University of Nevada, Reno

Basque Center


Politics after 9/11:

April 8–11, 2001 —
A lecture series presented by the Center for Basque Studies in conjunction with the conference on Nationalism, Globalization, and Terror. Funding provided by the Hilliard Endowment, UNR.

Lecture series schedule:
April 8 – 5:30 pm, College of Education Conference Center
Prof. John Beverley, University of Pittsburgh: “After Communism: Multiculturalism and the Future of the Left”

April 9 – 5:30 pm, College of Education Conference Center
Prof. Ernesto Laclau, University of Essex: “Political Identities in a Postmodern World”

April 10 – 3:00 pm, Schulich Lecture Hall, Room 3
Prof. Xavier Rubert de Ventós, Autonomous University of Barcelona: “Faith Moves Towers”

April 11 – 3:00 pm, University Inn, Watts Room
Prof. Walker Connor, Middlebury College: “Nation and Religion: Competitors or Reinforcers?”

About the speakers:
Prof. John Beverley is a Golden Age scholar and Latin Americanist at the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Hispanic Language and Literature. His publications include Literature and Politics in the Central American Revolutions (with Marc Zimmerman; University of Texas Press, 1990), Against Literature (University of Minnesota, 1993), and Subalternity and Representation: Arguments in Cultural Theory (Duke University Press, 1999). Regarding Subalternity, reviewer José Rabasa, UC Berkeley, stated: “This is clearly one of the most interesting contributions to subaltern studies since Ranajit Guha’s definition of the field in the early 1980s.”

Prof. Ernesto Laclau, a political philosopher from the University of Essex (England), is a leading figure of what has come to be known as post-Marxism. He co-authored, with Chantal Mouffe, the seminal work Hegemony and Socialist Strategy: Towards a Radical Democratic Politics, which has revolutionized the Marxist world over the last fifteen years. Other publications include Politics and Ideology in Marxist Theory (NLB, 1977), New Reflections on the Revolution of our Time (London, 1990), and Populist Reason (Verso, 2002). He received a fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC in 1989 and a Guggenheim Fellowship for 1989-90.
     Laclau presently holds a chair in Political Theory at the University of Essex where he is also Director of the doctoral program in Ideology and Discourse Analysis. His current research centers on theory in a comparative perspective; the discursive construction of social antagonism; and deconstruction and politics.

Dr. Rubert de Ventós is Professor of Aesthetics at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Architecture Department. He has also taught at the University of California, Berkeley, Harvard University, and New York University, where he founded the Barcelona–New York Professorship and the Institute for the Humanities. A former member of the Spanish Parliament and of the European Parliament, his publications on politics include El Laberinto de la hispanidad (Planeta, 1987) and Nacionalismos: El laberinto de la identidad (Espasa Calpe, 1994).

Prof. Walker Connor is Distinguished Visiting Professor of Political Science, Middlebury College, VT. He has held resident appointments at Harvard, Dartmouth, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Oxford, Cambridge, Warsaw, Singapore, and Budapest. The University of Nevada named him Distinguished Humanist of 1991–1992 and the University of Vermont named him the Distinguished Political Scientist of 1997. He has published over fifty articles and five books dealing with the comparative study of nationalism.
     Publications include Ethnonationalism: The Quest for Understanding (Princeton University Press, 1993) and The National Question in Marxist-Leninist Theory and Strategy (Princeton University Press, 1984).


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