Call for Papers: "Rebuilding national imaginaries, reasserting torn social fabrics: Reactions to violence and disappearance in Latin America, an interdisciplinary approach," Durham University, UK

Cross-posted from Durham University:  https://www.dur.ac.uk/reactions.violence-disappearance.latinamerica/

Rebuilding national imaginaries, reasserting torn social fabrics: Reactions to violence and disappearance in Latin America, an interdisciplinary approach.

Durham University, United Kingdom:  3rd and 4th  July 2013

Throughout the recent history of Latin America, we have seen repeated conflicts resulting in the experience of situations of extreme violence and disappearances by its citizens. From the military dictatorships of the Southern Cone, to the civil wars in Central America; from the conflict in Colombia to the current Drugs War in Mexico, whose reach spreads beyond its borders; citizens have had to cope with the infringement of violence on their lived-worlds. Such conflicts are lived through everyday fears, killings, disappearances, displacements, and quotidian images of spectacular violence. Similarly statistics, numbers and a variety of forms of expert knowledge also constitute, and affect the interpretation of, the lifeworlds of those who engage and live amidst conflict. However, extreme violence not only tears social fabric, at the same time it produces and reasserts the social and humanitarian dimensions of shared (and even novel ways of) citizenship. Throughout Latin America people have come together to overcome the violence and to rebuild. From associations of victims’ families and relatives of the disappeared demanding answers, to those giving support and therapy to those affected by the violence; from social protest movements demanding change, to the building of networks between associations for peace and the recognition of human rights; from forensic teams seeking to identify victims, to lawyers seeking legal and military reform; from journalists trying to chronicle the devastation, to  anthropologists seeking to describe it’s lived consequences and psychologists seeking to understand and work with the individual effects of living with everyday violence.  It is from this rebuilding of the social that we seek to create a dialogue between disciplines, bringing together voices and positions from various perspectives, in an attempt to understand how the national, and the social, have been and are being rebuilt and reasserted in Latin America, in both post-conflict and mid-conflict contexts.

Deadline for Abstracts: 28th February 2013
Abstracts to be sent to: jamie-leigh.ruse(at)durham.ac.uk
Abstracts should include a title, and be no longer than 250 words.
Conference Languages: English, Spanish

Congreso

Reconstruyendo imaginarios nacionales, reafirmando tejidos sociales desgarrados: Reacciones ante la violencia y la desaparición en América Latina, un enfoque interdisciplinario.

Universidad de Durham, Reino Unido, del 3 al 4 de julio 2013

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La historia reciente de Latinoamérica ha estado plagada de conflictos armados. Como consecuencia, miles de ciudadanos han experimentado en las últimas décadas los efectos de la violencia extrema y la desaparición forzada.  Desde las dictaduras militares del Cono Sur, hasta las guerras civiles en Centro América; pasando por el conflicto en Colombia y la reciente “ guerra contra el narco” en México— cuyos efectos se sienten más allá de sus fronteras— miles de ciudadanos han tenido que aprender y adaptarse a la irrupción de la violencia sistemática en sus vidas. El miedo se ha convertido en un evento cotidiano; matanzas, desapariciones y desplazamientos forzados aparecen en el marco de una violencia espectacular en medios de información masiva. Del mismo modo, estadísticas, números y una gran cantidad de conocimientos expertos constituyen y afectan la interpretación del entorno de quienes se encuentran en medio del conflicto.  Sin embargo, la violencia extrema no solo destruye el tejido social, sino también produce respuestas ciudadanas, algunas de ellas muy novedosas, que reafirman las dimensiones sociales y humanitarias de un proyecto de nación compartido. A lo largo y ancho de Latinoamérica la gente se ha unido para hacer frente a la violencia y reconstruir el tejido social. Asociaciones de familiares y amigos de desaparecidos que demandan respuestas;  aquellos que ofrecen apoyo terapéutico a quienes han sido afectados por la violencia; activistas sociales que demandan un cambio; redes de Asociaciones por la Paz y los Derechos Humanos; equipos forenses promoviendo y asesorando en la identificación de las víctimas; abogados buscando las reformas en el ámbito legal y militar; periodistas que hacen crónicas de la devastación; antropólogos y sociólogos que buscan describir y entender las realidades que emergen de la violencia; y hasta psicólogos que buscan trabajar con los efectos individuales de esta violencia masiva. Como parte de este impulso por reconstruir el tejido social, buscamos crear un diálogo transdisciplinario para que aquellos con voces y posiciones distintas se encuentren; en un intento por entender cómo es que lo nacional y lo social, son y han sido reconstruidos y replanteados desde Latinoamérica, en escenarios de conflicto y post-conflicto.


Fecha limite para envio de abstractos: 28 de febrero 2013  
Abstractos deben ser enviados a: jamie-leigh.ruse(at)durham.ac.uk
Deberían incluir un título y no más de 250 palabras.
Idiomas del congreso: inglés y español

Organisers:
Jamie-Leigh Ruse, Arely Cruz Santiago, Sergio Ramirez Mendoza, Ernesto Schwartz-Marin

Tags: Central America, Latin America, disappearances, displacements, human rights, legal reform, mid-conflict, military reform, peace, post-conflict, More…victims, violence

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