Nora Cortiñas, Co-Founder of Mothers of Plaza de Mayo – UK Speaking Tour

Nora Cortiñas, Co-Founder of Mothers of Plaza de Mayo – UK Speaking Tour

Dates: 31st October – 2nd November 2017

Organised by: Argentina Solidarity Campaign (ASC), Centre of Latin American Studies – University of Cambridge, Institute of Latin American Studies and the Human Rights Consortium, University of London

Venues: University of Cambridge and Senate House, University of London (see below)

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“Human rights, Disappearances, Debt and Free Trade: Struggles for Justice and Sovereignty in Argentina and Latin America.”

 

Nora Cortiñas is Co-founder of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo (Argentina’s inspirational women’s movement that resisted the brutal military dictatorship (1976-83)) and member of its Linea Fundadora.

 

Beverly Keene is Director of Jubileo Sur-Dialogo 2000, an NGO that campaigns to against illegitimate external debts in Latin America & the Caribbean.

Below is the public meetings schedule. Further dates may be added (watch this space). 

 

1) Tuesday 31st October 2017, 1pm, London:
Meeting for Trade Unions and NGOs.
If you help to run a trade union, NGO or civil society organisation please contact argentinasolidaritycampaign@gmail.com for details of this special event.

 

2) Wednesday 1st November 2017 5pm-7pm, Cambridge:
Room S1, First Floor, Alison Richard Building, University of Cambridge, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT. Hosted by the Centre of Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge.
See here for details

Free entry, open to all. No reservation required.

 

3) Thursday 2nd November 2017 6-8pm, London:
Senate Room (tbc we may move to a larger room), Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. Hosted by the Institute of Latin American Studies and the Human Rights Consortium, School of Advanced Study, University of London. Followed by wine reception.

Free entry, open to all. Space is limited. You MUST pre-register here to reserve a place:

 

Given the forced disappearance of Santiago Maldonado, missing since he was detained by the National Gendarmerie while supporting a Mapuche community in Patagonia, the timing for this visit could not be more important. Nora will incorporate her own experiences of campaigning for justice for “The Disappeared” during Argentina’s last dictatorship, including for her own son since 1977, and offer her reflections on the human and labour rights scenario in Argentina and Latin America today in light of the return of right-wing governments.

 

The discussions will also cover further human and labour rights issues, debt and trade in Latin America, as well as other global issues, especially with eyes on the fact that Buenos Aires will host a WTO leaders’ summit in December 2017 and the G20 Summit next year.

 

Please join us for this timely meeting, which is an incredibly rare opportunity to hear one of the Mothers speak in the UK.

 

The organisers would like to thank the following organisations for helping to fund this visit:

UNITE International Department, War on Want, Centre of Latin American Studies – University of Cambridge, Columban Missionaries Britain, Jubilee Debt Campaign, UNITE Slough branch, UNITE Glasgow branch, GMB, Institute of Latin American Studies and the Human Rights Consortium, School of Advanced Study – University of London, Scotland Region RMT, UNITE Waltham Forest, Redbridge Trades Council, Calder Bookshop plus the generosity of dozens of ASC supporters who contributed to our Crowdfunder.

 

Entry to all events is free but donations can be made towards the costs of Nora and Beverly’s visit at the crowdfunder page. This is a special message from Nora to promote her visit:

 

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Assessing Argentina’s October 2017 mid-term elections – 24th October

Date: 6pm, Tue 24 October 2017

Venue:UCL Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PN

Organised by: UCL Institute of the Americas

Tickets: Free but pre-registration required here

Speakers: Ana Margheritis (Southampton), Ezequiel González Ocantos (Oxford), Francisco Panizza (LSE), Jill Hedges (Oxford Analytica). Chair: Par Engstrom (UCL)

 

This panel discussion will assess the outcome of Argentina’s legislative elections on 22 October 2017. For some, the mid-term elections is a gauge of the chances of former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner to stage a political comeback, as well as a vital political test for the agenda of current president Mauricio Macri. Given the highly polarised context of contemporary Argentine politics, the election comes at a crucial moment. We are therefore delighted to welcome to the Institute a distinguished panel of experts on Argentine politics to discuss the election results and future trajectories for the country.

For further details and to register see here.

 


Attendance is free of charge but registration is required. IMPORTANT NOTE on access to 51 Gordon Square: in order to secure the smooth delivery of the lectures or presentations, and for ease of logistics, access may be restricted after the start of the event. We will endeavour to accommodate late arrivals within our possibilities, but an early arrival is recommended to avoid disappointment.

La Salud Pública, La Fundación Rockefeller y la División Internacional

La Salud Pública bajo la perpectiva de La Fundación Rockefeller y la División Internacional de Salud en el Río de la Plata y la Región Andina (1941-1949)

Date: Wednesday Oct 18, 2017 05:30 PM

Location: UCL Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PN

UCL Institute of the Americas

October 18 2017 | 17:30

*****EVENT IN SPANISH ONLY*****

Professor Karina I Ramacciotti (CONICET, Argentina) – En 1941, la División Internacional de Salud de la Fundación Rockefeller instauró una dependencia regional para el Río de la Plata y la Región Andina que estuvo a cargo del malariólogo Lewis Wendell Hackett. La instalación de esta oficina debe comprenderse dentro del marco de acciones impulsadas desde Estados Unidos, a partir de la segunda posguerra, para desarrollar programas que permitiesen estrechar vínculos con América Latina.

Esta conferencia examinará las actividades desplegadas por esta oficina regional y hará énfasis en el estudio de los programas de formación de agentes sanitarios, y en los que estimularon la investigación científica sobre los problemas vinculados a la salud pública. El corpus está compuesto por el relevamiento de los diarios personales de Hackett desde su llegada a Buenos Aires (1941) hasta el momento de su retiro (1949), las memorias anuales, sus discursos, correspondencia y sus archivos fotográficos. Este material se encuentra preservado en los Archivos de la Fundación Rockefeller en Nueva York. La mirada será comparativa ya que nos permitirá revisar cómo la Fundación Rockefeller observaba la región, que aspectos se priorizaron y cuáles se intentaron modificar con fórmulas similares pero con dispares resultados.

Karina I. Ramacciotti es doctora en Ciencias Sociales por la Universidad de Buenos Aires. Actualmente se desempeña como investigadora Independiente del CONICET en el Instituto Interdisciplinario de Estudios de Género de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la UBA y como profesora Titular de Historia Social en la Universidad Nacional de Quilmes. Es autora de La política sanitaria del peronismo y, junto a Carolina Biernat, Crecer y Multiplicarse. La política sanitaria materno infantil argentina (1900-1960). Ha compilado Generando el peronismo. Estudios de cultura, política y géneroLa Fundación Eva Perón y las mujeres: entre la provocación y la inclusión; Políticas sociales: entre demandas y resistencias; Historia de la Salud y la Enfermedad. Bajo la lupa de las ciencias sociales ; Salud Pública y la Enfermería en la Argentina y Contigo ni pan ni cebolla. Debates y prácticas sobre el divorcio vincular en Argentina, 1932-1968. Ha publicado artículos de su especialidad en revistas nacionales e internacionales.

Attendance to this event is free of charge but registration is required. 

IMPORTANT NOTE ON ACCESS TO 51 GORDON SQUARE: in order to ensure a smooth delivery of the lecture and for ease of logistics, access to the building may be restricted after the start of the event. We will endeavour to accommodate late arrivals within reason, but an early arrival is recommended to avoid disappointment. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Support Nora Cortiñas (Mothers of Plaza de Mayo) UK speaking tour

Crowdfunder Appeal for the Visit of Nora Cortiñas and Beverly Keene to the UK in Autumn 2017

 

See the full appeal here which we are sharing on behalf of the Argentina Solidarity Campaign in the spirit of academic freedom and debate.

Support​

If you would like to support this event, we ask that please donate what you are able here. Planned talks will be held at Senate House, University of London (Institute of Latin American Studies) and University of Cambridge Centre of Latin American Studies at the end of October/start of November 2017. If sufficient funds are raised, Argentina Research Network will publicise the details in due course.

 

Nora Cortiñas is co-founder of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo, the inspirational women’s movement that resisted the brutal military dictatorship (1976-1983) having lost sons and daughters to its violent repression. Her son, Carlos Gustavo, was disappeared by the military junta in Argentina on 15 April 1977. She has since dedicated her life to campaigning for human rights causes, most notably to bring the perpetrators of the kidnappings, torture and disappearances of 30,000 Argentinians to justice. She teaches at the Social Science Faculty of the University of Buenos Aires and holds three Honorary Doctorates.

 

Beverly Keene is the Director of Jubileo Sur-Dialogo 2000, an NGO that campaigns to against illegitimate external debts in less powerful countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. She and Nora both campaign on illegitimate debt, trade, economic justice and improvements in human and labour rights both in Argentina and across Latin America.

 

Given the forced disappearance of Santiago Maldonado, kidnapped by the National Gendarmerie while supporting the Pu Lof Mapuche community in Patagonia, the timing for this visit could not be more important. Nora would incorporate her own experiences of campaigning for justice for “the disappeared” since 1977 and offer her reflections on the human and labour rights scenario in Argentina and Latin America today in light of the return of right-wing governments.

 

The discussions will also cover further human and labour rights issues, debt and trade in Latin America, and other global issues, especially with eyes on the fact that Buenos Aires will host a WTO leaders’ summit in December 2017 and the G20 Summit next year.

 

Funding requirements

Funds will pay for the travel from Argentina, accommodation in London for Nora and Beverly to present talks to trade unions, human rights activists, academics and students, NGOs and social movements, and other expense including food and internal travel during their stay from 31 October to 4 November. We have so far raised about £1,200 from UNITE, Jubilee Debt Campaign and the Human Rights Consortium, University of London, but need another £2,500 by the beginning of October in order to cover these costs.

 

In the unlikely event that the trip gets cancelled for any reason, funds will be used towards the Argentina Solidarity Campaign’s future activities unless you write to us requesting a refund.

 

Why this visit must happen now

Sadly, many of the Mothers are into their 80s and 90s and in ill-health and so are unable to travel from Argentina to deliver such talks. Luckily although 87 years-old herself, Nora is healthy and active. But the reality is that this may be the last opportunity to receive one of the Mothers in the UK. It is important for Argentinians and other Latin Americans in the UK, for labour rights campaigners, and for everyone else around the country interested in human rights in Latin America, who haven’t had the opportunity to hear a Mother speak live, to have this chance.

 

With the disappearance of Santiago Maldonado in Chubut on 1 August by the National Gendarmerie, it is vital that international attention is shone on a worrying increase in state repression and a return to repressive tactics used by the military during the dictatorship.

 

Argentina will also host the WTO leaders’ summit in December 2017 and the G20 Summit next year so in the run up to these events for which unions, social movements, NGOs and grassroots organisations across the globe will be mobilising for, it is important that students and other academics who specialise in Latin America hear from experienced and internationally renowned campaigner voices from that country.

 

Nora is widely revered among the global human rights community. Her faction of The Mothers, the “Linea Fundadora” has remained politically independent which has allowed her to maintain neutrality and she is highly respected across the political spectrum. ​​