Viviana MacManus: "Ghosts of Another Era": Gender, Haunting and the Legacy of Women's Armed Resistance in Latin America, Thursday, February 25, 2016, 10:00am-12:00pm, Charles E. Merrill Lounge

October 13, 2015

By , Director, Chicano Latino Research Center 

This talk explores the gender politics in cultural representations of state violence and armed insurgent movements of the Argentinean and Mexican “Dirty Wars” (1960-1980s). While Mexico and Argentina’s armed movements hold a marginal--and maligned--position within nationalist historical narratives, little attention has been placed on women’s participation in these movements, particularly in the history of Mexico’s “Dirty War.” The history of armed insurgencies in Latin America is often gendered as masculine, erasing women’s involvement in these movements.  Drawing from interviews she conducted with 10-15 former guerrilleras in Mexico and Argentina from 2012-2014, Viviana MacManus centers her presentation on the gender dynamics of Latin America’s “Dirty Wars” and explores what cultural texts can tell us about the legacy of transnational, gendered state repression. Ultimately, the oral narratives and cultural texts she examines allude to a gendered haunting that results from this disavowal of women’s participation in the armed insurgency and the eradication of these (gendered) subjectivities from Mexico and Argentina’s national consciousness. This presentation examines how this history of state violence and gender trauma represented in these cultural narratives continues to haunt contemporary neoliberal Mexico and Argentina and holds these nations to be accountable for their violent pasts.


Viviana MacManus HeadshotViviana Beatriz MacManus is an assistant professor in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She received her Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego, in the Department of Literature in 2011, where she specialized in Latin American cultural studies and critical gender studies. Professor MacManus’s work centers on Latin American political and gender violence and uses a transnational feminist lens to analyze cultural representations of Latin American state violence during the Cold War era. Her work on Latin American human rights and gender violence has appeared in the International Feminist Journal of Politics and The Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies.


The CLRC is proud to cosponsor this free, public lecture with the Department of Latin American and Latino Studies