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17:30 - 20:00 8 February 2017

The Past is not History: Revisiting Peasant Resistance in the Salvadorean Revolutionary War - A film


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 Jenny Pearce, Research Professor, LSE, Jenny Pearce (j.pearce3[at]lse.ac.uk) is Research Professor at the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the London School of Economics. From 1992 to 2016 she was Professor of Latin American Politics and (from 2004-2014) Director of the International Centre for Participation Studies (ICPS) in the Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford. She is a specialist in issues of violence, conflict, social change and social agency in Latin America and has published widely on these themes. She is particularly interested in participatory research methods in contexts of violence and insecurity. Read more on Professor Pearce's biography here.

Professor Jenny Pearce (LSE) - What kind of history do we have today of the Salvadorean revolution? Or some would call it the Salvadorean (civil) war. This year (2017) marks the 25th anniversary of the Peace Accords which brought the civil war to an end. However, not even this basic characterization (revolution/civil war) is shared of this sorrowful, yet some would argue nonetheless, inspiring experience of mass based insurgency during the Cold War. I am using the terminology of ‘revolutionary war’ as an interim nomenclature, awaiting the verdict of history. El Salvador is, it is argued in this presentation, trapped between (traumatic) memories and history, a past that overshadows the present without becoming history.


Oscar Martinez
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