21 March 2012

ANCLAS Public Lecture: Masks, Fantasy and Reality: Reflections on the Zapatista Movement

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Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies presents:

“Masks, Fantasy and
Reality: Reflections on the Zapatista Movement”

Public Lecture by Dr Daniela di Piramo

6:30pm Thursday 26 April

Haydon-Allen Lecture Theatre (The Tank), ANU

It has been almost two decades since the Zapatista Movement took the global political stage by storm: suddenly the world became aware of this little place in Mexico called Chiapas. Oppressed Maya peoples, masked guerrillas, red bishops, nasty governors and a mysterious man called Marcos all came to life in this political drama and captured the imagination of thousands around the world. What made this movement stand out from the rest?


Daniela di Piramo is a researcher for the School of Government and International Relations at Griffith University, Brisbane. Her special areas of research include charismatic authority, populism and political change in the Latin American context, with a special interest in Subcomandante Marcos and the Zapatista Movement. Her book on this topic published by Lynn Rienner in 2010 was entitled Political Leadership in Zapatista Mexico: Marcos, Celebrity, and Charismatic Authority. She is currently working on various papers that investigate Hugo Chávez’s brand of populism, the role of intellectuals in revolutions, and the use of historical figures by populist leaders.

The lecture will be followed by light food and beverages. Free and open to the public, no RSVP required.

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