Latest Staff Blogs

  • Contrarian Speech: The Poetics, Politics and Ethics of Contrarian Speech

    The symposium ‘Against the Grain: The Ethics, Poetics and Politics of Contrarian Speech’ was held as a collaborative event in June 2019. It involved several members of DeLC, in collaboration with the research project "Poetry and Politics" and the University of Amsterdam.

  • Eight must-see films about women – that are all by women

    This is a list that highlights the work of women behind the camera, but that also pays attention to the quality of representation of the women projected onto the screen. It includes a variety of genres, from historical drama to contemporary comedy, but all were written, directed or produced by women and have a sustained focus on women and their lives.

  • English is not enough – British children face major disadvantage when it comes to language skills

    Studying a language is not just about enhancing your CV and adding something useful to your skills set. It is also about embracing other cultures, developing intercultural competence, enjoying languages as an exciting object of study, and reflecting on your own national and cultural identity. The government should also recognise the importance of languages and rethink the value placed on foreign language competency in the British education system. A national policy on languages could help to address attitudes towards languages and further promote joined up thinking across the different education sectors.

  • State Crimes in Latin America 1962-2012: Collection H at the CAMeNA

    Collection H at the CAMeNA brings together several archives that document state crimes in Latin America between 1962 and 2012: political persecution, torture, enforced disappearance, and politically motivated assassinations. The collection contains extensive material on the resistance to persecution, and on the fight for justice, by social movements and families.

  • A Whistleblower’s Archive: General José Francisco Gallardo’s Documents at the CAMeNA

    The collection E at the CAMeNA was donated by Brigadier General José Francisco Gallardo, who blew the whistle on abuses by the Mexican army. Gallardo was persecuted, and imprisoned for eight years. He sets an example on dissent and resistance from a position of entanglement within a powerful institution.

  • Facets of Knowledge and Experience: Donated Documentary Collections at the CAMeNA

    The third post in the series on The Aliveness of Memory at the CAMeNA in Mexico City introduces the three documentary collections assembled in Fund D, ‘Donations’. Donated by Carlos Fazio, Raquel Gutiérrez and Hector Salinas, the collections cover topics such as state terrorism, armed resistance movements, political imprisonment, and the 1988 elections in Mexico.

  • What brought Marion to DeLC?

    The summer after I finished my studies in German Language, Literature and Philosophy, I found myself in Cambridge doing an English course to refresh and improve my language skills. I had been to the UK before, but never for a long period of time. I remember thinking "Yes, I could live here."

  • Gregorio Selser's Obstinate Pursuit of Curiosity: His Research and Personal Archive and Documents at the CAMeNA

    The collections A, B and C at the CAMeNA consist of Gregorio Selser's research archive, compiled between 1938 and 2008, and his personal documents. Both show his obstinate pursuit of a curiosity and a sense of social responsibility that placed him in the middle of the struggles and upheavals of his times.

  • From Latin to Latin American Cultural Studies (or, no hay bien que por mal no venga)

    I like to think that the non-conformist, rebellious streak of my youth has been tempered by a more serious, and yet, no less energetic and passionate engagement with contemporary Latin American and Iberian art, culture and politics.