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Guest Lecture

Dismantling National Colonialism: the role of Chilean political indigenous movements

  • Dr Claudio Barrientos (Diego Portales University, Santiago, Chile)
Wednesday 12 October 2022
Anna van Buerenplein
Anna van Buerenplein 301
2595 DG The Hague
2.21 (LUC Auditorium)

In this highly topical lecture, Dr Barrientos will explain how Chilean political indigenous movements understood “plurinacionalidad” (pluri-nationality) in the draft of the rejected new Constitution In 2022. He will draw a brief history of Chilean Indigenous History from the 19th to the 21st century before considering how Chilean historiography has addressed the indigenous issues, and how the emergence of a new Mapuche intellectuality has changed the discussion from post-colonialism, colonial legacies, and decolonization to des-colonization, which is the concept Mapuche Intellectuals use in current days to define their discourses about territorial autonomy and national self-determination.

About the speaker

Claudio Javier Barrientos obtained his Ph.D. in History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the United States. He is Associate Professor in History of Latin America and Chile at the Diego Portales University in Santiago de Chile. His research interests and teaching expertise are in memory studies, gender, gay and LGBTQ studies, and indigenous history. Among his publications are: with Juan Carlos Garrido (2018) "Identidades en transición: Prensa, activismo y disidencia sexual en Chile, 1990-2010", Revista Psicoperspectivas (Scopus), Vol 17, N° 1. 15; “Memory Policies in Chile, 1973-2010”, in Emilio Crenzel y Eugenia Allier (editors) Struggles for Memory in Latin America: Recent History and Political Violence; Claudio Barrientos (ed.) (2015) Aproximaciones a la cuestión mapuche en Chile. Una mirada desde la historia y las ciencias sociales. RIL Editores.

Dr Barrientos is currently working on a project titled “Blooded Damnation: HIV/Aids, Dictatorship, political violence, gender and sexuality in Chile, 1984-2001”.

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