22 JAN - The Presence of a Violent Past

Where:
Fauteux Hall, 57 Louis-Pasteur, room 570
When:
Thursday Januray 22nd from 16h00 to 18h00

THE PRESENCE OF A VIOLENT PAST: INDIGENOUS MEMORIES AND IDENTITIES IN POST-GENOCIDE GUATEMALA

On 10 May 2013, before a packed court in Guatemala City, Judge Jazmin Barrios found former General José Efraín Ríos Montt guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity. This book highlights the limitations of this type of "transitional justice" initiatives, drawing on a "double ethnography", an extensive field study conducted both within the non-governmental organizations who orchestrated the case against Montt and communities of survivors of the Guatemalan internal armed conflict (1960-1996) who participated in it,. Through a detailed analysis of the tensions at play between the political imaginaries of human rights defenders and those of Mayan peasants who have never experienced a democratic state,this book identifies obstacles to the democratization of societies emerging not only from wars but also from long histories of economic marginalization and political domination.

Q&A (French and English)

https://www.pulaval.com/produit/la-presence-d-un-passe-de-violences-memoires-et-identites-autochtones-dans-le-guatemala-de-l-apres-genocide

Co-Sponsored by:

The Human Rights Research and Education Center and

The School of International Development and Global Studies

Guest Speakers:

Prof. Karine Vanthyune (Faculty of Social Sciences)

Prof. Stephen Baranyi (Faculty of Social Sciences)

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