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Critical Theory: Interventions from the South 
A Conversation on the Critical South Book Series

Friday, October 25, 2019 6:00-8:00 pm

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In this book series launch, we will present and discuss the interventions of some of the series' new titles, with Bruno Bosteels introducing Modernity and Whiteness, by Bolívar Echeverría, Gabriel Giorgi speaking on Plebeian Prose, by Nestor Perlongher, and Rachel Price, discussing The Haitian Revolution, by Eduardo Grüner. In addition, the series co-editors Natalia Brizuela and Leticia Sabsay will be present for this opportunity to reflect on the challenges of cultural translation within the realm of critical theory, and what it means to remap the past and present of critical knowledge production.

Organized by the Critical South Book Series, the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs, and the Hemispheric Institute.

Books from the series will be available for purchase at the event.

About Critical South Book Series

The Critical South Series publishes the work of major thinkers and key emerging intellectuals from the Global South, or other key figures whose interventions complicate the North-South divide. The series aims to make a timely intervention in the annals and contemporary debates about the future of critical thought while galvanizing cross-hemispheric discussion. Co-edited by Natalia Brizuela and Leticia Sabsay, the series is part of the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and is published by Polity.

About International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs

The International Consortium of Critical Theory Programmes seeks to establish the new global contours of Critical Theory today, supporting critical thought both inside and outside the university, and seeking collaborative ways to become more responsive to pressing global challenges. Among its initiatives, in addition to the Critical South book series, the Consortium also publishes the online journal Critical Times with Duke University Press; convenes biannual conferences focused on contemporary critical issues of global concern such as violence, memory, democracy, and the critical tasks of the university; and is expanding the Critical Theory Archive at the University of California, Irvine.

About the Hemispheric Institute

The Hemispheric Institute connects artists, scholars, and activists from across the Americas and creates new avenues for collaboration and action. Focusing on social justice, we research politically engaged performance and amplify it through gatherings, courses, publications, and archives. Our dynamic, multilingual network traverses disciplines and borders and is grounded in the fundamental belief that artistic practice and critical reflection can spark lasting cultural change.

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Bruno Bosteels is a professor in Columbia’s Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures, and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. He is the author of Alain Badiou: une trajectoire polémique (La Fabrique), Badiou and Politics (Duke University Press), The Actuality of Communism (Verso) and Marx and Freud in Latin America (Verso).

Gabriel Giorgi is a professor in NYU’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literature. He has published widely in English and Spanish on Southern Cone literature and key areas of critical theory, such as queer theory and gender studies. He is the author of Sueños de exterminio: homosexualidad y representación en la literatura argentina (Beatriz Viterbo), and Formas comunes: animalidad, cultura, biopolítica (Eterna Cadencia).

Rachel Price is an associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Princeton University, and is affiliated with the Program in Media and Modernity, the Princeton Environmental Institute, and the Program in Latin American Studies. She is the author of The Object of the Atlantic: Concrete Aesthetics in Cuba, Brazil and Spain 1868-1968 (Northwestern University Press), and Planet/Cuba: Art, Culture, and the Future of the Island (Verso).

Natalia Brizuela is an associate professor in UC Berkeley’s Departments of Film & Media, and Spanish & Portuguese. She is the author of Fotografia e Império (Companhia das Letras), Depois da Fotografia: Uma Literature Fora de Si (Rocco), and The Matter of Photography in the Americas, with Jodi Roberts (Stanford University Press). With Leticia Sabsay, she edits the book series Critical South for Polity Press.

Leticia Sabsay is an associate professor of gender and contemporary culture in the London School of Economics' Department of Gender Studies. She is the author of Las normas del deseo: imaginario sexual y comunicación (Cátedra), Fronteras sexuales: espacio urbano, cuerpos y ciudadanía (Paidós), and The Political Imaginary of Sexual Freedom (Palgrave). She is co-editor of the book series Thinking Gender in Transnational Times (Palgrave) and, with Natalia Brizuela, she edits Critical South (Polity).