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Freedeman Memorial Lecture set for Nov. 11
November 8, 2011Tweet
The Department of History’s 20th Annual Charles E. Freedeman Memorial Lecture will take place at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, in the Casadesus Recital Hall. The guest speaker, Florencia Mallon, will speak on “Decolonizing the History of Allende’s Chile: The Mapuche and the Agrarian Reform.” Mallon is the Julieta Kirkwood Professor of History and chair of the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Her Freedeman Lecture addresses the period of Salvador Allende’s Popular Unity Government in Chile (1970-1973), which was known in part for having carried out a radical agrarian reform.
“What is less known,” according to Mallon, “is how the Mapuche indigenous people of southern Chile used the new political styles and alliances of this radical period to carry out a profound restitution of the territory they had lost when they were conquered by the Chilean army almost a century earlier. By combining an analysis of the deep history of Mapuche struggles for restitution with an understanding of the political mobilizations of the Popular Unity, it is possible to decolonize the history of both the Chilean nation-state and of the short-lived ‘1000 days’ of Allende’s popularly elected socialist government.”
Mallon is internationally known as a leading scholar of modern Latin American history. She has published four books and numerous essays on Peru, Mexico and Chile, starting with The Defense of Community in Peru’s Central Highlands: Peasant Struggle and Capitalist Transition, 1860-1940 in 1983. Her highly influential and provocative Peasant and Nation: the Making of Postcolonial Mexico and Peru won the Bryce Wood Book Award and sparked extensive debate over its controversial “decentering” of 19th century nationalism and state formation. She subsequently compiled and edited When a Flower Is Reborn: The Life and Times of a Mapuche Feminist by Rosa Isolde Reuque Paillalef.
Her most recent book, Courage Tastes of Blood: The Mapuche Community of Nicolás Ailío and the Chilean State, 1906-2001, reflects her deep commitment to social justice as well as to social history in all its complexity. It garnered the Bolton-Johnson and Noam Chomsky prizes. Mallon has recently branched out into fiction. Pegasus Books is bringing out her novel Beyond the Ties of Blood next year.
The 20th Annual Freedeman Memorial Lecture is co-sponsored by the Dean of Harpur College of Arts and Sciences and is free and open to the public.