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Interterm Travel Courses

Check out our inter-term course in Argentina:

JUST 2030: Spaces of Memory: Texts and Contexts of Argentina's Dirty War (4-quarter hours) with Prof. Lydia Gil Keff

From 1976–1983, the Argentine military government engaged in a campaign of terror against its citizens, some of whom were suspected of dissidence and subversion while many others were considered a threat "by association" to the stability of the regime.

It is estimated that during the seven years of this "Dirty War" some 30,000 civilians were "disappeared," abducted by the government and sent to secret spaces where they were detained, tortured and eventually killed.

This course, taught in Buenos Aires, explores the construction of memory in both texts and physical spaces touched by the violence, repression and disappearance in Argentina. The course also examines anti-Semitism during the military dictatorship, as well as the role of memory in reconstructing discourses; testimonial literature, and the modern and postmodern views of representation; narratives of exile and dispersion; and points of convergence between this literature and other survivor testimonial narratives, particularly those of the Shoah.

Students meet with writers and activists whose work is informed by the atrocities of the "Dirty War," and visit the Organization of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo and public spaces of memory, such as the Parque de la Memoria, the ESMA, the AMIA building, the Baldosas, etc.


Due to the current state of the economy in Argentina, this inter-term course is not available for the 2016-17 academic year. We hope to offer it in future years, should the situation improve.

For more details, please contact Prof. Lydia Gil Keff at [email protected].