UCL Institute of the Americas


Violence Unresolved: Argentina and the Prosecution of Human Rights Violations

11 December 2018, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm


What counts as violence and who is to blame, what kinds of violence are deemed necessary or illegitimate?

This event is free.

Event Information

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Dr Par Engstrom – UCL Institute of the Americas
020 7679 2000


Room 103
UCL Institute of the Americas
51 Gordon Square
United Kingdom

In Argentina, the abuses of the last military dictatorship and how to decide justice and resolve care remain a central social and political predicament. What counts as violence and who is to blame, what kinds of violence are deemed necessary or illegitimate are questions that are self-evident or easily answered by policy-makers, politicians, activists, and national citizens.  Focusing on the interplay of politics and of trauma, this talk explores how the criminal prosecutions of the trials of crimes against humanity, begun in 2005 under the government of then President Nestor Kirchner, often only prosecute select violations or penalize select state agents or civilian collaborators and thus are unable to offer a full account of the truth.  Abuses of torture, sexual violence, and silence endure, evolve, evade the reach of the law, and remain constitutive of everyday life.  

While attendance at this event is free, places are limited and booking is required to avoid disappointment.

About the Speaker

Ram Natarajan

Assistant Professor of Anthropology at University of Arkansas

Ram Natarajan is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Arkansas, and a Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College at the University of Cambridge for the 2018-19 academic year. His research and teaching focus on violence, memory, human rights, literature, and law. He received a doctorate in Anthropology from New York University, and was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University in their Violence/Non-Violence seminar.  His work has received support from the Fulbright-Hays Program, the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation.  

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