El quinto piso 13
Alexis Sossa

In the past months, a series of bomb explosions have taken place in Chile.
The explosion at the subway station
‘Escuela Militar’ caused the most damage, in material and psychological sense. These sad and abominable acts, which are causing casualties and the destruction of property, also have social and political consequences. The bombs are generating an atmosphere of fear and insecurity. They also come in the middle of a debate on the Chile Terrorism Act, scheduled for reform in the coming months. Evidently, Chile needs to generate a clear definition of what terrorism is, but it should be careful not to create a coercive tool for heavy-handed oppression, since undoubtedly, these are isolated terrorist acts. Chile remains a safe and stable country. Nevertheless, some considerations should be made regarding these acts and, in my opinion, especially about the concept of violence. Is Chile a violent country?
Are Chileans violent? Surely most of us would answer no, and I agree with that statement. However, there is a large majority of Chileans who must deal with a violence that is invisible in public discourse, in the media, and in the intervention of state institutions. Marginalized people, Mapuches, disabled people, poor people, and many others face the daily violence of a country that most of the time does not take their problems seriously. For instance, in the recent report of Society at a Glance (2014), prepared by the OECD, it stated that Chile has the highest level of income inequality, and ranks fourth in terms of relative poverty in the OECD area. Does this justify a bomb explosion? Never, under any circumstances. Nevertheless, these facts invite us to think about social issues. Read more

  • 28 November 2014, 9-18h

  • UvA REC C, Nieuwe Achtergracht 166,
    Room C1.03

    In recent years, Brazil has built a reputation of innovator in fields of democratic politics, social development, and sustainability. Internationally renowned scholars will critically examine some of these initiatives and discuss their outcomes so far and the challenges ahead. We welcome people from academc, governmental, private, and NGO interested in Brazil. +INFO
    Free admission! Please register at secretariat@cedla.nl

    BOOK LAUNCH – 17:00hs

    Brazil under the Workers’ Party Continuity and Change from Lula to Dilma

    Edited by:
    Fabio de Castro
    Kees Koonings
    Marianne Wiesebron

  • SLAS 2015

    The yearly SLAS conference that will be held in Aberdeen on 17 and 18 April 2015 has publicised panels still open for abstract submission. The procedure and the list of panels are described in the attachment. De deadline for abstract submission is on 28 November 2014 +INFO


    'The Political Economy of the Extractive Imperative in Latin America: Reducing poverty and inequality vs. ensuring inclusion and sustainability' ISS and
    Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation invite paper submissions for the upcoming international meeting on ‘The Political Economy of the Extractive
    Imperative in Latin America: Reducing
    poverty and inequality vs. ensuring inclusion and sustainability?’

    Our aim is to bring together scholars working in various disciplines and traditions to critically reflect on the changes taking place in Latin America. Interested participants should send a 250-word abstract, paper title, full address and brief bio to eximperative@gmail.com by 1 December 2014. +INFO