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The Social Life of COVID-19 in Chile: Intersecting Crises and Deepening Precarities

image is of the speaker flyer with Pablo S. Delaporte Bio and Abstract
Pablo S. Delaporte
PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, Stanford University
Date and Time: 
Monday, February 22, 2021 - 12:30 to 13:30

Department of Anthropology
VIA Zoom


Only a few months before the onset of COVID-19, in October 2019, Chile saw the emergence of a nationwide and still ongoing social uprising denouncing the country’s stark economic and political inequalities. The pandemic laid bare and exacerbated these inequalities at the same time that it entrenched the condition of extreme uncertainty, the economic and political crises, and the state violence and punitive policies that followed the uprising. This individual presentation, which stems from household surveys and phone interviews that I have made as part of a multi-country research project, focuses on the combined effects of the social uprising and the pandemic on the everyday lives of four Colombian, Peruvian, and Bolivian migrant women living in campamentos, or self-built settlements, in Chile. By comparing and contrasting the experiences of these women, the presentation asks how in the wake of the uprising and over the course of the pandemic, vulnerable families with different citizenship statuses, economic and health difficulties, and neighborhood settings have generated and distributed household incomes, managed chronic illnesses, communicated with others, and gathered information about the pandemic.


Pablo Seward Delaporte is a sixth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University. His dissertation project concerns the politics of risk, security, and violence around state efforts to re-settle predominantly Black and Indigenous Latin American migrants living in high-risk self-built settlements in Antofagasta, Chile. In addition to writing his dissertation, Pablo is currently participating in an NSF-funded multi-country study that examines the effects of COVID-19-related state policies on vulnerable families’ finances, illness trajectories and management, everyday lives, and intimate relationships.