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Literature and Politics in Latin America



Babak Rahimi


Babak Rahimi is Associate Professor of Communication, Culture and Religion at the Department of Literature and the director of the Third World Studies at the University of California, San Diego. He earned his PhD from the European University Institute, Florence, Italy, in October 2004. Rahimi has also studied at the University of Nottingham, where he obtained an M.A. in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (1997), and the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he was a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Anthropology, 2000-2001.

Rahimi’s research examines the relationship between culture, religion and politics. His book, Theater-State and Formation of the Early Modern Public Sphere in Iran: Studies on Safavid Muharram Rituals, 1590-1641 C.E. (Brill 2011), studies the relationship between ritual, public space and state power in early modern Iranian history. Rahimi has been an expert guest on various media programs like The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, BBC and CNN, in addition to NPR and On the Media. Also, he has been a visiting scholar at the Internet Institute, University of Oxford, Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, Freie Universität Berlin, and the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. His current research project is on the relationship between digital culture, politics and religion. 



As one of the largest urban centers in Latin America and Chile’s capital city, Santiago boasts as one of the leading cultural centers in Latin America. It is a city of growing economic prosperity, regularly ranked as the safest largest city in Latin America. With a focus on key architectural sites that overlap with literary and political history of the city, Santiago is an ideal place to do a Global Seminar. The city offers easy access to parks, theaters, art galleries, and colonial sites, such as Plaza de Armas. With a keen eye on the history of La vía chilena al socialismo under Salvador Allende, our emphasis will be on the tensions between class, indigenous people, labor and political movements and state power in Chile and other Latin American countries.

Information Sessions

  • Wednesday, January 15, 5-6:30 pm, Study Abroad Office Programming Space
  • Wednesday, February 5, 5-6:30 pm, Study Abroad Office Programming Space

See the Info Session Calendar


Departure from U.S.: Sat., June 27, 2020
Arrival: Sun., June 28, 2020
Mandatory Orientation: Mon., June 29, 2020
First Day of Class: Tues., June 30, 2020
Last Day of Class: Fri., July 31, 2020
Departure for the U.S.
(or personal travel):
Sat., August 1, 2020


  • Do not purchase plane tickets until the program is confirmed. All approved applicants will be notified by e-mail when the program has been confirmed by reaching minimum enrollment. 
  • Arrival instructions will be posted here once the program is confirmed. Students who arrive outside the pick-up window will receive instructions on how to make their way to program housing independently.
  • Contact STA Travel if you would like to book flights with other students on this program or take advantage of the airfare deposit program.
  • The Study Abroad Office will be hosting several flight workshops to provide tips and advice on flight purchases. Check the Study Abroad Calendar for more information. 

Program Details

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Fees and Funding

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Academic Excursions


Living Arrangements