An analysis of protest graphics and graffiti in Santiago, Chile, as a way to understand the country’s current crisis.
In October 2019, a minor subway fare hike of 30 pesos triggered a social revolution, one marked by massive protests, organized strikes, and widespread violence and vandalism. The month-long wave of unrest shook Latin America’s “most stable” democracy to its core.
In this talk, the speakers will discuss and show the protest graphics and graffiti covering the walls of Santiago in Chile as a way to understand the roots, social configurations and demands of Chile’s contemporary crisis. Their analysis traces the neoliberalism born in the Pinochet era and the struggles over memory and memorial sites that continue to this day.
Terri Gordon – Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at The New School. Her work explores the intersections of transitional justice, post-authoritarian literature, memory studies, and gender studies. She is currently writing a book on the literature of memory in post-dictatorial Chile.
Eric Zolov – Associate Professor of Latin American history at Stony Brook University. In fall 2019 he was a Fulbright Scholar teaching at the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Santiago, Chile. His most recent book is The Last Good Neighbor: Mexico in the Global Sixties (Duke, 2020).
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