Marta Zabaleta

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Marta Raquel Zabaleta was born in Alcorta, Argentina, in 1937. She is an exile from Chile and Argentina and has lived in the UK since 1976. She is an economist, social scientist, writer, poet, essayist, academic and cultural promoter.She is also the mother of Yanina Andrea Hinrichsen and Tomás Alejo Hinrichsen Zabaleta.

She graduated as a National Public Accountant and Expert Partitioner (National University of the Littoral, 1960). Her academic expertise lies in the economic and social development of Latin America (Santiago, ESCOLATINA, University of Chile, Santiago,1963-4), and she received her D.Phil in Development Studies (Institute of Development Studies, IDS, Sussex University, 1989). Her early feminist and humanitarian vocation earned her imprisonment by the military regimes of General Juan Domingo Perón (1954) in Argentina and General Augusto Pinochet (1973) in Chile. Repatriated by a decree of the President of Argentina, in 1973, she was expelled by the de facto government of Jorge Rafael Videla (1976), destined for the United Kingdom.

Now, in her “old” age, Zabaleta is proud of not having been broken despite being so fiercely persecuted in her struggle for a more equal world. Her work as an organizer and cultural promoter, initiated in exile, is varied, extensive, and difficult to summarize. Reflecting on her past led, among other things, to write poetry again after a thirty-year hiatus imposed by the trauma of exile.

As a writer and poet, her writings have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines in a number of countries and on international websites, as well as her scientific work. Several of her poems have been translated and/or selected for international poetry and art exhibitions and anthologies. She has been the focus of several videos and documentaries in various countries and interviewed periodically for multiple reasons in Spanish and English, from 1990 onwards. Zabaleta has coordinated and participated in several artistic activities at national and international level. She also founded and still coordinates the international network, 'Women and Arts in the World' as well as a Working Group of the Consejo Europeo de Investigaciones Sociales de América Latina [European Council of Social Research on Latin America]. Since 1992, Zabaleta has been listed as a woman, cientist and author, in about 50 biographical books, the latest of which are The International Who's Who of Women" and "The International Who's Who of Authors and Writers (London & New York: Routledge, 2019).

In 2003,Marta was also selected by the UNRC as a female political refugee who triunfed in Europe and invited to write her history.

In 2005 she was selected among the 10 professional awarded help by the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics to take part in the Oral History of London because of her "valuable contribution to the culture of the city". Furthermore, her personal history and her opinions about relevant topics were taped over 10 hours and will remain open to the Museum of London's public permanently.

In May 2010, at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, under the auspices of the XLVI Congress of the Canadian Association of Hispanists, the launch of the e-book anthology edited by Nela Rio El espacio no es un vacío, incluye todos los tiempos [Space is not an empty, it includes all time] took place. This book was dedicated to Marta Zabaleta’s project "Women and words in the world."

A poetry and art tribute exhibition (paper and virtual) by the Creative Registry of the Canadian Association of Hispanists, Nevada, June 2016, was dedicated to Marta Zabaleta.

Academic books[edit]

  • 2000. Feminine Stereotypes and Roles in Theory and Practice in Argentina Before and After the First Lady Eva Peron. Lewiston, N.Y.; Queenston, Ontario; Lampeter, Wales: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2000. 405 pages. ISBN 0-88946-488-X.
  • 2002. El cuerpo importa (The body matters), CESLA Magazine, University of Warwsaw.
  • 1993. Women in Argentina: Myths, Realities and Dreams. CHANGE report No 19, Londres.


^2010. Rio, Nela, Ed. El espacio no es un vacíó, incluye todos los tiempos [Space is not an empty, it includes all time]. Fredericton, Canada: Broken Jaw Press.