This conference examines the relationship between accumulation and subjectivity and its relevance for the critique of political economy and culture in Latin America. Revisiting fundamental categories of Marxist thought as well as the rich theoretical innovations of Latin American social theory since the 1960s, we aim to question the subject as both a source of wealth and limit to accumulation.

With Gavin Arnall (University of Michigan), Karen Benezra (Columbia University), Orlando Bentancor (Barnard College), Oscar Cabezas (Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educación), Irina Feldman (Middlebury College), Alessandro Fornazzari (UC Riverside), David Kazanjian  (University of Pennsylvania), Horacio Legrás (UC Irvine), Jaime Ortega Reyna (UAM Xochimilco), Pablo Pérez Wilson (Baruch College, CUNY), Marcelo Starcenbaum (Universidad Nacional de la Plata), Gavin Walker (McGill University)

PROGRAM:

9:30-9:45

Opening Remarks

9:45-11:30

David Kazanjian: ‘Aquella y no otra:’ The Afro-Maya Yucatán

Gavin Arnall: Yawar Fiesta: Translation between Primitive Accumulation and the Commons

Irina Feldman: Re-Writing the Cultural Canon: Álvaro García Linera and the Bolivian Vice-Presidency (2007-2018)

11:45-1:30

Karen Benezra: Capital as Total Conversion

Alessandro Fornazzari: Debt, Violence, and Subjectivity

Horacio Legrás: A Tale of Two Capitals: Accumulation, Legibility and Political Subjection in Ciudad Juárez

2:30-4:15

Jaime Ortega Reyna: The Whole or the Part? Theory and Politics in the Categorial Language of René Zavaleta

Marcelo Starcenbaum: José Aricó and the Concept of Socioeconomic Formation

Pablo Pérez Wilson: Back to Class!

4:45-6:30

Oscar Cabezas: The Affective Turn: Capital and Subjectivity

Orlando Bentancor: Is Capitalism Part of Nature? Double Internality, Subjectivity and Accumulation in the World-Ecology Project

Gavin Walker: ‘Non-Capital’ and the Torsion of the Subject