Annual Conference | Day 2

Event Start Date: March 01, 2024 10:00 AM
Event End Date: March 01, 2024 5:30 PM


72nd Annual Conference | Day 1
Friday, March 1 | 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Democratic Backsliding and Resistance in Latin America

Location: Smathers Library, Room 100



Populist Challenges to Democracy, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • Status, White Resentment, and the Rise of the Far Right: Lessons from Brazil Mauro Porto, Tulane University
  • Economic crisis and democratic backsliding: the rise of Milei in Argentina in comparative perspective Gabriel Vommaro, Universidad de San Martín/CONICET, Tulane University
  • Fighting Crime to Dismantle Democracy: How Anti-Crime Policies Have Contributed to the Authoritarian Drift in Central America José Miguel Cruz, Florida International University

Lunch 12:00 - 1:00pm Democracy in crises, what has changed if anything? 1:15 - 3:15 pm

  • Resisting Backsliding: Opposition Strategies against the Erosion of Democracy Laura Gamboa, University of Utah
  • Parallel Universes, Time Compression, and the Crisis of Democratic Representation in Contemporary Latin America Juan Pablo Luna, Universidad Católica de Chile
  • On Backsliding: democratic consolidation, progress and civilization as internal goals of the Latin American state Paulina Ochoa Espejo, Haverford College

Global perspectives, 3:30 - 5:30 pm

  • Populism and Democracy in Africa: Recent Developments and Future Prospects Miles Larmer, University of Florida (Center for African Studies)
  • The Battle to Preserve Academic Freedom in Florida and the Nation Sharon Austin, University of Florida (African American Studies)
  • Populism and Illiberalism in Central Europe Lenka Buštíková, University of Florida (Center for European Studies)
  • Still the age of populism? Michael Bernhard, University of Florida (Department of Political Science) and Carlos de la Torre, University of Florida (Center for Latin American Studies)

Conference Sponsors

  • UF Center for Latin American Studies
  • George A. Smathers Libraries
  • Bacardi Family Foundation
  • Department of Education Title VI
  • UF Center for European Studies
  • UF Center for African Studies
  • Sweetwater Branch Inn
  • UF Department of Political Science
  • UF Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere
  • UF Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women's Research