History Department
History Department

Jimena Perry


MPhil Social Anthropology, MA History, University of Cambridge, UK; University of Texas at Austin

Jimena Perry

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Interests


Modern Latin America, digital humanities, violence, memory, trauma, and museums

Biography


I am a Latin American historian. My dissertation, examines the different ways in which museum professionals and communities in Colombia, over the last two decades, have portrayed memories of atrocities such as massacres, forced displacement, bombings, and disappearances committed during the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s by the National Army, guerrillas, paramilitaries, and drug traffickers. My dissertation analyzes the decisions and selections made by curators, directors and other museum professionals or grass roots activists in representing political violence. In doing so, A Time to Remember explores which narratives have been presented in museums and exhibitions, which have been omitted, and the politics behind such choices. I study the changing role of museums in Colombia as tools for reflection, mourning, and the development of new relationships between the state and society. I investigate how the traditional “civilizing” role of the museum in Colombia is losing ground to more inclusive and representative venues, as in other parts of Latin America and worldwide, giving cultural minorities the possibility of having their voice heard and acknowledged in their own national and local context.

My work draws on museums’ histories, exhibitions’ catalogues, pieces displayed in the aforementioned exhibits, testimonies of victims and survivors of the violence of the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s, newspapers, magazines, oral histories and interviews. These sources will help me understand the fluid, flexible, and dynamic nature of memorial museums and exhibitions of political violence and violations of human rights. In addition, my research dialogues with three bodies of scholarship: Museum and Violence Studies, and Memory. I examine how the emergence of Memory venues challenges the traditional role of the museum as an authoritarian and powerful and is paving the way for more participatory venues. I analyze the changing nature of museums and how they are being used as political tools to make marginal voices heard


 

Courses


HIS 310L • Lat Am Civ: Natl Experience

38009 • Fall 2019
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM SZB 370
(also listed as LAS 310)

This course provides a survey of the history of Latin America from the wars of independence at the beginning of the nineteenth century through the present. We will look at the process of nation building in the aftermath of independence, the rise of the Age of Liberalism in the late nineteenth century and the emergence of military and revolutionary movements in the twentieth century. The course will focus on such key themes as liberalism, racial and gender relations, populism, religion, communism, revolution and democracy. Alongside these key themes we will devote a significant portion of the semester examining Latin America’s relation with the world – especially with the United States – and how this relationship has shaped Latin American societies.

SPN 610D • First-Year Spanish II

45050 • Spring 2019
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM MEZ B0.302

Focus on the development of multilingual literacy through the analysis and use of Spanish to achieve linguistic competence (commands, subjunctive, hypotheticals, future), communication and interactional competence (disagreeing, suggesting, turn taking), and metalinguistic competence (critical analysis of oral and written texts, dialectal differences).

SPN 610D • First-Year Spanish II

45589 • Fall 2018
Meets MWF 4:00PM-6:00PM JES A207A

Focus on the development of multilingual literacy through the analysis and use of Spanish to achieve linguistic competence (commands, subjunctive, hypotheticals, future), communication and interactional competence (disagreeing, suggesting, turn taking), and metalinguistic competence (critical analysis of oral and written texts, dialectal differences).