CFP: Narratives of Collective Memory in Latin America (no deadline noted; journal issue)

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Alicia del Campo
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Latin American Perspectives invites submissions for a special issue
devoted to Narratives of Collective Memory in Latin America.

The central theme of this special issue of Latin American Perspectives
is to interrogate the diverse forms of articulation of cultural memory
in Latin America in the Post-dictatorship period.

The period that followed the restoration of democracy in Latin American
countries after diverse massive human rights abuses and repression that
occurred during the military dictatorships of the seventies and eighties
has been marked by a twofold process: the need to come to terms with the
recent historical past and to respond to demands for justice put forward
by the relatives of the victims and the society as a whole, and the need
-on the other hand- by the part of the state, to foster hegemonic
interpretations of the recent past that would allow for the necessary
social stability.
Latin American nations who experienced these processes are confronted
with the need to rearticulate the narratives of national identity and
cultural memory that will provide the necessary stability to carry
forward their neoliberal economical program. The need to establish a
hegemonic interpretation of the recent past is then put into question
through diverse forms of cultural resistance as they construct
alternative forms of popular memory through a diversity of cultural
discourses. Complete list of topics see Memory and Popular Culture issue
at :

Topics to be addressed could be:

? Theoretical discussion of the interrelations between memory and
national identity
? Memory and mourning in interdisciplinary discourses related to the
recent past
? Mourning and trauma: crisis of witnessing
? Popular culture as a site of historic memory
? Globalization and memory: discourses of memory and forms of resistance
to cultural globalization
? Transnational neoliberalism and its need to be grounded on the
oblivion of the past

? What are the spaces from which memory is being 'reconstructed?
? How is memory rearticulated by the subaltern sectors of society?
? Memory and social movements: what are the strategies used by the new
social movements to convey alternative interpretations of recent history

? How are these discourses of memory dealing with the notions of
continuity and fragmentation at the content and structural level of
their narratives?
? How is trauma affecting the capability of symbolizing and narrating
and constituting "narrators" and "narratives of memory?
? How are multiple narratives of memory inscribed in diverse forms of
public commemorations of the recent past?
? Left and mourning: discourses of apology and nostalgia.

Practical case studies:
? Sites, agencies and negotiations.
? Visibility and immediate functions of the discourses of memory.
? Narratives of memory in film, theatre, music, photography, murals,
public and private rituals of memory, sites and events of
commemorations, state and private practices of memory, institutional
? Cases of state sponsorship of memory narratives as forms of
consolidating hegemonic views of the recent historical past.
? Popular culture and discourses of resistance to official history :
collective memory movements vis a vis truth and commemoration as
stagnation ('the need to go on').
? Disruptive subjects: stagnation, repetition and the uncomfortable
symptoms that disrupt reconciliation practices and discourses.
? Transnational memory: solidarity and resistance, receptions of a
discourse of memory.
This issue is being coordinated by Alicia del Campo and Arturo Arias.
Prospective contributors should feel free to communicate with them at
the following address:

Alicia del Campo
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd. - MHB 613
Long Beach, CA 90840-2406

Arturo Arias, Director
Latin American Studies
University of Redlands
1200 E. Colton Avenue
P.O. Box 3080
Redlands, CA 92373-0999

Manuscripts should be no longer than 25 pages of double-spaced text in
English, Spanish, or Portuguese. If possible, submit two copies along
with a cover sheet and basic biographical information. With these items,
we also require that the manuscript be sent on a CD-R, by e-mail, or on
a floppy disk if the other formats are not available. The LAP style
guide is available on request or online.
Please send any manuscript submissions to:
Managing Editor, Latin American Perspectives_ P.O. Box 5703, Riverside,
California 92517-5703

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