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StFX professor launches newest book at Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

May 29th, 2017
Dr. Maria Soledad Paz-Mackay

Dr. Maria Soledad Paz-Mackay, a Spanish professor in the StFX Department of Modern Languages, will present her new book at the 2017 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, an event organized by the Canadian Association of Hispanist. This year the Congress will be held at Ryerson University between May 27 and June 2.

Historia, Memoria y Novela en la Argentina de posdictadura: La cuestión de la responsabilidad extendida, published in February in Buenos Aires by the Editorial Biblos, is centered around the violence that occurred in Argentina during the last dictatorship (1976-1983). In particular, the book analyses the fictional representation of History and Collective Memory in four Argentinean novels published between 1995 and 2002. Dr. Paz-Mackay argues that these novels present the necessary equilibrium between the two narrations of the past.

The “two demons” theory that derived from the report of the “National Commission of the Disappeared” assigned equal responsibility to the two parties involved in the conflict: the dictatorship and the militant opposition, she says. By introducing narrating voices outside the dual format of victims and victimizers, the characters seem to extend certain types of responsibility for what had happened to other groups of individuals. In Dr. Paz- Mackay’s opinion “the question of social responsibility during the last dictatorship is embedded in the representation of the conflictive relationship between Collective Memory and History.”

The book presentation takes place on Thursday, June 1 at 4:30 p.m. in the Victoria Building, Room 200. Dr. Paz-Mackay will present her book along with other authors, and “she is delighted to have the opportunity to display her book and share her ideas with colleagues.” The details of the event can be found at: http://www.registrocreativo.ca/Galerias/2017_Libros/index.html

Also, while at the Congress, Dr. Paz-Mackay will participate in the Conference for the Canadian Association of Hispanist. On Friday June 2, she will present part of her latest research compiled in a paper titled “Photography and identity: The influence of Lucila Quieto’s work in the cultural production of the Children of the Disappeared in Argentina.” 

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