The 2014 Lozano Long Conference — Archiving the Central American Revolutions
February 19-21, 2014
The University of Texas at Austin
The 2014 Lozano Long Conference will feature new critical interpretations of the “revolutionary decades” in Central America (1970 through 1990), drawing together scholars from the United States and Central America with research expertise on this crucial period of contemporary history. The scholarly rationale for the conference is especially strong, given that a whole generation of scholars of Central America, who came of age during the revolutionary era, are now senior members of the profession. Their unique perspective, in dialogue with a rising generation of young scholars who did not live through this period and bring a different set of perspectives and viewpoints to the conversation, will be featured.
The second conference objective is to initiate a project of acquisition of documentary materials—personal papers, political broadsides, photos, clippings, music—related to the Central American crisis. We hope to emphasize to potential contributors the salience of these collections as historical artifacts so these materials are not lost forever. These ephemeral materials will complement the more formal post custodial archival activities that LLILAS Benson is engaged in with our partners in the region. We foresee that, through an active process of acquisition and conservation, LLILAS Benson has the potential to become the world’s foremost repository for 1980s Central America-related materials.
This event is free and open to the public. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that presentations will be made in either Spanish or English with no simultaneous translation.
Conference Schedule (PDF, 344K)
Out of town participants and attendees can find a large selection of hotels in Austin. Visit Google Maps to see a brief list of hotels and B&Bs near LLILAS Benson.
Parking and Nearby Restaurants
Parking and Restaurant Map (PDF, 418K)
Fundación Fundamaya, Guatemala
Pablo Ceto was one of the founders of the Comité de Unidad Campesina (CUC) in the 1970s and later played an instrumental role in establishing the Coordinadora de los Pueblos Mayas de Guatemala (COPMAGUA). In Guatemala’s 2003 presidential election Ceto was a candidate for vice president on the ticket of the Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca (URNG), and prior to that he had served as a representative in the Guatemalan Congress. He is the founder and coordinator of the nonprofit Fundación Maya (FUNDAMAYA) and was a key figure in launching the Universidad Ixil in 2011, where he is currently Vice Provost. The Universidad Ixil relies on Mayan ancestral knowledge as part of an alternative eduactional model designed to provide learning opportunities for emerging community leaders.
Carlos Fernando Chamorro
Journalist Carlos Fernando Chamorro has been associated since the 1970s with the most influential media enterprises in Nicaragua. Following the 1979 Sandinista Revolution, he was founder and editor of the official daily newspaper Barricada, a position he held until he was ousted in 1994 by an orthodox faction of the Sandinista party. He is the founder and director of the Centro de Investigaciones de la Comunicación (CINCO), a nonprofit research and polling firm in Nicaragua. Chamorro currently runs two of the most influential independent media voices in the country, the weekly publication Confidencial, and the popular Sunday night TV program Esta Semana. He also hosts the Onda Local radio show. Chamorro is the author and producer of several books and documentary films about Nicaragua. In 2010 the Columbia University School of Journalism awarded Chamorro the prestigious Maria Moors Cabot Prize for outstanding reporting on Latin America and the Caribbean.
Carlos Henriquez Consalvi
Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen, El Salvador
Carlos Henríquez Consalvi (“Santiago”) is co-founder of Radio Venceremos, and founder and director of the Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen (MUPI). A journalist by training, he has authored many publications and literary works on memory, culture and human rights, and has produced numerous exhibitions and films, including Cicatriz de la Memoria (2002), La Frontera del Olvido (2005), and La Palabra en el Bosque (2011) and his own memoir, La terquedad del izote: la historia de Radio Venceremos (2008, translated into English by LLILAS/UT Press as Broadcasting the Civil War in El Salvador: A Memoir of Guerrilla Radio in 2010). Through his work at MUPI, Consalvi has helped to preserve extensive documentation on the civil war in El Salvador as well as the country’s literary and cultural history; some of MUPI’s notable collections include the audio archive of Radio Venceremos as well as the personal archives of Monseñor Romero, Salarrué, and Roque Dalton. Consalvi has used this rich archival material as the basis for both permanent and traveling exhibits as well as youth and public education programs. In October 2013, he was appointed Vice President of the Latin America and the Caribbean Committee of UNESCO’s Memory of the World Program for the period 2013–2017.
Dora María Téllez
Movimiento Renovador Sandinista, NicaraguaDora María Téllez was a key leader of the armed struggle and insurrection that led to the overthrow of the Somoza dictatorship in Nicaragua in 1979. She also played a prominent role in the revolutionary government during the 1980s, most visibly as Minister of Health. Following the Sandinista electoral defeat in 1990, she was elected to serve as an FSLN deputy in the National Assembly. Téllez subsequently led a group of prominent Sandinista dissidents who split with the FSLN, forming the Movimiento Renovador Sandinista (MRS). An outspoken critic of the current Sandinista administration, she led a two week hunger strike in 2008 to protest a government ruling barring the MRS from participating in elections that year. Holding a post-graduate degree in History from the Universidad Centroamericana in Managua, Téllez is author of the 1999 study, ¡Muera la Gobierna!: Colonización en Matagalpa y Jinotega (1820–1890), as well as numerous essays and journal articles on the country’s political, social, and economic history.
LLILAS Benson; Department of History; Department of Religious Studies; Institute for Historical Studies; Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice; the Graduate School at The University of Texas at Austin
- Virginia Garrard Burnett, Professor, Department of History
- Kent Norsworthy, Digital Scholarship Coordinator, LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections
- Arturo Arias, Tomás Rivera Professor of Spanish Language and Literature, Department of Spanish & Portuguese
- Donna De Cesare, Associate Professor, School of Journalism
- Paloma Díaz, Director of Scholarly Programs, LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections
- Margo Gutierrez, U.S. Latino/a Studies Librarian, LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections
- Juliet Hooker, Associate Director for Public Programs, LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections; Associate Professor, Departments of Government and African & African Diaspora Studies
- Christian Kelleher, Archivist, LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections
- T-Kay Sangwand, Human Rights Archivist and Librarian for Brazilian Studies, LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections
- Eric Selbin, Professor of Political Science, Southwestern University
- Mercedes Lynn de Uriarte, Associate Professor Emeritus, School of Journalism