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Argentina
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Collaboration, Learning, Sharing and Impact
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Learning and the Future: Intimate Cartographies in Community

"Learning and Future", aims to consolidate the work done through a series of learning tools that will facilitate the implementation of transitional justice and memory models in the classroom.

We have collaborated with human rights, heritage, cultural and religious institutions to design the neighborhood tour and integrate it into the heritage program of the local council. The experiences of our participants were captured in workshops on archival research, mural making, podcasts, creative writing, photography and fanzines. In this way, these young participants became interpreters and creators of their community’s reality and historical records. With the Phase 2 funding, we seek to lay the groundwork for joint and collaborative work with other EdJAM projects, social actors, cultural institutions, and the international scientific community.

We foresee the following activities:

Activity 1: Development of a website. 
The website will host different aspects of the project. It will be developed in collaboration with the Laboratory of Human Sciences Research of UNSAM where the project is hosted.
It will have 5 different tabs, namely:

  • “Home page”: This page will include the general guidelines of the “Cartographies” and “Learning and Future” projects, the theoretical and methodological basis for both projects, and the details of the team involved.
  • “Archive”: In this tab an archive will be created from the outputs produced by the participants of “Cartografías” and “Cartografías íntimas en comunidad”, including videos, podcasts, murals, fanzines, and banners.
  • “Publications”: academic publications related to the “Cartographies” and “Learning” projects will be available here.
  • Toolbox: The creation of an online toolbox will allow the materials to be available for universities wishing to liaise with school communities in their territories, and also for schoolteachers seeking to develop similar intervention models.
  • Lomas de Zamora-In Focus: Memoria-Lomas de Zamora en Foco is a tool to engage in a dialogue about the history of the municipality, and promote the tours we have made through the district with young people. By installing galvanized sheet metal plaques with a QR code engraved on the different sites of memory, it will be possible to access historical and archival information. We plan to integrate to this data, pieces of work created by the teenagers who participated in our project such as podcasts, murals and fanzines.

Activity 2: Presentations in academic events 
Mariela Peller will participate in the fifth congress “Pensar los afectos” in Buenos Aires, presenting the paper “Entre lo íntimo y lo comunitario. Affection, violent past and pedagogies of memory”. Using the experience of “Intimate Cartographies in Community” she will seek to answer the following question: What is the role of affection in the teaching and elaboration of memories about the violent pasts, especially in generations that are no longer in direct contact with those events?

Lucas Saporosi will participate in the XI Conference on Recent History at the Universidad del Litoral in Santa Fe. He will reflect on the pedagogical experience that took place in the Memories and Archive Workshop with 5th and 6th year students. Specific notions of archiving will be presented in order to enable an understanding of the work carried out in the workshop, including the local, territorial and intimate dimension of this practice and the work carried out by the students.

The group will participate in the International Seminar on Memory Policies within the theme “Places, Marks and Territories of Memory”, with a presentation in which we will explore how territories are unfolded in our project, “Intimate Cartographies in Community.” We will focus on how the tours that participants took through their neighborhoods, including those in established memory sites and in spaces we claim for memory, and their subsequent rearticulation in artistic pieces, enables both an emotional appropriation of traumatic memories and also a sense of projection into the future.

Activity 3: Partnerships with other organizations 

June 2023:Mónica Szurmuk will participate in the meeting “Archives with sensitive information: confidentiality, accessibility and memory policies. Experiences and reflections will be shared within the context of the agreement between the Human Rights organization Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo and the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET).

July 2023: There will be a day of work with two similar territorial projects that operate within the Laboratory of Research in Social Sciences, namely: “Emotions and care in adolescents in home confinement during the Covid 19 pandemic”, led by Dr Valeria Llobet; as well as “Between burning and re -burning you, a study on the future of teaching in contexts of urban poverty and environmental degradation”, led by Dr Silvia Grinberg.

  • Participation in the EdJAM Latin American regional meeting (July 2023)
  • Closure meeting for the project, presentation of results and discussion about future alliances. To be held at LICH-UNSAM with the support of CONICET.
  • Presentation of the work of the projects “Intimate Cartographies in Community” and “Unfinished Business” from South Africa within the framework of the EdJAM project with the collaboration of EdJAM Bristol (via zoom).

4. Activity number 4: Publications 

  1. “Intimate cartographies in community: multidirectional memories, affections and territory.” We will write an academic paper that will serve as a basis for future research interventions. It will explain the motivation for the project, the installation and implementation dynamics, and will analyze two pieces produced by our students (a podcast and a mural), in order to specify concrete modes for the project’s intervention in the creation of memory. We will focus especially on the concepts of “multidirectional memory” (Rothberg), “an exciting process” (hooks) and the awe and its capacity to interrogate historicity of what is given (Ahmed).
  2. “Adventures in Local Sites: Times of Memory and Remembrance in a Buenos Aires suburb”. In this article, we analyze the outcomes of high school students aged 16-18 after an intervention that integrated traumatic historical events (the 1976-1983 military dictatorship in Argentina, settler colonialism, the Shoah and local terrorist attacks), together with the implicit danger of ecological disasters. Along the lines of Ludmila Da Silva Catela (2017) and Jenny Wüstenberg (2022), we propose an analysis about how young people can integrate different modes of time and memory, and advocate for a pedagogy of memory that includes sites of “slow” memory and prolonged memory, to overcome the limitations of more traditional conceptualizations such as “collective memory” (Hallbwachs) and ” memory sites” (Nora).

Meet the team:

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Mónica Szurmuk

Principal Investigator

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Lucas Gerardo Saporosi

Doctoral fellow and lecturer

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Argentina

Noelia Lynch

Investigator and Lecturer

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