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From the Third World to the Global South: Tracing Africa-Asia-Latin America Connections and Seeking Transnational Solidarities

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Organizer: Youngkyun Choi

Co-Organizer: Jungwon Park

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Since the late nineteenth century, socialists, anarchists, and leftists all over the world have traveled and communicated with each other to materialize the politics of internationalism against Western imperialism. As Maoism, pan-Africanism, and dependency theory demonstrate, the loci of struggles against the global hegemony of Western capitalism have been Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Hence, it was not a coincidence that many progressive activists and intellectuals in the twentieth century emphasized the importance of transnational solidarities between the underdeveloped and formerly colonized regions in Africa, Asia, and Latin America in order to increase power and resist dictatorship, repeated economic depression, and inequality. This cultural and political internationalism has been identified by such terms as “Third Worldism,” “Tricontinentalism,” and recently “the Global South.” This panel examines the culture and politics of transnational and interracial solidarities, and focuses on the understudied relationships between Africa(ns), Asia(ns), and Latin America(ns) since the twentieth century to the present. Despite its manifest relevance through the transnational circulation of people, goods, culture, and ideas, the connection between Africa(ns), Asia(ns), and Latin America(ns) has rarely been considered thoroughly in Academia. This panel invites papers that explore all genres of art and literature as well as historiography and theoretical works from the twentieth century to today in order to examine the relationship among transnational political subjectivities from Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and their emergence via resistance against the power of global capitalism. 


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