Book Launch: “40 years are nothing: History and memory of the 1973 coups d’etat in Uruguay and Chile”

When:2 Oct 2015, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Venue:Morven Brown 310 (map ref C20)
Who:Dr Luis Angosto Ferrández, Dr Pablo Leighton, Dr Fernando López
Book cover: 40 years are nothing: History and memory of the 1973 coups d’etat in Uruguay and Chile

The School of Humanities and Languages are pleased to invite academic staff, students and the general public to launch the book “40 years are nothing: History and memory of the 1973 coups d’etat in Uruguay and Chile”. This book has been edited by Dr Pablo Leighton and Dr Fernando López, directors and editors of Latitudes, Latin American Research Group Australia. Special guest Dr Luis Angosto Ferrández from Sydney University will present at the event with the two ediors.

Dr Luis Angosto Ferrández completed his PhD in Social Anthropology at Queen’s University of Belfast, with a thesis that examined the synergic relations between the Venezuelan state and different forms of indigenous collective action in the context of the Bolivarian revolution. He worked at the Bolivarian University in Ciudad Bolívar and undertook further research on different aspects of Venezuelan politics and society. He is currently a lecturer at the University of Sydney. He has written the book "Venezuela reframed: Bolivarianism, indigenous peoples and socialisms of the 21st century", USA: Zed Books (2015); and edited the following volumes: “The Politics of Identity in Latin American Censuses”, UK: Routledge (2015); “Democracy, Revolution, and Geopolitics in Latin America: Venezuela and the International Politics of Discontent”, New York: Routledge (2014); and “Everlasting Countdowns: Race, Ethnicity and National Censuses in Latin American States”, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2012).

Dr Pablo Leighton’s main research is on the notion and practices of propaganda in XX century and current media, and specifically on the history of audio-visual culture in Chile and Latin America since the 1970s until today. He has taught at universities in Australia, United States, Chile and Honduras, and has worked as film director, screenwriter and editor in various fiction and documentary productions. He holds a PhD in Latino American studies from Universidad de Santiago de Chile, and in Media and Cultural Studies from Macquarie University, Sydney. He also has a Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking from Massachusetts College of Art (Boston, USA).

Dr Fernando López is a Doctor in History from the University of New South Wales and his thesis determines why the military regimes of Uruguay, Chile, Paraguay, Argentina and Bolivia agreed to formally launch Operation Condor in November 1975 and, therefore, transnationalize State terrorism. He also completed a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in History at UNSW. His Honours thesis studied the origins of the Uruguayan leftist National Liberation Movement-Tupamaros (MLN-T) and its connections with the sugarcane workers’ trade union.

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