UCLA conference to focus on Pinochet's Chile and the struggle for democracy
This September marked the 40th anniversary of Gen. Augusto Pinochet's seizure of power in Chile. A two-day conference at UCLA will focus on the coup, Pinochet's military dictatorship and struggles for democracy, past and present.
"The Other September 11th: Chile, 1973 — Memory, Resistance and Democratization" brings together experts from Chile and across the U.S., along with special guests Carla Geulfenbein, a Chilean author, and Sergio Castilla, a Chilean filmmaker.
The conference will reconsider the history of Cold War violence in Chile, and Latin America as a whole, within the framework of contemporary debates about inequality, state repression, terrorism and democratic struggle. Panels will address revolution and reaction, working through the trauma of political repression, the political and institutional legacies of the Pinochet coup, activism by Mapuche Indians, the "memory question," and the relationship between human rights, memory and representation.
The conference, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the UCLA Latin American Institute and the UC Humanities Research Institute. For a full list of co-sponsors, speakers and panels, visit the conference website.
Room 314 of Royce Hall on the UCLA campus (map)
Friday, Nov. 8 (9 a.m.–5 p.m.) | Saturday, Nov. 9 (9 a.m.–7 p.m.)
- Brian Loveman, professor emeritus at San Diego State University, will deliver the conference keynote lecture from 9:15 to 11 a.m. on Nov. 8.
- A screening of two films by Sergio Castilla — "Mijita" (1970) and "Prisioneros desaparecidos" (1979) — will take place at 7 p.m. on Nov. 8 at UCLA's James Bridges Theater in Melnitz Hall. The screenng will be followed by a Q&A with the director.