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The Afterlives of Dictatorships International Symposium / Simposio Internacional La sobrevida de las dictaduras

Public Humanities

dateOctober 11–12, 2023 location Casa Hispanica, Columbia University locationVirtual Event
  • Please note: this is a Spanish language event

  • The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities
  • Columbia Global Centers | Santiago
  • Institute for the Study of Human Rights
  • Institute of Latin American Studies
  • Graduate Student Association of the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures
email address [email protected]
  • Free and open to the public
  • No registration necessary

The year 2023-24 marks several important anniversaries in Latin American and global history. Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Chile will commemorate more than five decades since the beginning or end of the military regimes that shaped their societies during the second half of the 20th century. Demands for justice, human rights, democracy, and equality, all related to the afterlives of military dictatorships, are still at the center of contemporary debates and social movements throughout the region. On the other hand, in recent years, there has also been an increase in nostalgic discourse expressing the desire of some sectors of society to return to an authoritarian and conservative past.

In this context, this two-day symposium will provide a platform for scholars, activists, artists, and students to engage in critical discussions surrounding the legacy of military dictatorships in Latin America. We will pay special attention to the case of Chile, as the 50th anniversary of the 1973 civil-military coup coincides with the aftermath of the 2019 "Estallido" and the failure of the first attempt to overcome the institutional legacy of the dictatorship through the approval of a new Constitution. The first proposal for a new Constitution, drafted by an Assembly in which left and center-left organizations had a strong majority, was soundly rejected in a plebiscite in September 2022, opening a new process that is now dominated by the far right. These events are part of a global process involving strong social mobilizations, a crisis of liberal representative institutions, and a dangerous turn of politics and public discourse to the far right. This year’s commemoration in Chile is strongly influenced by the questions and challenges this context and the legacies of the dictatorship pose to Chilean society.

El Simposio Internacional La sobrevida de las dictaduras propone examinar críticamente y debatir las secuelas de las dictaduras latinoamericanas del siglo XX, con especial atención al 50 aniversario del golpe cívico-militar chileno de 1973.

Join the opening 11:00 a.m. session via Zoom. No pre-registration required. Link here.


time11:00am - 12:30am EDT

Counter-memories: Dismantling the Legacies of Repression in Latin America (monuments, archives, visual arts)

Online and in Spanish | Join Zoom Meeting: || Meeting ID: 925 3748 7222 || Passcode: 616429

Magdalena Novoa

Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Luise MalmacedaLuise Malmaceda

PhD candidate in Latin American and Iberian Cultures

Columbia University

Iuri Bauler

Postdoctoral Scholar and Future Faculty Fellow, History & Global Languages and Cultures

Northern Arizona University

time4:00pm - 4:30pm EDT


time4:30pm - 6:30pm EDT

Chilean Resistance in New York City, 1970s

Marcelo Montealegre

Chilean Photojournalist based in NYC

Jerónimo Duarte-Riascos

Assistant Professor of Latin American and Iberian Cultures

Columbia University

time6:30pm - 8:30pm EDT

The Representation of Memory in Post-Dictatorial Chile

María José Contreras

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts

Columbia University

Ángeles Donoso

Professor of Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures

City University of New York (CUNY)

Luiza Franco

Journalist, editor and producer

America’s Quarterly

time4:30pm - 6:30pm EDT

Performance 'Moving Memorials' and Printmaking Workshop

María Verónica San Martín

Chilean Multidisciplinary Artist based in NYC

time6:30pm - 8:30pm EDT

From the Coup d’état to the Estallido: 50-years of Feminism and Sexual Dissidence in Chile

Alondra Carrillo

Chilean psychologist, translator, political activist and feminist organizer. Former elected member of the Constituent Assembly (2021-2).

Fernanda Carvajal

Researcher at CONICET in Argentina, member of the Red Conceptualismos del Sur, Professor at the University of Buenos Aires

Susana Draper

Associate Professor of Comparative Literature

Princeton University

time8:30pm - 9:30pm EDT