Argentina 1983: A feminist and transitional affective atmosphere

Hosted by the Latin America and Caribbean Centre (LACC)



Cecilia Macón

Cecilia Macón

Lecturer at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Buenos Aires


Rodrigo Círigo-Jiménez

PhD candidate at the LSE Department of Sociology

This hybrid event explores the concept of "affective atmospheres" when analysing hinge historical moments such as transitions and crises; in this case, through the role played by feminist activism in the Argentine democratic transition.

Professor Cecilia Macón will discuss how feminist activism in Argentina mounted radical and disrupting claims making use of the atmosphere of hope and consensus established after the end of the dictatorship. The analysis of the protest strategies of these groups of activists and of a series of photographs that appeared in feminist publications will show the way in which emotions in tension -such as hope and anger- built a dynamic affective atmosphere in charge of boosting political agency in unexpected ways.

Macón is the author of the books Desafiar el sentir. Feminismo, historia y rebelión, devoted to scrutinising the history of feminism in terms of “affective dis-arrangements", and Sexual Violence in the Argentinean Crimes Against Humanity Trials. Her writing has also appeared in journals such as: Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, Revista Latinoamericana de Filosofía, Intermédialités, Revista Estudos Feministas and Journal of Romance Studies.

Moderator: Rodrigo Círigo-Jiménez (he/him) is a PhD Candidate and GTA at LSE’s Department of Sociology, as well an editor of the peer-reviewed student journal New Sociological Perspectives. He did his first degree in International Relations at El Colegio de México, where his dissertation won the Adrián Lajous Martínez Prize. He also holds an MSc. in Political Sociology from the LSE, where he graduated with Distinction and won the Hobhouse Memorial Prize. He has previously worked as an advisor for the Mexican Ministries of Public Education and Foreign Affairs, as well as for the Mexican Embassy in the UK. His doctoral project analyses the social construction of victimhood in contemporary Mexico, focusing on the experiences of people affected by gross human rights violations and their interactions with the state. His research mobilises political sociology, theories of subjectivity, affect theory, queer theory, and the sociology of memory and human rights, amongst other approaches.

This session is the first in our new series of events entitled Women, Gender and Politics in Latin America. This series will bring together leading practitioners, academics and activists to discuss plural, intersectional and interdisciplinary concepts of feminism, gender and politics from different parts of our region

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