LCT Centre Roundtable: Mauricio Quilpatay Belmar

13 September 2019

Our next Roundtable will be presented by Mauricio Quilpatay Belmar, University of Sydney and postgraduate member of the LCT Centre for Knowledge-Building. His abstract is below. 


Constellations and a constitution: The ‘Red Scare’ that helped shape the Chilean constitution under Pinochet


In 1973, the Chilean military led by General Pinochet executed a coup d'etat against the democratically elected socialist government of President Allende and then establish a military dictatorship until 1990. The reason they gave is that Marxism ‘systematically destroyed the constitutive elements of Chile's being’. A group of law professors was commissioned to write a new constitution for Chile, who after six years of meetings provided the text for the constitution that was put in effect in 1980. This constitution though subject to small reform upon returning to democracy in 1990, remains the basis of Chile’s current constitution. Written to prevent Marxist-inspired ideas on Chilean politics and institutions, it also was an explicit attempt at reengineering people’s values, social relations and way of living. The professors wrote into the constitution legal barriers to ideologies, a strong delimitation of the State, and the complete overhaul of the country’s economic system, among other elements, to achieve these goals. In this Roundtable, we shall enact constellations and cosmological analysis to explore the meanings of ‘Marxism’ underpinning the law professors’ work. Using an extract of the professor’s meetings provided and LCT’s Specialization codes, together with the Roundtable we will practice enacting and building constellations and cosmologies.

Event details



LCT Centre Roundtable: Mauricio Quilpatay Belmar

Where

Room 441, Social Sciences Building A02
http://sydney.edu.au/maps/campuses/?area=CAMDAR 

When

13 September 2019


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