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Resistance and Emancipation

Cultural and Poetic Practices


Edited By Arturo Casas and Ben Bollig

This book is a collection of essays developed from the meetings of the ‘Poetics of Resistance’ network in Leeds (2008) and Santiago de Compostela (2009). The volume contains contributions from an international group of researchers and cultural producers, who are committed to the activation, promotion and analysis of counter-hegemonic practices both in the development and transmission of knowledge and in the emancipatory tools of cultural production. The essays in the collection are written by scholars, activists and artists from around the world and concern subjects as diverse as poetry, film, philosophy, literary theory, plastic arts and television.
The relationship between cultural production and resistance lies at the heart of the book’s concerns. Creativity and its manifestations in art, cultural production and knowledge production are a vital resource for a type of resistance that draws upon the resolve and contribution of the individual to the same degree that it emphasizes the importance of collective reflection and action. The interaction between artistic production, emancipation and resistance therefore cannot be reduced to a commitment to particular ideologies as expressed in art or writing. Rather, the poetics of resistance and emancipation are produced through the negotiation of the subjective and the collective, of reflection and action, and of cultural practices and ideologies.
The volume contains contributions in English and in Spanish.


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Part III Cara Levey Escrache: Resistance in the Streets of Buenos Aires You’re right that nothing lasts in this country. But you also must know that in Argentina there is no reckoning. Here no-one ever pays.1 Since the last dictatorship (1976–83), Argentina has witnessed an upsurge of societal mobilization, notably that of human rights, relatives’ and sur- vivors’ organizations, who cannot or do not want to forget recent human rights violations committed during this period.2 In a context of continuing impunity and limited justice,3 these actors demand that perpetrators are tried, and if convicted, sentenced accordingly. In other words, that they 1 Nathan Englander, The Ministry of Special Cases (London: Faber & Faber, 2007), 202. 2 The Proceso de Reorganización Nacional began with a coup on the 24 March 1976, which installed a military junta. Those deemed to be subversive were forced into exile, incarcerated, tortured or killed and thousands were disappeared, their fate unconfirmed. Estimates relating to the number of desaparecidos range from a prudent 10,000 to as many as 30,000. 3 Following the return to democracy in 1983, the nine junta leaders and left-wing Montonero leader Mario Firmenich were put on trial in 1985 and sentenced. However, the Ley de Punto Final, and Ley de Obediencia Debida – the Impunity Laws – were passed in 1986 and 1987 respectively. The latter granted impunity to lower ranking of ficers with the justification that they followed orders and the former imposed a time limit for remaining cases against...

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