This workshop will explore the long term impacts of exile, particularly in relation to health and wellbeing, drawing lessons from Chilean experiences of exile to the UK. Literature around refugee coping strategies has tended to focus on the immediate aftermath and few years after arrival. There is however a lack of knowledge and discussion in the literature about the long term health and well being of refugees who stay in the host country after return is technically possible. The Chilean case offers opportunity to understand how far forced migrants are able to adapt to life in the host country and how people cope in the long term with the impact of trauma and torture.

The workshop will take place on Saturday 23rd January 2016, from 10.00 to 18.00 at Birkbeck, University of London

Workshop Programme:


Living with lifelong exile: Reflections on the Chilean case
Workshop Programme


10.00 Coffee and Registration

10.30 – 10.40: Welcome introduction: Cristina Navarrete (Chilean Ex- Political Prisoner Association) and Jasmine Gideon (Senior Lecturer, Development Studies, Birkbeck, University of London)

1040-11.50: Health, well being and exile
Understanding mental health needs among refugee populations
Felicity Thomas, (Senior Research Fellow, University of Exeter
Living with lifelong exile: the case of Chileans in the UK
Jasmine Gideon, Senior Lecturer, Birkbeck, University of London
12.00-12.10: Information about the Chilean archive at Warwick University
Alan Angell, Academics for Chile/ University of Oxford
Alan Phillips, WUS.

12.10-13.30: The impact of torture and trauma on Latin American exile populations
Angela Burnett – Freedom from Torture
Perico Rodriguez – Freedom from Torture
Cristina Navarrete, Association of Chilean Women Ex Political Prisoners
Pedro Fuentes, Chilean Community in South Yorkshire

13.30-14.30: Lunch (Please note lunch will not provided but there will be space to eat your own lunch in the room or you can find plenty of cafes/ shops locally)

14.30-16.30: Exile and (Post) Transitional Justice in the Chilean Case
Cath Collins, Professor of Transitional Justice, Ulster University/ Universidad Diego Portales, Chile.
Themes: Recent grassroots and (now) official efforts in Chile to prosecute perpetrators of past human rights violations; related programmes of official reparations and truth-telling for survivors.

Forgiveness and Reconciliation following human rights abuses. Is it possible?
Cristian Peña – Clinical Psychologist & Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
(Director of the Londres Practice, Research Fellow at ICHHR, Clinical Psychologist at UCLH).

16.30: Refreshment break (Tea/ coffee/ wine will be available)

16.45-18.00: Final reflections and Film
Showing of the film ‘La Hora Chilena’,
The film explores the experiences of Chilean exiles living in Cambridge and will be presented with an introductory talk by the Director, Camila Iturra, herself the daughter of Chilean exiles.


Attendance is free but please register for the event: HERE

This event has been made possible with the kind support of the Society for Latin American Studies