Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

New Faculty Talk: "A Revolution Flavored with Red Wine and Empanadas: Chile’s Popular Unity and the Politics of Food"

Fri, September 29, 2017 | 2nd Floor Conference Room, Benson Latin American Collection, SRH Unit 1

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

For roughly 1,000 days in the early 1970s, the eyes of the world were fixed on Salvador Allende’s Popular Unity (UP) government as it sought to forge a democratic path toward socialism amid the global Cold War. One of the UP slogans, that Chile’s revolution would be one “flavored with red wine and empanadas,” was touted by Allende to highlight his government’s particularly “Chilean” origins, as well as his coalition’s desire to avoid social, political, and economic sacrifice on the road to revolutionary transformation. But the mantra also illuminated an underexplored element of the UP’s social and economic program: namely, the importance of nutrition and basic food access as both a means and an end in revolutionary Chile.

In this talk, Joshua Frens-String will illuminate how food—and consumption more broadly—became central to the revolution’s vision of socialist modernity, before it became the basis of an oppositional campaign to oust the Allende government. As the talk will explore, the types of foods that were consumed in Allende’s Chile—as well as how such foods were consumed—were key elements of an incipient revolutionary economic culture in early 1970s Chile, while at the same time a source of deep-seated conflict.

Joshua Frens-String's research focuses on the history of Latin American development ideas and their connection to emerging social and labor movements in the Southern Cone during Latin America's Cold War.

Free and open to the public. Light lunch served.

For more information, contact Paloma Diaz. To RSVP and receive event updates via Facebook, visit Revolution Flavored with Wine and Empanadas.

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