Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Patagonia for export: Imagining the land of opportunities through the Camera Eye

November 29, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

SPEAKER:  Cielo Zaidenwerg has a doctorate in Latin-American History from University of Barcelona. She currently works as associate professor in the Dept. of History and Archeology – University of Barcelona (Spain). Dr. Zaidenwerg is also a postdoctoral fellow at the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), associated with the IIEGE-University of Buenos Aires (Argentina), and a Visiting Scholar at ILAS-Columbia University.  As a result of her doctoral thesis she has published: Amar la Patria (Loving Homeland) in Prohistoria ed. (2016). Her postdoctoral research focuses on the representation and dissemination of Argentinian national identity and Patagonian region abroad, taking into account different scales of analysis (transnational, national, regional and local), as well as diverse and transversal analytical categories: socioeconomic, ethnic, gender.


PRÉCIS: Throughout its history Patagonia has inspired many different images. It has been seen as a large tract of land threatened by a foreign power; a windswept terrain of pitiless ice; an imaginary land of exile; and contrastingly as a productive region, a desert in need of labor, a refuge, and a land of opportunity for investors, pioneers and immigrants. In this seminary we trace the virtual world of representations that Patagonia was wrapped in between 1922 and 1955, analyzing how the Argentinian state publicized the region’s ‘reality’ when attempting to give its potential a higher profile; and we examine the breaks and continuities in these representations during successive governments. To this end we study a series of mainly audiovisual documents, primarily documentary cinema, in order to show how Patagonia was represented as an ideal socio-economic area and how its advantages were promoted and its settlement urged through a range of different images. On the basis of this analysis one of the issues we address centers on the power relations exhibited in the hegemonic discourse, which rendered the original inhabitants and the women of the region invisible or turned them into stereotypes, consistently situating them in a subaltern position


November 29, 2017
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Event Category:
Event Tags:
, ,


802 International Affairs Building
420W 118th Street
New York, NY 10027 United States
+ Google Map