Critical South Book Launch

Critical Theory: Interventions from the South
A Conversation on the Critical South Book Series

Friday, October 25, 2019
6:00-8:00 pm

Hemispheric Institute
New York University
20 Cooper Square
5th Floor Conference Room
New York, NY 10003



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In this book series launch, we will present and discuss the interventions of some of the series’ new titles, with Bruno Bosteels introducing Modernity and Whiteness, by Bolívar Echeverría, Gabriel Giorgi speaking on Plebeian Prose, by Nestor Perlongher, and Rachel Price, discussing The Haitian Revolution, by Eduardo Grüner. In addition, the series co-editors Natalia Brizuela and Leticia Sabsay will be present for this opportunity to reflect on the challenges of cultural translation within the realm of critical theory, and what it means to remap the past and present of critical knowledge production.

Organized by the Critical South Book Series, the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs, and the Hemispheric Institute. Books from the series will be available for purchase at the event.

The Critical South series publishes the work of major thinkers and key emerging intellectuals from the Global South or other key figures whose interventions complicate the North-South divide. The series aims to make a timely intervention in the annals and contemporary debates about the future of critical thought, while galvanising cross-hemispheric discussion. Co-edited by Natalia Brizuela and Leticia Sabsay, the series is part of the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and is published by Polity.


Bruno Bosteels is professor at Columbia’s Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures, and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. He is the author of Alain Badiou: une trajectoire polémique (La Fabrique, translated into German with Laika), Badiou and Politics (Duke University Press), The Actuality of Communism (Verso, translated into German, Korean, and Serbian) and Marx and Freud in Latin America (Verso, translated into Spanish by Akal).

Gabriel Giorig is professor at NYU’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literature. He has published widely in English and Spanish on Southern Cone literature and key areas of critical theory, such as queer theory and gender studies. He is the author of Sueños de exterminio: homosexualidad y representación en la literatura argentina (Beatriz Viterbo), and Formas comunes: animalidad, cultura, biopolítica (Eterna Cadencia).

Rachel Price is associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Princeton University, affiliated with the Program in Media and Modernity, the Princeton Environmental Institute, and the Program in Latin American Studies. She is the author of The Object of the Atlantic: Concrete Aesthetics in Cuba, Brazil and Spain 1868-1968 (Northwestern University Press), and Planet/Cuba: Art, Culture, and the Future of the Island (Verso).

Co-editors of the Series

Natalia Brizuela is associate professor at UC Berkeley’s Departments of Film & Media and Spanish & Portuguese. She is the author of Fotografia e Império (Companhia das Letras)Depois da Fotografia: Uma Literature Fora de Si (Rocco), and The Matter of Photography in the Americas, with Jodi Roberts (Stanford University Press). With Leticia Sabsay, she edits the book series Critical South for Polity Press.

Leticia Sabsay is associate professor of gender and contemporary culture at the LSE Department of Gender Studies. She is the author of Las normas del deseo: imaginario sexual y comunicación (Cátedra), Fronteras sexuales: espacio urbano, cuerpos y ciudadanía (Paidós), and The Political Imaginary of Sexual Freedom (Palgrave). She is co-editor of the book series Thinking Gender in Transnational Times (Palgrave), and with Natalia Brizuela, she edits Critical South (Polity).

This event is free and open to the public. A photo ID is required to enter NYU buildings. 20 Cooper Square is a wheelchair accessible venue.