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On disobedient daughters of perpetrator fathers: 'Transfilial' activisms across the Argentine human rights movement

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Cecilia Sosa, Dr Philippa Page



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This piece explores why and how the praxis of disobedience, as articulated by the daughters of the perpetrators of state terrorism during Argentina’s last dictatorship (1976–1983), might be read as an instance of queering memory. The analysis focuses on the trajectories of Liliana Furió (a founder member of the Historias Desobedientes collective) and Mariana Dopazo (ex-daughter of one of the dictatorship’s most infamous perpetrators) to illustrate the differing ways in which the mandate of blood has been challenged through public acts of defiliation. Based on our documentary project material, we consider the ways in which the emergence of these disobedient daughters enacts a collective ‘coming out’ and unprecedented disruption of the normative imaginaries of bloodline ties that have traditionally shaped the local aftermath of violence. We argue that their performance of defiliation puts forward a queer arrangement that unsettles the established landscape of human rights activism in Argentina and beyond

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Author(s): Sosa C, Page P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Memory Studies

Year: 2023

Volume: 16

Issue: 1

Pages: 51-65

Online publication date: 08/02/2023

Acceptance date: 15/12/2021

Date deposited: 13/02/2023

ISSN (print): 1750-6980

ISSN (electronic): 1750-6999

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd


DOI: 10.1177/17506980221141993


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