Lecture: 'Telling Bodies in the Memories of Dictatorship'
December 12, 2017
12:00 pm-1:00 pm
UMass Amherst Campus
Please join the history department for a brown bag talk titled "Telling Bodies in the Memories of Dictatorship (South America in the 1970s)" with Professor Cristina Scheibe Wolff.
This paper presents research results that focus on the use of gender and emotions in the rhetoric of resistance movements to dictatorships in the countries of the Southern Cone (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay) from a perspective of "Histoire Croisée'. In interviews conducted in the research, as well as other sources such as periodicals, autobiographies and memoirs, statements to commissions, the bodies of political activists, male and female, are used to effect a shared experience with the public and to enhance empathy.
This experience, according to Raymond Williams (1985), would be a particular kind of consciousness, distinct from "reason" or "knowledge," that is, a kind of consciousness in which emotions and affects must be taken into account. Gender also helps us to see important aspects of how men and women deal, differently or not, with these experiences. In addition to the experience, embodied in the one who narrates her body, as in that person who listens and who experiences in another way, often also embodied in tears, shivers, laughter, and other gestures, these narratives also have political agency.
Cristina Scheibe Wolff is a professor in the departamento de Historia at the Universidad e Federal de Santa Catarina in Brazil. She is currently a Fulbright Chair of Brazilian studies here at UMass Amherst.