Maria Vasquez-Aguilar

Department of History

Research student

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Maria Vasquez-Aguilar
Department of History

Thesis title: Exiles in Action: Political activism amongst the Chilean Refugees in the UK, 1973-2013.




Thesis abstract:

My research will aim to explore the political activism of the Chilean refugees who fled to the UK following the military coup in 1973.

Political and human rights networks were formed locally, nationally and internationally and a great amount of solidarity was both received and given to other political struggles during that time.

The impact of political activity on the second generation, through the generational transmission of ideas and identities, will also be explored along with the ongoing activism of the Chilean diaspora after democratisation e.g. Extradite Pinochet Campaign of 1998 and Chile 40 years On.

Oral history will be used to capture the voices of the ordinary men and women caught up in extraordinary circumstances.

  • PhD History, University of Sheffield, 2017 - present
  • PGCE Learning and Skills Sector, Sheffield Hallam University (June 2009)
  • MA(Res) Politics and International Relations: Distinction, University of Sheffield (Sept 2006)
  • BA (Hons) Politics 2:1, South Bank University (June 1997)
Professional activities and memberships
  • Post 16 Politics teacher
  • UCU Branch Chair (City Lit)
  • Member of BAME Student Advisory Group, University of Sheffield 2022
Conference and seminar papers
  • Conference paper presented at Solidarity with Latin America Maintaining momentum, holding
    leaders to account and Building alliances (4-5 April 2022) University of Liverpool
  • Conference paper presented at Migration and Mobility: View from Past and Present (20 November
    2019) University of Sheffield
  • Conference paper presented at Rebellion, revolution and resistance in the twentieth century: Social
    movements, class and political violence (4-5 October 2019) Newcastle University
  • Conference paper presented at Migration to the Margin: a Four-nation approach to Race,
    Immigration, and Diversity in the UK (25-26 April 2019) Queens University Belfast
  • Conference paper presented at Refugees and Exile: Commemorating the Eightieth Anniversary of the
    End of the Spanish Civil War (27-28 March 2019) University of Leeds
  • Blog posts
  • Ni olvido ni perdon The inter-generational struggle for Truth and Justice by the Chilean
    exiles History Matters, Oct 16 2019