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HISTORY, POLITICAL THEORY, INTERNET

The Dirty War in History and Memory

21 February 2017, 17:00 - 18:30
SG1, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Description

A public lecture with Dr Federico Finchelstein (The New School, New York).

Abstract

Dr Finchelstein will analyze the history and memories of the Dirty War in Argentina after 1983. He will especially focus on the 'dictatorial memories' of the right and the extreme right. These memories were essentially defined by its conspiratorial takes on the recent history of violence in the country. Dr Finchelstein will stress how transnational and transcontextual histories of genocide played a key in first defining the ideology of the perpetrators during the Dirty War and then in the post-dictatorial conspiratorial reformulations of the past.

Biography

Professor Finchelstein is the author of five books on fascism, populism, Dirty Wars, the Holocaust and Jewish history in Latin America and Europe. 

His forthcoming book is: From Fascism to Populism in History (University of California Press,  2017).

His last book, The Ideological Origins of the Dirty War (2014), focuses on the theory and practice of the fascist idea throughout the twentieth century, analyzing the connections between fascism and the Holocaust, antisemitism, and the military junta's practices of torture and state violence, with its networks of concentration camps and extermination. His previous book, Transatlantic Fascism (2010), studies the global connections between Italian and Argentine fascism.More than 50 academic articles and reviews by Mr. Finchelstein, on subjects including fascism, Latin American, American and European populism, genocide, and anti-Semitism, have been published in books and specialized peer-reviewed journals in a number of languages. He has been a contributor to major American, European, and Latin American newspapers and news media, including The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe Guardian, Politico, Reuters, Mediapart (France), El Diario (NYC) Clarin (Argentina) and Folha de S.Paulo (Brazil).

This event is open to all and will be followed by a wine reception. 

This is part of a series of public talks from the Leverhulme-funded project Conspiracy and Democracy. More information at http://www.conspiracyanddemocracy.org/

Enquiries - conspiracy@crassh.cam.ac.uk