Professor Aguirre recently defended her doctoral dissertation, “Vulnerability and Jouissance: Precarity and Globalization in Young Chilean Art”. Her research analyzes how young people in Chile experience globalization and the manifestations of this experience through visual arts and poetry. “I did fieldwork in Chile for one year. I was there trying to understand why young people got involved in poetry and visual arts, particularly in a country in which art is being displaced by more technical professions due to neoliberal government policies. I visited and interviewed more than 70 young artists, attended galleries and art competitions. I also did participant observation in poetry workshops, and participated in poetry festivals and conferences organized by young people. My research revealed that art has become a space for resistance and political organization against imposed neoliberalism, particularly for young people who identify themselves as being in the margin of society. It also shows how, despite economic scarcity, young people are taking advantage of globalization to produce experimental art and create new audiences at a transnational level”.