Call for Papers - Panel Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Conference 2014:
"Cultural memory work and Latin American reckonings with the authoritarian past"
Panel organizers: Rebecca J. Atencio & Nina Schneider
Call for Papers - Panel LASA 2014:
Cultural memory work and Latin American reckonings with the authoritarian past
Transition processes from authoritarian to democratic regimes have been a core subject of the burgeoning field of memory and more recently “transitional justice” studies, yet the role of culture in these developments remains understudied. The subsection of Memory studies that examines cultural works, on the one hand, often focuses on specific cultural objects (museums, art, films and theater) and analyzes how different protagonists narrate and dispute the past. Focusing on culture in a narrow sense, they tend to disjoint cultural works from the political and juridical history of the reckoning process. Most “transitional justice” studies, on the other hand, exclude the role of culture and concentrate on the legal and political reckonings with the authoritarian past. Conceiving of culture in its broader sense as a complex web of socio-political and cultural practices, this panel attempts to bridge the gap between the cultural, political, and legal realm, and invites scholars from various disciplines to reflect on the role that cultural works played in the reckoning process of a particular Latin American country. The goal is to examine the role of culture from an integrated rather than a narrow perspective and to compare different Latin American cases.
Questions may include:
- What role has cultural memory work (both in general and specific works/genres) played in the transition processes in Chile, Argentina, Peru, and other Latin American countries, not as an isolated question, but taking an integrated view of culture alongside political and legal initiatives?
- How have cultural memory works and political and legal initiatives impacted or related to each other?
- What effect has cultural memory work had on the struggle for “memory, truth and justice”? Has it strengthened or weakened human rights mobilization?
- Who have been the actors promoting or producing cultural memory work and what have been their intentions?
- Do we have to differentiate between private and public cultural memory works?
If you are interested, please let us know as soon as possible (you wouldn’t need to send us the abstract until August 15th, but we’d like to constitute the panels within the next few weeks or so). The deadline for panel proposals is September 3, 2013, although all participants must join LASA or renew their memberships by August 23, 2013.
We are planning to publish a special issue and/or edit a book on the topic. Please send an abstract, a short bio, and a brief statement of whether or not you are interested in contributing to the publication to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Becky J. Atencio & Nina Schneider
Dr. Nina Schneider
University of Konstanz
Office Y 324
78457 Konstanz, Germany
Tel.: +49 (0)7531 / 88 - 5671
Fax: +49 (0)7531 / 88 - 4829
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