RELAM and the Curating and Public Scolarship Lab (CaPSL) invite you to Dr.Cynthia Milton’s book-release event: “Conflicted Memory: Military Cultural Interventions and the Human Rights Era in Peru”, with comments by Kevin Gould (Department of Geography, Concordia University).
The event will take place on Friday, March 16th 2018, from 4:00 to 6:00pm, at Concordia University.
Friday March 16th 4-6
1400 de Maisonneuve Blvd W
CaPSL Exhibition Lab LB-671
Cynthia E. Milton Conflicted Memory: Military Cultural Interventions and the Human Rights Era in Peru (Madison: Univ. of Wisconsin, Critical Human Rights Series, 2018)
$30 USD (until March 31, 2018), www.uwpress.wisc.edu, enter AA097 in promo code box
What happens when concepts of “truth,” “memory,” and “human rights” are taken up and adapted by former perpetrators of violence? Peru has moved from the 1980s–90s conflict between its armed forces and Shining Path militants into an era of open democracy, transitional justice, and truth and reconciliation commissions. Cynthia Milton reveals how Peru’s military has engaged in a tactical cultural campaign—via books, films, museums—to shift public opinion, debate, and memories about the nation’s violent recent past and its part in it. Milton calls attention to fabrications of our post-truth era but goes further to deeply explore the ways members of the Peruvian military see their past, how they actively commemorate and curate it in the present, and why they do so. Her nuanced approach upends frameworks of memory studies that reduce military and ex-military to a predictable role of outright denial.
“Brings to light how military ‘entrepreneurs of memory’ strategically place memory products in a memory marketplace. A major intervention in debates about Peru’s internal armed conflict of the 1980s and ’90s and its aftermath, which will interest scholars in many disciplines and regions.”—Paulo Drinot, coeditor of Peculiar Revolution
“This incisive analysis of Peruvian countermemories explores the military’s inability to suppress evidence of past crimes, as well as its clumsy efforts to reclaim heroic and self-sacrificing patriotism by manufacturing cultural memories. Milton underscores the military’s success, however, in reshaping memory politics and current political debates.”—Leigh Payne, author of Unsettling Accounts
“Impressively documents the military’s diverse interventions in Peru’s culture—memoirs, ‘truth’ reports, films, novels, and memorials—and its numerous attempts to censor cultural productions that challenge its preferred narrative.”—Jo-Marie Burt, author of Political Violence and the Authoritarian State in Peru