México 1968

“Emancipation of Memory: Experiments on Freedom and Democracy,” Susana Draper, Princeton University

“State, Strike, Insurrection,” Bruno Bosteels, Columbia University

1968 in Mexico has always raised clashing images: of fierce state repression, of horizontal and inclusive forms of political mobilization. To think about 1968 we are offered October 2nd, the day of the student massacre, or the transforming months before and after. To emphasize the latter, today’s talks will help us address the question of why 1968 is still an event that shows what it means to be (positively) fed up and ready to take action.

Susana Draper is an associate professor of comparative literature at Princeton University. Her areas of interest include contemporary Latin American literature and political theory, memory and human rights studies, social movements, 1968 studies, Latin American Marxism, contemporary feminist practices, and prison writing. She is the author of Ciudad posletrada y tiempos lúmpenes: crítica cultural y nihilismo en la cultura de fin de siglo (Montevideo, Amuleto 2009), Afterlives of Confinement: Spatial Transitions in Postdictatorship Latin America (Pitt Illuminations) 2012);  México 1968: experimentos de la libertad, constelaciones de la democracia (Siglo XXI México, 2018), and 1968 Mexico: Constellations of Freedom and Democracy (Duke University Press; Forthcoming 2018).

Bruno Bosteels is professor in Latin American and Iberian Cultures and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University. His research covers a wide range of topics in literature, culture, and politics in modern Latin America as well as contemporary philosophy and political theory. He is the author of Badiou o el recomienzo del materialismo dialéctico (Palinodia), Alain Badiou: une trajectoire polémique (La Fabrique, translated into German with Laika), Badiou and Politics (Duke), The Actuality of Communism (Verso, translated into German, Korean, and Serbian) and Marx and Freud in Latin America (Verso, Spanish translation with Akal). Between 2005 and 2011 he also served as general editor of Diacritics: Review of Contemporary Thought. He is currently preparing two new books, one on contemporary post-Heideggerian thought, titled Philosophies of Defeat: The Jargon of Finitude (Verso) and the other, The Mexican Commune (Duke). With Joshua Clover he edits the book series “Studies in Literature and Revolution” for Palgrave Macmillan; and with George Ciccariello-Maher the book series “Radical Américas” for Duke University Press. He is also the translator and/or editor of half a dozen books by Alain Badiou, among them Theory of the Subject (Continuum/Bloomsbury), Philosophy for Militants (Verso), Rhapsody for the Theatre (Verso), Wittgenstein’s Antiphilosophy (Verso) and The Adventures of French Philosophy (Verso).

Sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese; co-sponsored by the Townsend Center for the Humanities, the Center for Latin American Studies, and the Program in Critical Theory.