School of Politics & IR to Goldsmiths, University of London.

The Last Day of OppressionIn this penetrating volume, Jeffery Webber charts the political dynamics and conflicts underpinning the contradictory evolution of left-wing governments and social movements in Latin America in the last two decades. Throughout the 2000s, Latin America transformed itself into the leading edge of anti-neoliberal resistance in the world. But what is left of the Pink Tide today? What are the governments' relationships to the explosive social movements that first propelled them to power? And as China's demand for Latin American commodities slackens, is there a viable economic strategy based on continued natural resource extraction? Webber approaches these questions through an analysis of capitalist accumulation from 1990 to 2015 in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Venezuela. He explains these countries' patterns of inequality through a decolonial Marxist framework, rooted in a new understanding of class and its complex associations with racial and gender oppression. He also discusses indigenous and peasant resistance to the expansion of private mining, agro-industry and natural gas and oil activities. The book concludes with chapters on 'passive revolution' in Bolivia under Evo Morales and debates around dual power and class composition during the era of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela.

The aim of the Symposium is to encourage in-depth engagement with innovative and fundamental research in IR. Participants are expected to be familiar with the text under discussion. The event is open to members of CAIT, Sussex faculty, PhD and MA students.