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Él no es: Infrapolitics and the Experience of Tragedy

Thursday, April 7, 2022 5pm to 6:30pm

3203 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97202, USA

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This presentation examines the question of war and narco-accumulation in contemporary Mexico. Addressing the writing of Eduardo Ruiz Sosa, tragedy is analyzed in relation to questions of social equivalence and existential singularity that exist prior to and beneath all claims to the political, or to the notion of a political resolution to globalization.

Gareth Williams is Professor of Spanish and Latin American & Caribbean Studies (LACS), and Chair of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is the author of three books (Infrapolitical Passages: Global Turmoil, Narco-Accumulation and the Post-Sovereign State, New York, Fordham UP, 2020; The Mexican Exception: Sovereignty, Police, and Democracy. New York: Palgrave Macmillan Press, 2011; The Other Side of the Popular:  Neoliberalism and Subalternity in Latin America. Durham: Duke University Press, 2002) and co-translator from the Italian of Roberto Esposito’s The Origin of the Political: Hannah Arendt or Simone Weil? (New York, Fordham University Press. 2017). He is co-founder and co-editor of the University of Texas Book Series Border Hispanisms, and Managing Editor of the MLibrary Open Access Journal Política Común (2012 to the present). Since going to the University of Michigan in 2002 Williams has directed twenty-seven Ph.D. dissertations and in 2016 was awarded the John D’Arms Faculty Award for Distinguished Graduate Mentoring in the Humanities at The University of Michigan. Willliams’ current book project is titled Infrapolitics in the Age of Anxiety.

Sponsored by the Division of Literature & Languages. Free and open to the public. All attendees must be masked, vaccinated, and boosted.

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