Faculty Advisor

Madan, Aarti Smith


The Southern Cone of South America still grapples with the military dictatorships that devastated the region in the 20th century. I argue a sense of amnesia has subsequently developed due to governmental attempts to conceal the horrors of the past, this despite a return to democracy. Such subterfuge obstructs justice, and these nations are unable to recover. My project shows how the development of a “memory culture” has moved these nations closer to reversing the amnesia. The cultural products I analyze transmit the memory of the past into the public sphere; each has the potential to effect change in its own way. I claim that a synergistic collection of memory projects can bridge the gap between the people and the State, perhaps what is needed for recovery in the Southern Cone.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2014


Biology and Biotechnology


Humanities and Arts

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts