Publication Date

April 2019


Michael Roth


College of Social Studies


English (United States)


How are periods of political crisis remembered by societies rebuilding normalcy? In the case of Peru, how do legacies of violence and poverty become visible in contemporary discourses and practices? This thesis explores the meaning and function of efforts to remember past atrocities. To what extent are processes of recollection also working to repair and amend conflicts and social relations. I will examine the various modes of memory production from state and non-state actors, including processes of transitional justice (the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Committee), sites of memory (museums and monuments), and cultural production (film and performance art) and analyze their role in societal reconciliation. This project will provide an analysis of modes of memory production that is cross-disciplinary, exploring legal, political, cultural, and philosophical discourses on how a violent past is recollected in the public sphere. Peru is one of many Latin American countries that has attempted a truth and reconciliation process in the aftermath of the twentieth century’s “dirty wars”, and this project seeks to illuminate peculiarities in the Peruvian case.



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