Neoliberalism in the Americas:

Brutal Experiments, Distressful Realities, and Conspicuous Contestations

Re-thinking the South in the North and the North in the South

January 23-25, 2019


114 South Buchanan Blvd

Smith Warehouse, Bay 4

Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall

Franklin Humanities Institute

Duke University  


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

4:00 PM -5:00 PM Registration

5:30 PM-7:00 PM Keynote Lecture I

Vladimir Safatle (Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil): “Fascist Neoliberalism and Counter-Revolution: A Latin American Experiment


Richard Rosa (Duke University, U.S.A.)

Light Dinner will Follow


Thursday, January 24, 2019

10:00 AM -12:00 PM Neoliberalism and its Discontents: Subjects and Technologies

Moderated by China Medel, Assistant Professor of Communication, UNC Chapel Hill 

Sheldon M. Bromfield (University of Toronto, Canada): “Digital Capitalism and Labour Exploitation”

Eduardo Altheman (Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil): “Precarious Entrepreneurs of the Self”

Camila Braga (Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil): “Resilience-Thinking: More of the Same in Neoliberal Policies and Practices?”

Bruna Della Torre (Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil): “I Hate to Say I Told You so: Marx and Adorno in the 21st Century”


12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch Break


2:00 PM – 4:00PM Neoliberal Cityscapes in Poetry, Photography and Cinema

Moderated by Gustavo Furtado, Assistant Professor of Romance Studies, Duke University 

Michael Martin Shea (University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A.): “The Seer as Surveyor: Poetic Re-Mapping in the Neoliberal Age”

Jaime González (Duke University, U.S.A.): “Neoliberal Landscapes: Accumulation, Form and Photography”

Mónica González García (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile): “Urban Ghettos in Brazilian Cinema: Racial Exclusion from Developmentalism to Neoliberalism”

Katherine Anson (Wittenberg University, U.S.A.): “Claiming Inclusion in the Neoliberal City. Bogota’s and Mexico City’s Communal De-Gentrification Movements”


6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Film Screening & Discussion with the Directors

Chicago Boys (Chile 2015), documentary by Carola Fuentes and Rafael Valdeavellano

Pizza will be served


Friday, January 25, 2019

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Breakfast

9:30 AM -11:00 AM Keynote Lecture II

Michaeline Crichlow (Duke University, U.S.A.) and Patricia Northover (University of West Indies, Jamaica): “Race, Space and the Kinopolitics of Place in Hispaniola: Notes on Primitive Accumulation


11:30 AM- 1:30 PM Violence and Neoliberalism: Lands, Borderlands and Migration

Moderated by Michaeline Crichlow, Professor of African and African-American Studies, Duke University 

Tania Ruiz-Chapman (University of Toronto, Canada): “Migration: The Crisis of Neoliberalism”

Alejandro Soifer (University of Toronto, Canada): “The Economy of Cruelty: Bodies, Violence and the Neoliberal Individual in Yuri Herrera’s Novels”

Marianna Poyares (The New School for Social Research, U.S.A.): “People-Hunting: From Precariousness to De-Humanization”

Antonio Orozco Ramos (Duke University, USA): “The Microcredit Mousetrap: From the Promise of Fighting Poverty to a New Form of Financial Slavery in Mexico”


 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM Lunch


3:00 PM – 5:00 PM New Forms of Resistance in the Neoliberal Age

Moderated by Esther Gabara, E. Blake Byrne Associate Professor of Romance Studies, Duke University 

Sérgio Barbosa (Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal): “Who Are the WhatsAppers? New Forms of Resistance in the 21st Century”

Santiago Roggerone (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina): “Resisting the Return of Neoliberalism in Argentina: The Left(s) in the Face of a Government of CEOs and the IMF (2016-2018)”

Ciro Incoronato (Duke University, U.S.A.): “George Ciccariello-Maher and the Dialectical Decolonization of Latin America”

Ximena Martínez (University of Toronto, Canada): “From Suma Qamana to Buen Vivir: Indigenous and non-Indigenous Futurities in Chilean (post)neoliberal powerscapes

James Elliott Neal (Marquette University, U.S.A.): “Agrarian Radicalism, Rural Resistance, and the Repeasantization of the Landless: Emancipatory Politics in the Neoliberal Rural”


5:00 PM – 5:30 PM Coffee Break


5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Conclusions: General Discussion / Future directions

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Closing Dinner for Participants at The Pit, Durham NC


Co-sponsors: Academy of Global Humanities and Critical Theory; Franklin Humanities Institute; Department of Romance Studies; Dean of the Humanities; Department of Sociology; Duke University Center for International and Global Studies; Duke Brazil Initiative; Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Program in Literature.

Organizers: Eduardo Altheman (Universidade de São Paulo), Bruna Della Torre (Universidade de São Paulo), Mónica González García (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso), Jaime González (Duke University), Ximena Martínez (University of Toronto), Giulia Riccò (Duke University).