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Carla Cisternas Guasch receives research grant of the Slicher van Bath de Jong Foundation

Carla Cisternas Guasch, PhD candidate at the Leiden Institute for History, is one of the winners of the 2023 call of the Slicher van Bath de Jong Foundation for the advancement of study and research on the history of Latin America. She receives a research grant of €10.000 (max).

She received the grant for her research project Exploring the Origins of Ad Hoc Advisory Committees: A Historical Assessment of Expert Commissions in Chile, 1890-1930. The project studies the beginnings and foundations of ad hoc expert advice in Chile between 1890 and 1930. It is part of Carla's doctoral project at the Institute for History (Latin American Studies) entitled: "Technocracy, Democracy and Socio-political Conflicts in Chile: The Role of Ad Hoc Advisory Commissions", under the supervision of Prof. dr. Patricio Silva and Dr. Maria Gabriela Palacio Ludena.

The main question of this research is: Why and how do extra-state experts intervene in situations of political and social conflict in Chile? To answer this question, Carla tracked the different instances in which experts from outside the state were summoned to analyse and recommend solutions to a public problem to the government. She will then compare and analyse, with particular attention, those commissions that were convened due to the appearance of a conflict between the state and civil society.

More information can be found on the website of the Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation (CEDLA).

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