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Utrecht Forum for Memory Studies

Ton Robben

Professor of Cultural Anthropology, department of Social Sciences Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences Utrecht University

Antonius Robben has been Professor of Anthropology at Utrecht University since 1993. He was a member of the Michigan Society of Fellows at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1986-1989), past President of the Netherlands Society of Anthropology (1994-1999), and a research fellow at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University (2004). He was director of the Iraq Research Project (2006-2010). At present, he is writing a book about post-authoritarian Argentina.

The disappearance and assassination of tens of thousands of Argentineans during the military dictatorship of 1976-83 left an indelible imprint on Argentinean society and culture. Antonius Robben investigates the sequels of Argentina’s national trauma through a historical and ethnographic analysis of the dynamics of conflicting multidirectional memories and ongoing heritage politics. Revisionist organizations and solidarity groups supporting convicted officers are in contest with an influential human rights movement that is creating sites of memory and memorials throughout the country and produces films, books, exhibitions and educational programs that portray the disappearances as genocide and hold Argentinean society collectively responsible for the dictatorship.