Chile’s Ongoing Social Rebellion: A Warning of the Terminal Crisis of Neoliberalism. Talk by Verónica Shield.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
303 Founders College
3:00pm – 5:00 pm
Free and open to all.
“Chile despertó” (Chile has awoken), the ubiquitous banner of Chile’s massive social rebellion speaks more to the slumber of pundits and experts, and their inadequate or irrelevant explanatory models, than to Chilean society. What the ongoing rebellion has exposed are the hidden costs of Chile’s neoliberal “success” story. The seminar will allow a conversation on the multifaceted challenges facing Chile and on the country’s significance as a warning for other neoliberal capitalist projects that have subjected their populations to the norms of the market, assuming that people would absorb repeated rounds of austerity in the name of preserving the market.
Verónica Schild, born and raised in Chile, is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Western Ontario, and Adjunct Professor, Centre for Global Studies at Huron College. She is presently Visiting Professor under the modality of Científica de Exelencia del Extranjero, Proyecto Conicyt-MEC Desarrollo y Fortalecimiento de Redes de Conocimiento e Investigación en Psicología con Perspectiva de Género: Articulando Prácticas Eticas a Nivel de Pre y Postgrado at the Escuela de Psicología,Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Valparaíso, Chile. (September-December 2019; August-November 2020).
She has dedicated her scholarship to the study of gendered processes of cultural and political transformations in Latin America, most particularly in Chile, with a focus on neoliberalism. Her present research also engages with key debates and concerns in critical theory as resources for a broad-based anti-capitalist feminism. She has published extensively on feminism and the women’s movement in Chile, on feminism and neoliberalism in Latin America, and more recently on the gendered neoliberalization of the state.
Organized by CERLAC, Founders College, and the Graduate & Undergraduate Program in Development Studies.