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Lecture | PCNI Roundtable

Indigenous populations’ major political impact in Latin America: (Re)shaping the nation-state in Bolivia, Chile, Guatemala, and Perú

  • Betsy Konefal, Dana Brablec, Adriana Churampi, Soledad Valdivia
Thursday 2 May 2024
Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden

Indigenous populations in Latin America have historically been understood as ethnic/cultural minorities in need of accommodation within the dominant culture and political system of the nation-state. Far from passive subjects of high politics, indigenous populations have been active actors in the political processes shaping and reshaping the nation-state. This roundtable brings together expertise on indigeneity in four Latin American countries: Bolivia, Chile, Guatemala, and Peru. The panel takes an interdisciplinary approach to ask about the most important contributions to political change by indigenous populations in recent times.

The roundtable will showcase four short case-based presentations followed by questions and discussion.


13.00 – 15.05 Opening and welcome

13.05 – 13.15 Revolutionary Histories in the Guatemala Highlands, Dr. Betsy Konefal (College of William and Mary)

13.20 – 13.30 Voices of empowerment: Navigating the urban Mapuche organisational  landscape in Santiago de Chile, Dr. Dana Brablec (University of Amsterdam)

13.35 – 13.45 Peruvia Music and Songs: Innovative indigenous communities' strategies to confront recent governmental repression, Dr. Adriana Churampi (Leiden University)

13.45 – 13.55 Indigenous Inclusion and Exclusion in the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Dr. Soledad Valdivia (Leiden University)

13.55 – 14.30 Questions/Discussion


The event is open, but registration is needed. To register, please send an email to the event organizer, Dr. Soledad Valdivia, at s.valdivia.rivera@hum.leidenuniv.nl. If you wish to attend the roundtable online, please send an email to the event organizer to receive a Zoom link. 

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