Constructing Worlds Otherwise: A Conversation with Raúl Zibechi and George Ygarza Quispe

Saturday, April 20, 7PM
Woodbine
585 Woodward Avenue
Ridgewood, NY 11385

Constructing Worlds Otherwise:
A Conversation with Raúl Zibechi and George Ygarza Quispe

Centered on the release of Constructing Worlds Otherwise, author Raúl Zibechi and interlocutor George Quispe bring autonomies into focus by tracing the paths traveled by historically marginalized communities in Latin America/Abiayala and beyond. Pushing back against presumptive universalisms and prefigurative politics, Zibechi presents some of the lessons for our times from societies in movement.

About the speakers:
Raúl Zibechi is a Uruguayan writer, popular educator, and journalist. He writes for La Jornada, Desinformémonos, and NACLA Report on the Americas, among other outlets. Zibechi has published numerous books, including Dispersing Power, Territories in Resistance, and The New Brazil.

George Quispe is a popular educator, translator, and organic researcher who has worked in Peru and across North America. He continues to accompany the undercurrents of capitalist-modernity behind a place-informed praxis. He also holds a PhD in Global Studies.

About the book:
Constructing Worlds Otherwise: Societies in Movement and Anticolonial Paths in Latin America – Written by Raúl Zibechi and translated by George Ygarza Quispe

Through a survey of the most marginalized voices across Latin America—feminists, the Indigenous, people of African descent, and inhabitants of urban favelas and rural towns—Zibechi introduces the Anglo world to a range of critical perspectives and new forms of struggle in Peru, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, and Bolivia. His book contributes to global geographies of autonomous and anti-state thinking, including that of the revolutionaries in Rojava and Abdullah Öcalan, ideological theorist of Kurdish resistance, for a rich and dynamic survey of movements of nonstate power. Constructing Worlds Otherwise comes at a time when the global left—struggling to expand its vision in an era of climate chaos and rising authoritarianism—finds itself at an impasse, desperate to animate and renew its critical imaginary.

This event is co-sponsored by The Center for Place, Culture and Politics, the Graduate Center, CUNY, The Urban Democracy Lab, NYU, and Woodbine NYC. It is free and open to the public.

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