UW Bothell's Dr. Julie Shayne Releases "They Used to Call Us Witches: Chilean Exiles, Culture, and Feminism"

Tuesday, December 08, 2009
CONTACT: Elizabeth Fischtziur - (425) 352-3636 -

BOTHELL, Wash. - The University of Washington Bothell's Dr. Julie Shayne, lecturer in the Center for University Studies & Programs and the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences program, will release her new book, They Used to Call Us Witches: Chilean Exiles, Culture, and Feminism, on December 28, 2009.

Published by Lexington Books, it provides readers "an informative, highly readable account of the role played by Chilean women exiles during the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet from 1973-1990. Through the use of extensive interviews, sociologist Julie Shayne looks at the movement organized by exiled Chileans in Vancouver, British Columbia, to denounce Pinochet's dictatorship and support those who remained in Chile."

Dr. Shayne provides a readable account of this monumental movement from the perspective of Chilean women in Vancouver, British Columbia, allowing readers a captivating look at how organized Chileans worked to oust the dictatorship of General Pinochet.

Says Dr. Shayne, "I met some amazing women who lived through things that most of us will never experience. Rather than be shut down by the pain of exile, Chilean women worked with their communities. They used culture, music, and feminism to protest the Pinochet dictatorship and encourage Canadians to support them in their efforts. It is a very inspirational story that I feel honored to document."

To celebrate its release, the university will host a book launch and author signing on Tuesday, January 12, 2010, on campus in UW2-030. The event will take place from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase. For questions about the event, please contact Annie Brelsford at (425) 352-3427.

Dr. Shayne is also the author of The Revolution Question: Feminisms in El Salvador, Chile, and Cuba (Rutgers University Press, 2004). Dr. Shayne earned her PhD in sociology at the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2000. She currently lives in Edmonds. For more information on Dr. Shayne, visit her Web site: or email her at

About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell combines the benefits of a small campus with the resources and prestige of a world-renowned university. Offering over 30 degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, its curriculum emphasizes close student-faculty interaction, collaboration among students, and hands-on learning. UW Bothell celebrates its 20th year of operation during the 2009-10 academic year with the opening of student housing, an access ramp connecting the campus to SR522, and new degrees including a Master of Computing and Software Systems (MSCSS), and a Leadership Master of Business Administration (L-MBA) at an offsite location in Bellevue, WA.