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El lugar de lo político


Admission requirements

Advanced level in Spanish (C1-C2). Students with an advanced knowledge of Brazilian Portuguese and a passive knowledge (reading and oral comprehension) of Spanish will be accepted, and will be allowed to express themselves (in speech and in writing) in Portuguese.
Undergraduate degree (BA/BSc).


The aim of this course is to discuss and analize the place of the Political in Latin American culture. For this, the primary concepts of the international and Latin-American cultural theory will be used, with special focus on the relation between image, discourse and community. The guiding thread of the seminar is the discussion of the cultural strategies of the twentieth century nationalist populisms and the 21st century “neo” populisms. More particularly, this course will focus on the redistributive activities of the sensible that generate a creative relation between culture and politics. Emphasis will be given to the (re)utilization of popular genres which are omnipresent in Latin American expressions.

Course objectives

a) General: to stimulate the theoretical abstraction and reasoning capacity, the comprehension and discussion of speculative texts and the competence in the concrete analysis of complex examples.
b) Specific: to propose a political hypothesis about the cultural activities challenging the stereotypes of “people” or “mass”, which are manipulated by hegemonic discourses.


Time and date on which the course is offered or a link to the website. Timetable

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

  • Research

Course Load

A brief calculation of the course load, broken down by:

  • Total course load for the for 10 EC 280 hours.

  • Hours spent on attending seminars 39 hours

  • Time for studying the compulsory literature 121 hours (as a possible criterion approx. 7 pages per hour 847pages)

  • Time to write a paper (including reading / research): 120 hours.

  • Research master students will have more theoretica requirements. They will participate also in a special workshop.

Assessment method

a) active participation in 80% of the classes, having read the texts beforehand. This will be evaluated in the discussion and presentation of the texts: 20% of the grade
b) presentation of one of the theoretical texts: 20% of the grade.
c) first analysis of a case-study: 20% of the grade.
d) written assignment: 40% of the grade


Blackboard will be used to post all necessary information about the course (programme, time tables, readings, announcements, etc.) Announcements will also be posted on interesting activities ( conferences, workshops, explsitions) related to the themes that will be analyzed during the course.

Reading list

  • Texts in Blackboard and:

  • Buck Morss, Susan. Dialéctica de la Mirada. Walter Benjamin y el proyecto de los Pasajes. Madrid, Visor, 1995.

  • Martín Barbero, Jesús. De los medios a las mediaciones. Comunicación, cultura y hegemonía. México, Editorial Gustavo Gili, 1987.

  • Krauss, Rosalind. *“Notas sobre el Indice, Parte I y Parte 2. En La originalidad de la vanguardia y otros mitos modernos. Madrid, Alianza Editorial, 2002, pp. 209-235.

  • Laclau, Ernesto. La razón populista. Buenos Aires, Fondo de Cultura Económica de Argentina, 2005.

  • Ong, Walter. Oralidad y escritura. Tecnologías de la palabra. Buenos Aires, F.C.E, 2006 (México, F.C.E., 1997).




Prof.dr. Luz Rodríguez Carranza