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Book Launch: 'Argentina since the 2001 Crisis: Recovering the Past, Reclaiming the Future'

Publication date: Aug 6, 2014 12:38:24 PM

Start: Oct 8, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Oct 8, 2014 7:30:00 PM

Location: UCL-Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PN


UCL-Institute of the Americas is pleased to host the launch of Argentina since the 2001 Crisis: Recovering the Past, Reclaiming the Future (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) edited by Cara Levey, Daniel Ozarow and Christopher Wylde

Bringing together contributions from both emerging and established scholars, this volume explores the myriad effects and legacies of Argentina’s 2001-02 social, economic and political implosion and is unique in its interrogation of the nature and effects of crisis. It seeks to reject false dichotomies of ‘old’ and ‘new’; instead synthesizing them in order to incorporate both elements of continuity and elements of change into its analysis. The authors assert that responses to crisis do not only involve the merging of old and new, but that they are also, concurrently responses to both old and new problems – many of which were evident in the 1990s and earlier. Crisis is shown to manifest itself in a number of realms – political, economic, social – and the responses to it and associated recovery are thus analyzed and interpreted through a myriad of lenses in order to adequately capture the nature of the salient dynamics that are present within them. In this way, the volume seeks to adopt a more nuanced approach to analyzing Argentina since 2001 as well as crisis more generally.

There will be a brief presentation by the editors followed by interventions from the discussants Professor Colin M. Lewis (LSE) and Dr Ana Margheritis (University of Southampton), Q&A and wine reception.

About the volume's editors

Cara Levey is Lecturer in Latin America Studies, University College Cork. Her research explores cultural memory and justice in post-dictatorship Argentina and Uruguay and she has published in Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, History and Memory and Latin American Perspectives. Her monograph “Commemoration and Contestation in Post-dictatorship Argentina and Uruguay: Fragile Memory, Shifting Impunity” is forthcoming in 2014. She is a founder of the Argentina Research Network.

Daniel Ozarow is Lecturer in the Department of Leadership, Work and Organisations at Middlesex University Business School. His PhD focused on middle class responses to impoverishment in Argentina since 2001. Interests include workers’ self-management, labour transnationalism and resistance to crises in Latin America and beyond. He is Founder of the Argentina Research Network.

Christopher Wylde is Assistant Professor of International Relations at Richmond the American International University in London. He has published widely on post-2001 crisis Argentina, including a monograph with Palgrave Macmillan titled Latin America After Neoliberalism: Developmental Regimes in Post-Crisis States, nominated for the BISA-IPEG Annual Book Prize 2013.

About the discussants

Colin M. Lewis lectures in Latin American development at the London School of Economics and the Institute of the Americas, University College London.  He has written about development and social protection.  His principal publications include Argentina: A Short History (London 2002) and (with Christopher Abel [eds.]) Exclusion and Engagement: Social Policy in Latin America (London, 2002).

Ana Margheritis is Reader in International Relations and member of the Centre of Citizenship, Globalization and Governance at the University of Southampton. Previously she was Assistant Professor of International Relations and Latin American Politics at University of Florida. She is the author of Argentina’s Foreign Policy. Domestic Politics and Democracy Promotion in the Americas (2010); Ajuste y reforma en Argentina, 1989-1995: La economía política de las privatizaciones (1999), and volume XI of Historia de Las Relaciones Exteriores de la República Argentina, 1943-1989 (within a series of fifteen volumes, with Carlos Escudé et al., 1998).

Attendance is free of charge but registration is required.