The Place of Memories in Historical Processes: Contemporary Experiences in South America

jelin book State Repression and the labors of memory

Date:       Monday, October 17, 2005
Time:       3:00 - 4:15 PM
Location: Capital Suite (Room 220)
              Second Floor – New Student Center
              Georgia State University
              Gilmer St., across from Alumni Hall
    (Between Courtland St. and Piedmont Ave.)


Event Notes

Dr. Elizabeth Jelin is Professor of Sociology at the University of Buenos Aires and Senior Researcher at CONICET (National Foundation for Scientific and Technical Research). She is the author of State Repression and the Labors of Memory (2002), and the editor of the 9-volume series Memorias de la represión [Memories of Repression]. In 1998-2002, she directed the Program on “Collective Memories of Repression: Comparative Perspectives on Democratization Processes in Latin America’s Southern Cone” of the Social Science Research Council, New York.

After State terror and the dictatorships of the 1970s in Latin America, the trials of General Pinochet in Chile, the searches for “the disappeared” in Argentina, the Peace Commission in Uruguay, the Archive of Terror in Paraguay, and the Truth Commission in Peru, it is clear that Latin American societies are struggling to come to terms with the vexing questions posed by ineradicable memories: Who should remember? What should be remembered? Remember for what purpose?

Dr. Jelin discusses the nature of memory, the struggles over memories of historical injustice, the relation of historiography to memory, the problems of second-generation memory, and the question of truth in testimony and traumatic remembrance.

Additional Event Notes

This event is free and open to the public.
For more information contact Fernando Reati, (404) 651-2265,