“On the Chilean Social Explosion of 2019”

Please join us for the next LACUSL Speakers Series event:
Maxwell Woods (Literatura, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Chile)

On the Chilean Social Explosion of 2019: Urban Segregation, Public Transport as Public Space, and Neoliberal Modernity

Thursday February 20 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
In this presentation, Woods traces the history of urban segregation and modern public transportation in Santiago through a reading of the chronicles of the queer, poor Chilean author and activist, Pedro Lemebel, demonstrating how Santiago’s interlocking histories of urban segregation and modern transport had long been setting the stage for this contemporary social movement. In other words: it is no accident that the Chilean social explosion emerged from students’ use of public transport as a public space. In the end, the initial steps of the Chilean social explosion represent the return of the repressed of Chilean neoliberal modernization and urban segregation, the return of those bodies expelled from Santiago’s modern neoliberal center and public transport system who reinscribed public transport as a public space with their alternative visions of living in common.
This event is cosponsored by C21, the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, and the LACUSL Speakers Series.