The University of California, Santa Barbara will host its first Latin American and Iberian Studies Graduate Conference for MA and PhD students in southern California and beyond on May 18th and 19th 2018. It will have as its theme Violence, Memory, and History.
In recent decades, studies on memory have come to center stage across disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Scholars have come to recognize memory as a key arena in struggles of power. Narratives of the past — and often of violent pasts — have long been disputed and rewritten by different groups in Latin America in pursuit of particular ends. Scholars are increasingly aware of their importance and, as a result, a concern for the study of memory has come to the fore in different disciplines, including history, anthropology, art history, linguistics, sociology, and other fields.