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Afternoon Seminar – Chile 50 Years On: Memory, Resistance and Solidarity

June 29 @ 14:00

University of Warwick
Occulus Building
Room OC 1.09

Fifty years ago this year, a violent coup d’état led by General Augusto Pinochet removed Salvador Allende, the democratically elected President of Chile, from power. Allende died in that coup on 11 September 1973, which ended a unique dream to build socialism through the democratic process. Within Chile, the military’s seizure of power unleashed an intense wave of repression and initiated a brutal dictatorship which would become globally infamous for violations of human rights, including torture, disappearances, murder, and enforced exile. But it would also stimulate a wave of resistance both within Chile and abroad, as well as immense international solidarity and activism.

What is the significance of this watershed in Cold War history five decades on, and how did the Chilean experience change international human rights law?

What was the response of British people to the plight of Chileans, and how do different generations of Chileans themselves remember the time?

This seminar brings together scholars, solidarity actors and voices from the Chilean community to address the importance of remembering acts of solidarity and resistance to dictatorship fifty years on, and to consider how those events impacted their lives.


– 2pm Memory and Resistance in Chile Today Alison Ribeiro de Menezes (University of Warwick) Tanya Harmer (LSE)
– 2.45pm Exile Experience, Solidarity and Support in the UK: A Roundtable Discussion Geoffrey Bindman, Hernando Fernández, Helen Jackson, Rossana Leal, and Roger Plant, chaired by Maureen Freely
– 3.45pm Coffee Break
– 4.15pm Chilean Memories Across Generations Sebastian Bustamante (University of Bristol), Verónica Díaz-Cerda (University of Warwick)
– 5.15pm Visit to Chilean Solidarity Exhibition, Modern Records Centre. Supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council Organized by Alison Ribeiro de Menezes and Verónica Díaz-Cerda

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