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October 11 and 12, 2023
Casa Hispánica, Columbia University (612 W 116th St)


The Afterlives of Dictatorships proposes to critically examine and debate the afterlives of the 20th-century Latin American Dictatorships, with special attention to the 50th anniversary of the 1973 Chilean civil-military coup. The symposium is a collaboration between the Graduate Student Association of the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures, the Columbia Global Center | Santiago, the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia, Counter-Memories (a public humanities project supported by the Heyman Center for the Humanities), and the Chile/NYC 1973-2023 initiative.

The event includes a panel conversation with photojournalist Marcelo Montealegre (Chile-US) and Columbia professor Jerónimo Duarte-Riascos; a panel conversation with researcher Fernanda Carvajal (University of Buenos Aires) and feminist organizer Alondra Carrillo (Chile), moderated by professor Susana Draper (Comparative Literature, Princeton University); a performance by multidisciplinary artist Marı́a Verónica San Martı́n (Chile-US); a panel on the representations of memory during the postdictatorship with professors Ángeles Donoso Macaya (LAILAC, CUNY), Richard Peña (Film and Media Studies, CU), and María José Contreras (Theatre, CU), moderated by journalist Luiza Franco (America’s Quarterly); and an online panel with three demonumentalizing initiatives: /de/monumenta (Brazil), Monumentos Incómodos (Chile), and Toppled Monuments Archive (US). The event will also launch the Counter-Memories oral history website, which seeks to revitalize the discussion about the legacies of twentieth-century military dictatorships in Latin America, in light of contemporary debates on monuments, symbolic reparations and anti-monumental activism, in dialogue with U.S. movements challenging the monumental and institutional legacies of slavery, confederate memory, and state violence.

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