The Americas under the Aegis of Donald Trump – Brainstorming Impacts and Responses

January 25, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Ross Building South 752

The Americas

The Americas under the Aegis of Donald Trump – Brainstorming Impacts and Responses.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Ross Building South 752
1:00 pm – 5:00pm

All are welcome!

Trump’s unexpected victory in the US presidential election has shaken the entire American continent. This seminar, happening five days after Trump's inauguration, will allow us, as social scientists, to reflect on how an extreme right wing and populist administration in the White House and a Republican-dominated Congress will impact on the surrounding region. How should we understand this wave of neoliberalism with a xenophobic and white nationalist face? What should we make of Trump's contradictions in the trade area -- his populist aversion to trade agreements together with his fierce protection of corporate investor rights nationally and internationally? How will his billionaire-driven Keynesian infrastructure drive impact on the US economy and will it spillover beyond its borders? How "building the wall", his isolationist tendencies and derision of the United Nations impact on hemispheric relations? Will the obliteration of regulatory and environmental institutions in the United States have a domino effect across borders, for example, regarding the role of Canadian extractivist capital in Latin America? What will the impacts of climate change denialism be on the region? Will an administration of billionaires further embolden right-wing elite forces in Latin America that are already on the offensive and have already managed to oust left-leaning governments in several countries? How will the configuration of domestic power bases shift in particular countries and will there be new opportunities for resistance and new roles for grassroots and subordinate forces? Most importantly, how can we respond to the onslaught and reassert our hope for a better world?


Chair and Organizer: Ricardo Grinspun, CERLAC and Department of Economics

Chair: Liisa North, Department of Political Science, CERLAC and FLACSO-Quito

Amanda Barrenengoa - Visiting researcher from Argentina
Sara Koopman - Researcher, City Institute
Judith Marshall - CERLAC
Leo Panitch - Department of Political Science
Viviana Patroni - CERLAC and Department of Social Science
Justin Podur - Faculty of Environmental Studies

Organized by: The Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC).
Co-sponsors include: Department of Social Science, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Environmental Studies, and International Development Studies Program.

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Speaker bios:

Amanda Carolina Barrenengoa  has a teaching  degree in Sociology as well as a Masters degree from the Humanities and Educational Sciences Faculty at the National University of La Plata (UNLP) in Argentina. At this time she has a bursary to do her Doctorate degree from the  Humanities and Social Science Institute, with financial support from CONICET (The National Council for Scientific and Technical Investigation in Argentina). Her workplace is in the Centre of Social-Historical Investigations for IdIHCS, UNLP, and CONICET. As well she is actively involved in CIEPE, which is a Centre for Political and Economic Investigations, dedicated to putting together a National and Latin American school of thought.

Ricardo Grinspun is associate professor of economics and international development studies and a fellow of CERLAC. He publishes on development and international trade, hemispheric integration, and Canada’s role in the Americas. He is co-editor of five books and one briefing paper series, as well as more than 70 scholarly articles, technical reports and other publications.

Sara Koopman is a feminist political geographer who studies international solidarity and peace organizing, with a focus on North-South solidarity that builds alternative securities in the Americas. Her specific expertise is in this area of international accompaniment in Colombia, and she has been following the Colombian peace process closely.

Judith Marshall is a writer and educator who worked for two decades in the Global Affairs Department of USW.  Since her retirement, she has become a CERLAC Fellow and continues to do research on popular initiatives to challenge the power of global mining companies.

Liisa L. North is author or co-author and editor of 11 books and more than 60 book chapters and journal articles on party politics, civil–military relations, political–economic transformations, rural community development processes and extractive industries in Andean-region countries of South America; on the civil wars, UN peacekeeping missions, and human rights and refugee crises in Central America; and on Canadian–Latin American relations and conflicts generated by Canadian mining operations in Latin America.

Leo Panitch is editor of the Socialist Register and distinguished research professor emeritus at York University. He is co-author, with Sam Gindin, of The Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of American Empire (Verso, 2012), which was awarded the 2013 Deutscher Memorial Prize in the U.K. for best and most creative work in or about the Marxist tradition. Panitch is the author of more than 100 scholarly articles and nine books including  Working-Class Politics in Crisis: Essays on Labour and the State (1986), The End of Parliamentary Socialism: from New Left to New Labour (2001) and Renewing Socialism: Transforming Democracy, Strategy and Imagination (2008).

Viviana Patroni is an associate professor in the Department of Social Science at York University. Her research focuses on the political economy of Latin America, the transformation of the world of work in this region since the 1980s, the centrality of labour struggles in shaping patterns of development and the transformation of labour markets in Argentina since the 1990s.

Justin Podur is an associate professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies. He does research in two fields: landscape ecology and international politics. His politics research is on international conflicts and social movements. He is the author of Haiti's New Dictatorship: The Coup, the Earthquake, and the UN Occupation with Pluto Press.