This panel examines the relationship between history, memory and politics in authoritarian and democratic Mexico.
Mexico's uneven democratization and War on Drugs have led to increased public debate about the recent past. Discussions ranging from indigenous rights to Mexico's "dirty war" also make explicit or implicit reference to the rest of Latin America. This panel aims to consider contemporary controversies about history and memory from an interdisciplinary and a long historical perspective, fostering discussion among Mexicanists working in different disciplines and periods often studied separately: the Revolution, PRIísmo, The War on Drugs. Panelists are invited to think about different forms of knowledge about the past- historiography, memory, historical fiction, judicial discourse- their relationship to each other and to political processes. The panel also aims to spur debate about what, if anything, Mexico can contribute to the larger, Southern Cone-dominated literature on historical memory and democratization. All panelists are encouraged to compare and contrast their findings with work on similar themes elsewhere in Latin America.