Lecturer
Spanish & Portuguese &Latin Amer Studies
University College Cork
Cork
Ireland

T: +353-21-490-3000
E: c.levey@ucc.ie

I came to UCC as Lecturer in Latin American Studies in February 2013 after almost three years as Teaching Fellow in Latin American Studies at the University of Leeds.  My main research interests lie in Latin American human rights, memory and justice and the activism and cultural production related to these themes. I am particularly interested in the relationship between memorialisation and justice and the role of state and society in the construction and completion of “sites of memory” (including marches, memorials and museums). My AHRC-funded doctoral research, completed at the University of Leeds in

 2010, was a comparative analysis of Argentine and Uruguayan commemoration of the victims of human rights violations committed during the dictatorships of the 1970s and 1980s. Although, broadly speaking, my work can be located within the field of cultural and historical studies, the interdisciplinary nature of my research has fostered engagement with a wide range of spheres, including cultural geography, performance studies and legal philosophy.  I teach in the areas of Latin American historical and cultural studies, particularly related to the Southern Cone of Latin America and would be willing to supervise postgraduate students in the areas of Latin American recent history and culture, particularly memory studies, human rights and related issues.

I recently finished a monograph based on my doctoral research. Taking the "politics of memory" - a term which acknowledges that memory is politically, as well as culturally and socially, engaging - as a departure point, my study shifts focus away from exclusively aesthetic and architectural readings of commemoratives sites, such as marches, memorials, monuments and museums, to explore their emergence and transformation in post-dictatorship Argentina and Uruguay. https://www.peterlang.com/view/9783035394955/title.xhtml?rskey=IVAf0i&result=1

With Daniel Ozarow and Christopher Wylde, I have  completed an edited volume entitled "Argentina since the 2001 Crisis: Recovering the Past, Reclaiming the Future", which stems from a major international conference of the same name that I organised (with Daniel Ozarow and Paulo Drinot) at the Institute for the Study of the Americas, London in December 2011. The volume was published by Palgrave Macmillan in July 2014 http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=758971 and in 2016 in Spanish by Argentine publisher Prometeo Editorial  http://prometeoeditorial.com/src/Producto.php?IdProducto=881&Origen=L

I have now commenced research on several new areas of investigation. First, the role of perpetrators in sites of memory.  I am a member of the Perpetrators Network and have participated in a number of workshops at the University of Utrecht on this topic.  Second, I am embarking on a new project on diasporic second generation memory in Europe. This builds on research to date on human rights organisations in Argentina and Uruguay. However, this new project will consider the children and grandchildren of exiles in Europe and their use of new media in the transmission of memory narratives. On this topic, I was selected to attend the HERA workshop in Estonia on ‘Uses of the Past’ in January 2015 and am currently preparing a major grant application to facilitate research in this area. 

Research Interests

My main research interests lie in Latin American human rights, memory and justice and the activism and cultural production related to these themes. I am particularly interested in the relationship between memorialisation and justice and the role of state and society in the construction and completion of “sites of memory” (including marches, memorials and museums).  Although, broadly speaking, my work can be located within the field of cultural and historical studies, the interdisciplinary nature of my research has fostered engagement with a wide range of spheres, including cultural geography, performance studies and legal philosophy

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
Trauma and the moral subject in the Globalized Age - Contempoarary Argentine Cinema.Irish Research Council01-OCT-1430-SEP-17€69,600.00

Books

YearPublication
(2016)Fragile Memory, Shifting Impunity: Commemoration and Contestation in Post-dictatorship Argentina and Uruguay.
Cara Levey (2016) Fragile Memory, Shifting Impunity: Commemoration and Contestation in Post-dictatorship Argentina and Uruguay. Oxford: Peter Lang. [Details]

Book Chapters

YearPublication
(2014)'Nueve Reinas - Nine Queens'
Santiago Oyarzabal; Michael Piggott (2014) 'Nueve Reinas - Nine Queens' In: World Film Locations: Buenos Aires. London: IB Tauris. Globe icon [Details]
(2014)'The Navy Mechanics School (ESMA) and the Politics of Trauma Tourism in Buenos Aires'
Cara Levey (2014) 'The Navy Mechanics School (ESMA) and the Politics of Trauma Tourism in Buenos Aires' In: Death Tourism: Disaster Sites as Recreational Landscape. USA: Seagull. [Details]
(2014)'El futuro del pasado: memoria pública y las políticas de la memoria'
Colectivo Contratiempo Historia y Memoria (2014) 'El futuro del pasado: memoria pública y las políticas de la memoria' In: Qué hacemos con el pasado? Catorce textos sobre historia y memoria. Madrid: Ediciones Contratiempo. Globe icon [Details]
(2014)'Revisiting the Argentine Crisis a Decade on: Changes and Continuities'
Cara Levey; Daniel Ozarow; Christopher Wylde (2014) 'Revisiting the Argentine Crisis a Decade on: Changes and Continuities' In: Argentina since the 2001 Crisis: Recovering the Past, Reclaiming the Future. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]
(2011)'Resistance in the Streets of Buenos Aires'
Cara Levey (2011) 'Resistance in the Streets of Buenos Aires' In: Resistance and Emancipation: Cultural and Poetic Practices. Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien: Peter Lang. [Details]

Edited Books

YearPublication
(2016)De la Crisis del 2001 al Kirchnerismo: Cambios y Continuidades
Cara Levey, Daniel Ozarow, Christopher Wylde (Ed.). (2016) De la Crisis del 2001 al Kirchnerismo: Cambios y Continuidades Buenos Aires: Prometeo. [Details]
(2014)Argentina Since the 2001 Crisis: Recovering the Past, Reclaiming the Future
Cara Levey, Daniel Ozarow, Christopher Wylde (Ed.). (2014) Argentina Since the 2001 Crisis: Recovering the Past, Reclaiming the Future Argentina Since the 2001 Crisis: Recovering the Past, Reclaiming the Future. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Globe icon [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

YearPublication
(2015)'From Blanket Impunity to Judicial Opening(s): H.I.J.O.S and Memory Making in Post-Dictatorship Argentina (2005-2012)'
Cara Levey; Francesca Lessa (2015) 'From Blanket Impunity to Judicial Opening(s): H.I.J.O.S and Memory Making in Post-Dictatorship Argentina (2005-2012)'. Latin American Perspectives, TBC [Details]
(2014)'Introduction to Mutating Cities:Palimpsestic Traces in the Urban Context (special issue)'
Cara Levey (2014) 'Introduction to Mutating Cities:Palimpsestic Traces in the Urban Context (special issue)'. Journal of Romance studies, 14 (3) [Details]
(2014)'Of HIJOS and Niños: Reassessing Postmemory in Post-Dictatorship Uruguay'
Cara Levey (2014) 'Of HIJOS and Niños: Reassessing Postmemory in Post-Dictatorship Uruguay'. History and Memory, 26 (2) [Details]
(2014)'Between Marginalization and Decentralization of Memory: Peripheral Palimpsests in post-dictatorship Buenos Aires and Montevideo'
Cara Levey (2014) 'Between Marginalization and Decentralization of Memory: Peripheral Palimpsests in post-dictatorship Buenos Aires and Montevideo'. Journal of Romance studies, 14 (3) [Details]
(2012)'The Memorial de los Detenidos Desaparecidos: Fragile memory and contested meaning in post-dictatorship Uruguay'
Cara Levey (2012) 'The Memorial de los Detenidos Desaparecidos: Fragile memory and contested meaning in post-dictatorship Uruguay'. Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, [Details]
(2012)'Memories of Violence and Changing Landscapes of Impunity in Uruguay, 1985-2011'
Cara Levey; Francesca Lessa (2012) 'Memories of Violence and Changing Landscapes of Impunity in Uruguay, 1985-2011'. Encounters: An International Journal for the Study of Culture and Society, [Details]
(2010)'Chronicle of a Childhood in Captivity: Niños en Cautiverio Político and the (Re)Construction of Memory in Contemporary Uruguay'
Cara Levey (2010) 'Chronicle of a Childhood in Captivity: Niños en Cautiverio Político and the (Re)Construction of Memory in Contemporary Uruguay'. ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, [Details]

Other Journals

YearPublication
(2014)'Mutating Cities (Special Issue)'
Cara Levey; Claire Launchbury (2014) 'Mutating Cities (Special Issue)' Journal of Romance studies, . [Details]

Book Reviews

YearPublication
(2015)Review of The Argentine Silent Majority by Sebastian Carassai.
Cara Levey (2015) Review of The Argentine Silent Majority by Sebastian Carassai. Book Reviews [Details]
(2015)Review of The Disappeared: Argentina Political Prisoners by Rebekah Park.
Cara Levey (2015) Review of The Disappeared: Argentina Political Prisoners by Rebekah Park. Book Reviews [Details]

Journal Volume Edited

YearPublication
(2014)Mutating Cities:Palimpsestic Traces in the Urban Context (special issue).
Cara Levey; Claire Launchbury (2014) Mutating Cities:Palimpsestic Traces in the Urban Context (special issue). Journal Volume Edited [Details]

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2014CACSSS Research Support Award for conference travel CACSSS, UCC
2015Publications Grant National University of Ireland
2013University of Leeds Pump Priming Funds University of Leeds
2013UCC Strategic Research Funds UCC
2013Research Support Award for conference travel CACSSS, UCC
2011Knowledge Transfer Grant School of Advanced Study, University of London
2011Conference Grant Society for Latin American Studies
2010Postgraduate Conference Grant Society for Latin American Studies
2010Student Travel Grant Latin American Studies Association
2009Research Grant Award Abbey Santander
2009Overseas Conference Grant Arts and Humanities Research Council
2008Fieldwork Grant Arts and Humanities Research Council
2007Fieldwork Grant University of London
2007PhD Studentship (Three Years, Full-time) Arts and Humanities Research Council

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Literary Encyclopedia. Editor (Latin American Section)/
Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS) Member/
Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland Member01-JAN-13 /
Argentina Research Network Founder and Co-Convenor01-JUL-09 /
Latin American Studies Association Member01-JAN-09 /
Women in Spanish and Portuguese Studies Member01-JAN-13 /

Conference Contributions

YearPublication
(2016)Invited Lecture,
Cara Levey (2016) GENERATION NEXT: POSTMEMORIAL AFFILIATIONS AND ACTIVISM IN POST-DICTATORSHIP ARGENTINA AND URUGUAY. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Invited Lecture, University of St Andrews . [Details]
(2016)Latin American Studies Association (LASA),
Cara Levey (2016) Revisiting Postmemory in the Post-dictatorship: The 1.5 Generation in Uruguay. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Latin American Studies Association (LASA), New York . [Details]
(2016)Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland,
Cara Levey (2016) A Place for Perpetrators? Commemoration and Condemnation in Post-Dictatorship Argentina. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland, Northumbria University . [Details]
(2015)Transnational Holocaust Memory,
Cara Levey (2015) Postmemory in the Post-dictatorship: The 1.5 Generation in Uruguay. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Transnational Holocaust Memory, University of Leeds . [Details]
(2015)Memory, Truth, Justice in Latin America,
Cara Levey (2015) The Politics of Memory and Justice in the ESMA. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Memory, Truth, Justice in Latin America, University of Glasgow . [Details]
(2015)Teaching About Perpetrators,
Cara Levey (2015) Outing Perpetrators in Post-Dictatorship Argentina. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Teaching About Perpetrators, Utrecht University . [Details]
(2015)Urban Memoryscapes Workshop,
Cara Levey (2015) Memory on the Fringes: Contested Meaning in Argentina. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Urban Memoryscapes Workshop, LSE . [Details]
(2014)WISPS (Women in Spanish and Portuguese Studies),
Cara Levey (2014) Interrupted Motherhood: Postmemory and Uruguayan Prisoners. [Oral Presentation], WISPS (Women in Spanish and Portuguese Studies), Cork, Ireland . [Details]
(2014)City Margins, City Memories,
Cara Levey (2014) Commemoration in a time of consumerism: Peripheral Palimpsests in Post-Dictatorship Uruguay. [Oral Presentation], City Margins, City Memories, London . [Details]
(2014)New Directions in the Performance of Violence and Trauma,
Cara Levey (2014) Afterlives of Trauma: The Argentine ESMA. [Conference Organising Committee Member], New Directions in the Performance of Violence and Trauma, Cork, Ireland . [Details]
(2014)Críticas: Legal Theory in Argentina,
Cara Levey (2014) Sites of memory: Human Rights, Memory and Justice in Argentina. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Críticas: Legal Theory in Argentina, London . [Details]
(2014)Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland,
Cara Levey (2014) Postmemory in Post-dictatorship Uruguay: Chronicle of a Childhood in Captivity. [Oral Presentation], Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland, Galway, Ireland . [Details]
(2014)Society for Latin American Studies,
Cara Levey (2014) Argentina since the 2001 Crisis: Recovering the Past, Reclaiming the Future. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Society for Latin American Studies, Birkbeck, London . [Details]
(2013)Detrás de nosotros no hay nada: Conference on Uruguayan Politics and Culture,
Cara Levey (2013) Todo el olvido está lleno de memoria: Commemoration and Contestation in Post-dictatorship Uruguay’. [Oral Presentation], Detrás de nosotros no hay nada: Conference on Uruguayan Politics and Culture, London . [Details]
(2013)SPIRE Seminar Series,
Cara Levey (2013) Justice and collective memory in post-dictatorship Argentina’. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], SPIRE Seminar Series, UCD, Ireland . [Details]
(2013)Book Launch of The Politics of Memory: From Pinochet to Bachelet,
Cara Levey (2013) Discussant. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Book Launch of The Politics of Memory: From Pinochet to Bachelet, TCD, Ireland . [Details]
(2013)Latin American Studies Association,
Cara Levey; Francesca Lessa (2013) From Blanket Impunity to Judicial Opening(s): H.I.J.O.S and Memory Making in Post-Dictatorship Argentina’. [Oral Presentation], Latin American Studies Association, Washington DC . [Details]
(2013)Workshop on Argentina,
Cara Levey (2013) The ESMA and the Politics of Trauma Tourism. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Workshop on Argentina, Maynooth, Ireland . [Details]
(2012)Visualising Violence: Art, Memory and Violence in Latin America,
Cara Levey (2012) Chronicle of a Childhood in Captivity: Post-memory in Post-dictatorial Uruguay. [Oral Presentation], Visualising Violence: Art, Memory and Violence in Latin America, Cambridge . [Details]
(2012)Comparative Amnesia: Forgetting in Postwar and Postcolonial Societies Seminar Series,
Cara Levey (2012) Memory in Post-Dictatorship Argentina and Uruguay. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Comparative Amnesia: Forgetting in Postwar and Postcolonial Societies Seminar Series, Leeds . [Details]
(2012)Latin American Studies Association,
Cara Levey (2012) Chronicle of a Childhood in Captivity: The (Re)construction of Memory in Post-Transitional Uruguay. [Oral Presentation], Latin American Studies Association, San Francisco . [Details]
(2012)54 International Congress of Americanists,
Cara Levey (2012) Memoria Frágil, Impunidad Cambiante Un estudio comparativo de la conmemoración en las posdictaduras Argentinas y Uruguayas. [Oral Presentation], 54 International Congress of Americanists, Vienna . [Details]
(2011)Society for Latin American Studies,
Cara Levey (2011) Commemoration and Contestation: The Uncertain Future of Memory Initiatives in Latin America. [Oral Presentation], Society for Latin American Studies, St Andrews . [Details]
(2011)Transformative Justice Conference (WUN Network),,
Cara Levey (2011) HIJOS and the Struggle against Impunity in Post-Dictatorship Argentina. [Oral Presentation], Transformative Justice Conference (WUN Network),, Leeds . [Details]
(2010)Latin American Studies Association,
Cara Levey (2010) Struggles for Memory: The Role of Commemorative Sites in Post-Transitional Uruguay. [Oral Presentation], Latin American Studies Association, Toronto, Canada . [Details]
(2010)Between the Past and the Future: Challenging Narratives of Memory in Latin America,
Cara Levey (2010) Postmemory in the Post-transition: The (Re)Construction of Memory in Contemporary Uruguay. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Between the Past and the Future: Challenging Narratives of Memory in Latin America, London . [Details]
(2010)Society for Latin American Studies,
Cara Levey (2010) ‘Control, Repression and Resistance in Contemporary Argentina’. [Oral Presentation], Society for Latin American Studies, Bristol . [Details]
(2009)Latin American Studies Association Conference,
Cara Levey (2009) Impunity as Inequality: Post-dictatorship memory and justice in Uruguay. [Oral Presentation], Latin American Studies Association Conference, Rio de Janeiro . [Details]

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University College Cork Lecturer in Latin American Studies03-FEB-13 /
University of Leeds Teaching Fellow in Latin American Studies01-OCT-10 / 10-FEB-13
University of Leeds Graduate Teaching Fellow01-JAN-07 / 01-SEP-10

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2010University of Leeds DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHYLatin American Studies
2007University of London M.A.Latin American Studies
2005University of Leeds BA (Hons)Spanish Language and Literature

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Society for Latin American Studies Committee Member2013 / 2016

Consultancy

 ClientDescription
NUI

Reviewer of PhD scholarships

University of Manchester

External Examiner for PhD on memory and women's writing in post-dictatorship Chile

Edith Cowan University, Australia

External examiner for PhD on memory and photography in post-dictatorship Argentina

Outreach Activities

 Description


 Community Engagement:

·         Guest lecturer at Irish Film Institute (IFI) film series ‘Looking South’ in October 2014. Presented Uruguayan film ‘Whisky’ and led discussion with members of the public.

·         Organisation of inaugural Argentine film festival in February 2014, in collaboration with Professor Alvaro Fernández Bravo (CONICET Argentina) and the Argentine Embassy (Dublin).

·         Moderator and discussant at ISLA (Irish, Spanish and Latin American) literature festival, Dublin, October 2013.

-         Regulator contributor to Al Jazeera Opinion section and have contributed to Open Democracy. 

Academic Engagement:

·         Undertook Erasmus staff mobility visit to University of Salamanca (May 2014) – activities involved giving seminars on Latin American history and human rights and exploring future exchange visits between UCA and USAL.

·         Visits to Argentina and Uruguay in August 2013. The result of this visit was the signing of a student and staff exchange agreement between UCC and the UCA (the Universidad Católica de Buenos Aires). In Summer 2015, UCC sent the first cohort of students to Buenos Aires.

·         Facilitator for SUAS Global Issues course sessions for UCC students on Debt Justice (March 2014, October 2014, March 2015, November 2015).



 

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Journal Of Romance Studies Guest Editor-
Journal Of Human Rights Practice Referee-
New Cinemas: Journal Of Contemporary Film Referee-
Acme: An International E-Journal For Critical Geographies Referee-
History And Memory Referee-
Journal Of Latin American Cultural Studies Referee-

Other Activities

 Description

I am a regular contributor to Al Jazeera on Latin American issues. http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/profile/cara-levey.html • Cara Levey, Francesca Lessa (Jan 2014) ‘Landscapes of memory: Argentina’s persistent struggles over the past’ Al Jazeera Opinion • Cara Levey, Daniel Ozarow (August 2013 ‘Argentina: Where vultures dare’ Al Jazeera Opinion • Cara Levey, Manuel Barcia Paz (April 2013) ‘Why Thatcher’s shadow still lingers over Latin America’ Al Jazeera Opinion • Cara Levey (March 2013) ‘When corruption kills: The search for justice in Brazil and beyond’ Al Jazeera Opinion • Cara Levey, Daniel Ozarow (March 2013 ‘Chronicle of a referendum foretold: What next for the Malvinas/Falklands?’ Al Jazeera Opinion

Teaching Interests

I teach in the areas of Latin American historical and cultural studies, particularly related to the Southern Cone of Latin America and would be willing to supervise postgraduate students in the areas of Latin American recent history and culture, particularly memory studies, human rights and related issues. I also teach on the postgraduate MA on Translation Studies.

Recent Postgraduates

 Graduation YearStudent NameInstitutionDegree TypeThesis Title
2016Fiona Clancy NUI (UCC)PHDTrauma and the Moral Subject in the Globalized Age
2013Ivonn Quispe Farfan de Devine UCCM.A.A Critical Commentary of Translation of Yawar Fiesta
2014Ronan Deasy UCCM.A.Extended Translation of Rodolfo Walsh's El Caso Satonowsky
2013Stephen Traynor Muniz University College CorkM.A.The Presidency of Rafael Correa in Ecuador

Current Postgraduate Students

 StudentDegree Type
Clancy Fiona Doctoral Degree

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2016Latin American Human Rights in an Historical and Cultural Context HS3058Latin American Human Rights in an Historical and Cultural Context