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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.