Roundtable: Memory, Silence and Forgetting in Latin America

Nela shot-1Nela Navarro serves as Associate Director/Director of Education and Member of the UNESCO Chair for Genocide Prevention Executive Committee at the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights. She received her graduate education at Columbia University Teachers College. She is a lecturer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese (Newark) and English Department Writing Program (New Brunswick). Her research and community engagement interests include new literacies studies, critical pedagogy, historical textbook analysis, educational reform, global education, the role of technology in educational access, genocide, human rights and peace education.She has served as a lecturer at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and Chazen Business School, and at the Shanghai International Studies University, China. She is currently an editor for the Rutgers University Press book series “Genocide, Human Rights and Political Violence,” and a consulting development editor and writer for educational publishers such as Oxford University Press, Pearson Education, Scholastic and McGraw Hill. She has edited and co-written texts and professional development materials for language, social studies and social justice curriculum. Her interest in the role of technology, education and language/culture in promoting human rights and social reform have led her to work on training, advocacy and development projects with organizations in countries around the world, including the Ministries of Education in Mexico and Colombia, the Documentation Center of Cambodia, and the Open Society Institute, Thailand.

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Isias Rojas-Perez focuses on the problem of justice and recovery in the aftermath of devastating political violence.  My research interests draw from my previous long term work as human rights activist during the worst moments of the 1980s and 1990s Peru’s internal war between the Peruvian military and the Maoist Shining Path.  Writing against violence and terror and reporting state crimes to national and international audiences, I gained a profound insight into how state violence and legal practices can mutually inform each other in contexts of counterinsurgency in which law shields the violence of the state that sustains it.  I bring this understanding to my commitments to anthropological research and teaching.  As global discourses of human rights prescribe legal means to deal with state atrocity, I am interested in understanding how law detaches itself from the violence during the war to either obscure or allow for possibilities of justice and recovery during the post-war. More specifically, as the Peruvian post-conflict state attempts to bring closure to the violence of the past through legal means set within a project of transitional justice, I am interested in understanding how families and communities of victims engage the work of the law to attain senses of justice and mourning in the aftermath of atrocity.  This legalization of justice provides grounds for an engaged anthropological research in a comparative perspective on the broader political and ethical question of how contemporary societies recover from massive violence and death.

Humberto Schettino

Humberto Schettino has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research. He has been professor of political theory at the Autonomous Metropolitan University - Campus Iztapalapa in Mexico City, as well as at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters and the Institute of Philosophical Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He has been an adjunct professor of ethics and political theory at Rutgers University, both in New Brunswick and Newark. Currently he is Vice-President of BookLinks Publishing Services, and is writing a book on Machiavelli's defense of politics.



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