Critical imaginaries and expanded semantic fields from the Cold War to contemporaneity #2


Critical imaginaries and expanded semantic fields from the Cold War to contemporaneity (2nd edition)
Research Workshop MoDe(s) 2

18-19 July 2019
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Facultad de Geografía e Historia
Seminario 21, 9th floor

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This research workshop continues the workshop organized in July 2018, conceived as a space for work and dialogue among the members of the MoDe(s)2 project.

MoDe(s)2 seeks to deepen four axes of transversal analysis. They delve into the role that culture and art have had in the multiple conflicts and frictions for the configuration of a collective consciousness (class, gender, race) that marked the years of the Cold War. Along with the need to develop a critical and complex cartography of practices and discourses, this second stage proposes a transversal study that delves into the powerful role of art in the configuration of cultural, social (and political) imaginaries, its contacts with social movements, as well as the contradictory relations between art and institutional politics in a moment of continuous crisis and rapid social destructuring, in which art took an active position. For example, the disintegration of class culture through the socialization of consumption, the vindication of rights in terms of wages (and the consequent institutionalization of trade unions and left-wing parties) and the fragmentation of traditional life communities did not prevent, however, a displacement of social conflict towards subaltern sectors and groups that emerged in the geographical translation of the revolt (with its main focus on the processes of decolonization and anti-imperialist resistance in the so-called Third World, in which artistic practices assumed a belligerent role) as well as in the heart of capitalism (with the emergence of a series of subcultures that challenged not only the social division of labour, but also its belonging to a class culture in which the new generations and the migrant population did not recognise each other). At the same time as these transformations were consolidated, artistic practices and discourses were intertwined with these counter-cultural movements, which arose, to a large extent, from the cultural revitalization of Marxism. These movements and affinity groups will supply what will be called, in the nineties, the Politics of Identity (Butler, 1990), powerful instruments generated by alternative thoughts, which would end up being the replacement of the traditional Politics of Classes of the left.

The language of the workshop will be Spanish.


Thursday 18 JulyFriday 19 July


10.00-10.30 > Introduction by Paula Barreiro López and María Ruido

Panel 1 – Imaginarios de descolonizadores y tercermundistas: agentes y agencias revolucionarias

Chair : Juan Albarrán

Participants: Paula Barreiro López, Jaime Vindel, María Ruido and María Íñigo.

10.30-11.00 > Jaime Vindel, Entropía/Revolución

11.00-11.30 > Paula Barreiro López, Solidaridad/Cooperación

11.30-12.00 > Pause

12.00-12.30 > María Ruido, Revolución-Contrarrevolución-Democracia

12.30-13.00 > María Íñigo, Culture Popular/saberes indígenas

13.00-14.15 > Roundtable

14.15-15.30 > Lunch


Panel 2 – Imaginarios de la Guerra Fría cultural: instituciones y prácticas surgidas del nuevo orden mundial/colonial

Chair: Paula Barreiro López 

Participants: Olga Fernández López, Lola Jiménez Blanco, Anita Orzes and Fabiana Serviddio

15.30-16.00 > Olga Fernández López, Públicos-Comunidades

16.00-16.30 > Lola Jiménez Blanco

16.30-17.00 > Pause

17.00-17.30 > Anita Orzes, Bienal-Bienalización

17.30-18.00 > Fabiana Serviddio, Latinoamericanismo

18.00-19.15 > Roundtable


Panel 3 Imaginarios contra-revolucionarios y neoliberales : sujetos y nuevas proyecciones de identidad colectiva.

Chair : Olga Fernández López

Participants: Juan Albarrán, Julián Díaz Sánchez, Giulia Lamoni and Juliane Debeusscher

10.00-10.30 > Juan Albarrán, Sujeto-subjetividades

10.30-11.00 > Giulia Lamoni, Pedagogía radical

11.00-11.30 > Julián Díaz Sánchez, Lo nuevo y su descrédito

11.30-12.00 > Pause

12.00-12.30 > Juliane Debeusscher, Marginalidad

12.30-13.45 > Roundtable

13.45-15.30 > Lunch


15.30-18.00 > Coordination, organization and distribution of tasks

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Research workshop organised within the framework of the research project MoDe(s)2 – Decentralised Modernity(ies): art, politics and counterculture in the transatlantic axis during the Cold War. HAR2017-82755-P. With the collaboration of Universidad Complutense de Madrid. 

Direction and coordination: Paula Barreiro López and María Ruido.