projections

I’ve been taken to task for not updating recently.

I plan to do so soon. But in the meantime, I should point out that I’ve been busy over at my other blog, recently renamed Projections. Visits and comments there are more than welcome. It now constitutes quite an archive of movies that deal with Latin America in some way. Suggestions for further viewings would be very welcome.

And I’d be particularly interested in any thoughts or responses to my essay on the idea of cinema.

left?

A pointer to a new(ish) blog: Left Turns? Progressive Parties, Insurgent Movements, and Alternative Policies in Latin America. It’s an investigation into the so-called “turn to the Left” in Latin America, from Chávez in 1998 and on through Kirchner in Argentina or Bachelet in Chile to, most recently, Lula’s re-election in Brazil and the prospect Ortega might return to the presidency in Nicaragua.

The blog is one element in a broader project, with which I’m involved in collaboration with (among others) Max Cameron, Eric Hershberg, and Andy Hira. For more on that project, see our conference proposal.

As is probably too obvious, I’m more or less responsible for the “insurgent movements” element. I had to sneak “insurgency” in somehow. Here’s how we describe that section:

From Venezuela’s Caracazo of 1989 to Mexico’s Zapatista campaign from 1994, and from the Argentine protests of December 2001 to the Bolivian protests that came to a head in October 2004, a multitude of new movements have emerged, often marginal or even actively opposed to traditional organizations such as unions or NGOs. Some of these spectacular displays of popular protest quickly disappeared. Others created the conditions for the electoral successes of a new breed of leaders. Each has often appeared spontaneous and surprising, generating new strategies of protest and grassroots self-organization or appropriating old tactics in new ways. We will ask how far left-leaning governments are expressions of such social insurgencies, whether they translate movement demands and desires into action, or whether rather they function as reactive pressure valves: venting steam, but little else. In other words, as well as examining the differences between left parties and movements across national and cultural borders, it is also necessary to examine the tensions between social movements and the electoral campaigns that claim to be their vehicles.

The “multitude” is also smuggled in there; again perhaps too obviously, I’m interested in seeing how much this so-called “left turn” fits with the framework that poses constituent against constituted power.

More is to come, including some cross-posted entries from here to there and vice versa.

one

birthday cakeToday this blog is a year old.

Over the past twelve months, there have been 217 posts, including two fine guest posts, courtesy of Jeremy Lane.

Posthegemony has received more than 25,000 visits, which over the past few months has meant around 100 a day, with visitors from Argentina to Zambia, and many places in between.

(And I know there are plenty of more frequented blogs around; but surprisingly Technorati suggests that not only should this be your first port of call for all things Deleuze, Bourdieu, and Negri, as well as affect, habit, and multitude, plus of course both hegemony and posthegemony; it’s also the number one place for cultural theory and social theory and a remarkably good resource for cultural studies and Latin America. For what that’s worth.)

Many thanks to everyone who has stopped by, and especially to those who have commented, offered encouragement, and generated a series of interesting and productive conversations.