Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

LLILAS Faculty Book Talk: "Gabriela Polit—Unwanted Witnesses: Journalism and Conflict in Contemporary Latin America"

Wed, October 9, 2019 | Benson Latin American Collection, 2nd floor conference room

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Author Gabriela Polit Dueñas (Department of Spanish and Portuguese) analyzes the work of five narrative journalists from three countries. Marcela Turati, Daniela Rea, and Sandra Rodríguez f Mexico; Patricia Nieto of Colombia; and María Eugenia Ludueña f Argentina produce compelling literary works, but also work under dangerous, intense conditions. What drives and shapes their stories are their affective responses to the events and people they cover.

This book offers an insightful analysis of the emotional challenges, the stress, and the traumatic conditions journalists face when reporting on the region’s most pressing problems. It combines ethnographic observations of the journalists’ work, textual analysis, and a theoretical reflection on the ethical dilemmas journalists confront on a daily basis. Unwanted Witnesses puts forward a necessary discussion about the place contemporary journalists occupy in the field of production, and how the risks they run speak directly about the limits of our democracies.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Paloma Díaz.

To RSVP and receive event updates on Facebook, visit Unwanted Witnesses.

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