The Other September 11th: Chile, 1973 — Memory, Resistance, and Democratization
An Inter-disciplinary Conference, University of California, Los Angeles
November 8 and9, 2013
September 11, 2013 will mark the 40th anniversary of the violent overthrow of Chile’s democratically elected Socialist president, Salvador Allende, and the onset of a seventeen-year military dictatorship under General Augusto Pinochet. “The Other September 11th” conference is an interdisciplinary reflection on the history and legacies of Chile’s military dictatorship and struggles for democracy, past and present. More than a gesture of homage and remembrance, it aims to re-center the history of Latin American cold war violence within contemporary debates about radical inequality, state repression, terrorism, and democratic struggle.
The conference will feature a keynote lecture by historian Brian Loveman, and the screening of Sergio Castilla’s films, Mijita (Chile, 1970, 18 min.) and Prisioneros desaparecidos (Cuba, 1979, 100 min.) followed by a Q & A with the director. The conference’s six panels address the following themes: Unidad Popular: Revolution and Reaction; Political and Institutional Legacies of the Coup; Working Through the Trauma of the Coup in Literature and Film; Decolonizing the Bío-Bío: Mapuche History and Action; The Memory Question in Chile, 40 Years Later; Human Rights, Memory and Representation: Courts, Documents and Performances.
Presenters include: Luis E. Cárcamo-Huechante (Comunidad de Historia Mapuche, The University of Texas at Austin); Roberto Castillo-Sandoval (Haverford College); Cath Collins (Universidad Diego Portales); Verónica Cortínez (University of California, Los Angeles); Paula Cronovich (Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego); Alicia del Campo (California State University, Long Beach ); Paul Drake (University of California, San Diego); Sebastián Edwards (University of California, Los Angeles); María Luisa Fischer (Hunter College, CUNY); Macarena Gómez-Barris, (University of Southern California); Liesl Haas (California State University, Long Beach); Lisa Hilbink (University of Minnesota); Katherine Hite (Vassar College); Leah Kemp (University of Southern California); Thomas M. Klubock ( University of Virginia); Peter Kornbluh (National Security Archive); Michael Lazzara (University of California, Davis); Elizabeth Lira (Universidad Alberto Hurtado); Florencia E. Mallon (University of Wisconsin, Madison); Lois Oppenheim (American Jewish University, Los Angeles); Steve Stern (University of Wisconsin, Madison); Heidi Tinsman (University of California, Irvine); Angela Vergara (California State University, Los Angeles); Peter Winn (Tufts University).
The conference is sponsored by: University of California Humanities Research Institute and the Pacific Coast Council on Latin American Studies, along with California State University, Los Angeles; California State University, Long Beach; Department of American Studies & Ethnicity, University of Southern California; University of California, Davis; University of California, Los Angeles; and University of California, Irvine.
For more information, or to download the full program, please visit the conference website at: www.calstatela.edu/academic/history/chile_conference_1973.htm.
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