Ongoing Dialogues: Memory and Human Rights

This international symposium, beginning on September 29th, will address the role that literature, art and film play in the struggles against enforced disappearance, torture, degrading treatment, forced prostitution, human trafficking, violence against immigrants, gender violence, and femicide. We seek to address the relations between artistic practices and struggles against impunity and between aesthetics and ethics, and to give visibility to current human rights concerns and to the design of practices of memory.

This international symposium, beginning on September 29th, will address the role that literature, art and film play in the struggles against enforced disappearance, torture, degrading treatment, forced prostitution, human trafficking, violence against immigrants, gender violence, and femicide. We seek to address the relations between artistic practices and struggles against impunity and between aesthetics and ethics, and to give visibility to current human rights concerns and to the design of practices of memory.

Speakers include:

Jean Franco, Columbia University "The Ghostly Arts"

David William Foster, Arizona State University "Helen Zout's Desapariciones: Shooting Death"

Ileana Rodríguez, Ohio State University "Operación Pájaro: Expediente 27, 1998. Obispo Gerardi: enemigo del estado"

Horacio Castellanos Moya, Writer, Journalist READING from Insensatez y Tirana memoria

Duane Krohnke, University of Minnesota "The Interactive Global Struggle Against Impunity for Salvadorean Human Rights Violators"

Guillermina Walas, Independent Scholar "Ciudad y memoria: reclamos de justicia a través de las marcas testimoniales de La Plata (Argentina)"

Margarita Saona, University of Illinois at Chicago "Memory Sites: From Auratic Spaces to Cyberspace in Peruvian Embattled Memories"

Amy Kaminsky, University of Minnesota "Memory, Postmemory, Prosthetic Memory: Reflections on the Holocaust and Argentina's Dirty War"

Alma López, Artist, Activist, Visual storyteller "La Llorona Desperately Seeking Coyolxauhqui"

Hernán Vidal, University of Minnesota "Verdad universal: notas jurídicas para una hermenéutica cultural basada en los derechos humanos"

Alicia Kozameh, Writer READING from Pasos bajo el agua, 259 saltos, uno inmortal, Mano en vuelo, y "Bosquejo de alturas"

Barbara Frey, University of Minnesota "Forms and Practices of Human Rights Advocacy"

Patrick J. McNamara, University of Minnesota "Memory Without Metaphor: Cognition and the Art of Human Rights in Mexico"

Raul Marrero Fente, University of Minnesota "Ethics and Law in the Inter-American Human Rights System"

Luis Martín Estudillo, University of Iowa "The Banality of Torture? Earning Democratic Credentials Under Franco"

Miguel Rep, artist, cartoonist "Del derecho humano al humor"

Regina Marques, Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal "Women's Rights as Human Rights. Vulnerabilities in Portugal and in Europe. The Gap Between the Law and Life"

Javier Sanjinés, University of Michigan "Estética y derechos humanos bajo la dictadura en Bolivia: el monumentalismo de Fernando Díez de Medina"

Alicia Gaspar de Alba, UCLA READING from Desert Blood: The Juárez Murders

Leigh Payne, University of Minnesota. "The Struggle Against Silence and Forgetting in Brazil"

Alexis Howe, Dominican University "Madness and Disappearance: El infarto del alma by Diamela Eltit and Paz Errázuriz"

Ofelia Ferrán, University of Minnesota "Mala gente que camina, by Benjamín Prado: Uncovering the Plot of Franco's 'Stolen Children' in Contemporary Spain"

Ana Paula Ferreira, University of Minnesota "Lidia Jorge's A Última Dona: Witnessing the New (?) 'Banality of Evil' in Post-Dictatorship Portugal"

Félix de la Concha, Artist "Facing Memories: Portraits with Testimonies"


The event will take place on:

Thursday September 29, 9 am-5 pm

Friday September 30, 9 am-7 pm

Saturday September 31, 9 am-2.30 pm

Maroon Room, McNamara Alumni Center 200 Oak St. SE Minneapolis, MN 55455


Contact Prof. Ana Forcinito (aforcini@umn.edu) or Prof. Jaime Hanneken (hanne045@umn.edu) for more information.

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