Two day Symposium: ‘Between the past and the future: Challenging narratives of memory in Latin America’, Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London, 23rd-24th November 2010.
Key Note Speaker: Elizabeth Jelin (IDES, Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Confirmed Contributors: Vikki Bell (Goldsmiths), Susannah Radstone (University of East London), Jens Andermann (Birkbeck)
Call for papers:
In the context of novel theories of trauma and loss that have emerged in the field of memory studies, we propose to examine the current debates on memory in relation to traumatic pasts in Latin America. In the light of the aftermath of the military coups in the Southern Cone, as Elizabeth Jelin accounts in Argentina’s case, the testimonies of the direct victims of state terrorism have dominated official discourses of memory, as a result, have excluded a number of wider public voices. This symposium is organised around a critical inquiry directed towards a ‘politics of victimisation’ that has become the official mode of engagement with loss. Under these preoccupations, we propose to re-examine who bears the ‘legitimacy of remembering’ in contemporary Latin American countries. While discussing notions of victimhood, testimony, witnessing, and transmission of trauma, we propose to interrogate how these concepts are challenged by a new wave of researchers. What other voices and interventions are involved in generating new critical enquires and alternative visions of the past?
We invite papers for a 2-day symposium which investigating all forms of critical outlooks on cultural memory in Latin America. Topics might include, thought not exclusively confined to such issues as:
Visual culture and the aesthetics of counter-memory in Latin America
Migration, exile, diaspora and identity
Familialism and non-kin expressions of memory
Trauma, loss and the politics of victimization & identification
Contested sites of memory and urban commemorations
The ethics of memory research in Latin America
Memory and performance in the Southern Cone
Human rights, trials and beyond legal justice
Please send us your abstract for a 20-minute paper (max 300 words) and a brief biographical summary including current affiliation and research interests (max 150 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline: 30th September 2010.
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