A two-day conference examining the history and legacy of Chile’s military dictatorship and struggles for democracy, past and present.
September 11, 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of the violent overthrow of Chile’s democratically elected Socialist president, Salvador Allende, and the onset of a 17-year military dictatorship under General Augusto Pinochet. September 11, 1973 became a watershed in global cold war politics. It affirmed the United States’ willingness to back brutal regimes and use its own military power throughout Latin America in the name of national security and freedom. Under Pinochet, Chile became the world’s first poster-child for neoliberal economics, radically privatizing the welfare state and making market competition the central organizing tenant of civil society. The Chilean model would be embraced by (or forced upon) most developing countries in the 1980s and 1990s.
Recently, massive social movements have erupted across Chile condemning worsening disparities and intensified state violence. Students at the University of Chile have been on strike for almost a year over the privatization of higher education. Mapuche activists have sustained hunger strikes and other protests against the usurpation of indigenous rights and land by the logging industry. Environmentalists are waging an international campaign to prevent the destruction of the Patagonia wilderness by private water companies. Chile’s current pro-democracy struggles emphasize the legacies of military rule but squarely place responsibility for enduring social injustices on elected leaders (across the political spectrum) and on a political/economic model they argue is not democratic.
The two-day conference aims to re-center the history of Latin American cold war violence within contemporary debates about radical inequality, state repression, terrorism, and democratic struggle. A total of eight planned panels and round-tables and two Chilean films will be screened.
“The Other September 11th: Chile, 1973 — Memory, Resistance and Democratization” brings together experts from Chile and across the United States, together with special Chilean guests author Carla Geulfenbein (“El Resto es Silencio,””La Mujer de Mi Vida”) and filmmaker Sergio Castilla.
9:00am - 9:15am
Respondent: Sebastián Edwards, University of California, Los Angeles
11:00am - 11:30am
11:30am - 1:30pm
“In the Fist of the Revolution: Industrial Workers in Allende’s Chile”
“The Agrarian Reform in the Forests: Forestry, Rural Labor, and the State in Chile, 1964-1973”
1:30pm - 2:30pm
2:30pm - 5:00pm
“Zurita: Ways of Exhuming the Day of the Coup”
“Strange Co-Pilots: Raúl Zurita and Roberto Bolaño’s Inscriptions of Violence”
“No and No: The 1988 Campaign and Pablo Larraín’s Film”
“Coup and Exile: Experience, Memory and Creation”
Cost: Free and open to the public
Download File: 11-8-13-Chile-1973-yg-uij.pdf
Sponsor(s): Latin American Institute, Spanish and Portuguese, Pacific Coast Council on Latin American Studies, Radical History Review, College of Natural and Social Sciences (Cal State LA), College of Liberal Arts and Latin American Studies (Cal State Long Beach), Department of American Studies and Ethnicity (USC), Department of Spanish and Portuguese (UC, Davis), Departments of History and International Studies (UC Irvine), UCLA Dean of Humanities
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