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School of Geography

Seminar: Reclaiming Democracy: Popular Sovereignty and Participation in the 21st Century  

28 June 2019

Time: 5:00 - 6:00pm
Speaker: Professor Gianpaolo Baiocchi (New York University) Professor Jenny Pearce (LSE)
Venue: Room 1.26, School of Geography

A public seminar with Professor Gianpaolo Baiocchi (New York University) and Professor Jenny Pearce (LSE), to explore strategies for reclaiming democracy in and beyond Latin America in the 21st Century. 

Supported by: School of Geography, School of Politics and International Relations and the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences

Sponsored by: Queen Mary Latin American Network (QMLAN) and Latin American Geographies in the UK (LAG-UK)

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Speaker bios:

Gianpaolo Baiocchi is a sociologist and an ethnographer interested in questions of politics and culture, critical social theory, and cities. He is professor of individualized studies and sociology at NYU. He has written about and continues to research instances of actually existing civic life and participatory democracy. His most recent work is We, the Sovereign (2018, Polity). Prior to this he published: Popular Democracy: The Paradox of Participation (Stanford University Press, 2016), which he co-authored with Ernesto Ganuza; The Civic Imagination: Making a Difference in American Political Life (co-authored with Elizabeth Bennett, Alissa Cordner, Stephanie Savell, and Peter Klein; Paradigm Publishers, 2014 )that examines the contours and limits of the democratic conversation in the US today. He is also the author, along with Patrick Heller and Marcelo K. Silva, of Bootstrapping Democracy: Experiments in Urban Governance in Brazil (Stanford University Press, 2011) and Militants and Citizens: Local Democracy on a Global Stage in Porto Alegre (Stanford University Press, 2005). He is the editor of Radicals in Power: Experiments in Urban Democracy in Brazil (Zed Press, 2003). An engaged scholar, Baiocchi was one of the founders of the Participatory Budgeting Project and continues to work with groups improving urban democracy. He heads Gallatin’s Urban Democracy Lab, which launched in 2014 and which provides a space for scholars and practitioners to collaborate and exchange ideas for cultivating just, sustainable, and creative urban futures. 


Jenny Pearce is Visiting Research Professor at the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the London School of Economics. From 1992 to 2016 she was Professor of Latin American Politics and (from 2004-2014) Director of the International Centre for Participation Studies (ICPS) in the Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford. She is a specialist in issues of violence, conflict, social change and social agency in Latin America and has published widely on these themes. She is particularly interested in participatory research methods in contexts of violence and insecurity. More recently she has also worked on problems of participation and conflict in the north of England, following the Bradford riots of 2001. She continues to work on knowledge exchange and building a Community University in the north of England as Visiting Professor at Edgehill University’s Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice. She is currently working on a book on Politics and Violence. 

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