This essay revises post-15M movement political party landscape, emphasizing the intentional yet unusual use of the present within the New Left's organizing grammar. Against sectors of the traditional Left, who see presentism as a product of neoliberalism, I claim that in the post-15M conjuncture, the present constituted a battleground in the struggle for a dignified life. First, I focus on the Catalan left-wing nationalist party CUP's use of anarchist symbols to suggest that references to sabotage were deployed to disrupt parliamentary politics, forcing constant interruption. Second, I analyze Podemos founding member Iñigo Errejón's speech after the party's 2016 national election defeat, where his rhetoric linked the temporality of the present with anti-austerity protestors’ embodied presence. Last, I read the rise of neomunicipalisms as another iteration of presentism, aiming to politicize everyday life. To conclude, I advance that such material practices of “generative presentism” problematize presentism's assumed depoliticizing nature.
The Generative Politics of Presentism in Post-15M Spain
Katryn Evinson is completing her PhD in Latin American and Iberian cultures and comparative literature at Columbia University. Her research charts histories of creative resistance in twentieth- and twenty-first-century Spanish visual culture.
Katryn Evinson; The Generative Politics of Presentism in Post-15M Spain. boundary 2 1 August 2021; 48 (3): 169–190. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/01903659-9155789
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