At the height of Latin America’s “pink tide” in the mid-2000s, left wing governments throughout the region developed unprecedented economic, political, and cultural ties with the Arab world as part of a larger effort to disrupt U.S. hegemony globally. Meanwhile in the Middle East, entrenched power regimes seemed to teeter against a wave of social and political movements broadly identified as the Arab Spring. Today, as the Pink Tide recedes and renewed conflict and authoritarianism grips the Middle East, the time is ripe to consider the origins, contours, and legacies of a relationship forged in a moment of deep regional and global flux, between parts of the world infrequently considered side by side.
On April 27 – 28, 2018, NACLA, MERIP (Middle East Research and Information Project), and Jadaliyya will convene scholars, artists, and activists for a two-day international conference at New York University to explore new and longstanding links between Latin America and the Middle East. Contributors will consider social movements, cultural exchanges, political and economic institutions, and transnational solidarity and diaspora politics in light of the Arab spring and winter, and against the backdrop of nearly two decades of left wing governance in Latin America.
The event will be free and open to the public. Stay tuned for more details!
And be sure to subscribe to the NACLA Report today to receive our spring issue – the first of our 50th year of publishing! – which will feature a special publishing collaboration between NACLA, MERIP, and Jadaliyya with essays from the conference participants below:
- Paul Amar (UC Santa Barbara)
- Sinan Antoon (NYU, Jadaliyya)
- Sara Awartani (George Washington University)
- Cecilia Baeza (Fundação Getulio Vargas)
- Nadim Bawalsa (NYU)
- Hiba Bou Akar (Columbia University)
- Roosbelinda Cardenas (Hampshire College)
- Omar Dahi (Hampshire College, MERIP)
- Tariq Dana (Doha Institute)
- Paulo Daniel Elias Farah (Universidade de São Paulo)
- Ismail Hamalaw (Kurdish Culture Project)
- Kevan Harris (UCLA)
- Rania Jawad (Birzeit University)
- Marwan Kraidy (University of Pennsylvania)
- Houzan Mahmoud (Kurdish Culture Project)
- Lena Meari (Birzeit University)
- Fernando Camacho Padilla (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
- Paulo Pinto (Universidade Federal Fluminense)
- Omar Tesdell (Birzeit University)
- Alejandro Velasco (NYU, NACLA)
Details re: time, place, schedule TBA.
Co-sponsored by NACLA, MERIP (Middle Eastern Research and Information Project), Jadaliyya, Urban Democracy Lab, NYU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, NYU Gallatin, NYU Center for the Humanities, Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at NYU,