Bristol Conversations in Education - Somewhere between history and memory: Lessons in historical memory from Latin America
Professor Matthew Brown
Room 4.10, School of Education, 35 Berkeley Square, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1JA
This event is part of the School of Education's 'Bristol Conversations in Education' seminar series.
Speaker: Professor Matthew Brown
This lecture explores the transformative potential of history through the examination of recent memory work in Latin America. It argues that new technologies and the potential for building networks have opened up opportunities to change the way history is understood, and how it impacts upon contemporary cultures and politics. It reflects upon the potential of open source digital memory projects such as the Quipu Project in Peru (www.quipu-project.com) and Anyone’s Child Mexico (www.anyoneschild.org/mexico), and examines the advantages and disadvantages of state-sanctioned memory projects, in particular through discussion of the recent GCRF Peace Festival held in Colombia. It concludes that the transformative potential of memory interventions varies widely according to place, time and political context, and in line with the project’s relationship to the traditional institutions of History such as the classroom, media and university, and that practitioners gain when they are aware of and can take advantage of these circumstances.
Matthew Brown is Professor in Latin American History at the University of Bristol. He is the author of From Frontiers to Football: An Alternative History of Latin America since 1800 (2014), The Struggle for Power in Post-Independence Colombia and Venezuela (2013), Adventuring through Spanish Colonies: Simon Bolivar, Foreign Mercenaries and the Birth of New Nations (2006), and the editor of Connections after Colonialism: Europe and Latin America in the 1820s (with Gabriel Paquette, 2012), The Bolivarian Revolution: Simon Bolivar, introduced by Hugo Chavez (2009) and Informal Empire in Latin America: Culture, Commerce and Capital (2008). In addition to working on the projects discussed in the lecture he is currently writing a book about the history of sport in South America.