Several countries in Latin American has managed to reduce economic inequalities during the past decade. Yet, various forms of social, economic and cultural inequalities continues to be a defining feature of Latin American societies.

This panel debate will bring together several prominent scholars on Latin America in order to discuss how we best can understand these processes. How are social hierarchies reproduced in societies that have seen significant reductions in economic inequalities? How do contemporary struggles over Latin American societal developments relate to the history of colonisation and slavery? How do different foundations for inequality – notions of class, “race”, ethnicity and gender – interact in contemporary Latin American contexts? How are such inequalities embedded in broader political processes? And what does Latin American people from various social groups themselves think about inequality?


Sarah Radcliffe, University of Cambridge
Lirio Gutierrez Rivera, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Medellín 
Sérgio Costa, / Freie Universität Berlin 
Sian Lazar, University of Cambridge

The event is organised in cooperation with CMI, Institutt for Sosialantropologi (UiB), CROP, Research Council of Norway/SAMKUL and NorLARNet.