Women’s Inclusion in the History of the Chilean Public Sphere: A contemporary view
Professor Ana Maria Stuven, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Director of the History of Political Ideas Program at Universidad Diego Portales
Co-presented with the Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies, School of Languages and Cultures, and the Sydney University Research Community for Latin America (SURCLA)
Professor Stuven is in Australia as a guest of the Embassy of Chile in Australia.
One of the most radical changes in terms of participation in the public sphere is that affecting women. From being absent, and secluded in the domestic realm, they have been incorporated into the political and civil society as full members. Although discrimination still exists in areas, recent surveys have demonstrated a new worldview and autonomous positions challenging patriarchal structures. One of Chile’s leading political scholars, Professor Ana Maria Stuven, joins Sydney Ideas for an informative presentation on the changing role of women in the public sphere in her country.
Professor Ana Maria Stuven is full professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Director of the History of Political Ideas Program at Universidad Diego Portales. She has a PhD in History from Stanford University; her main areas of research are conceptual history, the history of political ideas and the history of women.
She has been visiting scholar in American and European universities, the last being at Leiden University in the Netherlands where she taught a course on the history of women in Latin America. She has published widely in her field. Her most recent publications include the first two volumes of Debates Republicanos en Chile: siglo XIX (2012 and 2013), a critical history of the use of political concepts by Chilean elites in the first decades of the republic, and a two volume edition of the history of women in Chile: Historia de las Mujeres en Chile (2011 and 2013)
Professor Stuven is also the founder and director of Corporación Abriendo Puertas, a charity offering workshops and counselling in Santiago’s main women’s prison, and also a research center on the reality and social-political impact of women’s imprisonmnent.