Latin America's New Moment of Contested Politics

New cleavages and opportunities define the complex political landscape of Latin America in 2018: In Mexico, presidential elections will take place in a climate of distrust, where many accuse political institutions of collusions with crime. In Venezuela, the news suggest a polarization becoming more acute by the week, and political and economic turbulence coincide. Colombian society, while having ended a 60 years armed conflict between the state and the FARC Guerrilla at least on paper, and having destroyed large numbers of weapons, is now pitted between two presidential candidates with very different ideas of peace. What does the altered political panorama mean for Social Movements in Latin America? In which ways does this change their relation with the state? What democratic potential lies in political challenges? Which problems arise for the democratic negotiation of conflict?

The series aims to provide perspectives on the current political challenges in Latin America and their impacts on political actors, institutions and mechanisms.
The series will be held in English.

Monday / 28th May 2018 / 8pm / HS 1098, KG I
Prof. Dr. Walter Mignolo
(Duke University, USA)
"Latin" America in the Past and Current World (Dis) Order: Pueblos Originarios, European diaspora and African forced Migrations

Monday / 04th June 2018 / 8pm / HS 1098, KG I
Prof. Carolina Galindo
(Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia)
From the Justice and Peace Law to the Special Jurisdiction for Peace. Colombia After the Armed Conflict

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Past dates:

Monday / 23th April 2018 / 8 pm
Roundtable Discussion (THIS SESSION IS IN GERMAN): Latin American Conjunctures – Challenges, Opportunities, Change of Perspective?

With:
•    Prof. Dr. Manuela Boatcă (Global Studies, University of Freiburg)
•    César Bazán Seminario (Arnold Bergstraesser Institute)
•    Juan Camacho (Anthropology, University of Freiburg)
•    Saskia Walther (Anthropology, University of Freiburg)
presentation: Dr. Alke Jenss, ABI

Monday / 07th May 2018 / 8pm / HS 3042, KG III
Prof. Dr. Wil Pansters
(Utrecht University, Netherlands)
Mexico's Violent Democracy and the 2018 Elections:
Complex Con-junctures and Structural Causes

Monday / 14th May 2018 / 8pm / HS 1098, KG I
Dr. Antulio Rosales
(Centre for Development and the Environment SUM/ University of Oslo)
Venezuela: Resource Extraction, Rentier Socialism and the Struggle for Democracy