Comparative Memories of Conflict

Comparative Memories of Conflict

4:00pm - 6:00pm / Tuesday 24th April 2018 / Venue: Lecture Theatre 3 Rendall Building
Type: Seminar / Category: Department / Series: Modern Languages and Cultures Seminar Series
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Talks followed by poster display and drinks reception

4.00-5.00pm in the Rendall Building, Lecture Theatre 3:

Silvana Mandolessi (Professor of Cultural Studies at KU Leuven) - Memory as De-facement

The disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa in September 2014 brought about the biggest political crisis in Mexico in the last decade. It triggered a grass-root movement, with global reach, which denounced disappearances and other human rights violations that had been committed since the beginning of the ‘War on Drugs’. In the memory activism around the case, many practices and resources from the long history of enforced disappearance in Latin America were appropriated and recycled to adapt them to the Mexican context and new technologies.

In this talk Silvana will explore how classical symbols of disappearances were adapted to the digital era, focusing on “photographs” and particularly on the use of the face as a mnemonic device that became particularly prominent.

Followed by 5.00-6.00pm in the Language Lounge, 1-7 Abercromby Square:

Q&A Session with Visual Artist Paula Luttringer

In this session, Paula Luttringer will discuss her work The Slaughterhouse and will answer questions from the audience.

Followed by a drinks reception with a display of photographs by Paula Luttringer and posters by students.

Co-sponsored by HSS Faculty Conflict and Security research theme and the MLC Conflict, Heritage and Identity research group, and co-organized by the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, and the Department of Communication and Media.