Memory of the Argentina Disappearances examines the history of the production, public circulation, and the interpretations and reinterpretations of the Nunca MÃ¡s report issued by Argentinaâ€™s National Commission on the Disappearance of Persons (CONADEP). It was established in 1983 by constitutional president RaÃºl AlfonsÃn to investigate the fate of thousands of people who had been disappeared by the state during the seventies.
Upon publication in 1984, Nunca MÃ¡s became a bestseller, was translated into several languages and won greater public importance when the military juntas were brought to trial and the court accepted the report as key evidence. The reportâ€™s importance was further enhanced with the adoption of CONADEP and Nunca MÃ¡s as models for truth commissions established in Latin America, and when it was postulated as a means for conveying an awareness of this past to Argentinaâ€™s younger generations.
This book contributes to understanding the political processes that led to Nunca MÃ¡s becoming the way in which Argentines remembered the disappearances and the countryâ€™s political violence, and how its meaning is modified by new interpretations. Given the canonical nature of Nunca MÃ¡s, the book sheds light on the most substantial changes and the continuities in Argentinaâ€™s social memory of its recent past.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Disappearance, Memory and Knowledge 2. Investigating the Past: CONADEP and the Making of Nunca MÃ¡s 2. The Nunca MÃ¡s Report 4. Uses and Resignifications of Nunca MÃ¡s Conclusions
Emilio Crenzel is Researcher at the National Council of Scientific Research (CONICET) and Professor of Sociology (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina). He has authored papers about transitional justice, human rights, and social memories of the political violence and dictatorship in Argentina. He has also published in journals in Europe, Canada, Israel, Brazil, United States and Mexico.
"The production and effects of the Argentine Nunca MÃ¡s report, well-known events in recent Latin American history, have been hardly analyzed with such thoroughness. Crenzel brings politics back to our understanding of human rights and showing the array of actors and ideas involved in the crafting and later interpretation of this landmark in the history of global human rights movements. In addition, he masters the cultural and sociological implications of these processes." â€“ Vania Markarian, Columbia University