"The Other September 11th: Chile, 1973. Memory, Resistance and Democratization"

UC Humanities Research Institute and UCLA Latin American Institute (Co-sponsored USC American Studies and Ethnicity)

"The Other September 11th: Chile, 1973. Memory, Resistance, and Democratization" November 8 and 9, 2013 University of California, Los Angeles


The violent overthrow of Chilean president Salvador Allende Gossens on September 11, 1973, marked a watershed in global cold war politics. It ended aspirations worldwide for democratically-achieved socialism, initiated seventeen years of military dictatorship, and created the world's first truly neoliberal nation.  Even today, twenty years after Chile's return to civilian rule, vibrant democracy struggles by students, indigenous peoples, feminists, and environmentalists continue to confront the enduring legacies of cold war authoritarianism. 


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.

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