Conference: Democracy and Memory in Latin America

Conference Volume available February 2016 at Harvard University Press

Friday, November 1, 2013

CGIS South S-010 Tsai Auditorium, 1730 Cambridge St.

1:30 - 2:00 PM

Conference Registration

2:00 PM        

Keynote Address
What type of memory for what kind of democracy? Challenges in the link between past and future
Elizabeth Jelin, Senior Researcher at the National Council of Scientific Research in Argentina

2:45 - 4:15 PM       

Committing to Democratic Values and Institutions in Latin America

This panel explores the roots of commitment to democratic politics in Latin America. 

Marysa Navarro (Chair), Professor Emerita, Department of History, Dartmouth College; DRCLAS Resident Scholar

How Memory Can Help Democratization and Reconciliation: My Personal Experience in Chile
Sergio Bitar, Senior Fellow, Inter-American Dialogue

The Politics of Memory
Katherine Hite, Professor of Political Science, Vassar College

Evolving Standards in International Law Regarding Mass Atrocities and their Contribution to Memory and Democracy
Juan Mendez, U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture   

The Memory of Politics
Peter Winn, Professor of History, Tufts University

4:15 - 5:30 PM        

Constructing Memory

This panel considers the role of journalists and others in contributing to the construction of memory through investigation and reporting on events and the personal stories of those whose lives have been affected by repression and resistance.

June Carolyn Erlick (Chair), Publications Director, DRCLAS                                   

Guatemala Looks Back: The Arbenz Centennial and the Rios Montt Trial
Stephen Kinzer, Visiting Fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University

The Jean Claude Duvalier Trial: Unearthing Haiti's Buried Memories
Michèle Montas, Journalist

How a Better Memory of Colombia's Conflict is Contributing to Enhance its Democracy
Maria Teresa Ronderos, Director, Verdad

Saturday, November 2, 2013

CGIS South S-010 Tsai Auditorium, 1730 Cambridge St.

8:45 - 10:00 AM

Recording Memory

This panel considers the preservation of written and oral records of the past and what is learned from forensic data. 

Bill Fash (Chair), Charles P. Bowditch Professor of Central American and Mexican Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University                                               

The Preservation of Mayan Oral Literature Through Recorded Memories
Ava Berinstein, Linguistics Advisor, Cultural Survival; DRCLAS Central America Visiting Scholar 2012-13

The Document Troves Leading to the Detention of General Pinochet and Operation Condor
John Dinges, Godfrey Lowell Cabot Professor of Journalism, Columbia Journalism School

The Promise and Peril of Terror Archives in the Americas
Kirsten Weld, Assistant Professor of History, Harvard University

10:00 - 11:15 AM     

Interpreting Memory I

This panel explores the art and literary production that exhumes and explains memories of collective experiences.         

Diana Sorensen (Chair), Dean of the Arts and Humanities; James F. Rothenberg Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures; Professor of Comparative Literature, Harvard University                              
At Night the Memories
Marjorie Agosín, Luella LaMer Slaner Professor in Latin American Studies; Professor of Spanish, Wellesley College                     

Acts of Opening, Acts of Freedom: Mexico 1968 Other/wise
Susana Draper, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Princeton University

"Operation Memory": Contemporary Novelists Wrestle with History
Marguerite Feitlowitz, Professor, Literature Department, Bennington College

11:30 AM - 12:45 PM     

Interpreting Memory II

This panel considers the role of museums and public spaces in preserving and interpreting memory of collective experiences.

Doris Sommer (Chair), Ira Jewell Williams Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, Director of Graduate Studies in Spanish, Harvard University. Director of the Cultural Agents Initiative, Harvard University                       

Memory-Works: Works on Memory
Julian Bonder, Partner, Wodiczko+Bonder Architecture, Art, Design; Professor of Architecture, Roger Williams University

"Su cuerpo es una isla en escombros": Arqueologías de la memoria entre las ruinas de la isla prisión del Frontón
"His Body is an Island Turned into Rubble": Archaeologies of Memory Amongst the Ruins of the Prison Island of El Frontón 
(Note: This presentation will be given partially in Spanish)
Gustavo Buntinx, Conductor, Micromuseo "Al Fondo Hay Sitio"            

A Place for the Dead. The Central Cemetery of Bogotá as a Realm of Historical Memory for Post-Conflict Colombia
Paolo Vignolo, Associate Professor at the Center of Social Studies, Universidad Nacional de Colombia; DRCLAS Santo Domingo Visiting Scholar, fall 2012  

2:00 - 3:15 PM       

Triggering and Healing Memory

This panel provides a discussion of the effects of trauma on current and later generations and the role of spirituality in understanding and coming to terms with injustice and violence in public ways.

David Carrasco (Chair), Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America, with a joint appointment with the Department of Anthropology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Divinity School      

La búsqueda de la verdad y sus contribuciones a la consolidación democrática (Note: This presentation will be given in Spanish)
Salomón Lerner Febres, Former President of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Peru; Executive President of the Center for Democracy and Human Rights, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru

Pasts Imperfect: Working with Former Combatants in Colombia
Kimberly Theidon, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University                                                                                         

Historical Memory, Transitional Justice and the Chilean Catholic Church
Alexander Wilde, Research Fellow, Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, American University        


3:15 - 4:30 PM        

Memory and the Future of Democracy

This capstone panel will explore the perspectives on the future of democracy in Latin America.

Merilee Grindle (Chair), Director, DRCLAS, Edward S. Mason Professor of International Development, Harvard Kennedy School      

The Weight of the Past, the Politics of the Present, and the Future of Democracy in Brazil, the Southern Cone, and Beyond
Frances Hagopian, Jorge Paulo Lemann Visiting Associate Professor for Brazil Studies, Department of Government, Harvard University  

Perspectives on Memory and the Future of Democracy in Latin America
Elizabeth Jelin, Senior Researcher at the National Council of Scientific Research in Argentina

The Politics of Memory and History in Spain
Marysa Navarro, Professor Emerita, Department of History, Dartmouth College; DRCLAS Resident Scholar