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Dialogues in Theory: Emancipation and Emancipatory Acts


Jacques Rancière’s works, like those of many European thinkers, have strongly interpellated Latin American intellectuals and artists. Focused on the links between aesthetics and politics, their arguments have served to reinterpret some of the cultural conflicts of the present. Regarding the reception of Rancière’s work in Latin America, I will study the location of theory and its relationship to the new concepts of “political practice” and “emancipatory acts” in some regional contexts.

Montaldo, Graciela. “Dialogues in Theory: Emancipation and Emancipatory Acts.” Vol. 20, Issue 4, 2014.

Regarding Rancière’s ideas on equality and emancipation, I will focus on the Latin American context to study how theories are not just “traveling theories” (as Edward W. Said called them) but discourses that are colonized by new intellectual contexts. My case study will be Estrellas (Argentina, 2007) a documentary which problematizes the link between aesthetics and politics in a context of crisis. Theory became the way for artists to construct new cultural identities and to wage new relationships with power and hegemonies that forged new cultural and political dynamics. I will discuss emancipation as the shedding of “minority status” and the constitution of peripheral intellectual fields.

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