In this episode, I’m joined by Dr Raul Sanchez-Urribarri, Senior Lecturer in Crime, Justice and Legal Studies at La Trobe University in Melbourne. In this discussion, Raul and I explore populist politics in Venezuela and the United States, and what trends in those countries might portend for politics here in Australia. We get into Venezuela as a petro-state and discuss environmental vulnerabilities in the Caribbean, in the context of Hurricanes Ida and Katrina. We also reflect on Raul’s experiences leading undergraduate students on study tours to the US, and the challenges teaching during the COVID pandemic.
00:02:55 Populisms in this world-historic moment
00:08:29 Rise and fall of the Chavizmo system in Venezuela
00:10:52 Top-down and bottom-up elements of Chavismo
00:14:45 Nicholas Maduro and Venezuela’s post-populist moment
00:16:21 The global populist moment
00:17:19 Populism and the Trump presidency in the United States
00:20:40 Erosion of the norm of ‘loyal opposition’
00:22:25 Precarity and the ‘fuck you’ impulse in the United States
00:27:55 Inequality and precarity in Venezuela
00:29:45 Culture wars
00:32:17 The Faustian pact of the petro-state in Venezuela
00:36:37 Ida, Katrina and the hurricane vulnerability of New Orleans
00:40:19 Climate change and institutional fragility in the Caribbean
00:41:17 Leading a New Orleans-Memphis undergraduate study tour
00:43:38 New Orleans as an example of where the best music comes from the margins
00:45:22 Extraordinary geography of New Orleans and the Mississippi delta
00:47:54 Challenges and opportunities for international short-program study post-COVID
00:51:40 Teaching in times of (ongoing) catastrophe(s), a tale from Melbourne
00:54:17 Humility in the face of the evaporation of ‘normality’
- Sanchez-Urribarri, R. (2021). Teaching in Times of (Ongoing) Catastrophe(s): A Tale from Melbourne, Australia.
- Sanchez-Urribarri, R. (2019). “(Old) Challenges and (New?) Crises in Latin America”. Australian Outlook, Australian Institute of International Affairs.
- Thesis Eleven Journal.
About Raul Sanchez-Urribarri
Dr Raul Sanchez-Urribarri is a Senior Lecturer in Crime, Justice and Legal Studies at the Department of Social Inquiry, La Trobe University (Melbourne, Australia). During 2020-2021, he is a Visiting Scholar (non-resident) at the American Bar Foundation (Chicago, IL) and at the Center for the Study of Law & Society (UC Berkeley School of Law, Berkeley, CA). He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of South Carolina, an LL.M. from Cambridge University and a Law Degree from Universidad Catolica Andres Bello (Caracas, Venezuela). His research focuses on democracy, rule of law and comparative judicial studies, with an emphasis on Latin America and Venezuela in particular. His work has been published in a variety of outlets, including The Journal of Politics, Law and Social Inquiry, the Annual Review of Law and Social Sciences, and International Political Science Review. He is a Non-Resident Research Fellow at Tulane University’s Center for Inter-American Policy and Research, and a Commissioning Editor at Thesis Eleven Journal. Currently, he serves as Chair of the Section on Venezuelan Studies (SVS) of the Latin American Studies Association.
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