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  • Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 1:00pm to 6:00pm

Fisher-Bennett Hall, Room 401

This symposium addresses some the most pressing issues of our time: the rise of fascism and police states around the world and the potentials of, and challenges facing, anti-systemic movements from below. It is free and open to all. This symposium is organized by Jennifer Ponce de León on behalf of the Critical Theory Workshop, with support from the Latin American and Latinx Studies program, the School of Arts and Sciences, the English Department, and the South Asia Center at the University of Pennsylvania. It is presented in conjunction with Circa, a staged reading of a new play by Abrams Artist-in-Residence Ricardo A. Bracho, held on April 2 at the Slought Foundation.


Please contact Jennifer Ponce de León with any questions at




1pm                            Jennifer Ponce de León, Introductory Remarks

1:05 pm-2:15 pm      Raúl Zibechi, “From Social Movements to ‘Other’ Societies in Movement” (video conference)

2:20-3:35 pm             Ania Loomba, “The Global Histories of Fascism: The Case of India”

3:45-5 pm                  William I. Robinson, “The Global Police State”

5-6 pm                       Roundtable with Ania Loomba and William I. Robinson, moderated by Jennifer Ponce de León



University of Pennsylvania

Fisher-Bennett Hall, Room 401

3340 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

*Room 401 can be accessed via the elevator or the building’s east staircase