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Leigh A. Payne: Unsettling Accounts: The Politics and Performance of Public Confessions by Perpetrators of State Violence
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Location:Room 101, Dwight Hall
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Lectures & Symposia,Upcoming Events
Andrew Reiter
In her talk, Leigh Payne, professor of sociology and Latin American studies at the University of Oxford, will explore what happens when perpetrators of past human rights atrocities come forward and publicly confess to their acts.
On one hand she will consider the possible reconciliation model designed by the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. On the other she will examine the Latin American model in which civil society actors judge perpetrators' confessions as a throw-back to authoritarian control over government and society. Payne proposes an alternative—contentious coexistence—model, and will use video tape clips of confessions from Argentina and South Africa to develop her argument. She will also talk about her new areas of research on Brazil, Spain, and “late confessions,” to consider new challenges to the contentious coexistence approach. She will probe what silences and silenced debate mean for democratization and human rights.
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