Art, rights and resistance for the 21st century

Hosted by the Department of International History

In-person and online public event (Auditorium, Centre Building)


Paula Cometa Stange

Paula Cometa Stange

Sibila Sotomayor Van Rysseghem

Sibila Sotomayor Van Rysseghem

Daffne Valdes Vargas

Daffne Valdes Vargas


Dr Tanya Harmer

Dr Tanya Harmer

In conversation with Tanya Harmer, the interdisciplinary feminist collective, LASTESIS, will be reflecting on art, rights and resistance for the 21st century.

This is a timely event. 50 years after the Chilean coup that ushered forth a violent 17-year dictatorship and 5 years after Chile’s widespread democratic protests, known as the estallido social, they will discuss the importance of understanding history for the present and why feminist theory and resistance matters more than ever. They will also be speaking about their book, Set Fear on Fire: the feminist call that set the Americas ablaze, published earlier this year. What role does art and performance have in politics and how does it shape activism around the world? What relevance does Chile’s history have for contemporary politics and society? How has the conceptualisation of human rights changed over time and what rights should we be concerned about safeguarding today? Join us to find out more and pose your own questions to LASTESIS in an inclusive dialogue.

Meet our speakers and chair

Paula Cometa Stange is a designer and teacher with degrees in design, history and social sciences from the Universidad de Valparaíso and a diploma in Art Theory from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. The artistic and thematic development of her works includes human analysis of the observer of the work, allowing a circular story that transits and dialogues between texts, images and other materials, using collage as the main technique.

Sibila Sotomayor Van Rysseghem is a performing artist and lecturer with a degree in Theatre and a specialisation in dramaturgy from Universidad de Valparaíso and a master’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Université Catholique de Louuvain. She currently teaches at Universidad de Valparaíso and is a PhD candidate in Social Sciences at Universidad de Chile.

Daffne Valdes Vargas is a performing artist with a degree in theatre and a specialisation in dramaturgy from Universidad de Valparaíso, and a diploma in children's and young people's literature from Universidad de Santiago. She currently teaches at Universidad de Valparaíso and is assistant editor of the artistic research magazine Panambí.

Tanya Harmer is an Associate Professor in the Department of International History. She holds a PhD from LSE and is the author of Beatriz Allende: a revolutionary life in cold war Latin America and Allende’s Chile and the Inter-American Cold War.

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LSE's Department of International History (@lsehistory) teaches and conducts research on the international history of Britain, Europe and the world from the early modern era up to the present day.

This event is part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2023, taking place from 21 October to 17 November with events across the UK.

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