1968, Contingency, and the Political Geography of Latin America

I am giving a talk today as part of the Department of Geography Lunch Speaker Series at the University of Wyoming. The talk will inform my short article in preparation for the Journal of Latin American Geography.

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Videos from the final days of the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs conference, ‘1968, Fifty Years of Struggle’

A video from the excellent presentations and discussion on Friday, March 9 is available here (I present at 4:43).

The video from the presentations and discussion today (Saturday, March 10) is available here.

The organizers in Middlebury should be proud of a very successful conference, which is well positioned for subsequent dissemination the form of an edited volume or some kind of digital dissemination. A post-conference discussion noted that ‘continuity’ was a key word in the presentations at this conference — that almost all of the presenters either situated 1968 in the ‘long sixties’ or focused on the contemporary significance of the year. The romance of ‘rupture’ was less pronounced in this conversation than in many commentaries on ’68. The original schedule for the conference is found here.

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Videos and live streaming of ‘1968, Fifty Years of Struggle’ in Middlebury, VT

Presenters made it to Middlebury for the conference (I discuss it in a previous post) despite the nor’easter. (I could not arrive because of the weather but will present remotely this afternoon.) The conference organizers produced a video of Tamar Meyer’s opening comments and Todd Gitlin’s keynote address, “The Ambiguous Consequences of Failed Revolutions” (13:00 in the video below).

The conference organizers will provide live web streams of the rest of the conference here, and, if I understand correctly, will produce videos after the conference ends on Saturday. I will be presenting “Mexican transition(s) and youth political engagement after 1968 in Mexico City” at 4:45 EST.

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The preliminary program for the meeting of the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies has been posted. Members of the Latin American Studies Working Group at the University of Wyoming will be presenting on interdisciplinarity and program-building in Latin American Studies.

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RMCLAS 2018 Final Program Now Available

The 2018 Preliminary Program for RMCLAS is now available here! We are still adding an introduction page and index, but the panel times are fixed. Please let us know if you see any errors that need correction. Many thanks to the program committees for their long and hard work!

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“Fifty Years of ’68” at the University of Wyoming

I am working with other members of the Latin American Studies Working Group (Drs. Zoe Pearson, Camilo Jaramillo, and Carolyne Larson) to launch our interdisciplinary Latin American Studies programming  at the University of Wyoming. From February 27 to March 1, we will be hosting Dr. Eugenia Allier Montaño (UNAM) and Ana Ignacia “Nacha” Rodríguez Márquez (Comité 68), interviewed here in the documentary film Casa Libertad, as they visit from Mexico City to recognize the fiftieth anniversary of the events of 1968. The week of programming will include talks by our guests, screenings of documentaries (including the new award winning documentary by João Moreira Salles,) work in the classroom with our students, and opportunities to network for the Latin American Studies community at University of Wyoming. A flier with our schedule is found below.

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Politicizing disappearance: three scenes from central Mexico

I will give a talk here at the University of Wyoming next week at our Center for Global Studies. The arguments draw from my ongoing research with Oliver Hernández Lara at the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México in Toluca. We’re in the early stages of developing the paper for submission to a journal later this year. I cut and paste a more substantial abstract below the flyer.

Politicizing disappearance: three scenes from central Mexico

Activists in Latin America have long used the concept of “disappearance” to name the condition of being forcibly made absent from economic and political life. Activists have attributed the crime of disappearance, notably “forced disappearance,” to people who exercise sovereign authority but disavow their responsibility and indeed deny the existence of crimes for which responsibility must be assumed. In short, the concept of disappearance names a condition that sovereign authorities have otherwise naturalized by asserting a “historical truth” (see Ayotzinapa) of victims’ absence before disappearance. The politics around disappearance therefore occurs in what Melissa Wright calls “an epistemological gap.”

This paper draws on CGS-supported field research with Dr. Oliver Hernández Lara (UAEMex) and available data to show how three landscapes of disappearance in and around Mexico City are being politicized. Across these three scenes, the paper identifies practices of politicization through which activists and organizers are denaturalizing disappearance and revealing it to be the outcome of concrete productions of governable space that must be challenged in the name of dignity. Against justificatory discourses for violence against women, for failing infrastructure, for forced displacement, and for a war on the poor, all of which rely in different ways on a claim of victims’ absence before disappearance, activists and organizers in central Mexico are making visible the figure of the perpetrator and are overcoming exclusionary and depoliticizing constructions of “culture” and its spatiality to, in solidarity, challenge disparate enactments of sovereignty that are producing “the disappeared.”

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“1968, Fifty Years of Struggles” and other 50th anniversary events

the Comité 68 in Mexico City on the 48th anniversary of October 2

The organizers  for the “1968, Fifty Years of Struggles” conference at Middlebury College have posted information about the conference including the schedule of presentations, and biographies and abstracts of the presenters. I will present a paper from my Between Repression and Heroism project. Details about the paper can be found here.

The Middlebury conference is of course one of a slew of events in the US that mark the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of 1968. For example, University of Pittsburgh will host a semester long series events on “Global Legacies of 1968” including film screenings and presentations from some significant voices in the study of the global ’68, the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul is currently hosting “The 1968 Exhibit,” which focuses more on the Anglo-American experience of ’68, and the American Historical Association annual meeting earlier this month featured panels on histories of 1968 and the significance of the events of that year for contemporary politics (discussed here and here). Events are also being organized around the world. In Mexico, I am aware of diverse forms of commemoration beyond the annual march on October 2, from a rock opera to book projects and colloquia to theatrical performances. I will continue to catalogue anniversary events on this blog as they come to my attention.

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