Second International Meeting for Analysis of the Social Practices of Genocide


From Europe to Latin America and Beyond:
The Continuity of Genocidal Social Practices
November 20-22, 2007
Centro Cultural Borges Site Viamonte 525, 3rd Floor Buenos Aires Argentina
Though genocide has an ancient history, the role of annihilation in modern times has acquired a special character, transforming itself in a tool of social control used to discipline populations and to transform social relationships.

Genocide has been a regular feature of the classical, early-modern, and colonial eras, culminating in the modern period with the destruction of the Armenians in World War One, and the multifaceted genocidal campaigns of the Nazis during World War Two. These and other genocides have found a strong echo in the repressive experiences of Latin America, as exemplified by the cases of Guatemala, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and El Salvador, among others.

However, genocidal social practices in the Latin American region have scarcely been dealt with in genocide studies. Certainly, they have not been systematically connected to previous European experiences of genocide or to the experiences of war and postcolonial counterinsurgency in Indochina and Algeria, for example.

The First International Meeting “On Genocidal Social Practices”, held in Buenos Aires in November 2003, was the first opportunity for Argentine, Chilean, Mexican and other Latin American researchers to establish contact with the field of genocide studies. Some of the products of this gathering were published in English in a special issue of the Journal of Genocide Research, 8:2, June 2006 and in Spanish in the book Genocidio. La administracion de la muerte en la modernidad (Genocide. Death administration in Modernity), published by UNTREF University in 2005.

The goal of this second meeting is to bring together researchers from different continents to explore the continuities and differences of genocidal social practices in different regions.

Academic Director of the Meeting:
Daniel Feierstein (
Organizing Academic Committee: Eric Markusen, Luis Roniger, Adam Jones, Marcia Esparza, Guillermo Levy and Hamurabi Noufouri

Mesa 6 / Roundtable 6 Aula 10: Los modos de “realización simbólica”: prácticas sociales genocidas y discursividad/ Ways of “Symbolic Achievement” of Genocide: Genocidal Social Practices and Narration.

Coordinadores: Daniel Feierstein y Tomas Borovinsky

13.30 – 15.20 hs.
Sesión 3, parte 2 / Third Session, 2nd Part: Representaciones estéticas de las prácticas
genocidas/ Aesthetic representations of genocidal practices

Stella, María Elena (Universidad de Buenos Aires, UBA): ‘Sin destino’: Literatura, Cine e Historia representando el genocidio

Bustingorry, Florencia (Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, UBA y Unicen) y Valeria Mugica (Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, UBA): Imágenes para la memoria. Entre la denuncia y la estética

Zylberman, Lior (Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, UBA): El desaparecido en el nuevo cine argentino actual.

Crowder Taraborrelli, Tomas (Stanford University, Estados Unidos): The Nuremberg Trials and
Documentary Film

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