The Legacy of 1968 in Latin America: Making the Personal Political

On Friday 18 May 2018, this symposium concludes the three-day event which begins with a workshop on 4 May 2018 and the pre-symposium event on 17 May 2018.

Friday, 4 May 2018


Thursday, 17 May 2018

Fielding Johnson L67


Friday, 18 May 2018

Attenborough Seminar Block, room 111

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Dr Clara Garavelli and Dr Emma Staniland

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Of the series “Cuerpo a cuerpo/El incendio y las vísperas”, Graciela Sacco - courtesy of the artist


The year 2018 marks half a century since the events of May 1968 shook the world, generating the establishment of interesting, if short-lived, synergies between different groups (industrial workers, students, academics, feminists). Underlying these partnerships was a shared understanding of the personal as political; a recognition that imagination and lived experience should play a role in shaping the political agenda, and that politics, in turn, had a direct and tangible impact on individuals’ everyday lives. Exploring these socio-political shifts, as well as key cultural responses to them, our events will examine manifestations of the personal as political in various artistic productions from Latin America over the past 50 years.

Papers will be presented by colleagues working on Latin American Studies in the Midlands and beyond, on a range of topics including:

  • The cultural legacy of the 1968 events in Latin America
  • Gender, the body, and its interplay with political discourses
  • The personal versus the collective
  • First person accounts/autobiographies and their connections to socio-political contexts
  • Narratives exploring the somatic effects of political change
  • The embodied dimension of memory and memory politics

Confirmed speakers

  • Keynote Speaker: Dr Mariano Mestman (Conicet, Argentina)
  • Professor Michael Chanan (Roehampton University)
  • Dr James Scorer (University of Manchester)
  • Dr Enea Zaramella (University of Birmingham)
  • Dr Pablo Piedras (CONICET, UBA, Argentina)
  • Dr Philippa Page (Newcastle University)
  • Dr Javier Campo (CONICET, UNICEN, Argentina)
  • Dr Cecilia Sosa (Conicet-Argentina/Nottingham University)
  • Dr Tomás Crowder-Tarraborelli (Soka University of America, USA)
  • Dr Dunja Fehimovic (Newcastle University)
  • Dr Mariano Paz (University of Limerick)
  • Dr Kristi Wilson (Soka University of America, USA)
  • Professor Sarah Barrow (University of East Anglia)

The symposium will be preceded by the following events


(4 May 2018)

A workshop on the events of 1968 for undergraduate and postgraduate students – free for the students of the existing ‘Midlands Three Cities’ partnership between the universities of Leicester, Nottingham and Birmingham, although registration is required.

The workshop activities will involve teaching on 1968 in Latin America, followed by the collaborative creation of artistic artefacts in text and image formats, echoing the famous student graffiti, posters and slogans of May 1968 in Paris, and with reference to similar actions in Latin America both then and now. Invited academics will participate alongside the student attendees, providing an extremely valuable point of exchange between research and pedagogy.

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(17 May 2018)

A talk by Spanish writer Marta Sanz

Marta will be visiting University of Leicester to speak on the subject of the body in, and as political discourse, a recurring theme in her literary work. Her talk (in Spanish - translation will be available) will take place on the eve of the Symposium 'The Legacy of 1968 in Latin America’.

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Workshop: Free
Pre-Symposium: Free
Symposium: £15 (*free for students of the existing ‘Midlands Three Cities’ partnership between the universities of Leicester, Nottingham and Birmingham)

The booking pages will cater for all three events.

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This event is sponsored by:

SLAS Santander Universities

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