40 Years of the Falklands/Malvinas Conflict: Versions and Visions in Argentine and British Culture
Four decades after the 1982 Falklands War between Argentina and Great Britain, the historical facts of the conflict and its immediate political consequences have largely been established. While in the UK, the war in the South Atlantic seems all but forgotten, in Argentina memory culture surrounding the Malvinas is as prevalent as ever. Following a period of collective amnesia in the decades immediately following the defeat against the British Task Force, referred to in Argentina as the process of desmalvinización , over the last fifteen to twenty years a number of initiatives have brought the armed conflict and the associated territorial claim back to a wider public’s attention (remalvinización ).
A growing majority of Argentineans and Britons are too young to have fought in the Falklands War or even have a direct recollection of it. As the task of keeping alive the memory of the conflict shifts towards the “postgeneration” (Hirsch), wider questions arise relating to the transmission of knowledge and experience, traumatic or otherwise. The emerging historical perspective also holds the opportunity to reflect on four decades of memory practice.
At this juncture, then, it is time for a reevaluation of the conflict’s cultural legacy, beyond the accounts offered by political and military history. What can we see today that we couldn’t 10, 20, 30 years ago? What do more recent approaches to the war offer that earlier ones didn’t or couldn’t? How have the perceptions and representations of the conflict shifted over time? What readings of the war have prevailed and what alternative views, if any, have been marginalized or erased altogether from “cultural memory” (Assmann)? What role do popular culture, the Internet and social media play in remembering the conflict? … — These are some of the questions the conference aims to explore.
We invite 20-minute research papers in English or Spanish that investigate any aspect of the representation of the Falklands War, in any medium or genre, and on either side of the conflict. While we are particularly interested in research that cuts across larger bodies of work and takes a comparative or longitudinal perspective, close readings of individual texts (widely understood) are welcome as well, especially where they engage with more recent, little-known, or less-studied materials.
The following list is indicative of the range of materials that could be explored, without preference for any particular approach or theoretical framework:
- Narrative fiction
- Testimonial accounts
- Comics/graphic novels
- Films and documentaries – Photography
- Popular music
- Social media/Internet
Please send a 300-word abstract of your proposed paper, alongside a biographical note of no more than 100 words, by 31 December 2021 to Tilmann Altenberg at Malvinas-Falklandsemail@example.com.
Following internal review, prospective conference delegates will receive notification of the outcome no later than 31 January 2022.
Due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding restrictions on travel and face-to-face meetings, the conference will be held online. Attendance is free but requires registration. Details regarding registration and virtual attendance will be communicated in due course.
Dr Tilmann Altenberg (Cardiff University)
Dr Cora Gamarnik (Universidad de Buenos Aires)