Em/bodying Human Rights in Testimony

Faculty of Humanities




Em/bodying Human Rights in Testimony


Em/bodying Human Rights in Testimony

Studies in Comparative Literatures and the Arts
Thursday 20 February 2014
United Nations designated World Day of Social Justice
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Pond Inlet
Keynote Speaker : Nora S. Strejilevich

Nora S. Strejilevich is an Argentinean writer whose literary production is a means to “work through” the legacy of State Terrorism on the basis of her own experience as a survivor and exile. After her liberation from the concentration camp “Athletic Club” (1977) she was granted political asylum in Canada, where she completed a Ph.D. in Latin American Literature at the University of British Columbia. Between 1991 and 2006, she taught Latin American literature at several universities in North America, focusing on Human Rights and Literature.

She has published prose, poems and essays. Her most recent book is El arte de no olvidar: literatura testimonial en Chile, Argentina y Uruguay entre los 80 y los 90 [The art of not forgetting: testimonial literature in Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay between the '80s and '90s] (2006). Una sola muerte numerosa (1997, 2006) has given Strejilevich international recognition. This testimonial novel was awarded the Letras de Oro National Award (US, 1996). It was translated into English (A Single Numberless Death, 2002) and was adapted to theatre (US 2002). In Italy, Strejilevich’s story inspired the movie Nora (2005). This text has been incorporated into the curriculum of graduate studies in universities in Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Austria and France.

Currently she is devoting herself to creative writing and research. Her most recent project is the study of women’s resistance to totalitarian regimes through art.
--- Source: Nora Strejilevich

The Co-organizers, Cristina Santos and Tracy Crowe Morey would like to extend a special thanks to:

Humanities Research Institute
Faculty of Graduate Studies
Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Social Justice Research Institute
Social Justice and Equity Studies
Centre for Gender and Women's Studies

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