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Working Group on Iberoamerican Imperial Histories - Spring 2012

The first meeting of the new “Working Group on Iberoamerican Imperial Histories” will take place this Friday, February 17, from 11AM to 12:30PM at Woodburn Hall 004.

Our first reading will be: Gareth Williams, “Formalities of Consumption and Citizenship in the Age of Cultural Hybridity,” The Other Side of the Popular: Neoliberalism and Subalternity in Latin America, 102-39.

  You can find the text on e-reserves, under Dove or Illas or the course number “IIH-RG Iberoamerican Imperial Histories.” Or, the direct url is: And the password is: clouds

  The goal of this working group is to foster an ongoing conversation among faculty and graduate students in Hispanic Literatures and Portuguese concerning innovative ways of thinking about power relations and their histories in the Iberoamerican (Hispanic and Lusophone) worlds. The group seeks to identify and discuss novel approaches to empire and its critique in post-colonialism, subaltern studies, world-systems theory, deconstruction, and so on. While some of these critical perspectives already have well-established connections within the Hispanic and Lusophone contexts (post-colonial and subaltern studies), the group is also committed to examining perspectives and approaches taken from other contexts in order to gauge their relevance for the Spanish and Portuguese experiences. Possible examples include Wallerstein’s world-systems theory, Spengler’s and Freud’s critical discussions of “civilization,” Heidegger’s critical genealogy of imperium, and Foucault’s work on biopolitics. 

  The working group aims to support innovative research among the department’s literature faculty and graduate students by creating a public forum for sharing ideas and working through challenging theoretical texts that have special relevance for Iberoamerican Studies. The group is open to any and all Hispanic Literatures faculty and graduate students, regardless of specific areas of research interest and expertise. Its primary activities will include a biweekly reading group as well as occasional invited speakers and conferences and colloquia. Readings will be determined at the beginning of each semester and will be organized, whenever possible, to coincide with visiting lectures and meetings.

March 9 - John Kraniauskas, “Cronos y la economía política del vampirismo: apuntes sobre una constelación histórica,” Heterotropías : narrativas de identidad y alteridad latinoamericana, ed. Carlos A. Jáuregui and Juan Pablo Dabove, 115-34.

March 30 - Jon Beasley-Murray, “Negri and Multitude,” Posthegemony, 226-30; 257-64; 270-76; and 281-83.

April 19 - Alberto Moreiras, “Negative Globality and Critical Regionalism,” The Exhaustion of Difference, 49-75.
                  Brett Levinson, “The Lost Steps of the Pedagogy of Postcolonial Studies: Otherness and Truth” and “The Imperialist Unconscious: Spanish Colonialism and the End of (the) Discovery,” The Ends of Literature. The Latin American “Boom” in the Neoliberal Marketplace, 107-41.

  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me ( or Patrick Dove (