Argentina as Political Laboratory: Crisis, Governmentality, and New Social Conflict

Lecture by Verónica Gago and Diego Sztulwark, Colectivo Situaciones, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Introduced by Sebastián Touza

Friday, Nov. 16, 2012

Ryerson University
Toronto, ON
Rogers Communications Building, 80 Gould Street
RCC 204

The moments of political and economic crisis in Argentina in 2001–specifically the 19th and 20th of December–do not merely mark an event, a day, or even a year. Rather, 2001 is an active principle, a key to thinking about this past decade from the perspective of the crisis of neoliberalism between impasse and insurrection. It is a method, a way of looking by seeing the crisis in motion and in time. It becomes a premise with multiple meanings, spaces, and temporalities.


Verónica Gago and Diego Sztulwark are members of Colectivo Situaciones and of the Buenos Aires-based radical press Tinta Limón. Colectivo Situaciones is a collective of militant researchers based in Buenos Aires. For more than twelve years, they have participated in numerous grassroots militant-research projects with unemployed workers, peasant movements, human rights groups, neighborhood assemblies, and alternative education experiments. Their published works include several articles and books, among them, Genocide in the Neighborhood (Chainlinks, 2010) and 19&20: Notes for a New Social Protagonism (Minor Compositions, 2011).

Sebastián Touza has participated in the translation of works by Colectivo Situaciones, including 19&20 and several articles.

This public lecture is part of the series Delicate Craft Labour: Research, Precarity, Crisis, which is supported by the Dean of Arts Office, Wilfrid Laurier University; the Cultural Studies Program, Wilfrid Laurier University; the Infoscape Centre for the Study of Social Media, Ryerson University; and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. This event was organized in partnership with Mark Hayward, Ganaele Langlois, and Alessandra Renzi.

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