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Revolutions in Bolivia

The Institute of Latin American Studies and The Anglo-Bolivian Society are pleased to announce their joint conference “Revolutions in Bolivia”.

Friday 16 March 2018
Room G35 (Bloomsbury Room)
Senate House
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU

To register please go to
https://ilas.sas.ac.uk/events/event/15174
or telephone 020 7862 8871

£20 standard fee
£15 for A-BS members
£10 for students, the unwaged and the retired
(fee includes lunch refreshments)

Programme

9:30 – Welcome and Registration

10:00 – 11:30 Panel 1: Revolutionary Nationalism, Change and Continuity

Dr. John Crabtree‘Essays in ‘Populism?’: the governments of the MNR and the MAS compared’– (Oxford University)
Manuel Bueno del Carpio BA OpenContinuity and differences between the 1952 revolution and the Evo Morales government – (Engineer and Bolivian trade union activist)
Dr. Winston MooreRevolution to Pachachuti: vision of “Filippo” Filemón Escóbar – (Anglo-Bolivian Society)

11:30-11:45 Coffee

11:45- 13:15 Panel 2: Autonomies, Plurinational Projects, Constitutionality

Jonathan AldermanWhose autonomy is it anyway? Class, Ethnicity and the Legacy of the Bolivian Revolution in the Plurinational State – (University of St Andrews)
Britta Katharina MatthesWhose autonomy and autonomy from what/whom? Insights into nationalist revolution and pluri-national refoundation through demands for autonomy and their translation into state matter – (University of Bath)
Pamela Vargas GorenaPower and Governance – (Lecturer in Law and public policy consultant- Bolivia)

13:15 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 -16:00 Panel 3: Identities

Dr. Into A. GoudsmitAspiring to the Anti-Nation: From National to Plurinational Revolution – (Goldsmiths College/Institute of Latin American Studies, London)
Amaru Villanueva RanceClases a medias” – the changing contours of Bolivian middle classes – (University of Essex)
Dr. Radosław PowęskaNew Bolivia: state of many nations or indianised nation-state? – (University of Warsaw, Poland)
Dr. Soledad StoesselThe “steering wheel class” during the process of political change in Bolivia – (National University of La Plata, Argentina)

16:00 -16:15 Coffee

16:15 -17:45 Panel 4: Social Movements, Media and Control

Anna KrausovaStrategic claims and frames: Explaining continuity and change for Bolivia’s indigenous movement(s) – (Visiting Fellow, Institute of Latin American Studies, London)
Alberto SouvironRevolution and Communication: who controls the narrative? – (Anglo-Bolivian Society)
Dr. Olivia Saunders‘Navigating the mines: alliances, conflict, and compromise in comparative perspective’ – (Liverpool John Moores University)

17:45 -18:00 Break

18:00 – 18:45 Key note

Prof. Tristan Platt“The Monies of the State”. Ayllu versus Syndical organization in Northern Potosí (1930-2000) – (University of St. Andrews)

19:00 – Onwards – music, wine and nibbles

Bolivia Feb 2016 Referendum What do the results really mean?

Panel Discussion

Dr. John Crabtree

Research Associate, Latin American Centre, University of Oxford

Alberto Souviron

Bolivian digital media specialist / journalist with social media background

Thursday 25 February 18:30

Joint presentation with the

Institute of Latin American Studies

Senate House, Bloomsbury Room G35, Malet Street, WC1E 7HU

Tickets: Non-members £8, Members £6, Students (with valid ID) £5

Reserve via email. Pay at the door.

Refreshments and nibbles included.

Send email for booking. Email: anglobolivian@gmail.com                    

Bolivian voters will again be going to the polls on 21 February 2016, in a third national election in two years. In October 2014 President Evo Morales and Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera were re-elected for a third term and sub-national elections for governors and mayors were held in March 2015. The Referendum to be staged on Sunday 21 February will consult the electorate on amending the 2009 Constitution to enable Morales and Garcia Linera, whose current term of office ends in January 2020, to stand for a fourth term until January 2025. A No vote would mean no change to the current constitution, barring Morales and Garcia Linera from standing for office in the 2019 general election, while a Yes would enable them to seek the fourth term. The panel including Dr. John Crabtree and Alberto Souviron will analyse the social, political and economic implications of these results and complex manoeuvring behind the scenes leading up to the Referendum.
ADDENDA: Traditional Press and Social Media Perspectives

In January this year, President Morales declared the political right had been reduced to communicating via traditional media and social networks. At the beginning of February, he complained about attacks he received in social media. In the meantime, various controversies and accusations have populated this space and later reflected in the traditional press. The campaign in favour and against the re-election of the President and Vice-President has been heated in all media.

In his panel presentation digital media specialist Alberto Souviron will explore whether social media is a fortress of the political right and the opposition? He will also examine if web 2.0 reflects the real debate in Bolivia, and analyse social media use by the No and Yes campaigns.

Bolivia March 2015 Subnational Election Results in Perspective

Panel Discussion

Dr. John Crabtree

Research Associate, Latin American Centre, University of Oxford

Dr. Jeffery Webber

Senior Lecturer

School of Politics & International Relations, Queen Mary University of London

Alberto Souviron

Bolivian digital media specialist / journalist with social media background

Tuesday 28 April 18:30

Joint presentation with the

Institute of Latin American Studies

Senate House, Bedford Room G37, Malet Street, WC1E 7HU

Tickets: £10, students (with valid ID) and concessions £5

Glass of wine, refreshments and nibbles included.

Send email for booking at :anglobolivian@gmail.com 

Do Bolivia’s March subnational elections signal lasting developments in the political landscape or do the results reflect a temporary correction or protest vote by local community groups and organisations? The ruling Movement for Socialism (MAS) led by President Evo Morales, which secured a handsome 61% result in the October 2014 Presidential elections, remains dominant nationally, yet in these elections lost control of the regional government and municipality in the seat of government La Paz, and the adjoining Aymara Indian city of El Alto, its support bastion and scenario of the 2003 War on Gas. The opposition retained control in the Santa Cruz region, and secured city hall in Cochabamba, but May second-round elections in the Beni, Chuquisaca and Tarija regions, where the MAS was determined to win, may yield further upsets. The panel will analyse these developments, and identify risks and opportunities moving forward.

Katari and the Seacoast during the Bolivian Gas War

Sue Iamamoto

PhD Candidate, School of Politics and International Relations

Queen Mary University of London

Capes / Brazil

Thursday 19 March 18:30

Joint presentation with the

Institute of Latin American Studies

Torrington Room (104), First Floor

Senate House, Malet Street, WC1E 7HU

Glass of wine, refreshments and nibbles included

                       Send email for booking at anglobolivian@gmail.com                       

Eleven years ago, in September / October 2003, a powerful social mobilisation paralysed Bolivia to demand nationalisation of natural gas. The setting for this struggle was mainly the highland provinces of the department of La Paz and the city of El Alto, overlooking the seat of the government of La Paz. After more than 50 protestors were killed by the army, President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada resigned on 17 October 2003. This presentation will focus on the power of collective memories during these days, more specifically how the protestors incorporated narratives of two particular events: the anti-colonial rebellion of Tupac Katari in 1781 and the War of the Pacific in 1879-1880, in which Bolivia lost its seacoast. These collective memories were entangled with the protestors´ national and ethnic identities and were central to frame and make sense of new political projects for Bolivia’s future.

 

The Political Economy of Bolivia Since 2006

Dr. Jeffery Webber

Senior Lecturer

School of Politics and International Relations

Queen Mary University of London

Thursday 29 January 18:30

Joint presentation with the

Institute of Latin American Studies

Bedford Room (G37), Ground Floor

Senate House, Malet Street, WC1E 7HU

Tickets: £10 members, £12 non-members, £6 students

Glass of wine, refreshments and nibbles included.

Send email for booking. Email:anglobolivian@gmail.com              

In Bolivia extractive capitalism is being pursued and managed by the government of Evo Morales and his party the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS). In the midst of a commodities boom driven by China, aggregate economic growth has been steady under Morales, averaging 4.8 percent between 2006 and 2012. Gas exports constituted 52.8 percent of total exports in the first trimester of 2013, followed by industrial manufacturing (24.2), mining (17.2), and agriculture (4.5). In 2012, the country logged a record peak of foreign direct investment, again mostly in gas. In light of these developments, this paper does three things.

First, it explores the class dynamics and outcomes of accelerating extractive capitalism in Bolivia since Morales assumed office in 2006. Second, it then examines the (progressive) ideological framing of these developments in each of the National Development Plans under Morales since 2006, as well as in the prolific sociological writings of the Vice President Álvaro García Linera. One emphasis here will be on the deployment in these documents and writings of a certain idiom of indigenous liberation relatively separated from a critique of capitalism and class society. Thirdly, it discusses the extent to which this state ideology relates to actual changes in world of work, and the conditions of the rural and urban labouring classes under the new model of extractive accumulation.

How do Social media reflect Bolivia’s political process


Alberto Souviron

Digital media specialist with a strong background

in social media and online journalism.*

Thursday 11 December 18:00 for 18:30

Joint presentation with the

Institute of Latin American Studies

Bedford Room (G37), Ground Floor

Senate House, Malet Street, WC1E 7HU

Email: anglobolivian@gmail.com

Latin America is one of the most active regions in social media and Bolivia is a good example. Bolivians use social media for various purposes: personal, commercial and mostly political. They use social media to express their views and ideas, rationally and passionately. Political and social actors also know the power of social media and have extended their arguments and views to new platforms. The conversation and political debate is no longer in traditional media but in the social web.

*Alberto Souviron is currently working for Lloyd’s Register as its social media strategist. He was also Interactive and Social Media Editor for the BBC World Service, playing a proactive role in coordinating the editorial content for 26 Language Services to enable the BBC to offer a truly, global interactive output and strength in its social media presence in all languages.