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Annual Conference Society of Latin American Studies

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Panel co-organizer with David M. Wood from the UNAM, Mexico, and presentation of paper on 'The Poetics of Resistance and Relational Autonomy' Panel Description: Panel ‘Intersections: Autonomy, Creativity, the Political, and the Poetics of Resistance’ In a special issue on 'The Poetics of Resistance' published in 2010, we started an enquiry into the changing meanings of 'autonomy' with regard to creative resistances to neoliberal capitalism. In this panel we wish to continue this reflection by inviting papers that explore the relationship between different forms of creativity, art, the political, and different notions of autonomy. "Autonomy" suggests independence, freedom and, etymologically, self-governance or the ability to shape the set of laws that establish one's own behaviour. Artistic autonomy has frequently been bound up in romantic notions of pure or disinterested art or of individual genius. In the political realm, meanwhile, autonomy is related to self-determination and the capacity to establish a local or collective political project that evades or transcends the limitations of broader existing institutional structures. In much contemporary politicised artistic praxis, however, the implied contradiction between these two definitions is undermined. Autonomy has become an important tool to define and defend creative production that engages with and participates in political projects that seek to explore and build 'the other world that is possible', 'the world in which many worlds fit'; that is, political projects that exceed existing categories and paradigms. Examples include projects those related to the Zapatistas, the Mapuche and other indigenous movements, and groups on Latin American urban peripheries.

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TitleAnnual Conference Society of Latin American Studies