Call for Papers: Rethinking the ‘proceso’: The Argentine Dictatorship (1976-1983) in Perspective

Call for Papers:

Rethinking the ‘proceso’: The Argentine Dictatorship (1976-1983) in Perspective

March 24, 2016 – UCL Institute of the Americas

Argentina Dictatorship


The coup d’etat of March 24, 1976 was a key and dark landmark in the history of Argentina, one that has been demanding ever since intense efforts of analysis. The complex political and economic system established in the aftermath of the Second World War was brutally transformed under the self-denominated “Proceso de Reorganización Nacional”. Unlike some of the previous military coups, the longstanding effects of this “processing” of Argentine society are a complex legacy still present at many levels of Argentine society.

In the past 40 years scholars have approached the dictatorship from a number of different perspectives. From the first contemporary reactions, the literature inspired by the so-called transition to democracy or the “two demons” to the recent rereading of state repression, the opening of archives and the studies of collective memory and new understandings of militant activity, the field has been characterised by strongly diverse methodological and political traditions. This anniversary is a unique opportunity to provide a balance of the research undertaken so far and to further widen the debate about the legacy of the dictatorship in this long-term perspective.

This conference is an invitation to discuss recent research on relevant aspect of the last Argentine dictatorship. It seeks to attract scholars from across the humanities and the social sciences by focusing on an interdisciplinary and broad examination of both the social and political history and the political economy of the process, attempting to explore changes in capital accumulation alongside new patterns of domination and resistance or conflict.

Contributions are invited that address themes such as, but by no means exclusive to:

  • Violence, repression and human rights violations since 1976
  • Political economy of the dictatorship: debt crisis, deindustrialisation and financialisation
  • Crisis and end of the dictatorship: Malvinas/Falklands war and democratic ‘transition’
  • Exile, human rights movements and memory making in post dictatorship

Selected papers may be invited for inclusion in a planned edited collection depending on the overall range of papers submitted, quality of the material and the interest of the participants. There will be a number of small grants available to cover travel and accommodation costs.

Proposals for contributions should include a title, an abstract of approx. 300 words, and a brief (max. 50 word) biographical statement, and should be sent to the convenors by December 15, 2015.

The convenors should be contacted at:

Juan Grigera:

Luciana Zorzoli:

Applicants should also indicate if they wish to be considered for a travel grant with an indication of anticipated expenses.

Registration fees: £30, concessionary rates (students): £20

Key dates

30 September-15 December – Call for papers

15 December: Abstract submission

15 February: Paper submission

24 March: Conference

15 June: Submission of edited pieces for edited collection

New article: From Blanket Impunity to Judicial Opening(s) H.I.J.O.S. and Memory Making in Postdictatorship Argentina (2005–2012)

JuxtapositionCara Levey and Francesca Lessa (in special issue of Latin American Perspectives


With the increasing opportunities for justice ushered in by the repeal of the Full Stop and Due Obedience laws in 2005, the struggles for memory and justice by Argentina’s H.I.J.O.S. (Sons and Daughters for Identity and Justice against Forgetting and Silence) have shifted focus. Pre-2005, the organization used escraches (public demonstrations in which the perpetrators of human rights violations are “outed”) to respond to the problem of top-down impunity in Argentina, condemn the atrocities, and expose the legal immunity enjoyed by the perpetrators. Post-2005, it has employed escraches to bring to the fore shortcomings in the judicial sphere by widening its selection of targets. Furthermore, new activities outside and inside the courtroom reflect the new landscape of justice, celebrating the advent of justice and accompanying victims, survivors, and witnesses in this process while continuing to highlight persistent shortcomings and obstacles in the judicial sphere.

Con las nuevas oportunidades para la justicia que trajo la anulación de las leyes de Punto Final y de Obediencia Debida en 2005, la organización argentina H.I.J.O.S. (Hijos e Hijas por la Identidad y la Justicia contra el Olvido y el Silencio) ha reorientado el enfoque de sus luchas por la memoria y la justicia. Antes de 2005, la organización usaba los escraches (manifestaciones públicas en las cuales los responsables de violaciones derechos humanos son “sacados del closet” o puestos al descubierto) para responder al problema de la impunidad en la Argentina, condenar las atrocidades y poner de manifiesto la impunidad legal de la cual gozaban los autores de las violaciones. Después de 2005, los escraches ampliaron la selección de sus blancos de ataque y sirvieron para llamar la atención sobre las deficiencias del sistema judicial. Además, las nuevas actividades fuera y dentro de los tribunales reflejan el nuevo panorama de la justicia, al celebrar la llegada de la misma y acompañar a las víctimas, a los sobrevivientes y a los testigos en este proceso mientras continúan denunciando las deficiencias y los obstáculos persistentes en la esfera judicial.

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New Book: World Film Locations – Buenos Aires

Edited by Santiago Oyarzabal and Michael Piggott. University of Chicago Press (2014)

Santiago bookWorld Film Locations: Buenos Aires explores this picturesque and passionate city (the second-largest in South America) as a stage for sociopolitical transformations, and a key location in the international imagination as a site of cultural export. The book uncovers the many reasons why Buenos Aires attracts not only tourists but also artists and filmmakers, who explore the city and its iconography as well as its cultural and sociopolitical turbulence. A set of six essays anchors this volume; contributors consider a range of key topics related to the city onscreen, including tango, villas miseria(shantytowns), dictatorship and democracy, and science fiction and the future of the city. The volume is rounded out with in-depth reviews of nearly fifty key films—The Hour of the Furnaces,Nine Queens, and Evita among them—each illustrated by screen shots, current location imagery, and corresponding maps for travelers and movies buffs to use as they navigate this rich cinematic city.

For more information and to purchase this book please visit this link

New Book: The Politics of Autonomy in Latin America – The Art of Organising Hope

Author: Ana Cecilia Dinerstein Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (2014)

Ana book

Dinerstein offers a much-needed review of the concept and practice of autonomy. She argues that defining autonomy as either revolutionary or ineffective vis-à-vis the state does not fully grasp the commitment of Latin American movements to the creation of alternative practices and horizons beyond capitalism. By establishing an elective affinity between autonomy and Bloch’s principle of hope, the author defines autonomy as ‘the art of organizing hope’, that is, the art of shaping a reality which does not yet exist but can be anticipated by the movements’ collective actions. Drawing from the experience of autonomous resistance of four prominent indigenous and non-indigenous urban and rural movements, Dinerstein suggests that the politics of autonomy produce an excess that cannot be translated into the grammar of power. This involves an engagement with a reality that is not yet and, therefore, counters value with hope. The book also offers a new critique of political economy, reading Marx’s philosophy in key of hope, and emphasises the prefigurative features of autonomy at a time when utopia can no longer be objected.

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Dr Dinerstein can be contacted about her publication here

New Book: Democracy against Neoliberalism in Argentina and Brazil – A Move to the Left

New Book: Democracy against Neoliberalism in Argentina and Brazil – A move to the left by Juan Pablo Ferrero 2014. Basingstoke, U.K.: Palgrave Macmillan, 280p. For more information and to order see here:


JP Ferrero

This book examines the complex roots of the left turn in Argentina and Brazil. Originating in the 1990s in a process of mobilization from below against neoliberalism, this turn gained visibility in the 2000s and continues through the present day. Offering an in-depth analysis of key protagonists, including social movement and trade union organizations, Juan Pablo Ferrero deploys an original analytical model for understanding the nature, meaning, and organizational complexity of the emerging democratic force. Democracy against Neoliberalism in Argentina and Brazil asks us to examine closely what we mean by democracy and offers suggestions for how the left should approach democratic manifestations in order to make radical democracy the center of a renewed political strategy.

Landscapes of Memory: Argentina and the Parque de la Memoria

Article by Dr Cara Levey and Dr Francesca Lessa on the struggles for memory in contemporary Argentina