APRIL 11TH, 2014 - APRIL 12TH, 2014
Birmingham-Southern College's 22nd Annual Undergraduate Latin American Studies Symposium
Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, Alabama
This year’s invited speakers will focus on life and death on the Mexico-U.S. border.
Alice Leora Briggs will deliver an artist lecture – a visual record of some of her ongoing research in Juarez.
The deadline for submission of abstracts is February 15, 2014. To submit proposals and for information about the hotel and registration fee please visit http://www.bsc.edu/academics/las/symposium.cfm
Students can also send proposal by mail to the address below.
Barbara Domcekova, PhD
MAY 21ST, 2014 - MAY 24TH, 2014
LASA 2014 International Congress
XXXII International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association
September 11, 2013, marks the fortieth anniversary of the violent coup that toppled a long-existing democratic regime in Chile. This country was not alone in experiencing repressive military rule. Indeed, during the 1960s and 1970s, democracies in Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil were replaced by military governments. Moreover, during the same period, and extending to the 1990s, authoritarian regimes held power in numerous other countries — Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Panama, Peru, and Paraguay among them.
Many of these authoritarian regimes made systematic use of violence, repression, disappearances, and fear to suppress resistance, protest, and human rights. They targeted enemies of the state broadly and used exile, torture, and executions as instruments of state power. Resistance to state repression was also widespread.
Beginning in the 1980s, democratic processes of government were reestablished throughout Latin America and new constitutions were written and introduced against a backdrop of public memories of past political experiences of repression and injustice, many of them constructed under years of authoritarian rule. Sufficient time has now passed for scholars to assess the longer term consequences of collective memory and institutional development and to reflect on a number of major questions:
â-¾ Does this past, shaped by collective memories that are themselves constructed of narratives, shared experiences, and interpretations of everyday life, as well as of violence, repression, and resistance, affect how new institutions are discussed, devised, and developed?