Detrás de nosotros no hay nada? Revisiting Contemporary Uruguayan Culture and Politics
10 May 2013, 09:00 - 20:00
- Event Type:
- Conference / Symposium
- Room G35 (Ground Floor)
- Venue Details:
Senate House, South Block
London WC1E 7HU
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KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Gustavo San Roman (University of St. Andrews)
The title of this symposium refers to a famous passage from Juan Carlos Onetti’s novel El pozo (1939): “Detrás de nosotros no hay nada: un gaucho, dos gauchos, treinta y tres gauchos”. By ironically merging two emblematic national symbols, the gaucho and the heroic insurrection for independence of the so-called “33 orientales” led by Juan Antonio Lavalleja in 1825, Onetti questioned the origins of Uruguayan national identity and history.
This interdisciplinary symposium aims to address the little attention that Uruguay usually receives in Latin American Studies in the UK and to offer instead a forum to discuss the current issues in contemporary Uruguay.