Transitional Justice and Narrative Power in "Argentina, 1985"


Location: C103, Hesburgh Center for International Studies


This panel discussion focuses on the recently released film, "Argentina, 1985," which depicts the transitional justice process that took place in Argentina after the military dictatorship with inter-disciplinary providing commentary on this historic moment, followed by a Q&A session.

Please join us for screening of the movie on Sunday, February 12, at 4:00 pm.

More than 30,000 Argentines were estimated to have disappeared between 1976 and 1983, and some 3,000 officials and non-officials have been charged with crimes as of 2018. The film provides a dramatic depiction of the groundbreaking transitional justice trial, a process that has set precedents for human rights litigation, created awareness around the limits of state power, and influenced peace-building mechanisms after human atrocities. “Nunca mas” (“Never again”) has shaped the historical memory of older and younger Argentines, and material reparations are available still today, as the country continues to recuperate from the legacy of state violence.

Panelists include María Rosa Olivera-Williams, professor of Latin American Literature and Kellogg Institute faculty fellow; Alejandro Bonvecci, Torcuato Di Tella University, Buenos Aires and Kellogg Institute visiting fellow; Josefina Echavarría Álvarez, director of the Peace Accords Matrix, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Moderated by Vanesa Miseres, associate professor of Spanish and Kellogg Institute faculty fellow and Patrick McQuestion, PhD candidate in Peace Studies and Political Science and Kellogg Institute doctoral student affiliate.

This event is cosponsored by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Department of Romance Languages & Literatures.