Dissensual Subjects

E-book – $34.95

ISBN 978-0-8101-3638-0

Paper Text – $34.95

ISBN 978-0-8101-3636-6

Cloth Text – $99.95

ISBN 978-0-8101-3637-3
Publication Date
February 2018
Page Count
280 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9

Dissensual Subjects

Memory, Human Rights, and Postdictatorship in Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay
Andrew C. Rajca

Dissensual Subjects examines the relationship between memory and human rights in postdictatorial Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. Combining cultural studies and critical theory, Andrew C. Rajca explores how the aftereffects of dictatorship are used to formulate dominant notions of human rights in the present. In so doing he critiques the exclusionary nature of these processes and highlights who and what count (and do not count) as subjects of human rights as a result.

Through an engaging exploration of the concept of “never again” (nunca más/nunca mais) and close analysis of photography exhibits, audiovisual installations, and other art forms in spaces of cultural memory, the book explores how aesthetic interventions can suggest alternative ways of framing human rights subjectivity beyond the rhetoric of liberal humanitarianism. The book visits sites of memory, two of which functioned as detention and torture centers during dictatorships, to highlight the tensions between the testimonial tenor of permanent exhibits and the aesthetic interventions of temporary visual culture installations there. Rajca thus introduces perspectives that both undo common understandings of authoritarian violence and its effects as well as reconfigure who or what are made visible as subjects of memory and human rights in postdictatorship countries.

Dissensual Subjects offers much to those concerned with several interlocking fields: memory, human rights, political subjectivity, aesthetics, cultural studies, visual culture, Southern Cone studies, postdictatorship studies, and sites of memory.
About the Author

Andrew C. Rajca is an assistant professor of Portuguese and Spanish and the Portuguese program director at the University of South Carolina.

“Rajca delivers a powerful and impressive critique of memory politics in the Southern Cone and Brazil. Skillfully written, this book is certain to impact the way scholars interpret the relationship between human rights and memory in Latin America and beyond.” —Rebecca J. Atencio, author of Memory’s Turn: Reckoning with Dictatorship in Brazil