An informal reading group in preparation for the third UNESCO Chair, Cultural Diversity and Social Justice Annual Oration by Rigoberta Menchú in July 2015

We propose to contextualise the significance of Rigoberta Menchú’s experience as a Central American indigenous activist. In the reading group we aim to examine her testimonio (I, Rigoberta Menchú), followed by a series of thematic groups including a look at the central American historical and political context, indigenous issues in Latin America in a global context, postcolonial/decolonial debates, and testimonio as methodology.

Meetings will be 5pm – 7pm at Mrs Robertson in the Burwood Frontage Building. Light catering will be provided.

Readings for the March session onwards will be advised and circulated closer to the time.

Date   Text(s) / Theme
Thursday 19 March I, Rigoberta Menchú (1983)

The Rigoberta Menchu Controversy (2001) Arturo Arias (editor) (please read any section(s) of interest)

Thursday 16 April Central American historical and political context: Indigenous issues in Latin America in a global context
Thursday 21 May Postcolonial/decolonial debates
Thursday 18 June Testimonio as methodology

Dr Eugenia Demuro
Lecturer in Spanish
Dr Sam Balaton-Chrimes
Lecturer in International Studies