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PPi Distinguished Speaker Event: Cath Collins, Ulster
The Politics of Uncertainty: Forensic aesthetics and the search for Latin America’s disappeared
The lecture examines: 1) Imagery and appropriation; 2) Religious iconicity / iconicity and gender; 3) Forensic aesthetics and the end of uncertainty. The final part of the talk will discuss Tom Keenan and Eyal Weizman’s work Mengele’s skull: the advent of a forensic aesthetics; for more information see the book or the exhibition page http://www.forensic-architecture.org/exhibition/mengeles-skull/
The talk takes place from 6.30 to 8pm on Tuesday 5 December in the Main Hall, International Politics; it is followed by a seminar the next day, Wednesday 5 December, 11-1pm in the Institute of Arts and Humanities Meeting Room, Hugh Owen Building.
Cath Collins has been Professor of Transitional Justice at Ulster University’s Transitional Justice Institute since March 2013. She was previously Associate Professor of Politics at the Universidad Diego Portales, Chile, where she founded and still directs the Transitional Justice Observatory. The Observatory (www.derechoshumanos.udp.cl, Observatorio JT) maps current justice, truth and memory developments in Chile over the Pinochet-era dictatorship; works closely with relatives’ associations and with forensic, judicial and legal professionals, and is a founder member of the Latin American Transitional Justice Network www.rlajt.com.
Her publications include the books ‘Transitional Justice in Latin America’ (co-authored and co-edited, 2016); ‘The Politics of Memory in Chile’ (2014, co-edited); ‘Post-Transitional Justice: Human Rights Trials in Chile and El Salvador (2010)’
She has also produced manuals, workshop materials and training inputs for relatives’ associations, lawyers, judicial personnel, the forensic service and detective police in Latin America, and has served as an expert witness before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
She is currently involved in research and exchange between the UK and Latin America about the search for victims of disappearance.