CLACS Alum Christine Weible at El Museo del Barrio

CLACS alum Christine Weible was recently awarded a one-year fellowship at El Museo del Barrio.   El Museo is a Latino cultural institution dedicated to promoting Latin American and Caribbean art and culture. Christine will be working in the education department where she will develop curriculum, organize events, and design and lead gallery tours in bothContinue reading “CLACS Alum Christine Weible at El Museo del Barrio”

Memory Models that Move: Thoughts after the “Bajo Tierra” conference

At the end of June, I attended a conference in Madrid that addressed many of the social, political, historical, and ethical debates emerging in response to the excavation of mass graves and the exhumation and identification of victims of political violence in Spain.  Organized by anthropologist Francisco Ferrándiz (CSIC, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicos), “BajoContinue reading “Memory Models that Move: Thoughts after the “Bajo Tierra” conference”

Visual Evidence, Historical Memory, & the Production of Knowledge in Post-Franco Spain

The application of forensic science to the study of political violence in contemporary Spain has become an integral part of national and local attempts to recuperate and re-narrate an aspect of the country’s history that has often been ignored or simply forgotten: the political violence and forced disappearance of persons both during the Spanish CivilContinue reading “Visual Evidence, Historical Memory, & the Production of Knowledge in Post-Franco Spain”

CLACS Alum Participates in LASA Recent History and Memory Section

Memory, gender and Chilean social movements inspired Hillary Heiner’s research as a CLACS M.A. student in 2004. Through CLACS she was awarded a Tinker Field Research grant, which enabled her to do research in Chile. After completing her M.A., she decided to remain in Chile to pursue a PhD at the University of Chile. SheContinue reading “CLACS Alum Participates in LASA Recent History and Memory Section”

NYU Student Launches Haiti Memory Project

Last summer, Claire Payton—inspired by the post-earthquake chaos she saw unfolding in Haiti—bought an audio recorder, packed her bags, and booked a flight to Port-au-Prince. Despite having studied Haiti extensively, her motivation to travel to Haiti was purely personal. She wanted to help tell people’s stories. Soon after arriving in Port-au-Prince, she developed contacts andContinue reading “NYU Student Launches Haiti Memory Project”

Collecting and Storing the Past: Objects, Photographs, and the Creation of Chile’s Memory and Human Rights Museum

During the last two weeks of my time in Santiago, my research on Chile’s Memory and Human Rights Museum has covered some exciting, new ground. Interviews with key Museum players – specifically those who have participated in the collection of Museum objects and images – have uncovered a new layer of political complexity, while informalContinue reading “Collecting and Storing the Past: Objects, Photographs, and the Creation of Chile’s Memory and Human Rights Museum”

Making Room for Memory: The Re-Inauguration of Chile’s Memory and Human Rights Museum

I came to Chile this summer to complete ethnographic research on the role that the photographic image plays in present day Chilean memory debates. More specifically, I came to Santiago to observe and document the many way in which Chile’s newly opened Memory and Human Rights Museum employs photographs – be it as a visualContinue reading “Making Room for Memory: The Re-Inauguration of Chile’s Memory and Human Rights Museum”

Erasing Traumatic Memories

Photo credit: Hillary C. Schiff, Phd Candidate in Neuroscience at NYU Tonight is the last lecture in the CLACS Program Seminar Series titled Hauntings: Memory, Patrimony and the Contested Past. Andreas Huyssen will visit us from Columbia University, and speak about “Uses of the Past in Transnational Memory Debates.” For those who have not attended,Continue reading “Erasing Traumatic Memories”