Walescka Pino-Ojeda is an Associate Professor in Latin American Studies, and Director of the New Zealand Centre for Latin American Studies. She specialises in Latin American literature and critical theory, with an emphasis on popular culture, memory and trauma studies. Her book Night and Fog: Neoliberalism, Memory and Trauma in Post-Authoritarian Chile was published in Chile in 2011 by Cuarto Propio Editorial House.
- "In this way, though NO + certainly functions as an evocation of memory, it is flexible enough be integrated into present circumstances."
- "Flash mobbing is like soft terrorism, using guerrilla tactics, which explains why it is a good medium for communicating a succinct message, as it is retained because of its difference with the habitual, because it creates a shift in focus [."
- "It is in this way that the current student-led movement of Chile manifests the agency of culture and its power to transform the socio-political through the force of imagination."
- "Faced with the destruction of their judicial system, the government established two Truth and Reconciliation Commissions, proposing a politics of reconciliation that built an emotive framework for behaviour hinging on responsibility and the civic need to build consensus."
- "In outlining and defending their legislative proposal to bar profit- driven educational institutions from receiving state funding, Giorgio Jackson points out in what way the logic that has allowed market forces to control education is ‘perverse’: You only have one opportunity to get an education [."
- "Their particularity within this movement’s context, however, lies in their power to transmit a social message while at the same time avoiding the political canonism inherent in both coordinated political picketing, as well as the Chilean funas, a likewise spontaneous though much more confrontational social act by which this movement’s flash mobs nonetheless have been clearly influenced."
- "The message that Chile must be different suggests much more responsibility and agency in the reader, its imperative tone suggesting that this necessary change is long overdue and requires immediate action."
- "The fear referred to in this slogan is not only that of social exclusion, unemployment and denigrating labour conditions, but also indicates an ingrained historical fear—one which has demanded there be a culture of forgetting with regard to the recent past for the sake of establishing social consent."
- "As such, this tendency represents a multi-generational culture of wilful forgetfulness entrenched in fear."
- "‘Genkidama for Education’ (July 15, 2011) represents an example of the ways in which new symbolic imaginaries, in this case derived from Japanese comics and animation, are coming to the Chilean cultural fore."