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Joint Area Centers Symposium (JACS) - "Revolutions: Past and Futures of Radical Transformations"

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REEEC; Center for African Studies; Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies; Center for Global Studies; Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; European Union Center; School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics; Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory; Department of French and Italian; Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures; Department of Linguistics; Program in Comparative and World Literature; Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures; Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program
Music Room, Levis Faculty Center (919 W. Illinois St., Urbana, IL 61801)
Mar 29, 2018 - Mar 30, 2018   All Day
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Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)


2018 Joint Area Centers Symposium (JACS)

"A Century of Revolutions: Past and Futures of Radical Transformations"

March 29-30, 2018
Levis Faculty Center (919 W. Illinois St., Urbana, IL 61801)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

At the end of the Cold War, the notion of revolution seemed to have been placed among the relics of history. Francis Fukuyama’s “end of history” and Samuel Huntington’s “Clash of Civilizations” emerged as bold, alternative frameworks to imagine the course of history after the age of political revolutions had come to an end. Then, the so called Arab Springs and the re-emergence of radical narratives of transformation, from Ukraine to Venezuela, have forced intellectuals and politicians to reconsider the actuality and the meaning of revolutions in the age of globalization. As part of the year-long initiatives to discuss the history and the legacy of the Russian Revolution of 1917, this year’s Joint Area Centers Symposium will reflect on today’s legacy and significance of the concept of revolution.


The symposium will be articulated around 4 themes: 1) religion and revolution, 2) anti-colonialism, 3) violence and transformation, and 4) gender, race, minorities and revolution. The goal of the symposium is to bring experts from different disciplines and different geographical areas to articulate the productiveness or the anachronism of the concept of revolution in multiple cultural contexts. Our goal is to contribute to the debate on radical transformations today from a multilateral perspective that abandons the parochialism of a Western-centric understanding of the world. Scholars from and experts on China, India, Latin America, Europe and Africa will provide a truly transnational perspective to the symposium.


Organized by:

  • David Cooper (Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Illinois)
  • Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi (Professor of History and Sociology, University of Illinois)
  • Emanuel Rota (Associate Professor of French and Italian, University of Illinois)



  • Tariq Ali, Keynote Speaker
  • George Ciccariello-Maher (Drexel University)
  • Yiching Wu (University of Toronto)
  • Munyaradzi Nyakudya, (University of Zimbabwe)
  • Touraj Atabaki (Leiden University)
  • Giuseppina Mecchia (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Sunit Singh (University of Chicago)
  • Michele Louro (Salem State University)
  • Asef Bayat (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Linda Herrera (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Panel Chairs and Roundtable

  • Elena Delgado (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Erik McDuffie (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Jessica Greenberg (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

 For more information and a schedule of events, please see


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