Chile 1973-2013: Memory, Accountability and Reparation

18 November 2013 - 21 November 2013

Welcome to the first University of Essex Latin America Week, a new annual series that brings together staff and students across the University to focus on a particular country or theme in the region, with the aim of sharing and developing interdisciplinary research.

The University of Essex was, according to an early report of the Latin American Centre, ‘seriously committed to Latin American Studies since the moment of its birth’, Albert Sloman having referred in his 1963 BBC Reith Lectures to the need to ‘dispel prevailing ignorance and prejudice of the region’. The Centre was founded in 1968 with support from a Nuffield Foundation grant which provided fellowships and graduate studentships for Latin American scholars and scientists and aimed to stimulate ‘high-quality research and genuine collaboration between Latin American scholars and their British counterparts’ as well as developing institutional links.

Members of the now Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies continue to realise this founding vision, as demonstrated by the focus in the first Latin America Week on the 40th anniversary of the coup in Chile and the University’s long engagement with the country. This engagement has been through academic activities supported by the World University Service in the 1970s and 1980s, through exiled Chilean academics at the University and through teaching and research on Chile, particularly in the areas of human rights, transitional justice and art history.

The week is a collaboration between the University’s Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Essex Collection of Art from Latin America, Essex Transitional Justice Network, and the Human Rights Centre and includes a range of talks, panel discussions and films.

All sessions will be recorded and available on our website after the 22 November 2013.

Monday 18 November

: Professor Lorna Fox O’Mahony, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Humanities followed by pre-recorded welcome from Michelle Bachelet, Chilean Presidential candidate for 2013 and Honorary Graduate
Talk: Sheila Cassidy ‘A Prisoner Remembers’
Followed by a panel chaired by Dr Julian Burger (Visiting Professor, Human Rights Centre), with Professor Nelson Fernández (Department of Biological Sciences), Gladis García Soza (Department of Languages and Linguistics), and María Elena Heed (Department of Law)
LTB 1, Colchester campus

Welcome reception
LTB Foyer, Colchester campus

Sheila Cassidy 'A Prisoner Remembers' - part of our Chile Week from ESCALA on Vimeo.

Tuesday 19 November

Panel: The significance of the judgement in the case of García Lucero and others v. Chile
Panellists include: Mr and Mrs García, Carla Ferstman (Director of Redress), Lorna McGregor (Director, Human Rights Centre), and Dr Clara Sandoval (Department of Law and Human Rights Centre)
TC1.10, Colchester campus

Film: Nostalgia de la Luz (2010), presented by the Centre for Film Studies and the Essex Transitional Justice Network
LTB 1, Colchester campus

Panel discussion on the significance of the judgement in the case of García Lucero and others v. Chile from ESCALA on Vimeo.

Wednesday 20 November

Panel: Chile, the UK, and the visual arts: Cecilia Vicuña, Artists for Democracy and the legacy of the Coup
Panellists include Professor Dawn Ades (School of Philosophy and Art History), Cecilia Brunson (Independent curator), Professor Valerie Fraser (School of Philosophy and Art History), and Peter Griffin
LTB 4, Colchester campus

Film: No (2012) , presented by the Centre for Film Studies and the Essex Transitional Justice Network
LTB 10, Colchester campus

Thursday 21 November

Talk: Professor Todd Landman (Department of Government) ‘A Most Unlikely Case: Chile, Pinochet and the Advance of Human Rights’
LTB 4, Colchester campus

Closing reception
LTB 4, Colchester campus

All week

ESCALA has organised a mini exhibition of two recently acquired drawings by Chilean artist Cecilia Vicuña which will travel to various locations at the University’s Colchester Campus. Vicuña made the two drawings, palabrarma (1974) and eman si pasión/parti si pasión (1974), while exiled in London following the coup in 1973. Vicuña was one of the founders of Artists for Democracy (1974-77), a group which pledged to support, through visual art, both Chilean and other worldwide liberation fronts.

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