Book Launch: The Feathers of Condor: Transnational State Terrorism, Exiles and Civilian Anticommunism in South America

When:14 Oct 2016, 5pm - 7pm
Venue:Morven Brown 310 (map ref C20)
The Feathers of Condor

The School of Humanities and Languages and Latitudes: Latin American Research Group Australia are pleased to invite academic staff, students and the general public to launch the book “The Feathers of Condor: Transnational State Terrorism, Exiles and Civilian Anticommunism in South America”, by Fernando López. This work analyses the reasons behind the decision to launch Operation Condor, a coordinated effort by the dictatorships of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay to transnationalize State Terror beyond South America in 1975. Special guests Dr Pablo Leighton, Co-Editor/Director of Latitudes, Dr Peter Ross (UNSW) and Dr Rodrigo Acuña (Macquarie University) will present at the event with the author.

Dr Pablo Leighton’s main research is on the notion and practices of propaganda in 20th 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 Peter Ross is a Senior Lecturer at UNSW. His academic profile includes a BA Sydney, DipEd WBTC, and a PhD from UNSW. Dr Ross has studied matters associated to Economic Development and Growth, Historical Studies and Latin American History. His principal area of research, together with Dr James Levy, is a comparative study of investment in human development in Argentina and Australia between 1890 and 1960. Subsidiary research interests include changes in the composition and internal dynamics of families in Latin America, contemporary political developments in Latin America, and environmental effects of development in Amazonia.

Dr Rodrigo Acuña is an Associate Lecturer in Spanish and Latin American Studies at Macquarie University. In 2013 he completed a PhD on Venezuelan foreign policy after having been awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) by the Federal Government. He has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Politics and International Relations and Spanish/Latin American Studies from the UNSW, as well as a Diploma in Education. Rodrigo has been a member of several discussion panels at the Sydney Latin American Film Festival, presented research papers at various Australian universities and has spoken at events held at the Latin American Social Forum in Australia, Movies at Macquarie and the New South Wales Parliament Theatre among others. His research interests include Inter-American relations, Cold War and Post-Cold War Latin America, Venezuelan history and politics, human rights and development policies from a multidisciplinary perspective. Rodrigo runs his own blog at on Latin American politics and his opinion is often sought by the Australian media on developments in the region.

Dr Fernando López completed a PhD in History and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) with Honours in History, at the UNSW. Together with Pablo Leighton, he has been Co-Editor/Director of Latitudes: Latin American Research Group Australia since its creation in 2013, and is responsible for Latitudes’ Down/South-Atlantic research project, an upcoming initiative developed to explore Australia’s diplomatic and economic ties with the dictatorships of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay (1970s-1990s). Fernando and Pablo also co-edited the book “40 Years are nothing: History and memory of the 1973 coups d’état in Uruguay and Chile” in 2015.

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When: Friday 14 October 2016, 5:00 pm. Venue: Room 310, Morven Brown building,UNSW Kensington Campus (PDF) (see parking details (PDF))

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