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17:30 - 19:00 1 February 2017

The politics of left-wing militants' confessions to past violence in Latin America


Lecture Room 103 | UCL – Institute of the Americas (link Map)
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
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Professor Leigh A Payne, Professor of Sociology and Latin America, Oxford, Leigh A Payne is professor of Sociology and Latin America at the University of Oxford, St Antony’s College. Her academic research focuses on human rights, particularly legacies of authoritarian rule and armed conflict. She has published books, articles, and chapters on transitional justice. Her co-authored book Transitional Justice in Balance was recently translated into Spanish. Her new area of transitional justice work focuses on accountability for economic actors in past human rights violations. Her Unsettling Accounts book analyzes perpetrators’ confessions to violence in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and South Africa.

What happens when state perpetrators publicly confess to human rights violations in past dictatorships? The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission considered them crucial to delivering on the promise of truth and reconciliation. Professor Payne’s study of perpetrators’ confessions within and outside such commissions challenges that assumption. At this lecture she will assert that perperators’ versions of the past, not always the truth, emerge; and further contend that conflict, and not reconciliation, is the outcome of these confessions.


Oscar Martinez
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