The People United? Australian solidarity with Latin America since Allende

Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 16:00 to 18:00

Venue: Room 214, Otto Hirschfeld Building (Bldg 81)

During the 1970s, national and international solidarity organisations arose in opposition to U.S. imperialism in Latin America. Washington’s support for repressive regimes across the region produced world-wide diasporas of Salvadoreans, Argentines, Guatemalans, Chileans, Uruguayans and Colombians, inter alia. In Australia’s case, these included significant numbers of political and economic refugees. The conjuncture of Latin American activists escaping authoritarian regimes and the broad-based coalition of Church, Left, labour organisations, human rights groups and Latin Americanists generated lasting solidarity with progressive and revolutionary movements which confronted and, in some cases, continue to confront U.S. intervention and ruling elites in Latin America and the Caribbean. This paper attempts to recover and rethink this area of hybrid popular struggle, vital to focus countries and heuristic for Australian society.


Viviana Ramírez, senior teacher of Spanish, Qld Dept of Education

Dr Robert Austin, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies
University of Melbourne

Chair: Dr Andrew Bonnell, School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics
University of Queensland

Presentations in English; discussion bilingual