Northwestern University

Wed 5:00 PM

Latin America and Human Rights Since the 1970s

When: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM  

Where: University Hall, Hagstrum Room, 201, 1897 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: free

Contact: Paul Gillinghan  

Group: One Book One Northwestern 2018-2019

Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Category: Lectures & Meetings


A panel presentation on four different topics concerning Human Rights in Latin America since the 1970s.

Patrick Kelly (Buffet Postdoc): Sovereign Emergencies: Latin America and the Making of Global Human Rights Politics

The concern over rising state violence, above all in Latin America, triggered an unprecedented turn to a global politics of human rights in the 1970s. Patrick William Kelly argues that Latin America played the most pivotal role in these sweeping changes, for it was both the target of human rights advocacy and the site of a series of significant developments for regional and global human rights politics. Drawing on case studies of Brazil, Chile, and Argentina, Kelly examines the crystallization of new understandings of sovereignty and social activism based on individual human rights. 

Kyle Burke (NU PhD 2016, history, Chabraja Post-Doctoral Fellow): Private Wars in Central America

Gema Santa María (Loyola): The Inhumane Punishment of Atrocious Criminals: The Makings of Lynching as Justice in Post-Revolutionary Mexico

Latin America has witnessed an increase in the incidence of lynching during the last thirty years. This paper turns our attention to deeper historical reasons behind the incidence of this practice. Using post-revolutionary Mexico (1930s-1950s) as a site of analysis, Santa Maria discusses the importance that public attitudes and representations of crime had in construing lynching as an acceptable, just, even moral, form of justice in the face of “monstrous” and “unnatural” criminals. Understanding this recent past offers a window into the reasons behind the emergence of a Latin American citizenry that recognizes human rights as an entitlement reserved for “good” citizens but denied to atrocious criminals.

Christiaan Van Veen (Senior advisor to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights): Our Work in the Americas: Chile, Argentina, the United States.

Sponsored by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program.

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