CANCELLED - Ralph Cintron - "Democracy as Fetish" - Linda Zerilli

Monday, April 27, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Ralph Cintron

**This event has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule in the coming months.**

“Democracy as Fetish is necessary reading for today. Cintron demonstrates democracy’s fetishization in contemporary theorizing and guides readers through a new framework with the radical potential to explain the political maelström we live in." — Sara McKinnon, coeditor of Text + Field: Innovations in Rhetorical Method

Ralph Cintron discusses Democracy as FetishHe will be joined in conversation by Linda Zerilli. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion. 

At the Co-op

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About the book: Democracy has long been fetishized. Consequently, how we speak about democracy and what we expect from democratic governance are at odds with practice. With unflinching resolve, this book probes the theory of democracy and how the left and right are fascinated by it. Drawing on ethnography, economics, political theory, and rhetorical analysis, Cintron makes his case with tremendous analytic rigor. This challenge to reassess the discourses on democracy and to consider democratic politics as always compromised by oligarchy will be of particular interest to political and rhetorical theorists.

About the author: Ralph Cintron is Associate Professor of English and Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the author of Angels’ Town: Chero Ways, Gang Life, and the Rhetorics of the Everyday and coeditor of Culture, Catastrophe, and Rhetoric: The Texture of Political Action.

About the interlocutor: Linda M. G. Zerilli is the Charles E. Merriam Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science and professor of gender and sexuality studies at the University of Chicago. 

Event Location: 
The Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637