The Other September 11th: Chile, 1973
Memory, Resistance, and Democratization

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November 8 and 9, 2013

University of California, Los Angeles

To download the Conference Program, click here.

Conference Overview

September 11, 2013 will mark the 40th anniversary of the violent overthrow of Chile's democratically elected Socialist president, Salvador Allende, and the onset of a seventeen-year military dictatorship under General Augusto Pinochet.  "The Other September 11th" conference is an interdisciplinary reflection on the history and legacies of Chile's military dictatorship and struggles for democracy, past and present.  More than a gesture of homage and remembrance, it aims to re-center the history of Latin American cold war violence within contemporary debates about radical inequality, state repression, terrorism, and democratic struggle.

The conference will feature a keynote lecture by historian Brian Loveman, and the screening of Sergio Castilla's films, Mijita (Chile, 1970, 18 min.) and Prisioneros desaparecidos (Cuba, 1979, 100 min.) followed by a Q & A with the director.

The conference's six panels address the following themes:

    Unidad Popular: Revolution and Reaction
    The Political and Institutional Legacies of the Coup
    Working Through the Trauma of the Coup in Literature and Film
    Decolonizing the Bio-Bio: Mapuche History and Action
    The Memory Question in Chile, 40 Years Later
    Human Rights, Memory and Representation: Courts, Documents and Performances

The conference will take place at UCLA, in Royce Hall, room 314. The films will be showing at the James Bridges Theater (UCLA), Melnitz Hall. For directions and parking information please visit:

The conference is opened to the public, and advanced registration is not required. For more information please contact Angela Vergara.

Organized by: Verónica Cortínez (University of California, Los Angeles), Alicia del Campo (California State University, Long Beach), Macarena Gómez-Barris (University of Southern California), Michael Lazzara (University of California, Davis), Heidi Tinsman (University of California, Irvine), Ericka Verba (California State University, Dominguez Hills), and Angela Vergara (California State University, Los Angeles)

Major Sponsors: UCLA Latin American Institute and UC Humanities Research Institute

Co-Sponsored by: Pacific Coast Council on Latin American Studies, Radical History Review, College of Natural and Social Sciences (Cal State, LA), College of Liberal Arts and Latin American Studies (Cal State, Long Beach), Department of American Studies and Ethnicity (USC), Department of Spanish and Portuguese (UC, Davis), Departments of History and International Studies (UC, Irvine), Dean of Humanities and Department of Spanish and Portuguese (UCLA)